1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport

Universally beautiful is an apt description of the 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport.

Photo by Jeff Barger
  • Engine: 748cc bevel gear driven desmodromic OHC, 4-stroke, air-cooled 90-degree L-twin, 80mm x 74.4mm bore/stroke, 9.5:1 compression ratio, 70hp @ 9,000rpm
  • Top speed: 130mph (209kmh)
  • Carburetion: Twin Dell’Orto PHM40A
  • Transmission: 5-speed, constant mesh
  • Electrics: 12v, coil and breaker points ignition
  • Frame/wheelbase: Tubular steel open double cradle with stressed engine/59in (1,499mm)
  • Suspension: Marzocchi telescopic front fork, twin Marzocchi shocks rear
  • Brakes: Scarab twin piston calipers, twin 10.8in (275mm) discs front, single 9in (230mm) disc rear
  • Tires: 4.10 x 18in front Dunlop TT100, 4.25/85 x 18in rear Dunlop TT100
  • Weight (dry): 333lb (151kg)
  • Seat height: 30.5in (774.7mm)
  • Fuel capacity: 4.76 U.S. gallons
  • Price now: $80,000-$200,000
Photo by Jeff Barger

Restoration expert Brady Ingelse of Retrospeed in Belgium, Wisconsin, has worked on two of these rare and exotic Italian motorcycles. The first was several years ago. Most recently, Brady helped Rick Fuhry of Milwaukee purchase the one seen here. Over the 15 years Brady’s been in business, one or the other of the Super Sports has graced his showroom for an extended period.

Brady says, “It doesn’t matter if it’s a man, woman or child coming in, they all stop and admire the Super Sport sitting in the showroom. And, they all say, it’s just a beautiful motorcycle.”

Regular readers will recall Rick’s name. We met him in the September/October 2020 issue with the story about his 1978 MV Agusta 750S America. That was a “dream machine” for him, but so too was the Ducati Super Sport.

Back in the day

When he was just a college student, Rick says, “I became aware of the 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport through motorcycle magazines. Late in 1974, I went to Madison (Wisconsin) to check out a Ducati dealer I had heard of. I knew Ducatis were Italian bikes but that was it. I’d never seen one.”

He continues, “When I walked into the dealership, I immediately noticed a new 1974 Ducati 750 Super Sport sitting on a small stage under a large picture window at the front of the store. Sunlight streamed through the window spotlighting the bike. I felt like Indiana Jones stumbling upon the holy grail. I was in awe at the sight of it. I immediately turned to the owner in the small shop and said, ‘How much is this Ducati?’ He replied, ‘It’s not for sale.’ I said ‘What?!?!’ He said, ‘We’re gonna hold onto that one.’”

Photo by Jeff Barger

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