1974 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale
Yellow is a tricky color to get right. Get it wrong, and your car or bike looks like a Tonka toy truck or a fast banana. I still remember the 90’s Toyota MR2 in factory yellow, a sickly, almost-neon color that did not flatter… But of course Ducati got it right, and the yellow used on their 750 Sport is a classic, rich, almost orange color that manages to be both flamboyant and mature at the same time.
Honestly though, the bike probably could have been painted up in any old shade and would still be a winner: that vivid color compliments one of the best-looking and most desirable bikes of the period.
Sleek and elemental, the 750 Sport was based on the more reserved 750GT but included the usual raft of high-performance upgrades to the internals appropriate for the “deluxe” model, along with larger carburetors to feed the greedy cylinders. Interestingly, the Sport did not feature Ducati’s Desmodromic valve-actuation, which was found only on the twins that powered the SuperSport bikes. Lower-spec twins used traditional valve springs.
But unless you’re a Desmo fetishist, you shouldn’t care: with blacked-out cases, purposeful stance, and a sleek profile, it will still make the right noises and offer some of the very best handling the period had to offer.
From the original eBay listing: 1974 Ducati Sport for Sale
Wonderful example of a Ducati 750 Sport. This bike appears on Robert Miller’s Ducati Roundcase Bevel Drive Engine/Frame list as bike #770 (list is available at Bevelheaven.com and includes frame/engine numbers) and is a 1974 model year as confirmed using Ian Falloon’s Authenticity and Restoration Guide. Bike has been on display for the last 16 years. Total tear down less than 1500 miles ago… frame sandblasted & powdercoated, bodywork painted & cleared, engine gone through top & bottom by Wheels Unlimited of Rochester, MN (Have all receipts for rebuild). Bike is currently shod with dual Brembos with braided SS line rather than single Scarab (original brake will come with bike as will bar end mirror), 40 mm Dell’Orto carbs, Ceramic coated exhaust by Jet Coat. Mechanically a 10. Overall in very good condition. Speedometer is currently not working, but have new speedo drive to correct. Shift linkage (externally) is a bit sloppy & could stand to be shimmed. Chrome on headlight shell has minor pitting & ring has ding…see picture. Rims are Akront.
The seller indicates that the bike isn’t completely original, but the dual-disc front end is a very appropriate period modification and will be much appreciated if you intend to ride the thing. Either way, the parts are included and it can easily be returned to stock. I like the slight imperfections: it would encourage me to use it regularly, instead of parking it in my garage to slowly become a museum piece.
Sharp eyes will also notice the Ducati Supermono for sale there in the background, another very desirable Ducati from a much later era.