1986 Ducati TT1 Replica

1986 Ducati TT1 Track Bike R Front

Ducati’s 750F1 one of the first bikes produced after Cagiva’s takeover of the company and was based on their very light and successful TT1 and TT2 racebikes. Unfortunately, compromises made for mass production led to an ultimately disappointing road bike.

1986 Ducati TT1 Track Bike Dash

This is not a road bike, and it’s too well set-up to be parked in someone’s living room, so track-junkies only need apply. The guys at Loud Bike put up some very cool machines from time to time, and this is no exception. While the 750 F1 may not be the prettiest bike Ducati ever built, the devil is in the details in this case: the level of preparation and expertise that went into creating this makes this TT1 replica one of the most drool-worthy bikes I’ve ever seen.

1986 Ducati TT1 Track Bike L Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Ducati TT1 Replica for Sale

With 88 rear wheel horsepower in a sub-300lb package, this example is arguably the quickest and best handling old-school 750cc TT1 in North America.  Ducati TT guru Lou Saif had this to say about the machine:  “The beauty of a real TT with the balls to back it up! Wish she were mine.”

I built this TT1 using many rare, authentic period components as a relatively faithful replica of the TT1s that ran in the AMA BOTT GP class back in the day.  The only deviation being the modern (90s) calipers and pumps, ignition coils and the non standard crankcase breather box in the seat.  However, it differs from most TT1 replicas in that it was built to be a fast and reliable track bike.  Over the years I’ve found that the only TT1 frame that seems to work well with modern 17” wheels & slicks is the final series Verlicchi large diameter, thin wall.  Back in the day, Reno Leoni had DM Frames make a copy of the Verlicchi and DM has since modified the jig to allow for the use of a big block motor.  The DM version as used on this machine was checked digitally in 2012 against the Verlicchi and they are geometrically identical, however the DM is 12mm longer between the upper cross brace and the steering head.  I countered this somewhat with the offset on my triple clamps, but the small difference in trail gives the DM a bit more stability with a very small decrease in agility. 

1986 Ducati TT1 Track Bike Engine

There’s plenty of additional information on eBay, as well as links. And check out this dyno run! That alone should sell you on this bike:

88hp may not sound like much but, even if the thing weren’t so light, Ducati’s v-twin will punch you out of corners on a wave of torque. I bet you’d embarrass plenty of modern bikes at track days on this, and sound much better doing it.

And look at that dry clutch!

1986 Ducati TT1 Track Bike Clutch

I’d love to build myself a dedicated track machine, and Ducatis are at the top of my list: older 916 and 748’s can be had for relatively cheap and there are tons of parts for them, although the good stuff is pricey. But if you want to get something a bit more classic, this might be your ticket, since all the heavy lifting has been done for you, and done very well. Not sure where bidding will go on this one, but I’d imagine no matter where it ends up, it’ll still be a deal since it’d cost a small fortune to replicate what’s on offer here.

-tad

1986 Ducati TT1 Track Bike L Side

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