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    Ducati 750F1

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    Launched in 1985 and marketed as a street version of the TT1 racing bike, the Ducati 750F1 was truly a minimalist sports machine for the rider who desired no frippery. Sporting the Ducati signature elements such as cam belt drive and steel trellis frame that are fast being left by the wayside on modern Ducatis, the 750F1 and its rare limited editions are a reminder of how simple Ducatis once were. Here is all of them.
    The 750F1 was released in 1985 and was the last of the Pantah engined machines and the last Ducati to be designed before Cagiva took over company (hence the elephant logo on the tank. Looking like a TT2 racer that took a wrong turn at the racetrack, the frame was a modified TT2 unit in which was mounted a 75bhp 750cc version of the 650 Pantah powerplant. 1,801 were produced in 1985 and 1986.

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    The frame was based on the TT2/TT1 racers and the bike sported the then trendy 16 inch front wheel, and cast iron floating Brembo brake rotors. The engine was really just a bored out 650 Pantah but the light weight and accessible power delivery made it a decidably competent back road machine. The 750F1 is very collectible today, especially the higher spec limited edition Montjuich, Laguna Seca and Santamonica models.

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    Up against the 100bhp Suzuki GSX-R750 and Yamaha FZ750 the 750F1 looked pretty weak but the limited edition Montjuich could go toe to toe with the Japanese. That is because the Montjuich was a true race replica in the old Ducati sense. The original version came with racing tires and no indicators. Full of trick bits, the Montjuich (named after the Spanish race circuit) was light at 341lb (155kg) and thundered out 95bhp from its Verlichi exhaust. Just 200 were made (20 came to the USA) and they remain highly desirable and sought after. Two other limited edition models the Laguna Seca and Santa Monica followed although in general they weren’t as highly specced.

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    The Laguna Seca was a limited edition made to commemorate Marco Lucchinelli’s success in the Battle of the Twins race at Laguna Seca in 1986. The model was similar to the limited edition Montuich, although it displayed some signs of cost cutting. The tank was steel instead of aluminum and the wheels were straight off the more pedestrian Paso rather than the composite Marvic / Akronts. Just 296 were made in 1987.

    The third and final limited production F-1 model, the Santamonica was named after the Misano racetrack where Marco Lucchinelli won the opening round of the World TT F-1 championship in 1986. The Santamonica’s motor was unchanged from the the previous year’s Laguna Seca. Likewise the rest of the bike apart from the wheels and brakes. All of the 204 produced had the dual seat and white/red colour scheme. Nearly all Santamonicas (including this example) were exported to Japan.

    Many thanks to Phil Ainsley for these stunning pics

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    There is definitely something nice about the simplicity of the design - classic function and form.
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    You can buy replica frame kits/bits these days, saw them at Stafford.
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    Really like those tri colour bikes

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    DMC Moto had a really nice Santa Monica recently in their show room, I think that its now been sold.

    I know thats its a bit of useless info but it just shows that rare bikes still come up for sale.

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    A mate of mine added one of the special ones to his collection of Ducati's 3 or 4 years ago £££££'s. I think he got it from JHP.
    He's had it converted to 17" wheels using 3 spoke wheels from a Monster so he can ride it.

    Steve R

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    I love the look, but just wonder if the riding experience would live up to expectation.
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