1987 Ducati 750 F1 Desmo
Unlike other bike-makers who had forgotten the "light is right" design philosophy, Ducati did not have the luxury of prodigious amounts of horsepower from its air-cooled 748cc V-twin, so the F1A and B models weighed in at less than 400 lbs. dry. The lessons taught by Fabio Taglioni on the racetrack, dating all the way back to the 1950s singles, were proven yet again.
And it wasn't just Sunday-morning backroad riders discovering the advantages of light weight and torquey powerbands. While the 750 Ducati was easily outpowered by its four-cylinder rivals in frontline race series, a new class, Battle of the Twins, was on the rise, especially in the U.S., where Ducatis soon became the ride of choice.
Later, with four-valve heads and liquid-cooling, Ducati would take on all comers and dominate in World Superbike racing, but the bike that held the line until then and gave Ducati enthusiasts something to cheer about and something to ride was the F1 Desmo.
- Please note that the frame and engine numbers for this motorcycle are ZDM3AA3L3GB751425 and AA3G751815 respectively and its title is in transit.