Ducati 749 Reviews from Canada

2006 Ducati 749

Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2011
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 kilometres
Most recent distance14000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleHonda CBR900RR Fireblade

Summary:

AMAZING!

Faults:

My 749S is dream to ride, and it handles even better. I love the power, brakes and feel on the road. I always had Japan built bikes, before one day testing a Ducati, and they're great, but not as well built like Ducati. Even with Ducati needing more servicing, it is well worth it. Ducati bikes are built right, not just straight fast. If you get a chance ride one, you will know what I am talking about. And also Ducati have the best fairings ever hung between two wheels.

General Comments:

If you get a chance to ride one, you will know.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2011

2004 Ducati 749

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 kilometres
Most recent distance10012 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha BWS sport scooter

Summary:

Best thing since sliced bread

Faults:

Nothing wrong yet. Which I would surely expect, given the low mileage I acquired it at, and have put on it. I hit the 10,000 km mark two nights ago, at which point the service icon started to flash. I've since proceeded to arrange for my first preventative maintenance appointment at the dealer.

General Comments:

It was a love at first sight type of thing. I knew I wanted a Ducati, but I walked into the dealership not knowing what to expect. It was the only used 749 there and it was perfect. No after market work aside from a carbon fiber rear fairing, jet black double bubble wind screen, and a titanium clutch cover from Ducati Performance. It had 7,500 km on it and was basically a new, unmolested Ducati for a great price. I slammed a down payment on it almost immediately, knowing that there were at least four people seriously considering the motorcycle. The rest is history.

The bike weighs in at just over 400 lbs, so it's not as light as most crotch rockets. It's also top heavy.

Being a bike with a dry clutch it does require that you whack it into neutral at all stops, in order to keep from overheating and possibly frying your clutch. They can't be ridden nearly as much as a wet clutch, it's just not good for them. On the plus side, they are easier and cheaper to maintain. I like to clean mine out with an air hose every once in a while to get the dust out that builds up from friction. I do love that 'clack clack clack' noise that it makes when out of gear.

The bike accelerates with instant torque and wants to go. It reaches its peak power in and around 10,000 RPM, which is a nice time to shift. It's no whimp at low RPM like an 18,000 RPM revving rocket from Japan, that doesn't even see power until 10grand. It could be considered a muscle bike for that reason. Instant torque, and no child's play. This, together with the dry clutch can make it a very inconvenient and user unfriendly motorcycle for town riding, depending on what kind of person you are. I myself couldn't give a damn, because these kind of bikes are what appeal to me.

If you're buying this motorcycle with the intent of saving on gas, forget it and buy a Ninja. When I'm in town in slow traffic, first and second gear see about 9 or 10 mpg at the most. On the highway at a steady pace, I can get about 20mpg. So, basically it's complete crap. I found one site that claimed 35mpg at best for this bike, and that's true only when you're coasting down a hill with the wind at your back. I don't even know why they include a fuel consumption meter on the dash computer. Every time you look it's like having someone finger you. Your subsequent facial expression will be the same.

By being top heavy, this bike can sometimes leave you lacking confidence on a snaky road at high speed, because it feels like a tank. But when you do hit that right line of attack, the rewards are great. Nothing like big torque to spit you out of a nice sweeper.

All in all, I see my 749 Dark as the perfect bike, only because it's what I love. I don't care about gas mileage or the fact that I can't really go grocery shopping. This Ducati has become a part of me, and being unmarried with no kids, it's still safe for me to say that it's the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th August, 2008

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews