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Ducati June 1, 2011 posted by

2004 Ducati 749R #257

Faster/Stronger/Lighter: 2004 Ducati 749R #257

Location: Bay Area, CA
Miles: 11,200
Price: $11,500

Here is your daily dose of fiber, of the carbon variety. If you’re looking for a not-so-average Ducati, then the 749R is just what the doctor ordered. Unlike the standard and ‘S’ models of the 749, the R was built with one goal in mind: speed.

You may be wondering what separates the 749R from the others. 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.

The particular bike for sale here looks to be a well-maintained and a non-abused version. As is with most Ducati’s, there are some modifications including a Termi exhaust, Ducati performance mirrors, CGR levers, and BCM rear-sets. Probably the most noticeable modification to this bike is the powder coated blue wheels. If you aren’t on board with the blue, powder coating wheels is relatively inexpensive and they could be returned to their stock black color.

From the seller:

“2004 Ducati 749R
11,200 miles
Dealer serviced
Very clean, adult ridden bike

Never raced or crashed

Full Termi exhaust
Ducati Performance mirrors
Light weight Speedcell battery
BCM rear sets
CRG levers
Cycle Cat clip ons
SpeedyMoto under body frame sliders
Carbon clutch cover
Pirelli Diablo Corsas with lots of tread
Wheels powder coated blue
Brakes and drain plug safety wired

Only year 749R came with carbon fiber body work

$11,500.00

Price includes:
Front and rear stands
Complete biposto conversion
(subframe, seat, buddy pegs, rear cowl)
stock rear sets
stock clutch cover
stock mirrors
Extra smoke screen”

This particular 749R seems to be priced appropriately (roughly $22,000 new in ’04) and comes with several stock parts if one desires to return it to mostly stock. You even get the exclusivity of the individually numbered plaque (this one is #257)  on the triple clamp, If you like lots of carbon fiber, titanium, magnesium, bikes that are built to go fast, and the unmistakable Italian styling of a modern Ducati, take a look at the seller’s ad here.

-RN

Ducati June 1, 2011 posted by

1993 Ducati 907ie

In the early to mid-nineties, these bikes were awash with top shelf kit, and were, in many ways, rolling showcases for Ducati’s up and coming technologies. Chief among them was part of this bike’s namesake: “Iniezione Elettronica” – or i.e. Fuel injection was still far from mainstream — about as far from mainstream as water cooling in a 2-valve Ducati, which this bike also had. For some reason, it also had one of the rattliest, rattly clutches of any of the Italian rattly clutch set.

The Pasos were more sport-touring than full-on superbike, and these competed well with Honda’s RC36 VFR750Fs of the same vintage. The water-cooled motor from this bike would also serve as a blueprint for the ST2 sport-tourer, which came four years later.

From the seller:

7900 original miles. excellant condition. staintune stainless steel exhaust , stage 1 Euro chip added, Ferracci air box conversion., Stainless steel brake lines. no problems. ready to go. same owner last 17 years.

 

It has the goods, and the small pictures that we can see, show a pretty spanky example that looks like it’s been well cared for. At $4500 it seems to be in-line with what others have fetched in the not-too-distant past. Have a gander here.

Ducati June 1, 2011 posted by

1988 Ducati 750 F1 Superbike

After the TT1 and TT2, Ducati released the 750 F1.  This particular example appears to be a final 1986 model (the 750F1 was only produced in ’85 and ’86) because it has the Cagiva logos only on the tank and not the fairing which the earlier ’86 models did.  The ’85 models of course did not have any Cagiva logos. The Tri-Colore paint scheme in itself was rather good looking.  This will be one of only 50 produced in 1986 specifically for the US market.  This 750 produces 75 bhp at the crank in the ’86 model along with better handling due to the improved Forcelle Italia front fork.

TIME CAPSULE MUSEUM PIECE WITH 3,000 ORIGINAL MILES. ORIGINAL TIRES, PAINT, DECALS, GRIPS, HOSES, BRAKES, ECT…ALMOST 100% STOCK.
$24500 FIRM. AN OPEN 36mm DELLORTO FIRE BREATHING DRAGON WHICH SWEPT THE TT1 AND TT2 CIRCUIT FOR MUCH OF THE 1980S. DOCTOR “T” FINEST AND FINAL DESIGN.
MA MA MIA………

Craigslist Entry

A 750F1 Montjuinch recently sold on eBay for just over $31000, and while this bike is not as rare, the asking price is in the right range for such a low mileage original example.  I do love the fact that the bike is so original which is hard to come by nowadays.

AS

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