Ducati 750 Sport

The 750S was the second 750 twin Ducati put out after introducing the platform in 1970 with the 750GT. That first “Gran Turismo” model was more restrained in its styling, available in either solid red or black, came with upright bars for a comfortable riding position, and a decently sized pillion seat. The 750S got none of that nonsense—bright yellow paint, a humped solo seat and low clip-on handlebars. Minus the passenger peg supports, it does share the same basic chassis as the GT—and that’s a good thing because the super stiff frame is a highlight of the breed.

Ducati-750S-martin-squires-illustration

A limited few first editions got a half-fairing with a distinctive “Z Stripe” down the tank, such as the example Robert Machinist loaned us for the 360 photos below.

According to this collection’s curator, Peter Boggia, the 750S is the sleeper of the bunch. “The 750S should have been The Bike of the 70’s, but it was overshadowed by the 750SS,” he says. “Ducati just put out too many beautiful bikes in one decade, and one overshadowed the other.”

The silver lining here is that one stands a much better chance of finding a 750S. They’re still rare, but not quite as ultra-rare as the “Green Frame.” Ducati made 1,625 750S’s over three years—200 of which were even imported to the U.S.

Ducati 750s

Start Here: Intro 70s Italian Superbikes

The Ducati Story
Ducati 350 Mark 3-D (1968-1972)
Ducati 350 Desmo (1971-1972)
Ducati 750S (1972-1974)
Ducati 750SS (1973-1974)
Ducati 900SS (1975-1982)
Ducati Darmah (1977-1982)
Ducati MHR (1979-1984) 

The Laverda Story
Laverda 750S (1969-1970)
Laverda SF (1970-1976)
Laverda SFC (1971-1976)
Laverda Jota (1976-1983)
Laverda Montjuic (1979-1981)

The Moto Guzzi Story
Moto Guzzi V7 Telaio Rosso (1971)
Moto Guzzi V7 Sport (1971-1974)
Moto Guzzi 750S (1974-1975)
Moto Guzzi Leamans 850 (1976-1978)

The MV Agusta Story
MV Agusta 750S (1971-1974)
MV Agusta 750 America (1975-1977)
MV Agusta Magni 861

Illustrations: Martin Squires
Studio photography: David Genat
Bike owner: Robert Machinist