2008 Ducati Desmosidici Frame no. ZDM1ZDFW98B000449 Engine no. ZDF8000577
Lot 356
2008 Ducati Desmosidici
Frame no. ZDM1ZDFW98B000449 Engine no. ZDF8000577
Sold for US$ 51,750 inc. premium
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2008 Ducati Desmosidici
Frame no. ZDM1ZDFW98B000449
Engine no. ZDF8000577
There are race replicas, then there's the Ducati Desmosedici D16RR. When it was first announced in 2004, it was promised to be the closest thing to a factory MotoGP racer ever seen, a street-legal version of what team riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss were then campaigning on the Grand Prix circuit. Because Ducati's trademark V-twin engine configuration could not produce competitive GP levels of horsepower under the governing rules, company engineers doubled-up on the cylinders to create a 90-degree V-four of 990cc displacement. The street version was unveiled to the public in 2007, with production commencing late in the year and the first of 1500 units delivered in early 2008. Manufacturer's suggested retail price was $72,500.

Rumor has it that celeb-riders 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 the price. The engine, redlined at 14,200 rpm and producing 200 hp at the crankshaft, had sandcast cases and cylinder heads, with cam-drive covers and alternator casing sandcast in magnesium. The one-piece forged-steel crankshaft by itself 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 a 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.

Motorcycle.com's Kevin Duke, an accomplished racer and trackday junkie, came away very impressed after his stint in the Ducati's saddle. "The most mind-altering aspect of the D16RR is the part when the gloriously wicked V-four comes on cam and hurls itself into the next corner with a 14,000-rpm wail," he wrote. "Race-prepped (Yamaha) R1s easily fall victim to the claimed 200 horsepower on tap like krill to a whale."

One of two Silverman Museum Desmosedicis, this bike shows less than 2000 street miles and has been retrofitted with a GP-style over-under exhaust system and the requisite carbon body pieces, a cooler-running setup that aids rider comfort. The original pipes and body panels are included in the sale.

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