Ducati 749 2004

Evolution is ruthless. The reign of the inspirers of the dream that was the 748/916 tandem is coming to an end. Objects of desire and fantasy for ordinary people or demanding and temperamental sports for professional pilots like leeks, the divas slip away in favor of their descendants.

Aesthetic change and other upheavals for the 749/999 duo. The 748 was the clone of the 916, the 749 perpetuates the tradition and recovers the chassis and refinements of its big sister 999. Only the engine changes but it benefits from the famous Testatretta cylinder head and new engine ratings. To the eye, apart from the sticker on the fairing blanks and the one cm narrower tire, it is impossible to tell the difference between a 749 and a 999. It looks for the best. Let’s take a closer look: The same tubular trellis frame of the 999, inverted fork, Sachs rear shock, Brembo gold series brakes, adjustable steering column angle … The S version pushes the refinement to the extreme by offering adjustable footrests and saddle-tank assembly. The mere reading of the technical sheet could be enough to mistake oneself for Bayliss. And like the 999 compared to the 998, the 749 changes the game of ultra-sporty Ducati: the old one required grip to turn, the new one runs more easily, still combining rigor, stability and precision but the machine seems much less heavy to place than the previous generation. The twin allows you to take full advantage of this incisive behavior. You can add sauce without fear when exiting a bend, the 749 remains stuck on its trajectory, guided wonderfully by its very precise front axle. We knew the engine of the 748 particularly temperamental: hollow before the 7000 trs then brutal above. The new kid is appreciated differently; flexible, voluntary from 5,000 revs, it grows very gradually, with power and rage up to 10,000 revs – the switch cuts at 11,000 revs but we will have already passed the next gear. If its behavior is exceptional on the circuit, the Italian diva still lacks watts compared to the 4-cylinder competitors – the twin is however much more pleasant.

As usual, the price hurts and turns out to be more than 1000 Japanese. No matter: the 749 offers a pleasure of piloting – so Latin and so exhilarating – even superior to the 999 because less demanding. The chassis is racking up praise and the equipment helps to digest the muscular price somewhat. Today like yesterday, a Ducati remains marginal and deserves – although the piloting of the machines of the Bologna becomes more "accessible", the pleasure remains intact.

2004 saw the arrival of the 749 Dark version. The finish is less polished but allows the price to be lowered by € 1,340. The appearance is a little less flattering but the essentials are preserved.

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(inspired by Moto-journal – manufacturer photos)

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    Performances

    Max speed:
    255 km / h

  • Acceleration
    0 to 100: 3 s
  • Consumption
    medium: 8.10 l

The technical aspect

Ducati 749 2004

  • Frame
  • Tank: 15.5 liters
  • Height: 1,090 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,420 mm
  • Dry weight: 197 kg
  • Operating weight: 211 kg
  • Train before

Ducati 749 2004

  • Transmission
  • Final chain drive
  • Rear axle
  • Engine
  • 748 cc
    (90 x 58.8 mm)
  • 103
    ch
    at 10,000 rpm
  • 7.80 mkg
    at 8,500 rpm

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