Ducati 749 Dark Superbike a Steadfast Italian
It was the end of April when I found, purchased, and fell for the DARK Ducati, exquisite Italian. After much search I bought it from the well-known Montreal dealership – Monette Sports. It was additionally a bonus driving to Montreal, Canada’s European style culture, with trailer to pick my future ride (I love Montreal!) To date I’ve not added many kilometres to the Ducati 749 Dark Superbike “Dante” (as I’ve named him) history. Yet happy to say that two-thirds of the time spent on the bike has been on the track.
It’s namely due to this summer’s new historical record rain fall, and a busy test ride agenda (other manufacturer bikes I must ride) there’s really been not much of a chance to ride him on the street. The time we’ve shared has been “magnifico” — I made a great choice—the DARK is so sexy and radical looking. It’s odd how one’s vision of beauty changes. I remember when the Ducati 749 Dark Superbike came out and that I was the first to turn my nose up at it stating “traditional red” is what a Ducati should be. Now, well, I own one, to me, the Ducati 749 Dark has this futuristic, contemporary-architectural proclamation about it. And the silver frame an amazing accent. I find for the first time, I simply like to gaze at the bike, admiring it; I could stare at it for hours. Yet his name didn’t arrive easily. Dante as in Italy’s famed poet and the name translated means “stead fast”. I found it a fitting name for him.
Again yesterday I was on the track teaching and enjoyed getting to know the bike better. Yet this also reminded me I’ve really got to get a steer damper and sort out the suspension set up.
A better suited rear spring, for a rider of 51 kilo not 70++ would make a big difference as well.Even though there’s much to do with Dante, it’s a pleasure adding him to the bikes I’ve owned. As the 749 is not produced any longer by Ducati, it’s my plan to keep him. A sort of beginning of my new collection this side of the globe.
My former Ducati 900SSC was a 1995 (Canadian customs would not allow it into the country, sadly I sold it) and I can say, in a decade, “Dante” (he’s a 2005) with computer technology and increased HP/torque, design, style/weight, the machine is astounding. — it’s not all bad to move on to new technology. Having the 1098S last year was also a modern-day leap to the next Ducati era after only knowing the 1995 performance — which I still regret parting with, both my 900SSC and the 1098S.
Never mind, “better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”.