8. Ducati Paso 750

Tamburini's Dream Machine

When Cagiva purchased Ducati, Tamburini was hired to help bring Ducati back to prominence. His first project for his new employer was something to bring Bologna into the future. The Paso 750 was the result. Named after racer Renzo Pasolini who lost his life in the 1973 Italian Grand Prix, the Paso was significant for a number of reasons. First, the Paso incorporated a new design that enclosed all of the motorcycle’s mechanical bits, including the 750cc Twin, underneath the bodywork. It also used a chromoly steel square-tube frame instead of the trellis design Ducati is known for today.

The Paso was a departure for motorcycle design of the time, and some might even say it influenced the design Honda copied for its Hurricane line. Unfortunately, this bold new design only saw marginal success on the sales floor.

  • Matt Maddalena

    I was all set to argue the placing of the Brutale, F4, and the Bimota HB1, but then I realized you wrote an article about the most “Significant” designs, not the most beautiful. In that case your listing makes perfect sense, but I still rate those 3 above even the 916 for aesthetics. Good article, a fitting tribute to a man’s who’s impact will be FOREVER felt… Ciao, Mr Tamburini. Until we can ride together in Heaven.

  • JMDonald

    Genius in design shows itself as true art and can only be developed over time. Tamburini’s influence will be felt for many years no doubt.

  • Great story Troy! Really good reading.

  • Billy Jack

    Adrian Morton designed the MV Agusta F3, not Tamburini. To not even mention Morton’s name – and to call the F3 a “fitting send-off for the legendary designer (Tamburini)” – is way, WAY off base. In interviews I’ve read with Morton, he actually had to defend his design against the input of both Tamburini and Castiglioni, both of whom desired that it look more like the F4. Whatever minimal (and largely unknown) influence he may have had on the F3, by way of critique, it certainly doesn’t belong on a list of “…Motorcycles Designed by Massimo Tamburini”.