Sometimes a builder gets things looking so good, the will to ride the daylights out of their creation suffers. Not sure that’s what happened here, but this 749R has been beautifully prepped for the track and looks ready for a late start to the season.
Ducati’s 749 accompanied the 999 to the showroom, and the 749R was built in limited quantities for supersport racers to campaign. The 749R had a much more race-oriented engine than the base and -S models, much more oversquare with a 94mm bore and 54mm stroke. The architecture was backed up with exotic materials, with titanium con-rods and valves, and magnesium head covers conspiring for 121 hp at 10,250 rpm. 43mm Öhlins forks ride in an adjustable headstock, and the both-sided swingarm has a race-oriented non-progressive linkage to the monoshock. Even the typically excellent Brembo brakes are lightened for the track, with thinner 4.5 mm rotors.
This 749R had the cobwebs blown off in the owner’s Florida driveway, and looks like a fresh track day build. From the levers and pegs to the Alicé-derived livery, this build looks right. Harder to see is the flow smoothing, balancing, and updates internal to the engine. Too much to list from the eBay auction:
Peach Pit Custom Paint JobArmour Bodies BodyworkVortex Upper stayEngine Build….Ducati Race Kit Plus…. 20k in receitsPorted Heads, Cams, Intake Manifolds, Injectors, Etc130HP on Pump with Dyno SheetMarchesini Forged RimsOhlins Front and Rear Suspension and Steering DamperCorse Dynamics Ride Height AdjusterMicrotec ECUDynojet QuickshifterEVR Slipper ClutchBCM Clutch CoverTermignoni Full 60mm SystemEuro Racing Quick turn ThrottleAttack Offset Triple TreesWoodcraft Clip-onsBCM RearsetsVortex 520 GearingShorai BatteryAccossoto Brake Master with CRG LeversSpeedmoto frame slidersLightened Rear Brake Rotor