Kid brother to the Pierre Terblanche-designed 999, the 749 looked down-market to pick up more riders. It also made possible to homologate the 749R for the AMA Superbike series. The most basic faired model in the range, the matte black 749 Dark has a few less bangles than an -S ( which has quite a few less than the -R ) but still has the winning 999 chassis and 107 hp.
Maybe the matte ( really more of an eggshell ) black finish strikes a note with you, it's a love/hate thing. Or possibly it's the scaled-down Testastretta ( narrow head ) engine, belt-driven 4-cam heads and cylinders made especially for the 749. The stacked headlights of the 2003-06 machines are distinctive with the built-in mirrors with integral turn signals. The underseat exhaust has a modern look, blended into the seat fairing.
Otherwise the 749 is up-to-date Ducati - steel trellis frame, fuel injection, 6-speed transmission, hydraulic dry clutch, fully adjustable Showa suspension, twin 320mm front disks and 245mm rear. Dash is digital with an additional round tachometer surrounded by warning lights. Full fairing with biposto pillion seat and footpegs.
The example here appears excellent and substantially original, with just a few mods like carbon-look levers and rear turn signals, also rear fender eliminator with LED tailight. Showing under 5,000 miles, the auction states one owner and never down. From the eBay auction:
Only One Previous Owner!!!
Only 4,977 Miles!!!
Almost a blank slate, you could customize this bike to your liking with carbon or polished billet. The matte finish could be a great start for a wrap or dupli-color job. Maybe just put on a black jacket and fade into the sunset, enjoying the 999 handling and very usable power in a stealth package...