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Wham-O ! – 1990 Ducati 750 Sport

The 1990's were a heady time for Ducati, with the 851, Paso, 888, Supermono, and 916 all realizing their potential.  Meanwhile, the sporty-on-a-budget 750 Sport that helped keep the company afloat in the late '80s is all but ignored.  This eastern Duc has been ridden extensively but probably not much lately.  It has the early bold graphics livery and looks substantially original and complete, just in need of a little TLC.

1990 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

A foot in each decade, the 750 Sport used an F1-style frame and a Paso-style Weber carb for the belt-timed desmodue.  Great power at 72 hp for a two-valve 750, though tractability of the single carburetor was wanting.  Single-adjustable Marzocchi dampers and 16-inch wheels kept the bottom line in sight.  Single puck Brembo brakes are front and rear.  The size is more Paso than 851, making the Sport more of an all-rounder, a little more comfortable on a long ride.

 

The seller might not have had time to form an emotional attachment to this 750, and it looks like the previous owner parked her a while back.  Still it's complete and mostly stock, ready for a week at the spa.  From the eBay auction:

Up for sale is a Ducati 750 Sport, aka the "Poor Man's F1". I have been told that they imported less than 400 of these to the US, they are not common.  I have only ever seen one other one for sale. 

This bike is mechanically sound, it runs/drives perfectly. 19,030 miles. 
Good condition for it's age, but with it's age there are some little scuffs and scratches around the bike.  Took photos of what I found. 

 

Never exactly the top of the dance card, the 750 Sport was a worthy partner for weekend tours or rallies.  As ever a compromise, this one is a rarity not needing deep pockets.  For a mid-size, an eager performer with enough room for an un-tucked adult.  Even more unusual than the later sun beam paint scheme, the bright blue and white graphics on red fairings recall an era when Ducati wasn't hanging back waiting for your attention.  Once this 750 Sport is detailed up, some time spent in the stainless hardware aisle, and with fresh expendables, it'll be an eyeball grabber too...

-donn

7 Comments

  • Well i havenot seen a set of those pipes in a while. Back in the day F1s pipes were affordable and I thouht the design quite respectable. Never bought a set though. Quite Frankly the graphics just look so low-brow. So crude! Thought long and hard about buying a set for my bikes but couldnt find a way to remove the crass text from the aluminum.

    Sorry for the digression but on this bike the pipes strike me just as they did 30 years ago. A bit like driving a used car around with the $1999 sticked still on the wind shield.

  • I have a set on my 907ie without the cheesy graphics. My guess they were removed with acetone and elbow grease. They do make a nice noise, nicer than Staintunes IMO. I polished mine up with mothers aluminum polish.

    FYI, Fast By Ferraci sold these under their own label. ( removed the F1 graphic and applied FBF badge.)

    I like this 750, and never saw one with these graphics.

  • These bikes are a retro bargain. Dont be afraid of the Weber carburretor either as they can be improved with minimal cost. Cleaned up, running right these bikes are a treat……..there’s something special about the sound of a Weber Ducati too.

  • Best bet is to ditch the Weber and install twin Mikunis A friend of mine had one, twice, and after this change he said it was much improved. He also suggesting installing a Barnett clutch pack.

  • Pulled the AD with zero bidders. Wouldn’t answer the questions I asked.
    In complete original unmolested and clean to very clean condition these bikes are bringing $4.5-$5.5K.
    Alas, this unit is not complete nor unmolested.
    The 750 Sport was a stop gap machine to keep the public happy until the 851 was released in 1991. It’s sort of a bitsa and isn’t really known for anything special thus impacting it’s collectability and resale.
    The bike is most likely a European or Canadian example (and may have a VIN not recognized in the US.) as the red & blue graphics were never imported to the US.
    From your pics and description, I see the following which will impact its sale price:
    Missing – Front turn signals, mirrors , seat cowl , exhaust
    Damaged – Rear brake pedal, right rear turn signal , faring scratches, frame discoloration probably from a brake fluid spill, heavily oxidized rims, paint flaking on the engine cases
    Unknowns – Last belt and valve service — these are required every 3 yrs or 12000 miles on these bikes. If not properly maintained there is a high probability the belt will shear a tooth result in catastrophic engine failure. The bike will run just fine until it goes boom.
    Condition of tires – 16” tires are very hard to come by these days
    Condition of chain & sprockets
    Condition of brake pads & rotors
    Condition of clutch pack
    Fluid leaks
    orted into the US. All US models were red & silver. This could make this bike hard to title in some states, especially CA.

  • You forgot to mention non original front discs. Agreed, overall not a great example. l think immaculate examples will be appreciated over time but perhaps their era is yet to come. They have a real retro look, great sound, Verlicchi inspired frame and swingarm and a 750cc desmo to move it along. At present they’re cheap…….. the perfect entry level classic Ducati. 15 years ago the 750Gt Bevel remained unwanted to many, if only l bought a few of them!

  • F1s were the WORST exhaust ever to come to market. Cheap crap that sounded like cheap crap.
    Ferraci never sold a single one of these. They would have ruined his reputation!

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