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It may be lacking the track success of its bigger sibling, but don’t let that put you off the fabulous Ducati 749S.

2003-2007 DUCATI 749S

It’s funny how fashions change in the motorcycle world. A few years ago, Pierre Terblanche’s unpopular 749 and 999 models were the absolute bargains of the two wheeled world. You could pick up a 999S for under £4,000 and the stunning, and £24,000 when new, 999R was in the £10,000 area. Then the fashion tide turned and the 999 shot up in value, causing a ripple effect on the 749’s prices – although thankfully to a far less drastic level.

Blowing your budget

If the truth be told, the 999 is now over-priced and bordering on not worth what dealers are asking for it. However the 749 is still just about teetering on the line between justifying its price tag and getting your leg lifted. The stock model, whose prices start at a touch over £3,000, is actually pretty good value when you consider what you are getting, but if you can push your budget up a few quid more then 749S is an absolute pearl of a machine and worth the extra investment. As long as you get the right generation…

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