David Tye with his 1982 Ducati TT2 replica.
David Tye with his 1982 Ducati TT2 replica. Iain Curry

Replica 1982 Ducati TT2 makes Lakeside racing debut

THIS weekend's Australian Historic Road Race Championship at Lakeside will be a memorable one for David Tye.

The Mountain Creek rider has never tackled the historic circuit before, and has also never ridden the bike he'll be taking there.

For the past few months David and his good mates Trevor Fryer and Ian Oakes have been constructing a quite sublime 1982 Ducati TT2 replica, finished in the race rider's distinctive preferred colours of black and gold.

Fewer than 100 Ducati TT2 racing bikes were built, making these historic racers both hard to come by and expensive.

A huge fan of the model, David took the Pantah 500cc V twin motor from his previous racing bike, sourced a replica race frame from Belgium based on the Verlicchi originals and began the laborious process of building his bike from scratch.

"The engine, wheels, front brakes and front suspension are all from my old Pantah racer, while I got hold of the required TT2 parts including the frame, swing arm, rear suspension, tank, seat and faring," David said.

Parts were sourced from Belgium, Italy, the UK and the USA as very little was available within Australia, and once complete, David decided to not follow the standard colour scheme of these TT2 Ducatis.

"The factory TT2s were red and yellow, and I think they look like a Twisties packet," he said.

"In 1980 Ducati had a 900SS in black and gold that I really wanted at the time, so I thought I'd do the TT2 the same colours to make it different to everyone else's."

David ran out of time to develop the 500cc's top end before race weekend, but the bottom end now features Carrillo rods, high compression pistons and a lightened and balanced crank and flywheel.

He hopes it runs well at Lakeside, with the racer saying a good weekend is if he finishes with a smile on his face and if he doesn't have to fix a multitude of things during race days.

"I don't expect to win, I'll ride as fast as I feel comfortable and just enjoy it," he said.

"It's just great to build such a beautiful bike myself with good mates and race it at Lakeside in the national championships." 

VITAL STATISTICS:

Model: 1982 Ducati TT2 replica.

Owner: David Tye, Mountain Creek.

Engine: Ducati Pantah 500cc V twin with modified bottom end.

Frame: Replica Verlicchi race frame.

What: Shannon's 2014 Australian Historic Road Race Championship.

Where: Lakeside Park, Kurwongbah.

When: September 25-28.

Cost: $40 for four days, $20 Saturday, $30 Sunday, under 12s free.

More info: www.qemsc.com.au and www.ahrrc.com.au



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