1985 ducati 750 f1 desmo
the ducati f1a and f1b were true race replicas, street-going versions of the first of the rubber band racers, the four-time world champion 6()0cctt2. the tt2 was built for the 1981 formula 2 world championship. with british racer tony rutter on board, they won not only the 1981 championship, but the 1982, 1983 and 1984 championships as well. in 1982, fabio taglioni, chief of design, and franco fame, race team boss, decided to develop concurrently a 750cc racer to compete in formula 1. while the 750 was never as competitive in formula 1 as its smaller stablemates had been in formula 2, it soon proved to be the hot set for the newly formed and very popular battle of the twins class. the bikes did exceptionally well in both club races and world championship events.
1985 ducati 750 f1 racer
1986 ducati 750 f1
1986 ducati 750 f1 desmo
air cooled, four stroke, 90°“l”twin cylinder, sohc, desmodromic 2 valve per cylinder.
1986 ducati 750 f1 montjuich
named after one of ducati's happiest racing hunting grounds—the montjuich park circuit in barcelona, spain—the montjuich was a development of the 750 fl. while similar to the 750 fl, the montjuich engine included different crankcases to accept larger gearbox mainshaft bearings, along with a different mainshaft and second driving gear. the outer clutch drum was aluminum and the external cover vented. although the valve sizes were unchanged, the montjuich cylinder heads had larger inlet ports, much hotter cams, and larger carburetors. all montjuichs came with kokusan ignition.
1987 ducati 750 f1 desmo
1987 ducati 750 f1 laguna seca
this superb ducati 750 laguna seca is part of a limited edition of 200 bikes built by ducati in 1987 in celebration of marco lucchinelli's victory on the laguna seca circuit in california. this series is highly sought after amongst collectors forming part of the three limited edition 750 f1 models: montjuich, laguna seca & santa monica.
1987 ducati 750 f1 laguna seca
marco lucchinelli's success in the battle of the twins e at laguna seca in 1986 prompted ducati to name enext series of limited edition 750 f1 the laguna seca. ach laguna seca also came with a marco lucchinelli decal autograph on the gas tank. except for slightly different cylinder heads, the engine f the laguna seca was identical to that of the montjuich. ere was a steel, rather than aluminum, inner clutch drum, d small changes to the clutch actuation system. there ~s a new clutch slave cylinder and bearing, although the vented clutch cover was retained. in an effort to reduce noise levels, the laguna seca featured a new muffler, with larger canister and riveted aluminum cover. u.s. versions received a different muffler again; a conti similar to that of the 1986 750 f1.
1988 ducati 750 f1 santamonica
by 1987, the racing days of the fl were almost over for the air-cooled two-valve engine. however, one of the most astounding victories late in its racing life was at misano at the autodromo santamonica in april 1986. lucchinelli won the opening round of the world tt formula 1 championship, prompting ducati to name their final limited edition 750 fl, the santamonica. built primarily for the japanese market (at that time ducati's most important), the engine was identical to the laguna seca, but there were some changes to the chassis components. everything was similar to the laguna seca, except for the wheels and brakes. the marvic/akront wheels of the montjuich returned, along with fully floating cast-iron brake calipers. the front brake calipers were the new black p4 type, and the brake lines braided steel. all santamonicas had a dual seat. while the santamonicas were offered as a 1988 model, they were very much relics of past under the new cagiva regime. this certainly doesn't detract from their desirability, and all members of the limited edition series of the 750 fl are among the most classic production ducatis of the 1980s.