Sport Patriot: 1986 Ducati F1 750

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Sport Patriot: 1986 Ducati F1 750

The Ducati F1 750 was one of a whole bunch of motorcycles that were more or less ignored when new, that are rather grudgingly coming into their own in terms of collectibility. They’re still not hyper-valuable enough to not ride once in a while, which is the best part. If you’re going to purchase one to ride, best bet is to buy a decent, well-preserved example like the one below.

Find this 1986 example here on eBay in Pasadena, California.

Ducati had something of a history building street-intended replicas of its race bikes, and the F1 750 was exactly that. Debuting in 1985, the F1 750 was a replica of the World TT2 Championship-winning bikes, and the Works F1 endurance racing bikes of 1984. The 750 F1 featured full flow oil cooling and a cantilever rear suspension.

The early production bikes used the same size valves as the 500 had, restricting performance. In 1986, 750 F1 crankcases were strengthened and used straight cut primary gears driving a hydraulically activated dry clutch, and featured a much stronger gearbox. Valve sizes increased to 41?mm and 35?mm.

Other features included 40?mm Forcella front forks, Veglia instruments, and a steel fuel tank. The 750 F1 continued into production for 1987 and 1988.

Ducati F1 750s were slow sellers in their day, mainly because the price put them well above even the rarest bikes from Japan. Keep in mind that this was 1986, long before European motorcycles had enjoyed any kind of mass resurgence here in the United States. Ducati wasn’t exactly a household name here.

The result was that Ducati 750 F1s were nailed to the showroom floor, often left to languish years beyond their sell-by date.

Today, 750 F1s are becoming recognized as special motorcycles. They don’t enjoy anywhere near the enthusiasm of bevel-driven Ducatis such as the 750SS and 900SS, which is good news for collectors lacking the available funds for those motorcycles.

This example represents the quality of 750 F1 that would make a nice addition to a collection, yet has just enough issues to keep the price reasonable, and keep you from feeling like you’re doing a disservice to history by riding it. In better-than-good condition, it features a few items that an enterprising collector could sort out. Neither the horn, nor the neutral light work, which don’t strike us as dealbreakers.

Slightly more concerning are the hairline cracks in the fairing and paint around the mounting screws. Those cracks probably appeared soon after the first owner fired up the throbbing V-twin, but repairing them would add significant cost to the overall purchase price.

Nevertheless, the condition here is better than you’re likely to find without months of searching. Riding one of these bikes is a special treat, but be warned that riders over about 5’10″ tall need not apply.

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