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Ducati April 25, 2020 posted by

Dust Never Sleeps – 2004 Ducati 749R Racebike

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.

2004 Ducati 749R ( Racebike ) for sale on eBay

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 Job
Armour Bodies Bodywork
Vortex Upper stay
 
Engine Build….Ducati Race Kit Plus…. 20k in receits
Ported Heads, Cams, Intake Manifolds, Injectors, Etc
130HP on Pump with Dyno Sheet
 
Marchesini Forged Rims
Ohlins Front and Rear Suspension and Steering Damper
Corse Dynamics Ride Height Adjuster
Microtec ECU
Dynojet Quickshifter
EVR Slipper Clutch
BCM Clutch Cover
Termignoni Full 60mm System
Euro Racing Quick turn Throttle
Attack Offset Triple Trees
Woodcraft Clip-ons
BCM Rearsets
Vortex 520 Gearing
Shorai Battery
Accossoto Brake Master with CRG Levers
Speedmoto frame sliders
Lightened Rear Brake Rotor
The stacked headlight design was short-lived at Ducati, but improvements in the Testastretta kept coming.  An AMA or World Supersport championship wasn’t in the cards, but privateers and club racers kept the marque on the front page.  The auction appears to be without reserve, despite the big bucks sunk in this bike.  As always, the purchase cost of a race machine is just the price of admission, but for a superfan this might be great track day bike.
-donn
Dust Never Sleeps – 2004 Ducati 749R Racebike
Ducati July 12, 2019 posted by

Dressed to the Nines: 2004 Ducati 749R

Much more than its bigger brother in different clothes, the Ducati 749 is very much its own bike with a unique personality. Smaller, lighter and trading off power for responsiveness, the 749 combines much of what you want in a canyon carver. The “R” version takes that same package, but wraps it in carbon and high dollar farkles to make it even more potent a weapon, and even more artistic. Haters of the Terblanche design will deride the details and proportions, but keyboard warriors and magazine page flippers don’t realize the in-person presence this design manages to pull off. Before you write it off, make an effort to see one in person. Maybe this one. Its a worthwhile exercise.

2004 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

In general terms, the “R” in Ducati’s lineup brings the normal Strada (street) models closer to the Corse (race) spec. Brakes, suspension, engine and bodywork are usually all updated to more expensive, fully adjustable, more powerful, or lighter units. Adjustability abounds, allowing the rider to set the Ohlins suspension in terms of need. So too, are the seat-tank arrangement and the footpegs. The swingarm is a beefier unit, and lends to a more solid cornering experience. Radial mount Brembos are the best in the business, and handle stopping duties front and rear. The chassis is adjustable for rake, in the event you need to sharpen things up even a bit more. Bodywork is full carbon, and the graphics on the side panels are actually windows showing the carbon weave. The engine has been reworked from the standard 749 Testaretta, with a larger bore and shorter stroke. This configuration allows for higher revs, and power jumps up almost 15 ponies at the top of the rev range, to an impressive 121. As with other R models, the 749R is serialized with its own unique number plate attached to the gorgeous top clamp. The seller has included a lot of general Ducati info in the advert, so I have pulled lines specific to this particular bike.

From the seller:
I have both factory keys and the red programming key along with all owner’s manuals that were issued by Ducati at time of purchase. This bike has been stored in a climate controlled environment since new. Brand new battery installed. Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires are brand new.

This one-of-a-kind bike also features a full Termignoni 57mm Stainless/Carbon racing exhaust system, custom fuel injection tune. Rizoma rearsets

Mine comes with 2 tanks, I bought a regular tank so I can use daily for street riding, it’s smaller

While many would claim that the devil is in the design (748 = beautiful, 749 = u.g.l.y.), I would argue that the devil is truly in the details. And you have to get right in there to see some of the magnificence that is the 749R. Look at the rear adjuster, for example. It’s a slider type that allows for chain tension adjustment without changing ride height. The rear shock linkage works off of a flatter curve, which is more in line with the race bike. The front fork has an axle offset adjustment to allow for the change of trail. I haven’t even gotten into the magnesium bits and other unobtainium sprinkled throughout. The seller has even added some extra tasty bits, further enhancing performance. There is vast beauty here; one need only look to see it.

As it stands, the Terblanche-designed Ducati Superbikes have been some of the most under-rated limited edition models in some time. Because of the polarizing design these have not really appreciated in value in quite the same manner as the earlier Tamburini design. In truth, these are far more capable motorcycles than the original 916/748 line, and deserve a closer look. They have likely bottomed out in terms of value for the foreseeable future, and as this design ages it seems to take on a better outlook. If you are interested in the early Terblance bikes, now is a good time to go shopping. Check this one out here, as it has already has a nibble at the $9,500 opening ask. With no reserve, this beauty is going home with somebody. That somebody could be you. Good Luck!!

MI

Dressed to the Nines: 2004 Ducati 749R
Ducati January 2, 2019 posted by

Up Close and Personal – 2005 Ducati 749R

RSBFS readers are accustomed to spotless 749R’s with very few miles, and this example does not disappoint, even though it was owned by a race team.  This rare homologation special has been barely broken in, displayed, protected from damage, maintained, and even autographed by its designer Pierre Terblanche.

2005 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

Ducati viewed World Super Sport as a good fit for their 749, having been updated in 2003 with the 999.  WSSP rules encouraged manufacturers to load their middle-weights for bear, and Ducati obliged, equipping the 749R with a special oversquare engine tested to 121 hp and happier at the upper end of the rev range thanks to titanium internals.  An adjustable headstock was at the front of the trellis frame, with race-derived flat rate swingarm at the back.  Tunable forks and rear monoshock were by Ohlins, with radially-mounted Brembo brakes.  Adjustments are also available for the seat and footpeg positions.  The monoposto-only fairing was initially carbon, but de-rated to polymer after the initial year.

Hidden in the back of the  – Tech46 – shop in Birmingham, AL, this 749R has been witness to their preparations for AMA, endurance and rally events.  From the eBay auction:

749R with only 1780 original street miles. This motorcycle is in immaculate condition, runs perfectly, and has been hand-signed the bike’s designer – the world renowned Pierre Terblanche.

This bike has never been on the racetrack. No leaks, no smoke, shifts like new bike, rides like new, everything works just as it did when sold new. Paint is flawless. Full synthetic Maxima Ultra 4 10-40 engine oil. Front and rear brake system and hydraulic clutch have been flushed with Brembo 600 RBF. This bike needs nothing other than a new home.

This motorcycle is badged by Ducati on the upper triple clamp as example #0104 of approximately 1500 749R motorcycles produced for worldwide distribution between 2004 and 2006.

Includes both factory keys and the red programming key along with all owners manuals that were issued by Ducati at time of purchase. This gem has been stored in a climate controlled environment since new. Brand new Yuasa AGM battery installed a month ago. Michelin tires are in excellent (basically brand new) condition with 2011 date codes.

The 749R really belongs on the track, the riding position, cooling and electrical systems never really compromised for the road.  This example is more pristine than many, ready for many more miles it probably will never see.  Right out front, it’s labelled a PIERRE machine ( his usual autograph ) and though some owners would put it inside or under the seat, this 749R wears it proudly…

-donn

Up Close and Personal – 2005 Ducati 749R
Ducati April 30, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0074 with 774 miles !

Update 5.21.2018: SOLD to an RSBFS reader. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Ducati doubled down on the World SuperSport series in 2003, hotting up their 999-styled 749 for the private team market. The modification rules were more restrictive in WSS than in SuperBike, compelling Ducati to make a very advanced -R available in the showroom. This example has turned only 774 miles with all the homolagation components plus a couple of nice upgrades.

Starting in the engine room, a more oversquare ( 94mm stroke x 54mm bore ) was used, combining with exotic materials in the rotating parts to make an easier-revving engine good for 121 hp.  High-strength aluminum pistons, titanium valve gear, lightweight crank, and magnesium valve covers were all on board, as well as a factory slipper clutch.  Continuing to the suspension, Öhlins are found all around ( including steering damper) and the box-section swingarm is shared with the 999R.  Though many of the small guards and covers are carbon, it plays less of a part than on the 2004 edition, the bodywork being presented in a high strength polymer.  The 2005 nose is a little less busy with only two openings for intake air, and the 749R came with a nice enduro length 18 liter fuel tank.  Adjustability is the key word, with seating position, foot pegs, steering head, and of course suspension set up for the rider.

The present owner added Sato rearsets and a Paulimoto clutch cover before putting just 774 miles on number 0074.  It has the gloss of a brand-new bike and appears undamaged by road or garage mishaps.  Regular RSBFS advertiser Automania says this about the 749R:

This bike, number 74 of at least 500 produced to meet FIM homologation regulations. Along with the retail cost of $21,995, the owner then opened up his wallet for a set of Sato Rear Set and a Paulimoto Vented Clutch Cover. The exhaust is stock Ducati, most likely the only stock muffler on a Ducati in the world.

What we have here on the showroom floor is one of the best handling Ducatis ever produced, renowned for it’s super precise, nimble handling. Adjustable Steering Head rake angle, great top end power with Race Exhaust, quiet and smooth with Stock Exhaust. It has an amazing transmission, gorgeous body work with original paint. It is arguably the greatest middleweight twin ever made, fantastic fun as a street bike or track day bike. The best part is that coming from a private collection, showing 774 miles from new.

Of the several hundred 749R’s made, many were sold to team owners, riders, and collectors, with relatively few ridden much.  The buyers got a nice package because of the competition rules, and likely to be a unicorn on the road.  As a track day machine, it’s an immersive experience without advanced electronics.  The Terblanche design has gained popularity over the years and this 749S would continue to be a great show machine.  Automania’s asking price is $10,595, and their own page on the bike is – here – .  They would be happy to discuss the possibilities on (541) 479-8888, or by email – here –.

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0074 with 774 miles !
Ducati March 21, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051

Update 4.14.2016: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

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Sold and equipped for the street, but meant to homologate the bike for World SuperSport racing, the 749R was built in very low numbers, with substantial differences from the base and -S models.  Since most were modified and raced by privateers, very few survive in stock form today.  With more accessible performance than the 999R, the 749R would be the more sensible choice of experienced but non-professional riders.  In mint condition, with up-to-date maintenance and road-oriented upgrades, this 749R could be a weekend rider, a concours winner, or returned to the racetrack.

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The 749R’s engine is much more oversquare than the base model with a 94mm bore and 54mm stroke.  More exotic materials were used – titanium valves and connecting rods, magnesium valve covers, carbon-fiber belt covers.  With 12.7:1 compression the power output was 118 hp.  Other enhancements for the -R were a bigger fuel tank, slipper clutch, fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, and steering head with rake adjustment.

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Updated for the 2005 year, the 749R bodywork is polymer, and recognizable by the two-intake nose ( 999’s have four intakes ).  The rear mudguard is carbon, but the front fender is polymer, very handsome in red with white racing stripe.  The steel trellis frame is matching red, and the rear swingarm is quite different than the base and -S model’s, a stronger straight box section.  Brakes are the excellent radially-mounted Brembos, and wheels the very light Marchesini forged Y-spokes.

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The owner has cared for and upgraded this 749R with versatility in mind.  Here’s his list:

  • 2005
  • Number 51 of 1200: Over 11 years many were club raced to toast and parted out.
  • Mint condition
  • 4813 miles
  • Second owner
  • It’s had about 350 miles put upon it a year – it has never been in storage; it has been ridden constantly – with a dedicated mechanic providing the maintenance 
  • Always kept in a heated garage – has never seen water (rain/hose) or a race track.

A common grump about the 749R is it’s absolute, no compromise, racing set up.  I made some upgrades to compensate for the realities of typical weekend riding:

  • STM Evoluzione R slipper clutch (OEM slipper is in perfect condition, boxed, and also comes with cycle) No chatter, squawking or stalling.
  • Slightly higher tooth rear sprocket for easier starts (OEM sprocket also comes with cycle); standard retrofit.

Other upgrades:

  • Termignoni 57 mm titanium racing exhaust and matching ECU – Installed by dealer when the cycle was first purchased 
  • Extra OEM 749R left panel.  I heat shielded and vented an extra panel to allow for better heat dispersion of the 57mm exhaust.  The original panel is stored in a foam box for the next owner 
  • Ducati carbon fiber clutch cover and rear hugger – the good weave, not the cheap stuff. (OEM clutch cover also comes with cycle)
  • Samco hose kit (the 749R OEM hoses have a reputation for coolant oozing and corroding the clamps – the Samco kit solves the problem)
  • DID Gold XRing chain

The Pitbull stand and dust cover included.  Michelin Power Pilots about 500 miles ago. 

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Maintained and ready for spring, the sensible mods made to this 749R can easily be reversed to dead stock for display, but enhance the rideability, as the owner says:

One strong selling point is, unlike some stock 749R’s, this example can be ridden around town without bucking, squawking, or stalling.  And due to proper heat shielding, the plastic won’t melt or bubble on the bottom of the left panel, which is a common comment on the Ducati blogs by owners who’ve upgraded exhaust plumbing to 57mm. No issues with the extra heat or fitment.

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Ready to go in any direction, this 749R has an uncommon blend of rarity, originality, super condition, recent-era performance, and road usability.  Seems like an outstanding alternative to liter-plus superbikes…

-donn

Featured Listing – 2005 Ducati 749R #0051
Ducati January 28, 2016 posted by

Track-Bred: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

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We generally try to feature pristine, all-original bikes here on RareSportBikesforSale whenever possible. But although it looks like the fairing and paint on this Ducati 749R aren’t original and the bike includes none of the standard road equipment, it seems a shame to exclude a bike simply for being used as Ducati intended. Because although the 749R may not be considered the beauty its older sibling was, it was a highly effective track tool, with plenty of details aimed at racers and track-day riders not found on even the up-spec’d S-model bikes.

2007 Ducati 749R L Rear

Italian manufacturers have become famous/notorious for slinging expensive Öhlins suspension and a few carbon-fiber bits at a bike, slapping a numbered plaque on the top triple clamp and calling it a “special edition,” but Ducati’s R-model bikes are a different breed entirely. Often featuring significantly revised engine internals, bore and stroke that differ from production models, and adjustable suspension geometry, they are homologation specials designed to compete in various race classes, or at least allow specific parts to be used by race teams.

The 749R certainly fits that description, with liberal use of titanium parts inside the engine, a larger bore and shorter stroke, and magnesium bits designed to keep weight in check. The bike finally included a slipper clutch, radial brakes up front, and even the gas tank is different [larger]. The changes resulted in a 121 claimed horses, up from 108 in the standard 749.

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In a massive change in philosophy from the 916-derived bikes, the 749 was designed with the rider in mind, and the monoposto bikes even featured an adjustable seat that moved fore and aft to suit riders of different sizes. Interestingly, the R had slightly less adjustability in the footpegs than the standard bike, since they needed to clear the larger-diameter exhaust as it snaked up to the underseat muffler.

From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

You are looking at a track ready 749R, less than 1200 were made, this bike was custom made for AMA, lightweight swing arm, Leo Vince Exhaust, Ohlins suspension, race fairings, carbon fiber bits, the bike looks and runs amazing, I bought from a local dealer and have a title that says 1500 miles. It was recently serviced by a reputable Ducati shop here in town. The bike is ready to go track , racing or to look pretty in any collection. 

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The Buy It Now is set at $9,950 which, while pricey for a 749, is much less than folks have been looking at for more pristine examples. Really, unless you’re a collector just planning to store your 749R away for posterity, the 749R makes little sense as a roadbike anyway: the performance benefits over the 749S aren’t likely to be noticeable at remotely legal speeds and the more highly-strung engine and increased service costs don’t seem worth it, unless you’re a Ducatisti with a serious contrarian streak.

But if you’re not a fan of the Terblanche-designed looks, then this 749R might be the perfect race or track day machine: the traditional Ducati virtues are still there, you can’t really see the bodywork when you’re riding it, and you won’t feel like you’re violating priceless art if you crash!

-tad

2007 Ducati 749R L Fairing

Track-Bred: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale
Ducati November 28, 2014 posted by

Overachieving Little Brother: Nearly New 2005 Ducati 749R

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So here’s a bold statement: if the Ducati 916 had never existed, the 999, along with its little brother the 749, would be considered a masterpiece.

It’s a superlative machine in almost every way, and was possessed the typical Ducati virtues: a thumping v-twin with a wide powerband, stable handling, and glorious noise. But it had the added benefit of almost humane ergonomics by Italian sportbike standards, a definite improvement over the 916. But it was the style, not function that caused problems and, although I do think that Pierre Terblanche’s design lacks some sex appeal: it’s maybe a bit too modern, to ruthlessly un- 916. But it is a very interesting design and striking, with lots of cool details to appreciate.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this Ducati 749R is just another of the never-ending list of “special editions” that featured suspension bling, race-rep colors, festooned with carbon doodads.

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But the 749R is not simply a lower-spec machine with some bling-y Öhlins suspension bits and a carbon-fiber mudguard thrown at it, and a couple extra horses freed up by a $3,000 Termignoni titanium exhaust. Designed to homologate the bike for racing, the R featured heavily revised engine internals: bore was increased, and stroke decreased to keep displacement legal and allow for a higher rev ceiling. Cases received the lightweight treatment as well: the cam covers are magnesium (clearly visible in the photos) of the bike and the belt covers are, of course, carbon-fiber. It all added up to a claimed 121hp.

A long-overdue slipper clutch kept the twin’s engine braking in line, a vital addition for a powerful twin designed to see track time and there were radial brakes up front to slow it all down. The fuel tank was specific to this model, and had an increased capacity.

The headstock is adjustable for rake and the ergonomics feature a surprising amount of adjustability as well, with seat moving fore and aft. Footpegs actually had less adjustability than lower-spec bikes: the mounts on the R were designed to allow additional clearance for bigger exhaust tubing.

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From the original eBay listing: 2005 Ducati 749R for Sale

2005 Ducati 749R homologation special!

Super rare and hard to find in this condition. Acquired from a significant collection last year and fully serviced with new fluids and a battery this race-based motorcycle would make a superb addition to someone’s collection. It has been kept in a climate controlled private automobile gallery and is available for viewing by appointment.

Less than 200 miles!

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While 749 Dark and “S” versions were made in large enough numbers that they will likely never be exceptionally collectable, the “R” models are rare, with serious performance upgrades that were more than skin deep, designed to make the bike more capable on-track. It’s just a shame this one is probably destined to never turn a wheel in anger. There’s plenty of time left on this auction if you’re looking to see how Black Friday deals shape up before throwing your hat into the ring, and with the Buy It Now set at $16,000 there are no takers as yet. That’s a pretty steep price, but with under 200 miles on the clock, the bike is basically brand-new, ready to be mothballed for the day these finally start to appreciate in value.

-tad

2005 Ducati 749R Front and Rear

Overachieving Little Brother: Nearly New 2005 Ducati 749R
Ducati May 15, 2014 posted by

Child of Terblanche: 2006 Ducati 749R

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The Terblanche design era created a Ducati lineup unlike any other. Sharper than the Tamburini 748/916/996/998 model language of the previous generations, the 749/999 bikes were sometimes referenced as the ugly Ducs. The stacked headlight design is very polarizing to many, but the follow on years have been good to the basic look. These bikes continue to stand out from the crowd. Maybe Pierre Terblanche DID know what he was doing (he did design the freaking awesome Supermono after all!).

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2006 Ducati 749R for sale on eBay

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This 749R has lived what appears to be a very pampered life. Residing indoors as part of the family, this uber-spec “little” superbike has fewer than 1,500 miles on the partly analog, partly digital clocks. That is some serious restraint. More like it sounds as if someone was physically restrained. How can you have something that beautiful and not enjoy the heck out of it??! Ah well, to each his own.

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From the seller:
LIKE NEW, COLLECTED SINCE 2006, ALL 100% STOCK, UNMODIFIED. INDOOR STORED . BIKE # 134. RARE. INCLUDES BOLT DOWN TRANSPORT STAND. 1336 MILES.

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Listed with a starting bid of $10,995 with reserve in place and no takers yet, this South Carolina superbike is looking for a new home. Check out all of the details here, and then let us know what you think. Good Luck!

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MI

Child of Terblanche:  2006 Ducati 749R