May 2009 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Ernesto Quiroga and his Ducati 175 Sport

Make: Ducati
Model: 175 Sport
Country of Origin: Italy
Engine: 177cc Single SOHC
Transmission: 4 speed
Year: 1961
Owner: Ernesto Quiroga, Long Beach

1961 Ducati 175 Sport

This is Ernesto's third win for Bike of the Month. The other times were in December and November 2007 with his 1972 Ducati Desmo 450 Super Sport and his 1961 Aermacchi 250cc Model C. Every bike he owns is a gem. However, this is probably the third time he brought this beautiful Ducati to the meet and had never won. Finally he has gotten the recognition that he deserves with this bike. Congratulations Ernesto.

Ernesto has owned this bike for five years. He finished the full restoration on it in September 2008. It is restored to the original condition with the exception of a modern carburator and a new pipe that was better suited for the carb.

The Ducati 175 Sport was in production from 1957 until 1961. The unique shape of the tank is known as the Jelly Mold Tank and the color scheme is original to the bike.

Ernesto has competed in the Motogiro Giro d'California with this bike 4 years in a row, starting back in 2005. The Giro d'California is a retrospective tribute to the Giro d'Italia Motociclistico (a.k.a. Motogiro), Italy's premier long distance motorcycle road race of the 1950's. Primarily for pre 1957 motorcycles, Ernesto is able to qualify because his 1961 is virtually identical to the 1957 model.

Check out all the pictures in the May Gallery. Thanks again Ernesto for bringing out this piece of history.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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1961 Ducati 175 Sport
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1963 Triumph Tiger 100
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1977 Yamaha XS400
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1935 Harley Davidson VL
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1967 Harley Sportster 900
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1970 Norton Commando 750ss
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1923 Harley Davidson WF
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1983 Moto Guzzi SP1000
August 2008
1968 Gilera 125
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1939 Indian Sport Scout
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1925 Harley Davidson JDL
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1969 Rickman
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