The Pantah is one of those bikes from the 1980s that looks a little awkward today. But let’s not be too unkind: It set the template for modern Ducatis, with a trellis frame, belt-driven cams and a desmo valve system.
From an engineering perspective, you could say that Fabio Taglioni’s swansong was also his finest hour. So we’re always pleased to see a custom builder do justice to the famous engineer’s work.
In this case, it’s Maria Motorcycles of Lisbon. “A client came to us with a bike that he bought in the UK, completely broken and missing most of the original parts,” says shop boss Luis Correia. “It was a Ducati Pantah 500—a difficult bike to find nowadays.”
“It wasn’t much more than a frame, wheels and an engine.…