Ducati 750 SS Imola

Bologna’s First Big Twin

By Alan Cathcart, Photography by Kyoichi Nakamura

Evolution
A special, desmodromic racing version of the 750 GT.
Rivals
BSA Rocket III, Honda CB750, Laverda 750 SFC, Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, MV Agusta 750 Sport, Norton Commando, Triumph Trident.

Tech Spec
Pricena
Engine typea-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve trainSOHC, 4v, desmodromic
Displacement749cc
Bore x stroke80.0 x 74.4mm
Compression10.0:1
Fuel systemDual Dell’Orto 40mm carburetors
Transmission5-speed
Claimed horsepower84 bhp @ 8800 rpm
Claimed torquena
FrameTubular-steel trellis
Front suspensionMarzocchi 40mm fork
Rear suspensionDual Ceriani shocks
Front brakeDual AP-Lockheed two-piston calipers, 278mm discs
Rear brakeAP-Lockheed two-piston caliper, 230mm disc
Front tire100/90-18 Pirelli MT09
Rear tire180/90-18 Pirelli MT08
Rake/trail29.0°/na
Seat heightna
Wheelbase60.2 in.
Fuel capacityna
Claimed curb weight392 lbs.
ColorSilver/blue

Verdict 5 out of 5 stars
The prototype for 40 years of Superbike success.

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