Ducati 750F1 Desmo

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Make ModelDucati 750F1 Desmo
Year: 1986
Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.
Capacity: 748
Bore x Stroke: 88 x 61.5 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.3:1
Induction: 2x 36mm Dell’Orto PHF36 carbs
Ignition / Starting: Borsch / electric
Max Power: 76 hp @ 9000 rpm
Max Torque: 7.2kg @ 7000rpm
Transmission / Drive: 5 Speed / chain
Front Suspension: 40mm Forcella Italia telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: Round section chrome-moly steel swingarm with adjustable (for preload) cantilever mono-shock
Front Brakes: 2x 280mm disc single piston caliper.
Rear Brakes: Single 280mm disc
Front Tire: : 120/80 V16
Rear Tire: : 130/80 V18
Dry-Weight: 175 kg
Fuel Capacity: 18 Litres

The Ducati F1A and F1B were true race replicas, street-going versions of the first of the “rubber band racers,” the four-time world champion 6()0ccTT2. The TT2 was built for the 1981 Formula 2 World Championship. With British racer Tony Rutter on board, they won not only the 1981 championship, but the 1982, 1983 and 1984 championships as well. In 1982, Fabio Taglioni, chief of design, and Franco Fame, race team boss, decided to develop concurrently a 750cc racer to compete in Formula 1. While the 750 was never as competitive in Formula 1 as its smaller stablemates had been in Formula 2, it soon proved to be the hot set for the newly formed and very popular “Battle of the Twins” class. The bikes did exceptionally well in both club races and world championship events.

Before long, enthusiasts began to clamor for a road-going version of the race bikes, preferably the 750. At the same time, Ducati street bikes had lost their edge; they were no longer the sharply focused sport bikes they had once been. In fact, they were shadows of their former selves and losing more ground on the sales floor to the Japanese every day. In 1985, Ducati decided to build the machine that would ultimately put it back on top – the racer-replica F1A. Unfortunately, 1985 saw Ducati caught between a rock and a hard place.

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