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1974 Ducati 750 Sport

This 750 Sport is a photographic masterpiece! Really gives an impression of what it would look like in the den of our dreams.

1974 Ducati 750 Sport for sale on eBay

From the seller:

The Ducati on offer here is a 1974 750 Sport, Chassis number 755918, and Engine number 755868. This example wears an older restoration that has held up very nicely, retaining many original components and attributes with good paint and solid mechanical prowess. Currently, the odometer shows 7,288 miles, which is believed to be original. According to the current owner and consignor, this Ducati is a 3-owner example with the previous owner having purchased the bike from the original owner in the late 1970’s. The current owner and consignor purchased the bike from his friend, the second owner, in the mid-1990s. In 1997 he decided to undergo a complete and comprehensive cosmetic and mechanical restoration, which was carried out by Mike Duzik of Mikmar Motor Service in Paxinos, Pennsylvania with a total of almost $10,000 spent. The restoration began in November of 1997 and appears to have been completed 2 years later in November of 1999. Nothing was left untouched on the bike and the restoration was carried out in a very thorough and correct manner, as evident by the motorcycle’s excellent condition today, more than 20 years later. Detailed restoration receipts as well as photos are available in the documents section below. Once the restoration was completed, the bike was utilized and enjoyed sparingly in a caring manner over the next few years before it was parked around 2010. When the bike came to us recently on consignment, it had been sitting for a few years where it was started occasionally and putted around the neighborhood but had been lacking the attention that a thoroughbred Italian machine of this caliber requires to stay in peak condition.

Listed with a buy-it-now of $45,000. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

The Real Thing? 1974 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale

1974 Ducati 750 Sport R Front

One of the best-looking bikes of this or any other period, the Ducati 750 Sport is one of those machines that looks fast, even standing still, the kind of bike that people will stop and stare at when they see one parked on the street, even if the next words out of their mouth are, “Ducati… Is that made by Harley?

1974 Ducati 750 Sport Low R Front

Very spare and very lean, the 750 Sport was the marginally faster, significantly less comfortable version of the 750GT. The tank was longer, and narrower for a sleeker profile, with a classic “bum-stop” seat along with racy clip-ons and rearsets.

1974 Ducati 750 Sport R Engine

It included larger carburetors and high-performance engine internals you’d expect, although it did not use Desmodromic valves, something that was found only on the Super Sport models until the introduction of the Pantah engine in 1980. But from a visual standpoint, the Sport still has that classic, “round-case” bevel-drive style, with the pronounced tower-shaft housings and bevel-gear castings in the heads.

1974 Ducati 750 Sport Front Brakes

This example also features a dual-disc brake front end, which is a nice, period-appropriate upgrade to the much more common single unit. In typical Ducati form, “whatever’s on the shelf” seemed to apply to these bikes, with Lockheed, Scarab, and Brembo calipers being used depending on the bike, day of the week, and mood of the guy at the factory putting it together.

From the original eBay listing: 1974 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale

This bike was bought by it current owner in 1975 with 1,300 miles on it.
The bike has some minor upgrades to its electricals and mechanicals.
It also includes a GT seat, tank and bar adapter kit as pictured.
Wow! Nice Bike!

1974 Ducati 750 Sport L Front2

Make no mistake, this looks like it is a very “Nice Bike.” But the short and to-the-point description does leave some unanswered questions. “10,000” miles are indicated in the listing, but the odometer clearly shows 30,000. And the bike has obviously received more than “minor upgrades” as the paint is different, the exhaust is different, the top triple and bars are different. So exactly what is the story with this bike? What kind of motorcycle do we have here? Is it really a Sport, or a dressed up GT?

1974 Ducati 750 Sport L Engine

I’m guessing that this was originally a 750 Sport that the owner modified with higher controls and a more comfortable seat to make the bike more practical, along with a few other “aesthetic” changes like the blacked-out Contis. Then the bike was more recently put back into its original configuration, perhaps with an eye towards selling it.

1974 Ducati 750 Sport Dash

The odometer readings do seem to add up, assuming the seller hasn’t ridden the bike much since the restoration, and the photos in the original listing clearly display a VIN number and stampings on the engine cases. Any of our expert readers care to chime in on this one? It’s obviously in beautiful shape, but is it one to ride, or one to collect?

-tad

1974 Ducati 750 Sport L Rear

The Very Definition of Exotic: 1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport 4C75 for Sale

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport L Front

MV Agusta’s racing heritage is at the heart of their fame and, for a long time, their exotic, multi-cylinder engines were available only to factory racers. So when they finally produced a roadgoing four-cylinder motorcycle, expectations were pretty high. Unfortunately, the 600 that was released was hideously ugly, massively underpowered, and hobbled by a heavy shaft in place of the usual chain-drive.

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport R Rear

The later 750 corrected two of the three problems, keeping the shaft drive that was supposedly a measure to prevent privateers from simply buying a bike off the showroom floor and racing against the factory machines. None of MV Agusta’s four-cylinder roadbikes can really be considered serious sportbikes: they’re just too heavy. But they’re gorgeous, make expensive shrieking noises from the four-into-four exhaust and cam gears, are extremely rare, and handle well enough for owners to take them out for the occasional canyon ride.

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport Dash

While the red, white, and blue colors might be garish and tacky on another bike, they work really well here. The simple metal dash is very elegant, with just a central ignition key and I also love that the clocks have such similar markings: the tach reads to 120 and the speedo to 150, which probably looks pretty cool when you’re winding it out in top gear…

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport Clocks

From the original eBay listing: 1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport 4C75 for Sale

FRAME: MV4C75214054

ENGINE: 214-047

EXTREMELY RARE, HISTORIC, IMMACULATE.

Motorcycle is located in a temperature controlled facility in Port Huron, MI.

Purchase includes Factory Sealed Promotional poster. 

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport L Rear

While I fully respect that sellers of rare and exotic machinery expect that buyers already know the general history a bike before they drop more than $115,000 on a motorcycle, a bit more history about this particular example might be in order here. Maintenance, updates, personal experiences? Has the owner ridden it? It’s an old motorcycle, so does it have any quirks or interesting characteristics? And what’s the story with that fairing? Is it original?

There’s less than a day left on this auction, so you’d better move quickly if you happen to have an extra $100k or so burning a hole in your pocket and an MV-sized hole in your collection, your bike is waiting!

-tad

1971 MV Agusta 750 Sport L Front Fairing

1974 Ducati 750 GT for Sale

1974 Ducati 750 Sport Blue L Side Front

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.

1974 Ducati 750 Sport Blue R Side

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.

1974 Ducati 750 Sport Blue Dash

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!
1974 Ducati 750 Sport Blue R Engine
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.
-tad
1974 Ducati 750 Sport Blue R Side Front

1972 Ducati 750 Sport for Sale

Sigh…

[pulls up checking account balance]

Sigh…

[checks savings balance, balance on credit cards, value of DVD collection, does some math…]

Sigh…

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.

Cheers,

 TONY

Tony, thanks very much for your insight, and as always: caveat emptor.

-tad