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The 749S Testastretta is the highest performance middleweight Superbike Ducati has ever built by 2003, establishing a new approach and vision of the interaction between man, machine and the elements.
The 749S has a 748 cc Testastretta engine that supplies 116 hp at 10,500 rpm and 8.4 kgm at 8500 rpm, allowing for maximum performance without compromising reliability.
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.
High engine revs are allowed by a special valve retainer collet system used to secure the steel intake and exhuast valves. The system is also used on the R versions as well as the World Superbike and MotoGP race engines.
The L-twin Testastretta engines are very compact, making the finished motorcycles incredibly narrow and agile, much like their racing cousins. They also offer excellent torque and remarkably vigorous power delivery compared to four cylinder engines. Ducati Superbikes have incredible acceleration and provide outstanding riding thrills.
The suspension is fully adjustable at both ends and features a TiN-treated upside down Showa fork at the front and a Showa rear shock. Thanks to a wide steering angle (28.5°), the steering damper, adjustable headstock rake (from 23.5° to 24.5°) and foot rests that can be set at any of 5 different positions, the Ducati 749s can be adapted to suit individual riding styles. In addition, on the single-seat version, the seat-tank assembly is adjustable longitudinally by 20 mm, thus giving the rider the opportunity to personalise his or her riding position on the bike for track use.
has certainly come a long way in recent years. American investors moved in
and restructured the way the company does things. As a result the Bologna
factory is certainly producing much higher quality products than we have
seen before. Recently I have enjoyed good stints aboard the new 1000SS and
also the new Multistrada, but my most recent Ducati sojourn was onboard
the new 749S.
Speaking of saddles, the seat on the 749 is fantastic. It has the perfect
balance of firmness and cushioning that manufacturers so rarely get just
right. There is still some weight on the wrists and hands of course, but
it is very manageable and certainly nothing I would gripe about. Cruising
at a fair clip the only minor annoyance I found was a slight tingle
through the pegs. Selecting a different gear to lower or raise the revs
seemed to make it go away.