The original desmoquattro designed for Cagiva was a 3/4 liter, so a supersport from the 916 gene pool was a forgone conclusion. Some reviewers thought the higher revving 748 was a better choice for the road than the superbike. From Miami, this 748S has just 7,776 miles and looks excellent.
With its smaller bore, the 748 could rev more freely, reporting 98 hp at 11,000 rpm. Luckily the cooling system built for the 916 can cope more readily with the 748’s heat. Premium Showa dampers soak up the road’s realities, with Ti nitriding on the fork legs to reduce stiction. Retro-grade operations are conducted by Brembos’s excellent dual 320mm front disks, which fully occupy the Marchesini five-spoke wheels. The bodywork was available in mono or biposto and many of the single seaters had a sporty number plate area behind the seat.
With under 500 miles per year, the semi-gloss finish on this 748S looks great. Updates appear to be limited to Silmoto mufflers, Rizoma reservoirs and aftermarket levers. Bar risers might be a thought for riders of a certain age, as the aggressive riding position is shared with the 916. Tires and cam belts would want renewal if they’re original. From the eBay auction:
Selling my Ducati 748S ‘Semi Senna’. All the best add-ons, she is fast and stops on a dime. Sounds AMAZING! Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for looking.
Besides its classic good looks, the 748 got good marks for the close ratio transmission and just-about-superbike power. Early years had issues with the hard plating on the rocker arms failing, but were resolved before this last year example. Bidding has been active, and should really take off if the seller posts answers to the questions they must be getting.