1974 Ducati 750
decided to sell one of my 750 Sports...
sold new in Austria in 1974 and is still on Austrian
registration papers. Although I live in Italy, I bought her in
neighboring Austria about 5 years ago. The previous owner, the
proprietor of a Triumph motorcycle dealership had begun
restoring her but had only got as far as having the engine
completely rebuilt to better then new condition by a very well
respected Austrian Ducati specialist.
all the cycle parts for me to restore. I am a 60 year old
retired mechanical engineer, of English origin. I started my
career working in a Ducati/Moto Guzzi dealership in Oxford,
England back in the early 70's, where I spent ten years working
learning the trade. My first couple of years were spent mostly
uncrating new 750 Sports and GTs and preparing them for delivery
to customers. Gradually I moved into rebuilding their engines,
service and crash repair work after having been sent to the
Ducati factory several times to partake in various courses. So
you could say I really cut my teeth on these bikes back in their
heyday. After ten years I left and took a position as a
prototype engineers at the Mercedes Benz engine plant at
Marienfelde, West Berlin. In all the years since then, I have
never not owned several L-twin Ducatis, so you could safely say
I know my way around the 750 Sport pretty well.....
I bought this bike I stripped the engine down just so I could
see for my own peace of mind that the Austrian engine builder
had down a good job and I discovered he had. In fact I couldn't
fault it. Crankshaft end float, bevel gear train, heads and
valve gear, all shimmed to perfection. New big end, pistons,
valves, everything. So I put the engine back together and got on
with the cycle parts.
will see from the photos every single aspect has been restored
to the very highest standard. The only areas I have departed
from factory spec are the brakes (Lockheed instead of Scarab)
and the wiring. Both of those items as they came from the
factory were, frankly, pretty crappy so in the interest of
safety and real-world reliability, I've fitted a Lockheed
caliper (period correct though) and simplified the absurd Ducati
wiring loom design using hi-spec modern cable with every
terminal crimped and soldered. All the components are now run
through micro relays so the Ducati switchgear only handles
earthing out the relay coils which are thus under almost no
load. Every aspect of the bike functions perfectly and will do
so for a long time. This bike is ready to be ridden and ridden
as hard as you like or you can simply put her in your living
room as a fast appreciating work of art.
tank is steel not fiberglass so no worries about using modern
fuel containing ethanol.
experts amongst you will spot the correct woven wire mesh on the
bell mouths and the rare forward offset clip-ons that were
unique to the '74 Sport, necessitated by the (correct) 860GT
blocky switchgear, and the priceless Aprilia JOD Duplo headlight
unit. Tyres, battery etc all brand new.
that a picture tells a thousand words, as they say, so rather
than waffle on here too much I will just point you to this photo
gallery where you can study a great deal of hi-res pics. If
there's anything you'd like more detail off, just ask and I'll
take more photos.
another Sport through this Bevel Heaven portal a few years back
so I imagine Steve might be prepared to confirm I am not some
random scammer and probably the buyer, who was from the United
States, would confirm the same.
short, this is a museum quality 1974 750 Sport that is ready to
give maximum riding pleasure too.
crate up and ship to anywhere in the world at buyer's expense.
SOLD SOLD SOLD
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