Ducati 749 (2002 - 2006)

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£8795
Available from
2002 to 2006
Great handling bike and it has ‘Ducati’ on the tank
Hard seat, crap steering lock and very high service costs
As a Sunday morning and occasional trackday plaything we would all have one in our garage

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Submitted by j3r3my on Sun, 25/09/2011 - 06:47

Overall Review

Huge fun. Full throttle out of every corner - you really learn to ride that syrupy torque curve And get your corner speeds right + less risky than the 1000cc screamers. Incredible value second hand. Still gets more attention parked than the latest series (R1 look-alikes) and a future classic by designer Pierre Terblanche.

Strengths

999 for 20% off (new and now used), smug satisfaction of rarely (if ever) being left behind by a 999 anyway, brilliant engine - much smoother than the 999, gearbox really good once run in (seriously who needs a speed shifter), handling brilliant (once you get suspension setup), sounds the horn (with Termi's). Invest in advanced rider training so your corner speeds stay up and you'll never miss the 20hp difference. And if you do ever find yourself wanting to get and extra 50m on the straights at track days (only time you'd notice) get a 924 big bore kit from Pistal in Italy = 120hp back wheel

Weaknesses

OK - mirrors? Get over it - move your elbows in to look. 7 years commuting that's worked fine. Turning circle? Please - learn to U turn feet up like a real rider. Comfort ? This generation Ducati ride position way better than precious 916-998 (ouch) but does benefit from 20mm raised clip-ons for motorway use. Seat is fine unless you're a lard-arse - I've done 3,000 ks in 5 x days around Tasmania on standard seat - no problem. Storage for touring ok with Ventura rack and bag. Sensitive to worn or flattened off tyes. Services costs double - get a friendly mechanic. Still electrical gremlins

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Submitted by RVF400R on Mon, 07/04/2014 - 19:25

Overall Review

If you've got the time and money to keep the bike properly serviced and another bike for rainy days then you can have something striking that people will lust over and chat to you about. It handles like a dream and not much else would top it for the perfect bike for sunny days on the road.

Strengths

The 749 looks fantastic and the l-twin sounds better than anything else out there, especially when twinned with a Termignoni exhaust. The engine characteristics are well suited to the road, lots of low down torque and a modest top speed, but hey the speed limit is 70 so who cares. Digital speedo and large rev counter provide lots of information and are easy to see even when you're concentrating on the road.

Weaknesses

Poor finish on engine components can lead to heavy corrosion and flaky paint on bikes as young as 7 years. This is a bike that you don't want to consider if you can't keep it in a garage connected to life support over winter. The electrics are vulnerable and I have had issues with the bike after getting caught out in relatively light rain. Parts and servicing are really expensive.

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