There has never been a street-legal motorcycle like the Ducati Desmosedici RR.
Ducati has a history of thinking ahead of the curve and creating segments that never existed before. With innovation, smart thinking and ability to take great risks, Ducati has established itself as a pioneer on more than one occasion. Whether it is the Monster that defined every naked streetbike which came after it or the Multistrada that told the world you can truly do everything with a single bike. Then there was the Streetfighter which was among first of the fire-breathing all-superbike spec street-nakeds. There are the Diavel and the XDiavel also, they brought the power-cruiser and the traditional cruiser some much needed Italian thoroughbred flavour. Coming on to the true Ducati’s, the superbikes, Panigale took motorcycles to all digital world while much before the world thought a MotoGP bike for street was possible, we got the Ducati Desmosedici RR!
To simply put, Ducati had created a MotoGP racing prototype with lights and a road legal certificate to make our wildest motorcycle wet dream come alive. And all that was in 2006! The Ducati Desmosedici RR astonishingly close to the real thing that Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau raced in 2006. It had the same chassis layout, bodywork and ‘long bang’ 989cc V4 engine architecture of the monstrous Ducati GP6. To keep it’s escaped from GP promise, this V4 Italian glory produced 200bhp, and again, all that was in 2006! You can go on and on about how the Honda RC213V-S is a big deal, but no one can deny that the Ducati Desmosedici RR was an absolute madness. Truth is, there has never been a street-legal motorcycle like the Ducati Desmosedici RR.
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Ducati displayed the final production version of the bike during the ’06 Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. With a target of only 1500 bikes to be ever made, with a frequency of about 1 per day, Ducati gave priority to its Ducati 999R customers when it booking opened. At the launch, the Ducati Desmosedici RR came at an eye-watering price tag of USD 72,500. What the lucky customers got for this money was a (almost) MotoGP bike with an amazing three-year warranty and servicing, cover, and a racing kit that included a race-only exhaust system, a slip-on muffler, and complementary fuel and ignition mapping in a “race ECU”. Ducati meant business meaning the bike also had forged magnesium wheels, making Ducati Desmosedici RR the first production bike ever to use them.
Ducati continued the legacy of the Desmosedici RR with the 2015 1199 Superleggera and it continues with the latest 1299 Superleggera. Now with this brief history of the stunning and mind blowing Ducati motorcycles, we leave you to drool over this amazing video of the Ducati Desmosedici RR by ritechto below.
Video source – YouTube