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With the introduction of the revolutionary
Ducati 749 Testastretta, the Ducati mid-size Superbike family
continues to evolve with technical innovation and cutting-edge
design. A perfect entry model to the Ducati Superbike family,
the World Superbike dominating Testastretta engine technology
has been applied to the 749. Ducati's race-inspired, tubular
trellis frame is matched with fully-adjustable suspension both
front and rear, box-section swingarm, and steering damper that
result in confidence-inspiring and precise road holding. 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 (59 ft-lbs at 8500 rpm), even at very low rpms, guarantees superb performance while making the motorcycle easy to handle in heavy traffic.
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2005 has been an exceptional year for Ducati Superbikes, the range having been completely revolutionised with a series of stylistic and functional refinements and, above all, with a general upward shift in terms of power ratings and performance in both engine displacements and all versions. The 749 and 999 machines have been made more aggressive, edging closer to the dividing line between the street bikes and the official machine used on the world's racetracks.
For the Superbikes manufactured in Borgo Panigale, 2006
will be dedicated to digesting the generational shift, which has taken place
just two years from the launch of the new series, with the numerous innovations
and refinements introduced in 2005.
As for the other Ducati families, the matte black colour of the 749 Dark identifies the entry-level machine. The Dark version is distinguished by the presence of several simplified features, such as the absence of the steering damper and the rear suspension link with fixed length in order to maintain an irresistible value. However, it should be noted that with respect to previous models the sacrifices in terms of equipment have been pared to the minimum, with the year 2006 the Dark model is equipped with the box-section aluminium alloy swingarm, exactly like the higher priced versions. Even though it's the "smallest" of the Superbike series, the basic versions of the 749 continue to offer styling and dimensions that are identical to those of its big brothers, from the protective upper fairing and the highly distinctive over and under headlight units to the rear fairing with integrated silencer.
In line with tradition, the tubular trellis frame is the common element shared by all the bikes that come off the production lines at Borgo Panigale. The frame on the 749 features the same dimensions and structural stress resistance characteristics as the versions equipped with the more powerful and higher performance Testastretta twins. And despite the highly competitive pricing of the "smallest" Superbikes, the suspension systems feature a series of high quality features. These bikes are in fact equipped with a Sachs shock for the rear suspension, which operates in conjunction with the box-section swingarm, presented for the first time also on the entry level 749, and a Showa upside-down fork on the front end. Both elements provide ample adjustment facilities for preload and damping thereby allowing high precision set-up of the ideal attitude for all riding conditions.
108 HP at 10,000 rpm and 8.2 kgm of torque at 8,500 rpm are the credentials of the engine that provides an introduction to the Superbike series. The engine is a very recent design and constitutes the introduction to the Testastretta family. Like the engines installed on the official race 999S, it uses specific technology that serves to reduce the angle between the valves, which was achieved by flattening out the profile of the combustion chamber. This characteristic gives the name "Testastretta" (literally "narrow head") that denotes a highly effective means of optimising engine efficiency in the most demanding conditions.