Functionality and flair come together in the form a landbound rocketship.
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Andrew Jett has an eye for aesthetics. “Having studied fine arts and design in college, I realized that designing motorcycles would allow me to use creativity to merge functionality and flair,” he tells us.
About nine months ago, Jett snared the moto community’s attention after pulling the sheet off his gorgeous Triumph Street Triple 675 café racer, capped with a cool, chopped bikini fairing. The “cut windscreen” is slowly becoming Jett’s signature style, seeing how he’s done it again on this lovely Ducati 749.
“I wanted to pay homage to the 749’s designer, Pierre Terblanche, who created a design that was a total departure from the current style of any of Ducati predecessors at that time,”
“I wanted to pay homage to the 749’s designer, Pierre Terblanche, who created a design that was a total departure from the current style of any of Ducati predecessors at that time,” says Jett. “In my opinion, it’s the most individualistic Ducati design ever.” To avoid corrupting the bike’s original shape, Jett delegated bodywork to MotoRelic, which also developed the hand-built aluminum tail with integrated LED taillights, the GP-Style twin exhaust, and the billet aluminum frame plugs.
Jett says, “My goal was to keep the basic design cues while enhancing other parts. The 749 has arguably the best handling chassis Ducati ever built, and it’s known to deliver one of the best riding experiences. On this bike I have removed some weight and redesigned the front fairing to tie together my vision for an aesthetically pleasing look with a visceral riding experience.”
The wet weight of Jett’s 749 is 378 lb, which is 37 lb less than the factory Ducati’s dry weight; Jett calls out the adjustable billet aluminum rear sets, aluminum battery box, lightweight lithium-ion battery, billet aluminum triple trees, Superlight chain-and-sprocket set, and handmade Alcantara seat. For good measure, Jett also installed Penske suspension, a quick-shifter, swapped the stock clutch and flywheel for a Yoyodyne dry slipper clutch and a lightweight 1.5-lb flywheel, and turned to FasterTwin for a tune.
Jett passes along his “special thanks” to Sean of MotoRelic and Craig of Homeward Bound Motorcycles.