The Ducati 749
Testastretta and 999 Testastretta are the most advanced, highest
performance, twin-cylinder motorcycles ever produced at our
Bologna, Italy factory. They epitomize the racing history of
Ducati and represent the evolution of a formula that has
dominated Superbike racing for over a decade. In just its first
year of competition, the stunning Ducati 999 has claimed victory
in the World Superbike Manufacturer's and Rider's Championships.
introduction of the revolutionary Ducati 749 Testastretta, the
Ducati mid-size Superbike family continues to evolve with
technical innovation and cutting-edge design. A perfect entry
model to the Ducati Superbike family, the World Superbike
dominating Testastretta engine technology has been applied to
the 749. Ducati's race-inspired, tubular trellis frame is
matched with fully-adjustable suspension both front and rear
that result in confidence-inspiring and precise road holding.
Testastretta is an advanced, high-performance, mid-weight,
twin-cylinder engine that represents a milestone in the history
of Ducati Superbike engine technology. Completely new cylinder
heads result in improved torque and extremely fluid power
delivery. With its short-stroke design and further innovations
that extend to the very heart of the motor, the 749 is never
short on power, producing 103 HP at 10000 rpm. The 749 comes in
two versions: regular and the new 749 Dark, which is also the
more economical alternative.
Testastretta is the one of the highest performance middleweight
Superbike Ducati has ever built, establishing a new approach and
vision of the interaction between man, machine and the elements
features a fully-adjustable suspension system. An upside-down 43
mm Showa front fork with low friction TiN treatment and
fully-adjustable Showa rear shock hug the road under changing
conditions and a steering damper is standard equipment.
introduces an all-new, high-output Testastretta engine, with
horsepower elevated to 110 HP at 10500 rpm. By applying the
knowledge gained on the racetrack, Ducati engineers have created
our highest performance middleweight Superbike ever. The newly
designed crankshaft, a new lighter and advanced Desmo timing
system and more extreme cam profiles, combine to make the 749S
one the most potent, middleweight, Superbike ever.
The Ducati 999
Superbike seems to be in motion even when at rest. And a look
under its fairing confirms the 999's state-of-the art
technology. Our goal was to create a Ducati Superbike of
stunning design that improves rider ergonomics, makes
maintenance easier, reduces complexity of the motorcycle and
offers performance second to none. The aerodynamics, mechanical
and electronic components, chassis and running gear were
developed first and styling followed.
Testastretta engine, developed on the racetrack, has a short
stroke which lowers the average speed of the piston resulting in
a higher rpm redline, maximum performance, and improved
reliability. The linear and tractable power delivery of the
Testastretta engine is a result of its balance between
horsepower (124 HP @ 9500 rpm) and torque (102 Nm @ 8000 rpm).
But its record
speaks for itself. In just it's first year of competition, the
Ducati 999 has dominated its rivals in the World Superbike
Competition, capturing both the Manufacturer's and Rider's
the Testastretta engine, today's most advanced twin cylinder,
the 999S possesses the form of a pure sports bike: low, long,
and narrow with exciting componentry and a mechanical/technical
look. With 136 HP, the 999S combines incredible performance with
a linear and tractable power delivery so you are "on the
gas sooner" and shift less.
experience gained over years of successful racing at the highest
levels is evident in the design and technical characteristics of
the 999S. Its fully-adjustable Öhlins, 43 mm, upside-down fork
with low friction TiN treatment and Öhlins rear shock offer an
unparalleled Superbike suspension system. An adjustable Öhlins
steering damper comes as standard equipment.
The layout of
the bike "loads" the front end appropriately for
optimum handling without putting excessive weight on the rider's
wrists. Furthermore, the 999S strikes a balance between
stability and cornering position. It features radial front brake
and clutch master cylinders with integrated reservoirs. Their
compact design integrates with the fairing allowing an increased
steering angle at slower speeds.
focused directly on competition, the 749R is the ideal solution.
It is a perfect racing machine, with a Testastretta series
engine and chassis specifically developed to ensure top
competitiveness on the racetrack. The considerable use of
special materials, from magnesium to carbon fiber to titanium,
make this motorcycle extra-light and extremely effective.
Every 749R is
"signed" with a numbered silver plate on the steering
head, which adds yet another exclusive touch to one of the most
original bikes on the current worldwide motorcycling scene. The
front suspension is also very high quality: an entirely new
Ohlins upside-down fork with tubing 43 millimeters in diameter,
with titanium nitride treatment for smoother sliding. In
addition to being fully adjustable, the fork has a special foot
to allow radial fastening of the brake calipers.
twin-cylinder of the Testastretta series was also developed to
encourage the racing use of the 749R. The 116 HP at 10,500 rpm,
and 8.16 kgm at 8,500 rpm are the result of a long process that
begins with shortening the stroke and increasing the bore. The
new slipper clutch, which has been specifically developed for
racing use, stops the rear wheel locking up under extreme
braking conditions typical of track riding. Also made of
titanium are the connecting rods, while the head covers are made
of magnesium and the belt covers are carbon fiber, equipped with
forced ventilation to aid in cooling.
This is the
link between standard production bikes and the racing world.
With the best that technology can offer, it stands out thanks to
even more advanced technical solutions, starting with a high
performance big bore/short stroke Testastretta engine, producing
even higher RPM limits and 139 Hp. The carbon fibre is the
result of extensive wind tunnel testing and the exclusive nature
of the motorcycle is reinforced by the limited edition numbered
plate affixed to the fork yoke.
The rear shock
absorber and fork are by Ohlins, adjustable for pre-load, plus
rebound and compression damping. The 43 millimetre diameter fork
stanchions have undergone a titanium-nitride treatment for
improved suspension response and the special front fork lowers
allow the mounting of the radial callipers. The Brembo
Marchesini wheels are made from an aluminium alloy that is
forged in a process that is the same as used for the production
of racing wheels, creating a wheel of higher torsional rigidity
and lower weight.
Testastretta engine fitted in the 999R chassis is especially
designed for track use and makes 139 HP at 10,000 RPM with 11
kgm of torque at 8,000 RPM. The 999R is delivered to the
customer complete with a kit for track use only. It includes a
Termignoni 102 Db exhaust, with horizontal rear half-manifold
without catalytic converter and a dedicated electronic control
unit, which reduces weight by three kilos (6.6 lbs.) while