The small sibling of the iconic 916, from which it was virtually indistinguishable, Ducati’s 748 was the preferred choice for many riders who found the smaller capacity model easier to ride, and a little more affordable. Launched in 1995, perhaps the 748’s main raison d’etre was that it was classed as a 600 for Supersport racing, and 748-mounted Paolo Casoli duly won the inaugural World Series in 1997.
On the road the 748 eclipsed Honda and Kawasaki opposition when pitted against a CBR600F and ZX-6R by Bike magazine, which said, ‘The Ducati’s chassis and engine are indivisible; they gel heroically. As its throttle comes on, the 748, rock-solid and overdosing on sheer traction, is already up and out of the turn, homing in on the next corner. The ZX and CBR aren’t exactly floundering like a couple of wobbly puddings in its wake, but that’s how they feel by comparison.’
Even today, the 748’s v-twin grunt and superb chassis is sure to keep it at the front of the track-day pack in the hands of a competent rider. Weighing 202kg in Biposto form, Motociclismo magazine achieved a 155mph top speed with a 0-400 metre time of 11.6 secs at 120.2mph – astonishing performance for 750 twin. And when it comes to style there’s simply no comparison, apart from the big brother 916…
This Ducati 748 is finished in its original red paint and is unrestored. According to the vendor it is in good overall condition and it comes to sale with Italian documentation.