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Twin Expresso: Riding the Ducati 749

An ’04 749 in the rain. tester and ex-endurance racing Andy Fenwick brought the home unscathed.

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What does it take to a cutting-edge motorcycle that noticed in today’s hi-tech bike market? Ducati is that their all-new middleweight, the 749R, will be heads and attracting attention not on the streets, but on the racetrack as well. in the middle of the most controversial period in Ducati’s history, Terblanche, the man behind the styling of all new proves he marches to his own drummer.

We all that form follows so an invitation to Spain to ride the new Ducati 749R on the world-renowned Tormo Circuit in Valencia hopefully clear my mind and my fear of the thunderbirds-are-go styling. I read that, on a blind a man knows within the first two if he is going to see a girl again. I’d be getting to know 749 a lot better during the next two I used to have a thing for the Ducati 748.

In fact, I thought the 748s yellow) were the most bikes ever built. Now I want to kidnap new designer dog or anything-some do apparently-but let’s say it would be fair if I got to know new girl a little bit better.

engineering, marketing, and communications delivered the new model briefing dinner the night before our day on the Fine wine, paella, and new doesn’t get any better than Team director Paolo stressed that the 749R is new, and the entire bike is to be a race bike first, and a street bike.

Testastretta-engined have been dominating road racing for the past few and Ducati felt it was time to the Supersport arena. Ducati won the World Supersport championship in with Paolo Casoli the then-new 748. The boys Bologna last raced the series in 2000.

For 2004, Ducati’s new Breil-sponsored Supersport team is spearheaded by and of course Italian, Lorenzo Twenty-two-year-old Lanzi won the Italian Championship last year and missed taking the European Long-time Ducati test Vittoriano Guareschi will be racing selected rounds on the when he’s not busy his real job developing the 999R along with Ducati’s MotoGP bike.

Sure working at Home Depot.

The front brakes are radial-mounted Brembo calipers, the same as on the 999R. Even in the rain, you can this thing is a stopper. Ohlins forks and Ohlins handle the suspension. However, it was to tell how well they since the track is fairly and in the rain, you can hardly tax the boingers,

The engine on the R has a slippery clutch hard to judge in the rain), new crankshaft, and redesigned keepers and along with titanium The big difference between the 749/749S and the R model is that the R makes compared to 103HP for the standard and for the S model. If you want to get real Ducati will be offering a kit or Hard Kit which consists of heads, cams, and exhaust with some intake

No word on the price yet, but will pony up the bike to which is only 2HP shy of what Breil Supersport bikes The 749R is also the only one of the 749s to get Ducati’s new double-sided, box-section rear swingarm. The new is considerably stronger and alarmingly when held in your as offered during the press

Ducati’s classic and very trellis frame serves as the of what Ducati claims to be most advanced motorcycle produced.

Ducati built the 749 for the track and then for the street.

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Fenwick expected problems with the wet conditions and his hand. He found none.

The mechanics had softened our bike’s for the rainy conditions and also them with German-made Dragon medium-compound rain I personally thought the tires fabulous considering the track offers very little in the wet. The bike had the slightest to run a bit wide exiting turns.

no doubt, would not be an issue riding in dry conditions and running the into the turns with speed and heavier on the brakes to get the to knife in. If you were having to the bike in these conditions, all you need to do is lower the forks a few and voilб. The chassis, although not as as some of the new Asian middleweights, unbelievable stability.

Unfortunately, a handful of foreign augered a few bikes into the mud crashing on the slippery Valencia Surprisingly, it was mostly the Brits and Aren’t these guys to be the rain riders, anyway?

I’m happy to report all five North American brought our birds home in one


Who will buy the 749R? Well, for the always-faithful Ducatisti will spend their 22 large for morning rides and trips to the hip And many 749Rs will make it to track days as the of choice for guys and gals who are for a non-cookie-cutter ride that extremely well.

Fenwick found the 749 to be … just not as quick-steering as the Japanese he’s used to.

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Andy Fenwick operates Cycle in Neenah, WI and was a co-rider on the Race Team, which won the WERA Endurance Championship.

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