I’m a sucker for the endurance racer look, especially if twin headlamps are involved. And this is one of the best examples I’ve seen for a long time. It’s owned by Gregory Rathe, and there’s an interesting history behind it. In 1985, Ducati made a replica of its Pantah-based TT racers called the 750 F1. Around 1,500 were made, and won acclaim for their streamlined design and exceptional handling.
This particular machine originally belonged to Lou Saif, the well-regarded restorer of TT2 and TT1 factory race bikes. “Being based in New York City, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Lou—and watch him restore some of the most famous race bikes of the era,” says owner Rathe. “When the opportunity came to purchase Lou’s personal 750 F1, I jumped at it.”
Lou owned this 750 F1 for almost 20 years, and developed it as a replica of Marco Lucchinelli’s factory bike. “Lou’s intention was to make this bike a street racer, and as light and reliable as possible,” says Rathe. So the motor is mostly original except for the cams, Supermono lightweight gears, and a (very loud) titanium exhaust. The wheels are 17″ x 4.5″/6″ magnesium, and Lou shortened the tail and replicated the lights of the works bikes. The front fairing is also in the racing style, and the headlights are quick release—like those used for night racing. The bike is sprinkled with titanium hardware, and weight was removed from everywhere possible—so it now tips the scales at only 305 pounds. Isn’t it just gorgeous?
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