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Ducati’s ‘Polizia Urbana’ 600TL Pantah

With Phil Aynsley


Ducati also have a history of providing police bikes...
Ducati also have a history of providing police bikes…

Following on from the Police bike theme in the previous column, here’s a Ducati themed version…

Ducati's success with these machines with largely due to local sales in Italy
Ducati’s successin this area is largely due to local sales to the Italian police force

While not as big a supplier of police bike as Moto Guzzi, Ducati did market a range of bikes over many years. Perhaps not unexpectedly the local Bolognese forces were the major customer!

100 of these 600TL Pantah models were produced
100 of these 600TL Pantah models were produced

Approximately 100 Polizia Urbana versions of the 600TL Pantah were made during 1983-1984. 33 were bought by the Bologna Municipal Police.

These police machines also included 30mm longer front forks
These police machines also included 30mm longer front forks

They were equipped with 30mm longer front forks compared to a standard TL, and a Ducati RT 731M two-way radio and loudspeaker (let Guzzi try to match that!), panniers and siren were fitted.

A Ducati RT 731M two-way radio and loudspeaker was also fitted
A Ducati RT 731M two-way radio and loudspeaker was also fitted

The dry weight (without radio equipment or siren) was 194kg. The output of 61hp at 9100rpm provided a top speed of 165km/h.

Four of these ex-police machines was imported by Gowanloch in the '90s
Four of these ex-police machines was imported by Gowanloch in the ’90s

Four of these ex-police bikes were imported by Ian Gowanloch in the 1990s, with this one being the only one to survive as a Polizia Urbana. It has recently been beautifully restored by Michael Fuller.

This is the last of these models existing in Polizia Urbana form in Australia
This is the last of these models existing in Polizia Urbana form in Australia

One Polizia Urbana was officially imported by Frasers in 1983 and displayed at the Sydney Motorcycle Show, however its fate is currently unknown.

The Ducati 'Polizia Urbana' 600TL Pantah
The Ducati ‘Polizia Urbana’ 600TL Pantah instruments and loud speaker

The following police model (1986) from Ducati was based on the Indiana cruiser and available in 350, 650 and 750cc capacities.

The Ducati 'Polizia Urbana' 600TL Pantah
The Ducati ‘Polizia Urbana’ 600TL Pantah crash bar mounted lights
Police panniers fitted
Police panniers fitted, with the radio fitted where the pillion seat would otherwise be
Dual disc brakes fitted on the front
Dual disc brakes fitted on the front
The Ducati 'Polizia Urbana' 600TL Pantah
The Ducati ‘Polizia Urbana’ 600TL Pantah

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