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1. Ducati Sport Desmo 500 SD500
The suits were adamant, and the order was given to develop a parallel twin—and keep the costs down. Renowned engineer Fabio Taglioni, the originator of Ducati’s desmodromic drive, did let it be known that he wanted nothing to do with this project and spent his time working on a smaller capacity L-twin. 1977 Ducati Sport Desmo 500. The first versions of the parallel twin were designated as GTLs—Gran Turismo Lusso—and a boring engine combined with boring styling left them gathering dust in the back of showrooms. The styling was the work of one Giorgetto Giugiaro, an automobile designer contracted from Italdesign to do the look. He had previously been hired to do the 850 GT (sic), which won no styling plaudits ... http://www.ridermagazine.com/style/vintage/retrospective-ducati-sport-desmo-500-1977-1982.htm/
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