1987 Ducati 750 F1 Desmo
Frame no. ZDM3AA3L0HB751495
Cycle World staffer Steve Anderson got an insight in Ducati's future when he was one of the first to ride the new 750 F1 Desmo at Italy's Misano racetrack. This was a thoroughly modern machine, lightweight, with a short wheelbase and responsive suspension, derived as it was from the TT1 endurance racer, itself an evolution of the Formula 2 world-beating TT2. "To create the F1, Ducati did little more than add lights, a battery, and milder cams to the TT1," he told readers.
That direct approach yielded a sportbike that did not rely on horsepower to make its point. "With only 70 claimed horsepower the F1 isn't faster than the best Japanese 600s, but it offers no similarity in feel. Because of its heavier flywheels, broad power and light weight, it is easier and more fun to ride," Anderson said.
He saved his highest praise for last, noting, "This is a throwback in spirit to the 750SS of 1973, the F1's most famous predecessor. Like the 750SS, the F1 is the Italian sportbike of its era."
- Please note that the engine number for this motorcycle is ZDM750L75014750 and its title is in transit.