It seemed like just yesterday when my twin brother announced he had bought a Ducati. 1973 was the glory years of Japanese bikes and we were just getting over the radical change from the venerable Honda 305's to the ugly 350's after breaking in with CL-90's. There was a veritable war of cool, high performance (or so we thought) Japanese bikes and the Italian's were just trying to stay in the market.And why have a single cylinder when more could be had for less. But I guess the Ad's of the cool Italian guy with the leather coat thrown over his shoulder as he mounted his stallion made an impression on at least one mid-west boy. So he promptly went down to Racine, Wisconsin to Sunset Motors and brought home this. Note the signature of the dealer,, Yep,, that's T.C. Christenson, the famous drag racer with the twin engine Norton Racer. He became a GOD to us poor Wisconsin hicks after winning all those races and his dealership was "kinda" like a temple. He finally saved my ass when I owned this,,, because I was going through head-gaskets weekly.He apparently was too as he finally came up with a compression-ringed head gasket that worked even better in the Dunstall than his drag bike. But I am getting off-track and that is another story. Please note the tax-rate in the contract,, 3%,, Wow. The good old days. While the date shows 1973 on the contract, I believe the Ducati was a 1971 and the state of Wisconsin title tends to back that up. I just remember a lot of orange and chrome and some very cool engine art. part 1 cont.