Some might claim that it is easy to overlook the late 80s Ducati 750 Sport with everything else that was going on with the brand at the time. We were greeted by the amazing 851 and 88, and patiently awaiting the legendary 916 to arrive. We were also lamenting the end of the F1 era of superbikes. There were people that unfairly dubbed the 750 Sport “The Poor Man’s F1”. Maybe it was a case of being overshadowed by other offerings, or just not being fully understood in period but the 750 Sport offers and enjoyable and usable option for people wanting to experience this time period again.
The 750 Sport is an interesting mix of different Ducati eras. The 72 horsepower is made with the use of a single Weber carburetor pulled from the Paso, the frame is very similar to the F1 and the brakes and suspension were the standard units from Brembo and Marzocchi. It has been claimed that around 400 of these machines came to the US, but concrete documentation from this era of Ducati is challenging.
Please note this bike is technically a 1989 model, according to the frame, but it is, and always has been, titled as a 1990 model, accounting for the fact it wasn’t sold until 1990, which was a common occurrence in that time period with low production European motorcycles.
The running condition of the machine is flawless, starting right up. This bike has been part of my collection for a while and just isn’t ridden enough, so it’s time for someone else to enjoy it. It’s basically a well-maintained and well cared for bike that runs and rides with absolutely no issues. Leave it the way it is (preferred) or restore it eventually after having some fun with it. I just happen to like this machine the way it is.
The paint on the tank, fairings, etc. are original, and have never had any type of paintwork or touchup, as far as I can tell. The paint on the frame and associated parts is also original, and aside from some minor age freckling, is in good condition. The bike has never been in any type of accident or been dropped at any time. The seat is also original and is in very nice condition.
Listed with no Buy It Now button, keen watchers will be excited to see where the market prices this example. With just over 19k miles it will be more appealing to someone that wants to ride the bike, even if sparingly. This could be the most affordable way to own a classic 80s Ducati. Condition seems to be that perfect balance of used and loved. Nice enough to be proud of at a local show, but used enough to be enjoyed on the road guilt free.
The eBay listing goes to great lengths to talk about originality. Does not mention the aftermarket exhaust. The F1s are sure to sound amazing and are period correct. One nit pick is that the front turn signals are no the factory units. As luck would have it the factory units were used on a wide range of bikes of this time, so sourcing a more correct looking options should be no problem at all.
Engine Number: 750 LS 751253
Frame Number: ZDM1KA3JXLB751788