1987 Ducati 750 F1 Laguna Seca ZDM750LS-750139 / eng. ZDM750L1*750238.
Recently out of long-term storage in Tokyo with only ~2600km / 1700 miles. Really good shape – fiberglass / gauges / chassis are excellent. Modest discoloration / finish degradation on the frame engine cases. Fluids were spotless when I picked it up in Tokyo in 2016. I’ve had new timing belt, tensioners, idler and carb clean and refreshed all fluids. Used it for a few short local rides, and it’s fantastic. Milestone collectible that’s ready for Spring/Summer riding.
The F1 Laguna Seca, along with the Santa Monica and Montjuich were hand-built race-replica bikes were closely based on the works TT1 racers with open-throat Dell’Orto carburetors, 10:1 compression pistons, bigger valves and less restrictive exhaust. Transmission uses straight-cut (like the works bikes) instead of helical primary drive gears. The Laguna Seca is fitted with Verlicchi aluminum swing-arm and solo seat.
Widely acclaimed when new – Cycle World stated, “They May Be Bargains. This last Ducati is a throwback in the spirit of the 750 SS of 1973, the F1’s most famous predecessor. Like the 750 SS, the F1 is the Italian sportsbike of its era.”
Mick Walker summarized in his 1989 Ducati Buyers Guide, “If you find, or already own, an F1 my advice is to hang on to it. If you are doubly lucky to have been able to afford one of the ‘limited edition’ models, then guard it with your life, for you have a real classic of the future. Any one of the Monjuich, Laguna Seca or Santamonica models is worth a full five stars, for they are both beautiful and rare.”