The history of the Ducati 750 SS Corsa is pretty interesting as is strongly related to the famous Mike Hailwood.
Mike Hailwood’s comeback victory at the Isle of Man in 1978, 11 years after he had retired and at the age of 38, holds a warm spot in the heart of every Ducati fan. But mention Paul Smart at Imola in 1972, and one will generate even more enthusiasm. At that Italian racetrack on 23 April, 1972, 70,000 race fans watched underdog Ducati defeat the world’s best riders on what were previously assumed to be the world’s best bikes. The riders included world champion Giacomo Agostini, Phil Read, Cal Rayborn and Walter Villa competing in the inaugural 200-mile race, much like Europe’s Daytona, with more than $40,000 in prize money.
Agostini took off in the lead with Smart and Spaggiari behind him, but Smart passed him on lap four and Spaggiari a lap later. After that, the two Ducatis diced with each other until the finish—Spaggiari passing Smart but then running wide as he started to misfire, low on fuel. The Ducatis finished one-two at an average speed of 97.76 mph, with Smart, Spaggiari and Agostini sharing the fastest lap at 100.1 mph. The “green frame” Ducati 750 Super Sport had arrived.
However, it looked as though two-strokes were soon going to rule Moto GP, and Ducati switched the V-twin to endurance racing, which had no engine restrictions. By boring the cylinders to 86 mm and using 450 racing pistons, the 864-cc 900 SS was created. The new bike made its race-winning debut at Montjuich Park, Barcelona, where Benjamin Grau and Salvador Canellas won the 24 hours endurance race in July 1973.
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Next to the F4 and F4 RR the F4 R completes Agusta’s F4 range. Like its siblings, the 2013 MV Agusta F4 R boosts new design language which includes a re-proportioned and lighter "signature" four exit silencer, new lightweight forged wheels and a new front spoiler integrated into the front fairing with DRL (Daylight Running Lights). Not to mention about the new tail lights which use light guide technology.
Compared to the F4, the F4 R is fitted with lighter wheels and other key modifications which have the role to improve performance.
The motorcycle is powered by a short-stroke inline four-cylinder engine which cranks out 195 hp. The engine is mated on a capable six speed transmission with an advanced clutch which features a mechanical slipper device. It’s also worthy of being mentioned that four engine maps are available: three default and to customizable by the pilot.
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By 1991, the Ducati 888 had won 23 World Superbike races and had only been beaten once. Doug Polen on his Fast by Ferracci bike won 17 races and even held the outright lap record at Jarama for a significant period. World Super Bike had become a huge spectator sport, with recognisable machines that riding fans could relate to, and the 888-cc V-twin Ducatis were dominating the 750-cc four-cylinder Kawasakis, Hondas and Suzukis.
Giancarlo Falappa joined the Ducati team in 1990 after a year with Bimota where he finished 6th in the WSB series, scoring three wins. Known as the “Lion of Jesi” (pronounced “Lesi”) for his hometown, Falappa was a bold and charismatic rider, and 1992 would be his best year in WSBK.
Falappa won four of the 26 WSB races in 1992, in a fearsome riding style developed in motocross, where he got his start. Many of Falappa’s best performances can be seen on video, including leaning on Scott Russell in a corner towards the end of the first race at Spa as well as the close-run battle with future champion Carl Fogarty at Assen, which he followed with a wheelie victory lap.
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Last year, the new MV Agusta F3 675 was elected the “Most beautiful 600 in the world”. And there is no wonder why, as the motorcycle is indeed among the most attractive models in its class. But there is more to it than just looks. The MV Agusta F3 675 is packed with a series of high tech features which help it deliver first class performance on the road but also on the race track.
Its three cylinder engine utilizes a revolutionary counter-rotating crankshaft, a solution that has only been previously seen on MotoGP motorcycles, together with the most compact and light weight layout ever seen on a Supersport bike.
The MV Agusta F3 675 is the first motorcycle in its class with Full Ride By Wire engine controls including 4 pre-set maps and one personally tunable map including traction control that can be selected between 8 different levels.
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The 2013 MV Agusta F4-RR has a lot to love. For the starters it features a tasty design language which not only looks great, but was also created to maximize the bike’s ability to cut through the air. In terms of style we especially like the he front headlight which is flanked by two distinctive light guides positioned on the leading edge of the spoiler. Then there are the tasty tail lights, the light wheels and the unique style of the exhaust tailpipes.
The 2013 MV Agusta F4RR is powered by a 998 cc, four-cylinder "short stroke" engine which has the peak rev limit raised to 14,000 RPM. Power is sent to the rear wheel through a six speed gearbox.
The F4 RR features a host of advanced engineering solutions, which include chassis control with vehicle inertia sensors, a unique engine control with Ride-By-Wire system, Öhlins electronic control suspension and steering damper as well as GP spec titanium connecting rods.
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The Ducati GTV 500 is a pretty important part of Ducati’s history. The parallel twin 350/500GTL models were introduced in 1975, taking their styling cues from the 860GT. Fabio Taglioni had nothing to do with them, as he was developing the belt-drive V-twin Pantah, so Tumidei updated the 1965 design. They were fitted with Borrani rims, Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes and were succeeded by the 500 Sport Desmo in 1977. There was even a racing version, the 500 Super Sport. The final iteration was the GTV of 1977, a spring-valve version of the Sport Desmo which was made until 1981.
A similar model was put on sale featuring a handsome black and gold 900 SD paint job. Today there are very few of the original 500-cc parallel twins worldwide, so this bike is an excellent opportunity for any collector.
This classic motorcycle has an estimated price of €4.000-€6.000.
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A classic 1974 Ducati 750 SS Corsa was presented to an auction by a private seller. The bike has an estimated price of € 40.000 - € 60.000 and was prepared at Reparto Corse Ducati with the help of Franco Farne and is Carlo Saltarelli’s own 750 SS which he campaigned as a privateer in both 1974 and 1975. The model was painted grey in 1974, then carrying race number 43, and then repainted white and red, carrying number 23.
The frame and engine numbers suggest this machine left the factory as a 750GT and was up-rated to the competition specification in period. The comprehensive specification includes Marzocchi front forks, adjustable rear Marzocchi shocks, Scarab brakes, Veglia competition tachometer, Tommaselli handlebars, front oil cooler, competition exhaust, competition camshafts, twin Dell’Orto PHM 40-mm carburettors, lightweight clutch, lightweight pistons and Borrani rims.
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The MV Agusta was built with speed and adrenaline in mind, thereby it comes with a sporty design language which helps it cut through the air effortless and a wide range of modern technologies especially developed to maximize its agility at high speeds.
Among the unique features offered by the 2012 MV Agusta F4 you’ll find the advanced chassis control which utilizes vehicle inertia sensors, a modern engine control with Ride-By-Wire system, Öhlins electronic control suspension and steering damper, as well as GP spec titanium connecting rods.
The style upgrades made for 2013 include a re-proportioned and lighter "signature" four exit silencer, new lightweight forged wheels and a new front spoiler integrated into the front fairing with DRL (Daylight Running Lights), and the new tail light incorporating light guide technology.
The 2013 model is considered by the company the most advanced hypersport bike on the market.
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A reserve bike prepared by NCR for Hailwood in the 1979 was put on sale by a private owner with an estimated price of €20.000-€30.000. The body of the bike was NCR, the engine was up-rated, but the frame was a standard 900 SS.
The bike has Brembo brakes, Marzocchi forks and Marzocchi rear shocks. It has a Veglia competition tachometer, twin Dell’Orto PHM 40-mm carburettors, front oil cooler, Campagnolo wheels oil pressure gauge, Verlicchi handlebars and light clutch.
All enthusiasts know the story of Mike Hailwood’s return to the Isle of Man TT races in 1978 and his success on the Steve Wynne Ducati 900 SS, which led to Ducati’s first World Championship.
At 110.62 mph, Hailwood broke Phil Read’s lap record by nine mph on the way to an immensely popular victory. He followed up with a win at Mallory Park the next weekend, a crash at Donington and a 3rd place at Silverstone against much faster opposition. Ducati was thrilled with the TT result and promised to build Mike Hailwood replicas and also give Hailwood a factory bike for the 1979 TT.
Hailwood tested the 1979 F1 bike at Misano but crashed before any changes could be made, cracking two ribs. After numerous delays, Ducati sent two NCR endurance race bikes to England; one was an endurance machine, and the other was a TT1 variant with a wet clutch engine. Wynne tried numerous modifications—even fitting the 1978 frame—but the bikes could not produce enough power and handled poorly. The best Hailwood could do was 5th place in the TT, and he declined to ride the endurance bike in any other races. Full story
The Suzuki SV650SA is a pretty versatile sport motorcycle which feels similarly comfortable on both the race tracks and city streets.
The 2012 model features a full fairing , a solo seat cover and ABS as standard equipment. The motorcycle is built on a light yet rigid aluminum-alloy truss frame which is combined with a high tech suspension on the front and rear.
The bike’s center piece is a capable 645cm3 liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that has been tuned to deliver a great powerband with crisp throttle response and strong acceleration in every gear. Additionally the Auto Fast Idle System (AFIS) contributes to easy engine start.
Among the high quality engine components you’ll find cast-aluminum-alloy pistons shaped to minimize reciprocating weight and shot-peened chrome-moly-steel connecting rods. Power is sent to the rear wheel through a six speed constant mesh transmission.
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