As much as I love home-brewed cafe racers, ratty racebikes, and “tribute” bikes, ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby. If you can afford it… This 1974 750GT looks gorgeous and, although it isn’t strictly original, the modifications are sensible and period-appropriate.
Prices of all the early bevel-drive and tower shaft v-twin Ducatis are on the rise, but pride-of-place is reserved for the early “round-case” models. Although the GT lacked Ducati’s signature “Desmodromic” valve actuation, it still employed exotic technology: the clockwork precision and jewel-like construction of the valvetrain make these a joy to look at up close, although this complexity led to high production and assembly costs, as you’d expect.
As a 1974 bike, this would be the last of the “round-case” Ducatis, since the 750cc engine cases were redesigned in 1974 with a much more angular look to match revised bodywork. The new style was not very popular with Ducatisti at the time: wild, hairy-chested biker folks are a surprisingly traditional bunch.
Just ask Harley Davidson…
This round-case-love has led to the greater desirability of the earlier models. Looking at this bike, you can see why.
From the original eBay listing: 1974 Ducati 750 GT for Sale
A restored ’74 750 GT with less than 11,000 actual miles (1500 since complete nut&bolt restoration in 2007). This bike has been maintained in perfect condition, starts easily with just one or two kicks, a little choke, and runs smooth. I am trying to raise money to purchase another Ducati project bike & also need to make some space in the garage. So I am reluctantly letting this bike go.
The engine # is 756404. Frame # is 756453. It has a clear Colorado title.
I completed a full nut & bolt restoration in 2007. I have put 1,587 miles on it since then.
I included a few custom parts including café seat and clip on handlebars, K&N filters, newly rebuilt wiring harness, sport pistons, custom rear turn signals, and chromed lower forks.
36mm Dellorto Carbs have been rebuilt with new rubber and gaskets. Put all new bearings in the motor. Replaced old Petcocks with new ones. Most fasteners have been replaced with stainless steel or zinc plated. Ignition was replaced with Dyna coils and electronic ignition system.
Mufflers are the original Contis.
The paintwork is flawless! I used House of Kolor Metallic Silver and Blue (with a bit of metal flake) to resemble Ducati’s early pre-production models.
The bike has correct Boranni rims with Stainless Steel spokes and Metzler tires.
You can find this bike on Café Racer TV’s website as it was featured on week 7 of Season 1.
This bike looks fantastic. It starts, runs, and rides even better. A real head turner!
And it has a “Gear-Gazer”! I love those: the clear window [seen on the vertical cylinder] allows you to see the gears that drive the cam! Bidding is up to $18,000 with five whole days left on the auction. It’s a really sharp-looking machine, but I”m curious to see how well it does: it’s basically a GT turned into a Sport-spec bike, with non-original, although very appealing, paint. So did the seller ruin a perfectly good GT? It looks like the bidders are voting “no” with their wallets.