The 750S was a bike that MV almost begrudgingly offered to the motorcycle buying public as a last ditch effort to stay solvent. It was even rumored that Count Agusta insisted on retaining a shaft drive on this bike so that privateers couldn’t compete with his factory racers who benefited from the performance of a special chain-drive conversion kit.
For mere mortals, however, the shaft drive is perfectly capable of harnessing the 750S’s 66 horses. The bikes’ engines were each built by hand, with crank bearings individually fitted by the same experienced staff that built so many bikes for the company’s race program. Details like turn signals and switchgear were an afterthought.
A 1973 review from Cycle World’s Road Test Annual sums it up: “Its paint and chrome finish is poor. The electrical controls stupidly inadequate, but with the soul of a grand prix machine as well as the basic requirements of a fast roadster, the MV has a quality denied to almost any other machine. The bike’s attraction lies wholly in its raw, almost crude appeal of pure speed suitability. Perhaps the one word that sums it up is ‘Sensuality.’”
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)
Bonus: The Benelli 750 Sei