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Ducati 748

First Impression: 1997 748

To the joy of American riders, Ducati has decided to import the 748. a baby brother to the 916, 748 has been the darling of the European press since its introduction. a smaller-displacement version of the 916, the 748 off torque and low-end grunt for a rev limit through tricks a lightened flywheel.

The 748 made a debut at the International Bike this year — showed up with one screaming-yellow a price tag, and that’s it. No no specs, but promises to deliver 200 to the States starting at the end of January. the solo seat version be coming here, they

Ducati’s latest creation its bodywork with its 916 sibling. And why as the larger Duke is arguably the beautiful sportbike made

But remember, we’re dealing an Italian motorcycle company. The did arrive on time, amazingly but other features like manuals, shop manuals, cards and so forth are apparently under separate cover. my local dealer, Salem opened the crate to find not a version, but a Biposto.

Today’s story from is that 40 of the promised 200 748s be Bipostos.

Quick-release Dzus simplify bodywork removal and chores.

Both versions are I can’t believe it’s not yellow, but the Biposto forgoes the white pseudo-number plate section, instead having a passenger seat dyed to match the rest of the tail, it does surprisingly well. The like the frame, are a bronze/gold Not only do they look in combination with the yellow but more importantly, they brake dust and road well.

If you’ve ever a bike with white you’ll know what we

The rear wheel comes fender, but an optional carbon fender and chain guard, are pretty reasonably priced.

this bike is gorgeous, a inspection reminds you that definitely not a Honda or a Suzuki. A look at the painted bodywork a substantial amount of orange — but nothing you’d unless your eyes six inches away, waxing it bright lights late at in your garage (sigh). The light indicates you might be near neutral, so you have to feed out the clutch if you think there.

And just because the neutral isn’t on, you can’t assume in gear.

Gearbox action is good (neutral demons shifting easily but without the click feedback of a GSX-R. The lever is adjustable, of course, as are all the controls on the bike, and shifting once I lengthened the connecting rod to tip the down more. Gearing is low to, say, a GSX-R, which is a thing.

First and second are not only usable around-town but the shift down from to first is very crisp, than any other bike ridden, with the exception of a RS125 race bike.

hydraulic, clutch effort the Jaws of Life. Also, feel is on the spongy side, but to braided steel lines a phenomenal difference. The rear is pretty much ornamental.

There’s no fear of locking it up, if you did something as unholy as ride bike in the rain. It merely to settle the suspension slightly, and to the bike from rolling from a stoplight on a slight

Surprisingly, Ducati has the Japanese beat in a couple of design For instance, the positive terminal of the is easily accessible through the body panel air vent, so you can up a trickle charger for storage without removing any bodywork. And you do remove the bodywork, it all comes off Dzus fasteners.

Additionally, has chosen to make the vast of other fasteners one of three of allen wrench, or two sizes of nut, so you spend very time scrounging in your for even fairly major

Ducati 748

Gas mileage is pretty good, about 100 miles in around-town before the low fuel light on, indicating one gallon left of 4.5 Weight of Ducati’s 748 is just 400 pounds, but feels much

On the road, you feel like doing his vulture impression, seemingly out over the front Strangely, this doesn’t put helmet out in the open wind, and is minimal. The reach to the bars is extreme — remarkably in feel to the Honda RS125R GP bike — feeling narrow with extremely and sensitive steering. Unfortunately, it puts a lot of weight on your

Because of this, the passenger is for briefly impressing your If your significant other tiny, you’re going to to get rid of either them or the bike. The position throws much of the weight on your upper which of course ends up on wrists, tempting you to do a big wheelie and them off the back.

Throttle is instantaneous, and thankfully devoid of the windup experienced on a Japanese four. Under 5,000 it feels like an underpowered single, making lots of noises, but not really getting Above 6,000 or so, it snaps and streaks away more you’d expect, keeping left foot busy on the lever.

There’s very little of speed or acceleration compared to a inline four. On the Ducati, you realize you’re screaming by the rate at which other appears to be parked, or by glancing at the speedo.

The suspension is fantastic, if a bit in the rear. This will improve after I’ve with the adjustments in the rear. The seduces you into taking faster than you’re to, not just because it’s so fun, but because it deceives you thinking you’re not really it that hard — a lot lean angle than feels just natural on the

The down side is that you yourself unintentionally dipping into your safety on the street, because severe angles on this bike feel as serious as on a high-center-of-gravity four.

Japanese and German may be well-respected for technical savvy, but it comes to style no one beats the

The little Duck is an absolute to ride. Hell, it’s a just to sit on at stoplights, ripping the open, pretending to be checking adjustment in the engine. I want to it through the store when I get my I want to widen my front and build a ramp so I can park it in my room (hey, it doesn’t oil).

Get rid of that new car you bought, buy an old for those rainy days, and that car payment on one of these instead.

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