~ 1975 750 Sport ~
(or is it?)

Is this the "Real Deal"?  Diego would sure like to know....  If you have an opinion one way or the other, please send it to Diego and cc me.  Please provide actual facts to back up your summary of details.  I will post responses below. 

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hi steve, this is from the emails with the dealer:

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Unfortunately we are not Ducati experts, and I don`t think I am going to be able to give you much proof that it is a genuine 750 S. We did have a Ducati expert look at it and he thought it was pretty genuine apart from later carburettors.

The engine and frame numbers are as follows:

E: 753764

F: 753904

We don`t have any paperwork with it apart from a few old MOT`s and the modern V5 registration document which gives the date of registration as 01.03.1975 and declares 5 former keepers.

It is in very good overall condition, having been restored a few years ago to a high standard. It always starts first time and runs very cleanly.

The code on the rim reads:

"BORRANI WM 3/2.15 - 18/40 RECORD RM - 01 - 4*2*/1 MADE IN ITALY"

The two asterisks are characters I can`t quite make out, but could be 3 and 0. I don`t know who restored it, or when. The engine certainly sounds like it had been rebuilt, but we don`t have any paperwork to support this.

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Diego <diegom@aromatic.com
Steve <DucatiLust@FEzone.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Munroe [mailto:dave@munroe.ca]
Sent:
July 20, 2002 4:28 PM
To: 'diegom@aromatic.com'
Subject: 750 Sport

Hi Diego;

I am far from an expert on these bikes, but I am getting there. I should have done what you are doing, asking the Bevelheads for their advice. I started making a list of all the deficiencies I can see in the photos, but I think this may be the wrong approach.

First I think you have to decide whether you want a “10 pointer” concours trailer queen, or a nice runner. If you just want a Sport to ride around on, then pointing out the obvious things that are non-stock could be a fruitless exercise. Some of the non-standard parts could be considered either an improvement (larger carbs, non-stock rear shocks) or a “personal choice” component for cosmetic reasons, just because you like it better that way. (for ex. The seat looks like an SS, it is definitely not a Sport seat).

From the photos, the finish is gone off a lot of the fasteners, and parts like the kick-start lever and the foot controls. The motor paint is not the correct finish, and the decals need to be re-done. This is only important if you want a fully restored, as close to concours as you can get, bike. From what pain and agony I have been going through trying to find missing components, refinishing the necessary parts, etc. I think you would be better off looking for a Sport that has been given a correct and proper restoration, and be prepared to pay the price.

OTOH, if this bike works as well as the Shop says it does, and you can live with the appearance problems, for the right price this could be a good bike. Over time you could work away at upgrading the appearance problems, and have a Sport to ride in the meantime.  Unfortunately, only a visit and a personal evaluation by you will tell you if the bike is worth what you will have to pay to separate it from its present owner.

The bottom line is it is almost always less expensive to purchase a restored bike than to do it yourself.

I hope this helps; I will let others point out the non-stock parts.

Best of luck with your decision, Diego.

Dave

Been there/done that.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Shawn Rogers <beveldom@vnet.net>
>Sent: Saturday, July 20, 2002 9:25 AM
>To: Steve@FEzone.com
>Subject: Re: mystery sport

>I would say that the Sport in question is the real deal. At least the parts on the bike are, Does the bike have twin VoxBell horns?

>Lost in Beveldom, Shawn


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