1986 Ducati 750 F1 Montjuich
Frame no. ZDM3EA3R9GB000158
The small elephant logo on the sides of this F1 gives an insight into this chapter in Ducati history. That is the corporate symbol of Cagiva, owned by the Castiglioni brothers, Claudio and Gianfranco, who in 1985 had purchased a foundering Ducati operation from receivership. Passionate about racing as seemingly all Italians are, the brothers were intent on bringing Ducati motorcycles back to sporting prominence.
The F1, introduced in 1985 was a good starting point, a road-going version of the TT1, itself a 750cc enlargement of the world-championship TT2. The F1 followed the basic architecture of the TT series, with a steel trellis frame and single-shock rear suspension, the first Ducati streetbike so equipped. Special, limited-edition versions of the F1 were to follow, named after racetracks Montjuich, Laguna Seca and Santamonica where the bikes had covered themselves in glory. First was the Montjuich, in honor of Ducati's 1983 win in the 24-hour endurance race held on the Montjuich Park street circuit in Barcelona, Spain. Backing up that racing heritage, Montjuich motors were pumped up with 40mm Dell'Orto carburetors, high-performance camshafts and a 2-into-1 Verlicchi exhaust, good for an entertaining 70 hp at the rear wheel.
Just 200 Montjuichs were built, with a fraction of that number exported to the U.S. As with many of the Silverman Museum machines, no expense has been spared in preparing this example to top-notch condition.
- Please note that the engine number for this motorcycle is DM750L7502002 and its title is in transit.