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Old 12-24-2005, 12:37 AM   #11
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The rare thing about this is the condition, not the bike. I've owned one of these, far back in the past, and at one time I had a Pantah and a Guzzi Monza and a Morini 3-and-a-half at the same time - and I rated both the Guzzi and the Morini as better than the Pantah. The electrics aren't a problem, they're largely Bosch parts, but the suspension is rock-hard and the ergos are no good if you're tall; no amount of aftermarket suspension bits seemed to make it any better. Engine-wise, it was okay, but no more than that: never as fast as you thought it was going to be. If you've ridden a modern Duke and you think this is going to be similar, you're very much mistaken. Still, if it's what you want - and in all seriousness it's a collector-only bike - then don't let me stand in your way.
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Old 12-24-2005, 08:37 AM   #12
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Yes, I remember Ghost Motorcycles in Port Washington. I bought Nortons from them in the early '60s. My first was an Electra. Sal tried to push a Diana Mk III on me. But I wanted the Electric start. I'm just glad I didn't keep that bike too long, moved up to an Atlas.
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Old 12-24-2005, 04:41 PM   #13
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Yeah, Sal Defeo was quite the character, very charming at times but you had to watch him. A friend told me a few years ago that he ended up in trouble with the IRS. I did buy a couple of bikes from him and never had a problem.
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Old 12-27-2005, 03:03 AM   #14
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I was in PW yesterday. Unfortunately, Ghost Motorcycles is no longer there. I know there was another shop that Sal had afterwards, and that's gone, too. I'll miss that guy.
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