Ducati 749 (2002 - 2006) review

As a Sunday morning and occasional trackday plaything we would all have one in our garage

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Tue, 1 Jan 2002 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Ducati
Category:
Sportsbikes
Price:
£ 8795
Overall
3
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Great handling bike and it has ‘Ducati’ on the tank
Hard seat, crap steering lock and very high service costs

Although most Ducatisti wouldn't consider owning the baby 999, that's their loss, 'because this bike is sorted. The Ducati 749 is ace.

Alright, it lacks a few bhp on its bigger brother but it also weighs less, costs a lot less and looks identical. On track the 749 is brilliant, superb mid-corner and a real lean machine. Compared to the Japanese sports 600s, it turns in a bit slower but it makes up for it in mid-corner poise.

As a day-to-day bike the 749 isn’t hugely practical though. It has a crap turning circle thanks to virtually no steering lock, the mirrors show only elbows and the seat is bloody hard. But get it on a twisty road and who cares about little things like these?

Although most Ducatisti wouldn't consider owning the baby 999, that's their loss, 'because this bike is sorted. The Ducati 749 is ace.

Alright, it lacks a few bhp on its bigger brother but it also weighs less, costs a lot less and looks identical. On track the 749 is brilliant, superb mid-corner and a real lean machine. Compared to the Japanese sports 600s, it turns in a bit slower but it makes up for it in mid-corner poise.

As a day-to-day bike the 749 isn’t hugely practical though. It has a crap turning circle thanks to virtually no steering lock, the mirrors show only elbows and the seat is bloody hard. But get it on a twisty road and who cares about little things like these?

Seats 0
Suspension Front Showa 43 mm upside-down fully adjustable fork
Suspension Rear Progressive linkage
Adjustability Rear Fully adjustable Sachs monoshock
Wheels Front 3.50x17
Wheels Rear 5.50x17
Wheels Made Of New Y-shaped 5 spoke design light alloy
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR 17
Tyres Rear 180/55 ZR 17
Brakes Front 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston 4-pad callipers
Brakes Rear 240 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Chassis Tubular ALS450 steel trellis
Cubic Capacity (cc) 748
Valves 8
Max Power (bhp) 103
Max Power Peak (rpm) 10000
Torque (ft/lb) 57
Torque Peak (rpm) 8500
Bore (mm) 90
Stroke (mm) 58.8
Valve Gear DOHC
Compression Ratio 1107
Valves Per Cylinder 4
Cooling Liquid cooled
Fuel Delivery Electronic
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Chain

Score Breakdown
Overall
3
Engine
3
Brakes
4
Handling
4
Comfort
3
Build Quality
3
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