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Posts by tag: 749R

Ducati April 30, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0074 with 774 miles !

Update 5.21.2018: SOLD to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Ducati doubled down on the World SuperSport series in 2003, hotting up their 999-styled 749 for the private team market. The modification rules were more restrictive in WSS than in SuperBike, compelling Ducati to make a very advanced -R available in the showroom. This example has turned only 774 miles with all the homolagation components plus a couple of nice upgrades.

Starting in the engine room, a more oversquare ( 94mm stroke x 54mm bore ) was used, combining with exotic materials in the rotating parts to make an easier-revving engine good for 121 hp.  High-strength aluminum pistons, titanium valve gear, lightweight crank, and magnesium valve covers were all on board, as well as a factory slipper clutch.  Continuing to the suspension, Öhlins are found all around ( including steering damper) and the box-section swingarm is shared with the 999R.  Though many of the small guards and covers are carbon, it plays less of a part than on the 2004 edition, the bodywork being presented in a high strength polymer.  The 2005 nose is a little less busy with only two openings for intake air, and the 749R came with a nice enduro length 18 liter fuel tank.  Adjustability is the key word, with seating position, foot pegs, steering head, and of course suspension set up for the rider.

The present owner added Sato rearsets and a Paulimoto clutch cover before putting just 774 miles on number 0074.  It has the gloss of a brand-new bike and appears undamaged by road or garage mishaps.  Regular RSBFS advertiser Automania says this about the 749R:

This bike, number 74 of at least 500 produced to meet FIM homologation regulations. Along with the retail cost of $21,995, the owner then opened up his wallet for a set of Sato Rear Set and a Paulimoto Vented Clutch Cover. The exhaust is stock Ducati, most likely the only stock muffler on a Ducati in the world.

What we have here on the showroom floor is one of the best handling Ducatis ever produced, renowned for it's super precise, nimble handling. Adjustable Steering Head rake angle, great top end power with Race Exhaust, quiet and smooth with Stock Exhaust. It has an amazing transmission, gorgeous body work with original paint. It is arguably the greatest middleweight twin ever made, fantastic fun as a street bike or track day bike. The best part is that coming from a private collection, showing 774 miles from new.

Of the several hundred 749R's made, many were sold to team owners, riders, and collectors, with relatively few ridden much.  The buyers got a nice package because of the competition rules, and likely to be a unicorn on the road.  As a track day machine, it's an immersive experience without advanced electronics.  The Terblanche design has gained popularity over the years and this 749S would continue to be a great show machine.  Automania's asking price is $10,595, and their own page on the bike is - here - .  They would be happy to discuss the possibilities on (541) 479-8888, or by email - here -.

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0074 with 774 miles !
Ducati March 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

Update 4.14.2016: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Sold and equipped for the street, but meant to homologate the bike for World SuperSport racing, the 749R was built in very low numbers, with substantial differences from the base and -S models.  Since most were modified and raced by privateers, very few survive in stock form today.  With more accessible performance than the 999R, the 749R would be the more sensible choice of experienced but non-professional riders.  In mint condition, with up-to-date maintenance and road-oriented upgrades, this 749R could be a weekend rider, a concours winner, or returned to the racetrack.

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The 749R's engine is much more oversquare than the base model with a 94mm bore and 54mm stroke.  More exotic materials were used - titanium valves and connecting rods, magnesium valve covers, carbon-fiber belt covers.  With 12.7:1 compression the power output was 118 hp.  Other enhancements for the -R were a bigger fuel tank, slipper clutch, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, and steering head with rake adjustment.

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Updated for the 2005 year, the 749R bodywork is polymer, and recognizable by the two-intake nose ( 999's have four intakes ).  The rear mudguard is carbon, but the front fender is polymer, very handsome in red with white racing stripe.  The steel trellis frame is matching red, and the rear swingarm is quite different than the base and -S model's, a stronger straight box section.  Brakes are the excellent radially-mounted Brembos, and wheels the very light Marchesini forged Y-spokes.

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The owner has cared for and upgraded this 749R with versatility in mind.  Here's his list:

  • 2005
  • Number 51 of 1200: Over 11 years many were club raced to toast and parted out.
  • Mint condition
  • 4813 miles
  • Second owner
  • It’s had about 350 miles put upon it a year – it has never been in storage; it has been ridden constantly - with a dedicated mechanic providing the maintenance 
  • Always kept in a heated garage – has never seen water (rain/hose) or a race track.

A common grump about the 749R is it’s absolute, no compromise, racing set up.  I made some upgrades to compensate for the realities of typical weekend riding:

  • STM Evoluzione R slipper clutch (OEM slipper is in perfect condition, boxed, and also comes with cycle) No chatter, squawking or stalling.
  • Slightly higher tooth rear sprocket for easier starts (OEM sprocket also comes with cycle); standard retrofit.

Other upgrades:

  • Termignoni 57 mm titanium racing exhaust and matching ECU - Installed by dealer when the cycle was first purchased 
  • Extra OEM 749R left panel.  I heat shielded and vented an extra panel to allow for better heat dispersion of the 57mm exhaust.  The original panel is stored in a foam box for the next owner 
  • Ducati carbon fiber clutch cover and rear hugger - the good weave, not the cheap stuff. (OEM clutch cover also comes with cycle)
  • Samco hose kit (the 749R OEM hoses have a reputation for coolant oozing and corroding the clamps – the Samco kit solves the problem)
  • DID Gold XRing chain

The Pitbull stand and dust cover included.  Michelin Power Pilots about 500 miles ago. 

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Maintained and ready for spring, the sensible mods made to this 749R can easily be reversed to dead stock for display, but enhance the rideability, as the owner says:

One strong selling point is, unlike some stock 749R’s, this example can be ridden around town without bucking, squawking, or stalling.  And due to proper heat shielding, the plastic won’t melt or bubble on the bottom of the left panel, which is a common comment on the Ducati blogs by owners who’ve upgraded exhaust plumbing to 57mm. No issues with the extra heat or fitment.

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Ready to go in any direction, this 749R has an uncommon blend of rarity, originality, super condition, recent-era performance, and road usability.  Seems like an outstanding alternative to liter-plus superbikes...

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051
Ducati January 28, 2016 posted by

Track-Bred: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

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We generally try to feature pristine, all-original bikes here on RareSportBikesforSale whenever possible. But although it looks like the fairing and paint on this Ducati 749R aren’t original and the bike includes none of the standard road equipment, it seems a shame to exclude a bike simply for being used as Ducati intended. Because although the 749R may not be considered the beauty its older sibling was, it was a highly effective track tool, with plenty of details aimed at racers and track-day riders not found on even the up-spec’d S-model bikes.

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Italian manufacturers have become famous/notorious for slinging expensive Öhlins suspension and a few carbon-fiber bits at a bike, slapping a numbered plaque on the top triple clamp and calling it a “special edition,” but Ducati’s R-model bikes are a different breed entirely. Often featuring significantly revised engine internals, bore and stroke that differ from production models, and adjustable suspension geometry, they are homologation specials designed to compete in various race classes, or at least allow specific parts to be used by race teams.

The 749R certainly fits that description, with liberal use of titanium parts inside the engine, a larger bore and shorter stroke, and magnesium bits designed to keep weight in check. The bike finally included a slipper clutch, radial brakes up front, and even the gas tank is different [larger]. The changes resulted in a 121 claimed horses, up from 108 in the standard 749.

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In a massive change in philosophy from the 916-derived bikes, the 749 was designed with the rider in mind, and the monoposto bikes even featured an adjustable seat that moved fore and aft to suit riders of different sizes. Interestingly, the R had slightly less adjustability in the footpegs than the standard bike, since they needed to clear the larger-diameter exhaust as it snaked up to the underseat muffler.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

You are looking at a track ready 749R, less than 1200 were made, this bike was custom made for AMA, lightweight swing arm, Leo Vince Exhaust, Ohlins suspension, race fairings, carbon fiber bits, the bike looks and runs amazing, I bought from a local dealer and have a title that says 1500 miles. It was recently serviced by a reputable Ducati shop here in town. The bike is ready to go track , racing or to look pretty in any collection. 

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The Buy It Now is set at $9,950 which, while pricey for a 749, is much less than folks have been looking at for more pristine examples. Really, unless you’re a collector just planning to store your 749R away for posterity, the 749R makes little sense as a roadbike anyway: the performance benefits over the 749S aren’t likely to be noticeable at remotely legal speeds and the more highly-strung engine and increased service costs don’t seem worth it, unless you’re a Ducatisti with a serious contrarian streak.

But if you’re not a fan of the Terblanche-designed looks, then this 749R might be the perfect race or track day machine: the traditional Ducati virtues are still there, you can’t really see the bodywork when you’re riding it, and you won’t feel like you’re violating priceless art if you crash!

-tad

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Track-Bred: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale
Ducati November 28, 2014 posted by

Overachieving Little Brother: Nearly New 2005 Ducati 749R

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So here’s a bold statement: if the Ducati 916 had never existed, the 999, along with its little brother the 749, would be considered a masterpiece.

It’s a superlative machine in almost every way, and was possessed the typical Ducati virtues: a thumping v-twin with a wide powerband, stable handling, and glorious noise. But it had the added benefit of almost humane ergonomics by Italian sportbike standards, a definite improvement over the 916. But it was the style, not function that caused problems and, although I do think that Pierre Terblanche’s design lacks some sex appeal: it’s maybe a bit too modern, to ruthlessly un- 916. But it is a very interesting design and striking, with lots of cool details to appreciate.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this Ducati 749R is just another of the never-ending list of “special editions” that featured suspension bling, race-rep colors, festooned with carbon doodads.

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But the 749R is not simply a lower-spec machine with some bling-y Öhlins suspension bits and a carbon-fiber mudguard thrown at it, and a couple extra horses freed up by a $3,000 Termignoni titanium exhaust. Designed to homologate the bike for racing, the R featured heavily revised engine internals: bore was increased, and stroke decreased to keep displacement legal and allow for a higher rev ceiling. Cases received the lightweight treatment as well: the cam covers are magnesium (clearly visible in the photos) of the bike and the belt covers are, of course, carbon-fiber. It all added up to a claimed 121hp.

A long-overdue slipper clutch kept the twin’s engine braking in line, a vital addition for a powerful twin designed to see track time and there were radial brakes up front to slow it all down. The fuel tank was specific to this model, and had an increased capacity.

The headstock is adjustable for rake and the ergonomics feature a surprising amount of adjustability as well, with seat moving fore and aft. Footpegs actually had less adjustability than lower-spec bikes: the mounts on the R were designed to allow additional clearance for bigger exhaust tubing.

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From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

2005 Ducati 749R homologation special!

Super rare and hard to find in this condition. Acquired from a significant collection last year and fully serviced with new fluids and a battery this race-based motorcycle would make a superb addition to someone's collection. It has been kept in a climate controlled private automobile gallery and is available for viewing by appointment.

Less than 200 miles!

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While 749 Dark and “S” versions were made in large enough numbers that they will likely never be exceptionally collectable, the “R” models are rare, with serious performance upgrades that were more than skin deep, designed to make the bike more capable on-track. It’s just a shame this one is probably destined to never turn a wheel in anger. There’s plenty of time left on this auction if you’re looking to see how Black Friday deals shape up before throwing your hat into the ring, and with the Buy It Now set at $16,000 there are no takers as yet. That’s a pretty steep price, but with under 200 miles on the clock, the bike is basically brand-new, ready to be mothballed for the day these finally start to appreciate in value.

-tad

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Overachieving Little Brother: Nearly New 2005 Ducati 749R
Ducati May 15, 2014 posted by

Child of Terblanche: 2006 Ducati 749R

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The Terblanche design era created a Ducati lineup unlike any other. Sharper than the Tamburini 748/916/996/998 model language of the previous generations, the 749/999 bikes were sometimes referenced as the ugly Ducs. The stacked headlight design is very polarizing to many, but the follow on years have been good to the basic look. These bikes continue to stand out from the crowd. Maybe Pierre Terblanche DID know what he was doing (he did design the freaking awesome Supermono after all!).

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2006 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

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This 749R has lived what appears to be a very pampered life. Residing indoors as part of the family, this uber-spec "little" superbike has fewer than 1,500 miles on the partly analog, partly digital clocks. That is some serious restraint. More like it sounds as if someone was physically restrained. How can you have something that beautiful and not enjoy the heck out of it??! Ah well, to each his own.

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From the seller:
LIKE NEW, COLLECTED SINCE 2006, ALL 100% STOCK, UNMODIFIED. INDOOR STORED . BIKE # 134. RARE. INCLUDES BOLT DOWN TRANSPORT STAND. 1336 MILES.

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Listed with a starting bid of $10,995 with reserve in place and no takers yet, this South Carolina superbike is looking for a new home. Check out all of the details here, and then let us know what you think. Good Luck!

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Child of Terblanche:  2006 Ducati 749R
Ducati May 10, 2013 posted by

Carbon Duc Part II: 2004 749R with 707 miles

Grants Pass, OR – 707 miles – $8,800 w/ Reserve

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If you don’t know what makes the ‘R’ special, here is a re-cap; First off, the 90 degree L-Twin had been reworked with an increased bore and shortened stroke, allowing the engine to reach a higher rev. Titanium valves and connecting rods also help the engine achieve a bump to 121hp (up from 108hp on the standard version). To manage the new found power and offer better performance on the track, an Ohlins fully adjustable shock can be found out back as well as inverted ones up front in combination with four-piston Brembos. A slipper clutch was also utilized in the R version to prevent rear wheel lock upon downshifting and hard engine braking. If you are in the market for a 749R, make note that 2004 was the only year it was available with the carbon fiber bodywork.

2004Duc749R_17Here we have one of the lowest (if not the lowest) mileage 749R’s I have come across with on 707 on the clock. This one isn’t bone stock, but it does feature many high quality modifications. It is interesting how a bike could have so many mods, but so little mileage.

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From the seller:

Along with the retail cost of $21,995, the owner then opened up his wallet for the best of the best for the bike. He added a Ducati Performance Racing Clutch, a Ducati Performance Magnesium Vented Clutch Housing, a Ducati Performance Magnesium Vented Clutch Cover, a Ducati Performance Titanium Racing Exhaust System (I had no idea they did one in Titanium..), a STM Clutch Slave Cylinder, a STM Crankcase Breather, Ducati Performance Magnesium Cylinder Head Covers and the Ducati Performance Magnesium Headlight Housing. Along with all of that were added Brembo Full Floating Brake Rotors, Ducati Performance 520 Sprockets, a 520 Gold Chain Conversion, Spiegler Hydraulic Lines, STM Clutch Slave Cylinder and a set of Ducati Performance Rearset Footpegs. Mind boggling isn’t it? The stock parts we have come with the bike when it is sold.

This one again comes to us from the same seller out of Grass Pants, OR as the 999R. It also toes the line between super-low-mileage collection piece and modified and meant to be ridden. Though, I would tend to lean more toward collectible because of the mileage. We have seen 749R’s with a few thousand miles reach about $10k in the bidding range. I suspect the reserve on this one to probably closer to $11k and maybe push low teen’s in the selling price. You can check out the auction here!

-JS