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Ducati 749 - 2005

Ducati 749 Ducati 749 Dark

Style

The 749 is the smallest of the Superbikes, and provides easy entry to the world of Ducati supersport motorcycles. Yet there is nothing small about the 749, which shares many of its components with the other more powerful Testastretta models. The 749 is equipped with a new improved lower fairing and a wider upper fairing with a higher windscreen for better protection against the wind and turbulence. The new design allows the rider to keep his head and shoulders completely out of the air stream when approaching maximum speed. From its over-and-under twin headlights to its in-the-tail exhaust silencer, the basic 749 already boasts many of the stylistic and functional features of the Superbike family.

It also offers a wide range of adjustments including adjustments for the distance between the brake, clutch levers and the handlebars. The classical red and yellow colour schemes have been joined by a matt black Dark model which carries the lowest price tag of the entire Superbike range. Just like the other Dark models in the Ducati range, the 749 Dark features a more basic equipment level that of the S and R models. In particular the 749 Dark has no steering damper and has a fixed rear monoshock linkage to give an even more favourable price to performance ratio.

Chassis

Like all Ducatis, the 749 is equipped with the high strength tubular steel trellis frame that has become the signature of all the motorcycles now leaving Ducati's factory in Bologna. The 749's frame has been specially designed and tested to work perfectly with the Testastretta engine. The Sachs rear monoshock and the Showa upside down fork provide the full range of damping adjustments plus adjustment for spring preload to ensure that even owners of the most basic model in the range can achieve a perfect setup.

Engine

The 90 degree twin cylinder Testastretta engine that powers the 749 is derived directly from that of the 999. The name Testastretta ('narrow head' in Italian) refers to the special technology used on these engines to reduce the angle between the valves. A small valve angle allows the combustion chamber to be made flatter, which in turn increases power output. The 749's engine is particularly sophisticated. Delivering 108 HP at 10,000 rpm and 8.2 kgm of torque at 8,500 rpm, it confers an excellent level of performance on the 749.

  • Engine Type - L twin cylinder, 4 valve Testastretta Desmodromic, liquid cooled
  • Displecement - 748 cc
  • Bore and stroke - 90 x 58.8 mm
  • Compression Ratio - 11.7:1
  • Power - 79.5 kW - 108 HP @ 10000 rpm
  • Torque - 81 Nm - 8,2 Kgm @ 8500 rpm
  • Fuel injection - Marelli Electronic Fuel Injection, 54 mm throttle body
  • Exhaust - Single steel muffler, with catalytic converter
  • Emissions - Euro 2
  • Gearbox - 6-speed
  • Ratio - 1a 37/15, 2a 30/17, 3a 28/20, 4a 26/22, 5a 24/23, 6a 23/24
  • Primary Drive - Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.84
  • Final Drive - Chain; Front sprocket 14; Rear sprocket 39
  • Clutch - Dry multiplate with hydraulic control
  • Frame - Tubular steel trellis frame
  • Wheelbase - 55.9 in / 1420 mm
  • Rake - 24.5°
  • Steering angle - 28.5° right and left
  • Front Suspension - Showa 43 mm fully adjustable upside-down fork
  • Front Wheel travel - 4.9 in / 125 mm
  • Front Wheel - 5 spoke Y light alloy 3.50 x 17
  • Front Tyre - 120/70 ZR 17
  • Rear Suspension - Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock
  • Rear Wheel travel - 5.0 in / 128 mm
  • Rear Wheel - 5 spoke Y light alloy 5.50 x 17
  • Rear Tyre - 180/55 ZR 17
  • Front Brake - 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston 4-pad caliper
  • Rear Brake - 240 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
  • Fuel Capacity - 15.5 l (of which 3 reserve) / 4.1 U.S. gal (of which 0.8 U.S. gal reserve)
  • Dry Weight - 415 lbs./ 188 kg
  • Seat height - 30.7 in / 780 mm
  • Max Height - 43.7 in / 1110 mm
  • Max Length - 82.5 in / 2095 mm
  • Instruments - Speedometer, rev counter, high beam indicator, turn signals, warning light for low oil pressure, fuel reserve, neutral, water temperature, immobilizer
  • Warranty - 2 years unlimited mileage
  • Versions - Two seats