1986 Ducati 750 F1 Montjuich
In Ducati's 1980s turnaround and march toward sportbike prominence, the 750 F1 Montjuich is an important player, the first of the reborn company's many limited-edition race replicas. Scaling-in at a claimed 352 lbs., the bike placed just as much importance on weight savings as outright power production, a theme that would serve Ducati well. A Verlicchi aluminum swingarm, an alloy fuel tank, and composite Marivc/Akront wheels with aluminum rims and magnesium hubs were incorporated to lighten the motorcycle. In 1986, F1 crankcases were strengthened, valve sizes were increased, straight-cut gears now drove a hydraulically activated dry clutch, and the gearbox itself was beefed up. With a healthy 70 hp at the rear wheel, the Montjuich was capable of 136 mph.
Of the 200 Montjuichs manufactured, perhaps as few as 10 originally made their way to the U.S., making them among the rarest of modern-day collectible motorcycles. This is noted by author Mick Walker in his comprehensive Illustrated Ducati Buyer's Guide: "If you find or already own an F1, my advice is to hang on to it. If you are doubly lucky to have been able to afford one of the limited-edition models, then guard it with your life, for you have a real classic of the future. Any one of the Montjuich, Laguna Seca or Santamonica models is worth five full stars, for they are both beautiful and rare."
- Please note that the frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are ZDM750M153 and ZDM750L7502048 respectively and its title is in transit.