1972 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale
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If you like classic bikes then you probably know, at least in passing, this bike. Until Ducati released the 750SS 1974 to capitalize on it’s 1-2 victory at Imola, this was the hot Ducati sporting motorcycle.
Basically a hot-rodded 750GT, the early Sports even shared the more touring-oriented bike’s frame, although the motor was fitted with a lighter crankshaft, higher-compression pistons, and larger carburetors. Of note: the fully-faired SS was originally the only Ducati twin to sport the signature Desmodromic heads: the rest, including the Sport, ran conventional valve-springs, although they all used a tower shaft and gears to operate the overhead cams instead of belts or a chain.
This particular bike includes the wonderful, but not original Gear Gazer window that allows an unobstructed view of the valvetrain’s bevel-drive gears.
Visually, the Sport also had a longer, narrower fuel tank [fiberglass on some early examples], a bum-stop seat, clip-ons, and rearsets. Brakes varied from year-to-year and even bike-to-bike, in typical 60’s and 70’s Italian bike fashion: Lockheed, Scarab, and Brembo were all used, although this particular example seems to be fitted with a pair of Grimeca calipers. The original single Brembo is included in the sale: some bikes were fitted with a single disc/caliper and the forks on this may have been changed to include upgraded braking.
From the original eBay listing: 1972 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale
REBUILT ENGINE BY EUROPEAN MOTORCYCLES IN BELVUE WASHINGTON, 40MM DELLARTO CARBS, RUNS EXCELLENT, EVERYTHING WORKS, POWDER COATED FRAME, 750SS STYLE REAR SEAT, GRIMECA DUAL DISK FRONT WHEEL, STOCK MINT BORRANIS INCLUDED IN AUCTION, ALONG WITH STOCK BREMBO CALIPER AND BRAKE LEVER, FRAME NUMBER DM750S 7507883 ENGINE NUMBER 750 995750, INCLUDED ARE NOS SMITH SPEEDO AND TACH, NOS KICKSTART LEVER, NOS REAR SETS, NOS SHIFT LINKAGE, STOCK HEADLIGHT SWITCH, STOCK INDICATOR LIGHTS, STOCK FUSE BLOCK AND COVER. BIKE IS FAST AND TIGHT, NEW BATTERY
This is a very nice bike. Would anyone like to buy a kidney?
UPDATE: thanks to all of our Commenters With Specialized Knowledge. This bike may not be what it looks like: there’s been some controversy surrounding the post, casting doubt as to the bike’s legitimacy. An expert and friend of the site weighs in:
Hi there ….
The narrow rear frame (shocks mounted outboard of the frame rails) would indicate this to be a post ’72 bike. The polished engine cases were a feature of the 74 model (and the 78 model of which only a handful were made for the Australian market.) 1973 bikes had black painted cases.
Here’s one I made earlier this year. Exactly as it left the factory 39 years ago.
Tony, thanks very much for your insight, and as always: caveat emptor.