2005 Ducati Superbike 749R
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– 2005 Ducati Superbike 749R
The Ducati 749 Testastretta and 999 Testastretta are the most advanced, highest performance, twin-cylinder motorcycles ever produced at our Bologna, Italy factory. They epitomize the racing history of Ducati and represent the evolution of a formula that has dominated Superbike racing for over a decade. This year’s Superbike family includes seven models: the 749 Dark, 749, 749S, 749R, 999, 999S and 999R.
Two years after the launch of the latest Superbike models, Ducati decided the time had come to incorporate in our production models the features of our race machines that make them unbeatable on tracks around the world.
In motion even when others are at rest. Quicker and sexier than ever, these are real race machines that epitomize the best of Ducati’s high performance tradition.
Features & Benefits
This uncompromising sports machine is only available in the single-seat version and is the perfect bike for all those who want to own a real middleweight racer. The Testastretta engine is more highly developed than ever before to maximise performance and minimise weight. Chassis components have obviously been selected for maximum competitiveness on the track, and special materials like magnesium, carbon fibre, and titanium abound to make the 749R unbeatably light and mean.
The R’s engine has been specially developed for efficiency on the track. It develops 121 hp at 10,500 rpm and 8.6 kgm of torque at 8,250 rpm.
By applying the knowledge gained on the racetrack, Ducati engineers have created our highest performance middleweight Superbike ever, with fully adjustable suspension, box-section aluminum alloy swingarm, and steering damper. The 749 is as at home on the road as it is on the track and is designed to offer an exciting, safe ride whatever the road conditions. A sleek riding position blends man and machine perfectly.
At 108 hp, the Testastretta provides lightning acceleration out of corners and incredibly smooth power delivery without putting stress on the chassis set-up. Excellent torque (8.2 kgm at 8500 rpm), even at very low rpms, guarantees superb performance while making the motorcycle easy to handle in heavy traffic.
Type L-twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder Testastretta Desmodromic; liquid cooled
Displacement 749 cc
BorexStroke 94 x 54 mm
Compression Ratio 12.7:1
Power 89.1 kw – 121 hp @ 10500 rpm
Torque 8.6 kgm @ 8250 rpm
Fuel injection Marelli electronic fuel injection, 54 mm throttle body
Exhaust Single steel muffler with catalytic converter
Gearbox 6 speed
Ratios 1st 37/15, 2nd 30/17, 3rd 28/20, 4th 26/22, 5th 24/23, 6th 23/24
Primary drive Straight cut gears; ratio 2.11
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 35
Clutch Dry multiplate with hydraulic control slipper clutch
Frame Tubular steel trellis
Wheelbase 1420 mm / 55.9 in
Rake 23.5° – 24.5°
Front suspension Ã–hlins 43 mm upside-down fully adjustable fork with TiN surface treatment, for radial calipers
Front wheel travel 120 mm / 4.7 in
Front brake 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston 4-pad radial caliper
Front wheel Y-shaped 5-spoke light alloy forged 3.50 x 17
Front tyre 120/70 ZR 17
Rear suspension Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Ã–hlins monoshock
Rear wheel travel 128 mm / 5 in
Rear brake 240 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear wheel Y-shaped 5-spoke light alloy forged 5.50 x 17
Rear tyre 180/55 ZR 17
Fuel tank capacity 18.3 L / 4.8 US gal (includes 3 L / 0.8 US gal reserve)
Weight * 183.5 kg / 405 lbs
Seat height 780 mm / 30.7 in
Instruments Speedometer, rev counter, high beam indicator, turn signals, oil pressure warning light, low fuel warning light, neutral light, water temperature, immobilizer system
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Tank Colours Red
Frame and Wheel colours Red
Versions One seat
* = The weight includes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid.
New for 2004 Two years after the “red-volution”, all the models in Ducati’s Superbike family, in both engine sizes, have been dramatically improved. Updates have involved not just restyling but a series of major improvements to chassis and engine aimed at bringing the 749 and 999 closer still to Ducati’s ultimate sports motorcycle concept, making them meaner, faster and more competitive than ever. But even though Ducati’s SBK range now looks almost identical to the bikes that dominate the world’s championships, they are still just as comfortable as ever. Because comfort is not just something you need on long road rides. Comfort is also essential if you want to maintain high speeds for any length of time on the track. And stylistic improvements are only part of the story. Performance has got substantially better too. from which Supersport and Superbike machines are derived, Supersport motorcycles, represent a segment of the market that has exploded in recent years. All 999’s and 749’s (the basic models, the S and the R), have been substantially improved and to bring the specifications of these latest models closer to the bikes ridden by the official Ducati racing team.
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