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The 749 is a bike that still tends to stick in deal­ers’ show­rooms as while the 999 is hot prop­erty, buy­ers don’t seem to warm to the smaller ca­pac­ity Dukes as much. You can snap up an up­dated 2004 749 S with its more pow­er­ful mo­tor and up­rated Showa sus­pen­sion for in the re­gion of £5,000, which is fairly tempt­ing as it is no­tice­ably bet­ter than the stock 749. On a smooth road or track the 749 S’s han­dling is sub­lime while its V-twin thumps out lots of lazy torque and sounds tremen­dous. How­ever in town it’s a bloody night­mare – but what else did you ex­pect?

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