After using Ducati engines in its own bikes for three years, Cagiva acquired the Bologna bike maker in 1986, and the Paso was the first of new generation of Ducatis to emerge from the partnership.
So just how much of the Paso was authentic Ducati? Pretty much only the engine, 750cc version of famed Ducati engineer Dr. Taglioni’s Pantah mill, with belt-driven overhead cams and desmodromic valve operation. The rest of the bike was designed by Massimo Tamburini (the “TA” in Bimota), and owes much to that company’s DB1 model. “Paso” was the nickname of Tamburini’s friend and fellow Rimini native Renzo Pasolini, who died at Monza in 1973 after crashing in the 250cc Grand Prix race.
Tamburini took the engine from Ducati’s 750 F1 Sport, reversed the rear cylinder head and fitted it into new cantilever frame made from square-section chrome-moly steel tubing with the engine as stressed member. With the rear head reversed the intakes could now be paired, breathing through an automotive-style Weber DCNF dual-choke downdraft carburetor with large air box under the gas tank. Kokusan ignition replaced Ducati’s own black box. The headers, now exiting in front and behind the engine, connected to dual mufflers via trick diamond-shaped collector box that split the exiting exhaust evenly to both pipes.
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