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1974 Ducati 750 Sport - 6-Page Vintage Motorcycle Road Test Article
Original, vintage magazine articlePage Size: Approx. 8" x 11" (21 cm x 28 cm)Condition: Good
A cafe racer supremeright off your nearest Ducatidealer's showroom floor,if he has one in stock,which he won't■ Can talented, knowledgeable peopleturn an idea for an exciting, superfastmotorcycle into reality? The Ducati 750Sport Cafe Racer says it’s still possible.Most new motorcycles today passthrough endless committees of productplanners and stylists who “broaden theappeal” and “improve the economics”of what comes along. We’re stuck withthe result: “me too” motorcycles with alot of the original excitement removed.The Ducati 750 Sport slipped throughunscathed. It’s the most exciting streetbike to come along in a long time.From the moment I swung my footover the side and assumed the classicroad racer position on the Ducati, a lit-tle light went on inside my head andsomething said, “this machine is betterthan you are. This machine is fast, pre-cise, controlled, transportation withoutequal.” Do I really want this thing for aroad test? Can I really do the bike jus-tice or will I drop the Ducati or its beau-tiful fiberglass side in front of the wholeworld. Why am I doing this?The first time I saw it the DucatiSport was sitting in Ashford Engineer-ing’s showroom in West Chester, Pa.,glowing softly in the early evening dark-ness. A small neatly lettered sign reading“DO NOT TOUCH” sat on the soloseat. The bike was totally impressive inits functional elegance and purposefulstyle. I was floored.Sitting in it (not on it), hands out-stretched to the Tomaselli clip on bars,feet resting lightly on the rear set pegsand levers I wondered how anyonecould even ride one of these in this po-sition, much less race one. Because ofthe engine design (90 degree V twin) thebike is very narrow, and for a 750 it’svery light (395 pounds). It kick startson the right. There’s no electric starter,and it would be totally out of place on abike like this. The lever folds out with aprecise “click”. Starting effort is no...12791-AL-7410-21