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Ducati July 16, 2022 posted by

Photogenic – 2002 Ducati 748S

Image 01 - 2002 Ducati 748 Superbike

2002 Ducati 748S

Much like myself, it seems that any automobile or motorcycle made in the 90s or early 00s is really coming into stride today. The 748 is no exception and although it lived in the shadow of it’s bigger brother, the 916/996, collectors and enthusiasts have finally started to chase this bike with their dollars and not just their eyes. The 748’s bored out brothers had big power and clearly displayed handling prowess in The Matrix so it’s understandable that they had the spotlight first. The 748 was the path of least resistance for some buyers and is now getting similar treatment to the 916/996.

Image 7 - 2002 Ducati 748 Superbike

The fact that the 748 was easier to purchase wasn’t the only reason it gained popularity. HP and displacement aren’t everything and you have to consider the total package. Smaller engines rev much faster and higher which let’s you get to the good part of the song much quicker. On the topic of power and performance, the 748 did pale in comparison to competitors. While hard to ignore for the spec sheet warriors, it’s hard to imagine any owner is sweating about how this bike stacks up to Japanese 600s. Most owners probably won’t put this on a track anymore so it’s more about the experience and that’s exactly where the 748 delivers.

Image 91 - 2002 Ducati 748 Superbike

From the seller:

Perfect condition, engine doesn’t eat oil, no leaks, the ECU was remapped [but I don’t know the exact HP] lot of carbon parts and titanium all documented and done by myself, too much to list here contact me for any questions. Comes with the original parts, and helmet, gloves, tools etc…

Image 3 - 2002 Ducati 748 Superbike

The listing does leave a bit to be desired for an auction that starts at nearly $10K. However, the bike does look pretty clean and the the seller does include a lot of the original parts that were replaced with lightweight bits. The ECU remap does warrant some further inquiry but it seems the seller has the info and just wasn’t bothered to type it out.

Auction starts at $9,500 and has no bids over the first day. The seller is also accepting offers. Enjoy the bidding!

-Norm

 

Photogenic – 2002 Ducati 748S
Ducati March 23, 2022 posted by

Smaller Displacement, Capital R: 2000 Ducati 748R

The frenzy revolving around all things Ducati 916/996 has been nothing short of incredible to watch.  Collectors have taken note of these beautiful machines in a big way recently.  While one could never say any of these bikes were ever undesirable, most had a quite sentiment that they were undervalued for many years.  This history, looks, sounds and performance were unquestionably desirable, and now prices are starting to match this market feeling.  Some enthusiasts have felt left out as values increase.  Many of these would be owners turned their eyes to the smaller 748.  All of looks and sounds, but less power.  Some have claimed the reduction in power actually makes for a more enjoyable street bike.  But as demand increased, so did prices.

In all of this excitement, there are still ways to find value.  One such bike is the 748R.  This was a very low production homologation version of the three quarter liter bikes.  Some research claims that only 70 examples were brought to the USA in 2000.  The biggest change was the introduction of shower style fuel injection.  In period this was something that was rarely seen outside of a Formula 1 car.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2000 748R up for sale. This is a period correct equipped model for 2000, there were other variations in suspension and body parts and so forth for other years.

2,730 miles……Clean and Clear Title

All fluids, timing belts changes and the airbox gaskets were changed 02/21.

Factory service manual and tool kit included.

Termignoni Full 50mm Exhaust
Upgraded Eprom Chip (stock included)
Mad Science Rear Fender Eliminator. Stock tail included
SHORAI Lithium Battery
Carbon Tank Pad, Exhaust Shields and Heel Plates.
Carbon Rear fender/chain guard
New Michelin Piot Power 2CT’s
Heli Bars.
Recent Fuel Pump Service and Dyno Tune at Boulder Motorsports …107.3 RWHP at altitude

Automatic Kickstand Retract Shut off has been bypassed

Only Blemishes on this bike are a scratch on the rear wheel that has been touched up, and small scratch down by the side stand , which has been touched up as well.

I’m Third Owner, driven less than 200 miles since purchased.

This example ticks a lot of boxes in the market right now.  Rare, low miles and a solid value at $16,500.  That may sound like a lot for a 748, but when you factor everything else that goes into an R, it starts to make more sense.  When talking comparative 996 or 998R the price point could be multiple times higher.  This could be a great opportunity for someone to enter the exclusive R owners circle at a reasonable price point.

Smaller Displacement, Capital R:  2000 Ducati 748R
Ducati August 20, 2021 posted by

Underappreciated, Homologation: The 2001 Ducati 748R

Little can be said about the Ducati 916-996-998 generation of superbikes that has not already been said.  We all know that they are among the most beautiful motorcycles ever created.  Clearly an instant classic and cemented their place in history.  They are a dream bike of many.  Even in standard for there is undeniable appeal.  This also holds true for the many special high performance versions sold over the years.  In order to qualify for some racing classes, manufactures are required to produce a specific number of road going motorcycles.   In the case of Ducati these homologation specials are badged as R models.

When talking Ducati and racing, one can be excused for thinking it all revolves around the World Superbike Championship and forget that the smaller displacement classes offered up some amazing motorcycles.  Take the Ducati 748, as a whole it should have a broad appeal.  An adequate amount of power for road use by mere mortals, and the stunning looks of the larger bother.  And yet the 748 seems shunned with prices lagging well behind a comparable larger engine bike.   This trend also extends to the 748R.

Built in much lower numbers than the 996 and 998 R variants, the 748R featured a plethora of upgrades over the stander offerings.  Ti valves and rods, carbon airbox and a bespoke shower fuel injection system round out the engine.  Ohlins forks and shock mean handling to match the looks.  These even have the amazing story of not really being sold for road use, even though many found ways to don plates.

From the Seller’s eBay Listing:

  • 2001 Ducati 748R – 700 Original Miles – Street Legal 
  • Extremely rare superbike with only 100 imported into the USA.  Most “R” bikes were never titled and street legal and a lot were since crashed and no longer in existence.  
  • Fully street legal with current Rhode Island registration. Rhode Island titled noting 770 actual miles and “748R” as shown in photo. 
  • A true collectors “R” bike with full Ohlins suspension, Formula One style overhead shower injectors in larger Ducati factory carbon fiber airbox. Titanium valves and connecting rods. Marchesini magnesium wheel set. Numbered triple tree.  
  • Last started 2 years ago and ran perfect. Engine was fogged and fuel drained. Bike has since been stored in my house on display. 
  • 16,950 FIRM, NO OFFERS OR TRADES ACCEPTED. Local pickup preferred but will ship if buyer sets up logistics. 
  • I reserve the right to end the auction early for any reason as it is also advertised in other locations. 
  • Payment via CASH or BANK WIRE only.

The $16,950 Buy It Now price has yet to be hit.  That might be a large sum of money for a 748, it is peanuts compared to a 996R these days.  The seller clearly thinks the world of the bike as it is seen in what appears to be his living room.  Too bad the seller could only find a potato to take the pictures with, surely potential buyers will want to see the bike in better light.  With a claimed 700 miles this is sure to be one of the better examples to be available at any time.

Underappreciated, Homologation:  The 2001 Ducati 748R
Ducati April 13, 2018 posted by

Little Brother: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale

If you’re a sportbike fan, bikes like the Ducati 748R might seem like the poor cousin to the 916/996/998, a bike you only bought because your funds wouldn’t stretch to the more expensive, larger-displacement version. But no “R” model Ducati really takes a back seat to anything: they were homologation specials, and the 748R was designed to allow the smaller-engined v-twin to compete in World Supersport racing.

The higher-spec powerplant in the 748R used lightweight titanium valves and connecting rods, fed by shower-type fuel injectors made possible by a two-part carbon fiber airbox. Space for the larger airbox necessitated a lightweight version of the 996 World Superbike’s frame, and the result was a real-world 106hp and midrange torque 600cc inline four rivals could only dream of, with additional power waiting to be unleashed by race teams unconcerned by trivialities like “longevity.”

The carbon airbox served two purposes: in addition to providing more air and fuel at the higher revs made possible by the lightweight internals, it also helped stiffen the frame for improved handling. Adjustable triple clamps and Öhlins suspension front and rear refined the 748’s already impressive handling: purists actually claim the 748 is a better handling machine than the 916, with less weight and increased agility, no doubt helped by the narrower 180-section rear tire.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale

Time to make some room in my garage so I’m going to part with this rare beast. Its an original 2001 Ducati 748R.  No. 711. Not many of these around anymore and this one’s good some nice goodies. it has 11k miles (I do ride it here and there so there may be some more)

I am the second owner and the previous owner did all of the upgrades. The bike is in very good shape, not mint there are a couple light scratches on the tank, a small scuff mark on the right fairing and the foam around the instrument panel is a bit melted from the sun. (I think this was due in party to the double bubble windscreen magnifying it). The paint is in amazing shape. It has much more power than a regular 748 and the R has a more unique sound due to the differences in the motors. Maintained at Munroe Motors Ducati in San Francisco. Head were checked at 10,000 miles and rockers/valves had no signs of issues.

Heres a list of some of the upgrades (I’m probably leaving some things out)

  • Heads by Guy Martin (he makes some of the toughest and durable heads for Ducatis, they also increase power about 15-20%)  http://www.mbpducati.ca/
  • CycleCat fully adjustable rearsets
  • CycleCat fully adjustable clip ons
  • CRG adjustable brake and clutch lever
  • BrakeTech AXIS Cobra Stainless Steel Series Wave rotors
  • BrakeTech pads
  • STM Slipper Clutch
  • STM Clutch Slave
  • Gubellini Steering damper
  • Fast by Ferracci 54mm full exhaust (ceramic coated) sounds amazing!
  • Carbon Fiber exhaust shield
  • Marchesini forged wheels
  • Pirelli corsas
  • Carbon fiber intake cover (larger and smoother bore than the stock ones
  • Zero Gravity Windscreen
  • Sargent seat
  • Ohlins shock
  • Ohlins fork
  • Carbon keyless gas cap/filler

Tech Specs: The top of the range model was now the 748R, Ducati’s racing homologation model produced only in very limited numbers. This engine was again a derivative of the SPS model but with more tuning. The main difference is that the R model has an overhead shower-injector arrangement compared to the 748E and S model’s traditional throttle bodies, titanium connecting rods, titanium valves and more extreme valve timing.

As such, the 748R has a larger, two-part airbox and thus the frame was also different in order to accommodate this. The suspension choice was Ohlins for both the rear shock and front forks, although the very first models in 2000 used Showa titanium nitride (TiN) front forks and a Showa shock absorber. The engine included a very basic slipper clutch to ensure that this would then be homologated for use in racing, as well as an oil cooler.

The starting bid is $7,500 with no takers yet. That’s a great deal for a 748R, but this one is no garage queen and collectors might turn up their noses at things like the aftermarket turn signals. The miles are still pretty low and the bike comes equipped with some choice components: the 748R was available from the factory with some nice parts, but it’s a Ducati, so you can always find nicer ones to fit any budget, no matter how large. This one probably isn’t for the collectors, given the clean, but well-used condition and highly-functional, but non-stock configuration. This is one for the riders, for folks looking for a bike they can take to the track and not worry too much about adding a few more scuffs and battle scars.

-tad

Little Brother: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale
Ducati July 22, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 2001 Ducati 748R

Update 8.2.2017: SOLD!

Update 7.21.2017: Price dropped to $10,500 OBO. Additional pictures added in the gallery below. Thank you to Jay for supporting the site and good luck to potential buyers! -dc

The Ducati 748 was built from 1994-2002, in three variants – E, S, and R ( with factory racers identified as SP or SPS ).  Though the E can be a biposto, and the S a base model with upgraded components, the R is a single-seat homolagation special for World SuperSports racing, with parts the race team wanted to be able to use that year.  In the case of the 748, special parts include the frame, engine, suspension, airbox, and slipper clutch.  The 748 presented here has been lightly updated and very lightly used, and its time on display has left it looking excellent and ready to ride or display.

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20160802 2001 ducati 748r right front

Interestly, the desmoquattro engine as requested by the Cagiva brothers in 1985 was a mid-size 748cc’s, though Ducati’s bike had to wait until Tamburini had styled the 916 Superbike, with now-classic trellis frame and single-sided swingarm.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r left rear

20160802 2001 ducati 748r left engine unfaired  20160802 2001 ducati 748r underseat

The 748R has a much different engine than the base or S, 106 hp available thanks to high-lift cams, titanium connecting rods and valves, and fuel injectors centered in the 54 mm intake horns.  The frame was lightened and altered to accommodate the large carbon fiber airbox.  The suspension was up-spec’ed to Öhlins front and rear, 43mm front forks and fully adjustable.  Wheels are cast Marchesini 17’s.  The underseat exhaust has been upgraded to an Arrow system.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r right 20160802 2001 ducati 748r binnacle 20160802 2001 ducati 748r left rear wheel

Here are the owner’s comments :

This rare example is nearly stock with a full Arrow exhaust, Yoyodyne slave cylinder and a few carbon bits. I bought this bike about 13 months ago from a dealership in outside of San Francisco. Right before I bought her a major service including valves, belts, all fluids, chain, brake pads, tires and a few things I forgot were done (the bill was over $3000). I cleaned her up, rode her 100 miles then I drained the tank, pulled the battery and stuck her in my buddy’s office for a year. I pulled her out of the office a week ago, added some 100 octane to wake her up with a kick, installed a new battery and cleaned and polished every bit of her. she runs GREAT. She needs nothing, she is ready to be ridden or she can be display piece like she was for me.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r left front

20160802 2001 ducati 748r right muffler  20160802 2001 ducati 748r left front wheel unfaired

Number 817 of the required 1000, the 748R is a rare sight here since only 100 or so made it to the states.  Rare also that it hasn’t been raced or damaged, and has only 1796 miles on the clock.  After a long display career, the previous owner treated this bike to a full maintenance service.  The present owner added only 100 of those miles before draining the fuel and bringing the bike indoors again.

20160802 2001 ducati 748r office

748’s reviewed as diminutive knife-sharp handlers, and though the -S was said to be better for the road than the 996, the 748R may be better suited to the track.  Maybe your office manager will turn up their nose and your “new” 748R will have to live in the garage and drive on the street.  Or it could resume being a rare collector machine.  The owner asks $12,000 $10,500

-donn

Featured Listing – 2001 Ducati 748R
Ducati October 29, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 2000 Ducati 748R for Sale

Update 10.31.2016: Please note the correct VIN for this bike is ZDM3SB3S1YB001839 and has been verified on the frame and title. While the bodywork doesn’t appear to be original, we believe this to be an authentic 748R. Please contact the seller for additional information. -dc

2000-ducati-748r-r-side

At a glance, it’s easy to dismiss the 748R as another “paint-and-tape” special from Ducati, designed to drum up some interest in a bike that was already five or six years old. But while the “S” versions of their 916/748 bikes might fall into that trap, the “R” models were homologation specials that were often very different bikes under the skin, with revised engine internals or an entirely different frame. In the case of the 748R, a lighter version of the 996 World Superbike trellis was used, allowing a two-part airbox with a larger capacity to be used. That carbon-fiber part increased the lightweight frame’s stiffness and allowed the use of different fuel injectors. Combined with a raft of titanium engine parts, those changes meant increased top-end power and wide powerband compared to a comparatively peaky four-cylinder supersport machine.

2000-ducati-748r-l-side

Often considered to be one of the very best-handling Ducatis of all time, the 748 may have given up some straight-line performance compared to four-cylinder rivals, but the 106hp produced by the bike in this configuration was no joke, considering that’s just a few ponies shy of what the original 916 made, with plenty more on tap if you were racetrack-bound and weren’t concerned about regular teardowns. Normal 748s and 916s require regular and potentially expensive maintenance if you’re used to Japanese sport bikes, so keep in mind that running one of these as anything other than a decoration will require a significantly larger outlay of cash.

2000-ducati-748r-clocks

Although the Tamburini design’s ubiquity makes the 748/916 seem familiar now, due to its regular appearance in Rich Bastard lifestyle magazines, bedroom wall posters, and even films as the aspirational motorcycle of the era, it really is one of the most stunning motorcycle designs ever. And although they made boatloads of 748s during the bike’s nearly decade-long production run, very few of the 748R were built. Only the “RS” that lacked any concessions at all to road use and was basically an over-the-counter race bike is rarer and more exotic.

2000-ducati-748r-r-side-fairing

From the seller: Low Mileage 2000 Ducati 748R for Sale

Well, well, well…you won’t see this every day. Immaculate 2000 Ducati 748R with only 2,538 original miles! Only 70 of these 748R’s were imported into the United States in the year 2000, according to Standard Catalog of Ducati Motorcycles by Ian Falloon. Serviced at my local Ducati dealer less than 1 year ago and has been ridden less than 50 miles since service. Service included oil change, timing belts, valves, and synchronizing of throttle bodies. To the best of my knowledge the complete front brake system, including master cylinder, was upgraded to high end Brembo components. I was told while I was at the Ducati dealer having the above service done, that the master cylinder alone is $1,000.00

  • New Shorai battery
  • Coolant reservoir has been changed from the original plastic to the updated aluminum version
  • Ohlins rear suspension
  • Ohlins steering damper
  • Termignoni carbon fiber full exhaust system

Carbon Fiber Accessories:

  • Rear fender
  • Swing arm cover
  • Chain guard
  • Right & Left dash panels
  • Foot peg covers
  • Exhaust heat shield
  • Clutch cover
  • Front mudguard
  • Carbon fiber Underbelly Has 3 quarter inch crack next to oil drain plug hole
  • Headlight support
  • Upper fairing stay

Also included in sale:

  • Original Marchesini wheels & tires
  • Original exhaust
  • A few windscreens and miscellaneous parts (all extra parts have scratches here and there from bring moved around and stored)

Very minor defects to the motorcycle as pictured, small rock chip and small crack pictured. Only mechanical issue is front brake has a slight pulse to it. I am guessing one of the rotors needs straightened.

2000-ducati-748r-r-tail

Luckily, today’s bike appears to have been cherished and, as is typical for beautiful, low-mileage Ducatis, has had an entire parts catalog thrown at it. With regular 748 and 748S examples lurking around the $5,000 to $6,000 mark, the $8,500 asking price seems very fair, considering the condition. I believe those PERFORMANCE decals are a later addition but, like everything else, can be easily reversed by the new owner if desired. With just over 2,000 miles on the bike, this one should work for collectors as well as folks who plan to ride their investments on occasion. The seller clearly thought ahead when making modifications, as the original wheels and exhaust are included. In early 2000, the 748R had Showa suspension front and rear, so this bike may have been upgraded to the later Öhlins bits that became standard in 2001 or upgraded to aftermarket parts.

The owner asks $8,500 and Steve at Southwest Cycle can be reached at (239) 898-3050.
-tad

2000-ducati-748r-l-side-engine

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 2000 Ducati 748R for Sale
Ducati July 24, 2015 posted by

More Than Skin Deep: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale

2001 Ducati 748R R Side

Ducati’s 916 bikes were built in great enough numbers, and are available for sale often enough, that it’s sometimes hard to think of them as “rare.” I mean, it’s much harder to find a nice ZX-7R than it is a 996 these days. But while we may have become a bit blasé about these former fantasy-garage machines, there are still a few out there like this 748R worth getting excited about.

2001 Ducati 748R L Side Front

While Ducati’s “S” models are generally just their regular offerings with some carbon parts thrown at them and some upgraded suspension bits you probably won’t notice unless you’re racetrack-bound, if at all, the “R” bikes are often a whole different kettle of fish.

2001 Ducati 748R Cockpit

They generally don’t look all that different, but that’s kind of the point: they’re homologation bikes built to include parts Ducati wants to use on their racebikes, and they generally don’t need to sell all that many of them, so they can be very, very expensive.

2001 Ducati 748R Tail

Designed to compete in World Supersport racing and heavily revised in 2001, the 748R used a lightened version the 996 World Superbike’s frame to allow use of a larger, two-part airbox. Constructed from carbon fiber, the new airbox added some stiffness back to the lighter frame and permitted the use of Formula One type shower fuel injectors. The new airbox and injectors, along with titanium valves and connecting rods gave 106hp on the road, with plenty of potential waiting to be unlocked by the race teams.

Adjustable triple clamps and Öhlins suspension front and rear helped make what may have been the sweetest-handling Ducati of the period even sweeter.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale

Well well well…you won’t see this every day. Immaculate 2001 Ducati 748R with only 1,695 original miles!

This rare example is nearly stock with an Arrow exhaust, Yoyodyne slave cylinder and a few carbon bits. We’ve just done a major service including valves, all fluids, battery, chain, brake pads and more.

You won’t find one this nice anywhere else.

Tech Specs: The top of the range model was now the 748R, Ducati’s racing homologation model produced only in very limited numbers. This engine was again a derivative of the SPS model but with more tuning. The main difference is that the R model has an overhead shower-injector arrangement compared to the 748E and S model’s traditional throttle bodies, titanium connecting rods, titanium valves and more extreme valve timing.

As such, the 748R has a larger, two-part airbox and thus the frame was also different in order to accommodate this. The suspension choice was Ohlins for both the rear shock and front forks, although the very first models in 2000 used Showa titanium nitride (TiN) front forks and a Showa shock absorber. The engine included a very basic slipper clutch to ensure that this would then be homologated for use in racing, as well as an oil cooler.

2001 Ducati 748R Rear Suspension

High-mileage Ducati’s shouldn’t scare you off, but badly-maintained ones should have you running the other way, hands clamped protectively over your wallet. This bike has low miles and is being sold by a dealer, which likely means the price will be higher. In the plus column, they obviously know what they have and what they are doing, which will hopefully increase buyer confidence.

If you’re looking into four-valve Ducati ownership, there are much, much cheaper options out there. But for collectors or track junkies, this is one to have.

-tad

2001 Ducati 748R L Side

More Than Skin Deep: 2001 Ducati 748R for Sale
Ducati May 19, 2015 posted by

Hiding in Plain Sight – Rare Ducati 748R

2001 Ducati 748R on eBay

748R_rightside

Nobody would blame you for overlooking this one.  I almost did.  Just another guy who thinks his Ducati is worth way more than it really is, right?  Maybe not.  It turns out this is a very rare Ducati 748R.  I happen to have a good friend who is a serious Ducati collector and this is one he told me to be on the lookout for.  The 748R is a legitimately hopped up homologation special with quite a few upgrades designed to make it a serious contender on the SuperSport racing scene.  There were approximately 2000 of them made and only 100 of them were designated for import into the U.S.

748R_tail

The 748R had a slightly different frame to accommodate a larger carbon fiber airbox, different injectors, titanium rods and valves as well as top notch Ohlins suspension both front and rear.  I believe it also featured a slipper clutch as well as a taller first gear, similar to the Honda RC30/45 and the ZX7R homologation models.  So, street riding might be a bit of a chore.  But I wouldn’t complain!

748R_rear

This one appears well cared for with a number of expected modifications as well as some legitimate engine work.  Whether that’s a positive or a negative is up to you.  The seller gives some more details about the Duc’s condition below or you can read about them as well as the list of modifications on his eBay auction seen here: 2001 Ducati 748R for sale

Time to make some room in my garage so I’m going to part with this rare beast. Its an original 2001 Ducati 748R.  No. 711. Not many of these around anymore and this one’s good some nice goodies. it has 11k miles (I do ride it here and there so there may be some more)

I am the second owner and the previous owner did all of the upgrades. The bike is in very good shape, not mint there are a couple light scratches on the tank, a small scuff mark on the right fairing and the foam around the instrument panel is a bit melted from the sun. (I think this was due in party to the double bubble windscreen magnifying it). The paint is in amazing shape. It has much more power than a regular 748 and the R has a more unique sound due to the differences in the motors. Maintained at Munroe Motors Ducati in San Francisco. Head were checked at 10,000 miles and rockers/valves had no signs of issues.

 748R_dashplaque

Hiding in Plain Sight – Rare Ducati 748R