Ducati Desmosedici RR
Ducati's apex roadbike. Number 887/1,500 built, mint condition complete with recent service by Main Dealer.
Ducati's Desmosedici RR, often referred to as "the Ferrari Enzo of motorcycles", set the standard for superbikes when it was released in 2008. It was essentially a road-legal replica of the MotoGP racer and was powered by a 1.0-litre, 16-valve L-4 engine that could produce 200 horsepower. Its performance was nothing short of astounding, especially when considering the bike had a curb weight of just 400 pounds. One hundred km/h could be reached in less than three seconds, leading to a top speed of 307 km/h. Only 1,500 were produced, and they came with a list price of £40,000, making the Desmosedici RR one of the most expensive motorcycles ever produced.
Rumor has it that major glitterati - Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Michael Jordon - each wanted the first of 300 D16RRs bound for the States, with Cruise ending up the top gun. What D16RR owners found upon delivery was worth the wait (and price.) The wet-sump engine, redlining at 14,200 rpm, had sandcast cases and cylinder heads, with cam-drive covers and alternator casing sandcast in magnesium. The one-piece forged-steel crankshaft alone listed for $11,000. Titanium was used for the connecting rods and intake/exhaust valves. Ohlins supplied the 43mm FG353P pressurized forks with titanium-nitride coated sliders; likewise the rear shock was premium Ohlins. Brembo monoblock front brake calipers grasped 330mm rotors, activated by a radial master cylinder. The frame was a composite affair, with steel trellis tubing for the main structure, carbon-fiber for the seat mount and aluminum for the swingarm. Bodywork was all carbon-fiber.
The bike we're offering is number 887/1,500 and was most recently serviced at Ducati Coventry in October of 2016.