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Ducati 749R – Ezikiel Dacanay


Posted on August 15, 2015 by Andrew in Racer. 22 comments

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Written by Martin Hodgson.

Taking the cutting torch to a Ducati is not something you do lightly, when that Ducati is a limited run 749r homologation special it’s no wonder it took some time before the power tools spun into action. This is not Ezikiel Dacanay’s first Custom Duc having previously built a café racer out of a 1997 916 but that bike was lost to an accident and it would take a few swings and roundabouts to get to the bike you see before you.

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With a broken wrist and finger a result of the 916’s demise and a painful Helicopter ride to the hospital any man would be forgiven for giving it all away. But when he was back on his feet Ezikiel got straight back on the horse by purchasing a Ducati 749r No. 63 of 500, a little lady called Scarlett. The plan was to café it straight away, but how do you start cutting on a limited run Ducati, so with tinkering in his blood he picked up a cheap 1972 CB500 and turned it into a tasty little ride. But still Scarlett was winking at him, he tried selling her, but one too many tyre kickers sealed her fate. If she was to stay that long red dress from Bologna would have to go, this Ducati was going to be stripped back Cali style, more skin and a whole lot more attitude.

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The look of this Café Fighter is anything but what rolled off the production floor, gone are all the fairings that gave the 749 its distinctive sports bike lines and in its place all that is functional is on full display. To strip so much weight off an already lightweight bike only to add it straight back on would be counterproductive, so carbon fibre is added to the already factory parts. Rear hugger, front fender and timing covers are all carbon with the addition of a carbon belly pan one of the few additions over stock. With the factory subframe removed and replaced with a shorter and narrower aluminium item, a barely trimmed carbon fibre seat gives the rider a place to sit. With a single HID headlight and bikini style fairing giving the Ducati a whole new attitude.

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To help finance the build Ezikiel sold off a lot of the unused parts as he went, but one item that had to stay was the fuel tank. The 749r was given a special 18 litre item that was a first for a Ducati of this kind and not again repeated, homologating a machine for racing means getting it right the first time and perhaps Ducati was worried about the new engines fuel consumption. But it wasn’t to be a problem and what is left is one of the most unique tanks of the modern era. To further accentuate the lines of the tank and minimalist panel work the bike has been painted by Stan Carlsen Body Shop with some strategically placed graphics by OverWatchDesigns.com that has a touch of 1299 Panigale R.

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The engine Ducati pieced together for the 749r is not a garden variety 90 degree V-twin but the best of Bologna designed to take on the World SuperSport championship. Reduced stroke and an increased bore, 12.7:1 compression and large titanium valves enable the 748cc engine to operate at peak efficiency high in the rev range for extended periods of time. You could write an entire article on the engine itself but one thing that was discovered early by tuners was the fitment of an aftermarket pipe could achieve an extra 10bhp just like that and Ezikiel fitted up a reverse cone muffler to add the bonus ponies. With fuelling aided by a dyno tuned Power Commander III peak power is now romping away above 130bhp.

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If the 749 engine is special then the suspension and braking is even more so, Ohlins, Brembo and a whole host of factory special parts make this a race bike for the road. Up front the big O delivers a set of USD forks that are fully adjustable and hold radial Brembo calipers clamping twin 320mm discs. The rear end is composed of a box section competition swingarm that is light, stiff and features Superbike chain adjustment; all of which pivots on a Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock.

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Not finished there Ezikiel tidied up the electrics, rerouted some of the main wiring harness and fitted a Shorai Battery. To keep the Duc road legal and maintain its low weight the big factory brake and indicators are all replaced with small LED items. Then comes some of the big fruit, yes this baby has more tricks up its sleeve, the wheels are 10 spoke forged aluminium items that bring those scales down even further and with reduced unsprung weight comes all of the additional handling and braking benefits. But perhaps the pièce de résistance are those six straight cut gears and the race bred dry slipper clutch. Whether you’re clutchless shifting up the box or hammering the gears back as you brake hard for another bend the orchestral perfection and violent precision just make you want to do it over and over again!

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Having lost one Ducati to the road Gods, found temptation in a small Honda and then be drawn back and begged by the 749r to be modified the final result is a café fighter that couldn’t have been better built for the San Francisco roads if you tried. Life has a way though of making you jump through some hoops to get there, but Ezikiel has more than a few coast roads to carve to make up for the heart ache he suffered along the way.








  • MayDayMoto

    Pardon this brief moment of pedantry, but a Ducati is never referred to as a “Duke” (KTM makes a Duke), a Ducati is referred to as a Duc, pronounced “duck.” Thank you.

    • Hardley T Whipsnade III

      How true . As for the ‘ Duc ‘ in question though this is one brilliant and brutally beautiful bike that looks like it wants to hurt you ever so good

    • Modded.

    • Dionysus Chenzo

      It’s Duke in the UK. Has been for yonks, well before KTM made the Duke.

  • Hardley T Whipsnade III

    If the stock 749R could be compared to Carla Bruni then this bike is Ilaria Pozzi made metal . Exotically beautiful , dangerous and potentially deadly but oh what a glorious death it would be

    • methamphetasaur

      I think it’s more caitlyn jenner. a whole bunch of what’s going on and for why?

      • Gedigedi

        Why? Why do anything then ?

  • Love almost everything about this bike. High tech as hell and even the stand is a work of art. However, the seat shape needs to go back to the 50’s where it came from. Just doesn’t fit the bike at all.

    • MayDayMoto

      I like the seat, just not on this bike.

      • Common dilemma. Nice bike, nice component, but not a good marriage. Need a builder to see that prior to.

    • Duane Botha

      Technically a lot to admire about this effort indeed, the seat and some other details though, lack cohesion.

      I guess Radical Ducati left a void that will not be filled any time soon. The 7½ Sportiva was in a class of one – just the right balance of rawness and smooth bits to make it look rounded (in a ‘works machine’ way).

      Have always been a sucker for stripped down 999’s and 749’s – I think they look best with the motor exposed; it is however not easy to bring it together in a cohesive look. Many have tried but Radical’s 7½ remains my favorite.

  • TH_Stokes

    I love the headlight assembly. Any idea what or where it came from?

    • RedGrey

      Looks like it’s from a Buell 1125CR

      • Caribou

        Buell? I think Benelli?

        • RedGrey

          I’m pretty sure it’s a Buell Caribou. See images below. Which Benelli were you thinking of?

      • arnold

        Sorry , the braking system dis qualifies it ASAP.
        Hawk nose is similar.

        • RedGrey

          Not sure what the braking system has to do with the headlight assembly but before disqualifying anything or making such categorical statements, take a look at the attached. On the left is the Ducati, on the right is the Buell 1125CR.

        • RedGrey

          Ducati / Buell

    • Dionysus Chenzo

      Looks like a Benelli TNT headlight with a larger screen

  • sort of build where u think, i just want to have a go, nice

  • Makes the original look embarrassingly dated; and falters any thought of buying a new factory superbike-to-standard model.

  • COOOOL!!!