Ducati took the SuperSport rule book back to Bologna and tailored the 749R to fit, and while it didn't achieve a championship, regular AMA SuperSport points and podiums were a great achievement. Better still is this homologation special from 2005, a smashing middleweight and well appointed roadable edition.
One of SuperSports' paradigms is to contain costs by limiting allowable race preparation, allowing non-factory teams to be more competitive. Ducati's rulebook analysis made the 749R ready and adjustable for the racetrack. The engine was developed for the R-model only, and liberal use of advanced materials like titanium valve train, magnesium head covers, and high-strength aluminum pistons allowed the 749cc engine to be tuned for a whopping 121 hp. Similarly, the chassis shares a lot with the 999S, and has a linear monoshock linkage to improve high speed handling. Headstock, seat position, and footpegs are all adjustable within a tight race-derived focus. Premium components like Öhlins dampers, Brembo monoblock brakes, carbon accessories, and factory slipper clutch are all standard on the 749R.
Offered by a Florida tuner and parts dealer, not much info is given about this -R's history, but looks excellent for it 17,000 miles. Go-Pro mounts seem out of place but are easily corrected. A few nice farkles are listed in the eBay auction:
Gilles Rear SetsCRG LeversSwing Arm SpoolsCarbon Rear HuggerCarbon Clutch CoverCarbon Timing Belt Cover
Not quite sure why the 749S did pretty well in AMA SuperSport but had less luck in Europe. Depending on your point of view, the 749's roomy fairing can be a plus or leave you wanting a more classic looking Ducati. The starting bid is right up there for a mid-size with mid-life miles, but the condition warrants a second look. If the maintenance history is great and the damage history is minimal, it could be a nice buy...