1986 Ducati 750 F1 Montjuich
Hard to believe now, but there was a time when the future for Ducati looked very bleak. Despite its racing heritage and excellent engineering, by the early 1980s the factory had all but closed its doors and was under the financial control of the Italian government. Luckily for sportbike enthusiasts and race fans, Cagiva came to the rescue and turned Ducati around. They even lured the great Fabio Taglioni out of retirement to inject new life into the 90-degree V-twin the company was famous for. It was "Dr. T" after all who had successfully added a bevel shaft, overhead cam and desmodromic valve actuation to Ducati's racing singles. Doubled-up in a Vee, that same basic design led to the seminal 750SS.
The F1 Montjuich was one result of Taglioni's renewed involvement and it did not disappoint. "Raucous, Red and 11 Seconds Fast!" blared the headline to Cycle World magazine's 1986 test, in which the editors proclaimed it the fastest production twin they had ever tested. "There must be people who believe that today's popular sportbikes represent the pinnacle of the motorcycling experience," they continued. "A single ride on a Ducati Montjuich would shatter that belief as thoroughly as a Rolling Stones concert questions Muzak."
As exactingly prepared as the other Silverman Ducati's, this Montjuich has nonetheless had its numbered plaque removed at some point and it has now gone missing.
- Please note that the frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are ZDM3EA3P0GB000159 and ZDM750L7501904 and its title is in transit.