Additional photos of this Ducati 749R are available here for your perusal.
The styling of Ducati’s 749R may have been polarizing, but thanks to a slipper clutch, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini forged aluminum wheels, and lower weight (despite a larger fuel tank) than the 749, there was one thing every rider could agree on – this middleweight was a blast to ride.
It didn’t hurt that the R got a bump in power up to 121 horsepower/62 pound-feet of torque thanks to titanium connecting rods and valves, racing cams, and a shorter stroke with increased bore. Visordown called it “a nearly perfect bike” that “allows you to push harder than ever”. In addition to the mechanical upgrades, owners were treated to their production number stamped on the triple tree.
This example (VIN: ZDM1UB3T65B009280) is number 172 and it has 17,103 miles. Ducati never officially stated the production number of 749R, but the best estimates I’ve seen suggest 1,200 were produced from 2004-2006, 150 of which made it to the US. This one was acquired 5 years ago by the seller from the original owner, and he’s put less than 100 miles on it during that time. It’s currently available in West Palm Beach, Florida.
At 16,969 miles, this 749R got a full service with timing belts, and it features a Termignoni exhaust, CRG levers, and adjustable footpegs.
The 749R is a tremendous machine to ride, and this bike is ready for more miles after being mostly on display for the last five years. Whether you want to show or go, you’ll be happy with this machine. As stated in a 2003 VisorDown review, “I’ve ridden every new 2004 bike and the 749R is the one I really want to ride again. I’d love to own one; it looks ace, handles great, has a mint motor and is good off track, too. I’d take a 749R over any 999 anytime.”