“It was time to replace my Honda CB450. When I saw photos of the 1974 Ducati 350 Desmo, I wanted one, bad. It was the prettiest bike I’d ever seen! Sadly, it was not available in the U.S., so I considered the 750 Sport. It was also beautiful, designed by Leopoldo Tartarini, with the same bright-ochre color. I wasn’t sure about the engine. It gave the bike a long, gangly look. However, the Ducatis had gotten great reviews and some of the _Cycle _magazine staff had bought them. There had to be something special about these bikes, so I got the Sport in spite of my reservations.