1985 DUCATI 750 F1A
This time period for Ducati was a tough one. Production
of motorcycles were at a all time low from a high of more
than 6,000 bikes in 1981 to less than 2,000 in 1985. On
May 1st of that year Cagiva purchased Ducati from the
Italian government for Three Million Pounds.
The magazine 'Motorcycle International' titled their article
about the 750F1A "Extinction with Distinction" written
by Fraser Stronach (article below). In the articles closing
Fraser writes, "If the Formula 1 Replica is the last Ducati
it's a hell of a way for the name to go out."
Mick Walker wrote about the F1 ... "To the true believers
the F1 represents the last of the real Ducatis, in other
words the traditionally raw-boned sporting
motorcycle, without an ounce of fat to be seen
anywhere. With its razor-sharp styling, the F1 evoked
a passion in Ducati Lovers" ... "It was fitting, therefore,
that this model should have been one of the best ever to
come out of the Bologna factory, A motorcycle in the true
Italian tradition. With a chassis based on the four-times
World Championship winning, F2 racer, it was endowed
with road-holding and handling to match the very best."
Cycle World Magazine said "Ducati must have known a
line was about to be drawn in the history books and
the people there must have wanted to leave a last
entry. Because the F1 is everything an Italian sports
bike is expected to be and so seldom is."
Produced with components from the earlier 650cc
Pantah The 750F1A had the same heads, valves and
crankshaft. The new 750cc size was created by adding
6mm to the bore. New were the camshafts, 124mm
connecting rods, wet clutch and oil cooler. This motor
surprised everyone that it revved so freely. The 1986
Models, F1B, Santa Monica, Laguna Seca and Montjuich
would all have completely different motors with different
cases, cranks, heads and cams.
This bike is #503 of the 593 made in the first series of
the F1 models (Known as "A") and is in wonderful
condition with less than 10,000miles. The motorcycle
came from Santa Fe, New Mexico from a gentleman
named Ed who could not have been more delightful (Ed,
again thanks for the chips and salsa). When it arrived
by truck it fired and ran incredible. The bike is
completely original and seems only the breather and air
filters have been changed.
Serial number #499 was found in a garage in Santa
Monica, California with 570 Kilometers (361 Miles). The
original owner shortly after buying it promised his
mother that he would no longer ride it and it sat for the
next 22 years in the corner of his garage. When found it
had gas in the aluminum tank from 1985 and was never
registered, so it came with the Manufactures Certificate
of Origin, as it was never titled.