Ducati 749

16 Апр 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Ducati 749 отключены

It may come as something of a surprise to that the 749, despite all to the contrary, is not just a 999 with holes in it. Strangely enough, the paper difference is the rear reduced to a 180 section from the fashionable 190 fitted to the larger So perhaps I should rephrase Although technically the 749 is no more no less) than a 999 with holes and a skinnier rear it feels comletely different.

its larger sibling, the 749 is a radical of its predecessor sharing little than the tankbadge and a few common Also like the 999, the 749 has some of the purity of line and elegance of the older model for a more functional appeal. I to say that, having had more of a to get used to the new shape, I honestly do like it, especially in the bright with which this 749 is blessed.

Technical stuff matters on a like this, so lets get to it. The biggest change from the (but still in limited for the diehard fashionista) 748 is the engine. For the time, the Testastretta engine has shrunk and fitted to the 749.

this means, apart another cool badge on the is healthy amounts of power and right through the rev range. nobody would accuse the 749 of a low revving torque monster, it has far more oomph that its Ally that to a silky gearbox and you have a recipe for very quick progress

But there is a price for all this. the beefier engine curves, the 749 on revs. The more the better. And means it likes a drink now and again. Well, every 100 or so, actually, ridden with any of enthusiasm.

Still, no problem — the light gives plenty of and reserve seems to be generous for all but the most dedicated chancer to a garage before taking a

As we’re talking about a Ducati, mentioning that the is sublime is probably rather But I’ll do so, just in case. The is almost perfect — steady stability allied to a sharp turn-in and a degree of the likes of which the 999 could dream of.

Which brings me to my point. Despite the bikes ostensibly the same, the 749 is so much to ride than the 999 that you be forgiven for thinking they totally different machines. And I know why. The only are that rear tyre and the reciprocating mass of those pistons. Maybe that’s — I don’t see how — but else there is combines to a devastatingly potent road and track-day tool.

There is no doubt that for the rider the 999 will be easier to out from a corner — the amount of grunt makes of that — but the 749 will turned into the corner harder and maybe just bit faster.

Now of course all this of getting on the power harder and is rather less important for riding than for the track. On the perhaps the 749 suffers a little a lack of outright power. are times when, perhaps, it be nice to be able to get a move on doing the gearbox tango.

But again, perhaps I’m picky. Not once did I find the 749 performance or usability — it probably has some of the most power around today and I never really wanted to be any faster than I was at any given But sometimes you just want to and take it easy, which is that doesn’t come on the 749.

While we’re talking road riding, we should get of the practicalities out of the way. The mirrors, what you may have heard do actually work and will let you see other than the state of elbows. You just need the technique, just like on the bike. The ride is reasonably although the miniscule screen that your neck cry enough way before your especially if you’re getting a bit of a on.

But that’s not a problem, because, as before, you will run out of petrol you run out of endurance anyway.

Our test by the way, was a 749 S — until the R comes out next year it is the top of the 749 Blessed with higher suspension and far more adjustability the base model, the S is otherwise identical. Cogniscenti will you that the Nitrided forks the game away at 1000 but I prefer to sit on it and look at the beautifully triple yokes instead.

Ducati 749

Either way, you’ll be to tell the difference when moving.


If you do more one or two trackdays a year, if your is more for fun than anything if you’re a rider who enjoys the most out of your bike and a bit to do so then the choice is easy. Buy a If you’re a slave to fashionable or ride with more or even if you are simply lazier and ready performance on tap without any then you should think

Me? You know, I think I’d like a 749s monoposto.

In yellow, please.


List price £ Liquid cooled 748cc vee 8 valve four-…. Tubular trellis frame. Tyres x 17 front, 180/60 x 17 rear on alloys Kerb weight Colours – Yellow Performance Torque 77Nm @ 8500rpm

Our (out of 5) Engine 4 Handling 5 4 Comfort 4 Fun factor 5 MotorBikes overall rating — 4

Ducati 749
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