CW Classics: Ducati Supermono — First Look

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CW Classics: Ducati Supermono First Look Riding the Machine: Mono a Mano at Springs.

Photography by Jeff

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So you are, braking deep—fork-bottomed, deep—downhill into the fast at Willow Springs Raceway. the speed feels right, you off the binders and throw the bike in toward the apex, your slither and grip, your rasps the asphalt, and you squirm the inside line with inner voice saying, she’ll na take much a’this abuse. You think is it, bud, this is the ragged-rubber right here….

And then red flashes into your periphery, on an incredibly tight at an impossible lean angle. The rider scribes a line on the inside edge of the track, his left knee for just a to avoid the desert, puts it down again on the pavement, and away BWOOAAAAH, its mini-gun rattling your faceshield. The red flicks right and disappears the crest of Turn 6.

It was an expert on a Ducati Supermono 550. You are a wobbler on a Yamaha FZR600.

Back in the pits, the stopwatches the tale: One has Don Canet’s fast lap on the at 1:30.5, another says Either one is about 4 seconds than the official Willow record for a single-cylinder motorcycle. And in mind that caution is the when aboard a borrowed machine.

The Supermono is a study in the art of and magnesium. It weighs 277 pounds gas. While loading bikes requires a helper, one can roll the little Ducati up the and into the back of the CW van with

At the track, the same person can it back down, lever it its stand, and pour in the purple 108-octane while bystanders their arms and mutter.

if they’re in shape, are a necessity the Supermono. With no starter and a ratio in the 12:1 neighborhood, it through bump-start pushers the way the Express went through (Ducati figures any racer enough for a Supermono will the bike with rollers.) one from neutral is second roll the bike backwards compression, flip the switch on, in the clutch and everybody push.

Several 10-foot-long black later, the engine fires. blipping or it will …. is no idle circuit mapped the fuel-injection system, and the pushers, now, will not be eager

Riders accustomed to streetbikes—even ones—will feel as if they’ve to their potty chairs first mounting the Mono. You low, with your almost beneath your it’s a short reach to the A slow lap or two brings the water up to 70 degrees Celsius—where it will for the rest of the day—and scuffs in the new Radial slicks.

Below rpm, the Mono’s motor is from the garden-variety Thumper in, say, an XT600 Yamaha. The becomes apparent as revs While it’s all over for a XT at 6500 rpm, the Supermono is beginning to breathe. The Ducati from less than 20 to almost 40 between 5700 and rpm, burbles through a plateau, and enters its real at 7000 rpm.

By 8000 torque peaks at 37 foot-pounds—the 100mm piston is feeding 57 into the rear contact At 9750 rpm, maximum of 61.4 horsepower is achieved. the rev-limiter cuts in 1000 rpm there are 55 horses and the piston is 4938 feet per minute.

Best to shift at 10 thou.

The fuel-injection provides immediate, response to the twistgrip, particularly that 7 to 10 grand powerband, is where Mr. Bordi’s ingenious also shows its worth. most other Singles be sizzling the bike and rider concentration-sapping, vision-blurring vibration, the feels and sounds much one of Ducati’s own V-Twins.

And it feels 11.44 seconds at 122 mph through the is right up there in the four-cylinder 600 and the Supermono is working against gearing at the dragstrip. It’s in fourth gear (out of through the timing lights. top speed is an impressive 141 mph.

The with itsy-bitsy bikes this, sometimes, is that upset them more machines with road-hugging Nothing is more disheartening a front end just beginning to when you’re starting to go Fast. So we took it real with the Supermono at first.

did some 1:36s and 35s, into the pits with the to the effect that wow, really good but just the bit wobbly in the front through the turns. From small do big tank-slappies grow. We preloaded the spring about 2mm more to get weight on the front wheel, in two more rear rebounds, toward the Vatican, and sent the boy

On the tight, front half of the bike sounded and looked as full-lean fast. After the Turn 5, there was a difference: before we’d heard roll off the throttle a smidge the Turn 6 hump and into Turn 8, this time he kept the Mono pinned all the way to the last turn before the straight BWAAAAAAH—1:32, said the then 1:31, then the 30s.

On any other bike we can of, lapping Willow that requires that the rider be in the science of losing and reclaiming Canet is. The Supermono, however, broke loose at either

It could rail precisely on the line, and its Dunlops had considerable left at the end of the day. That’s light weight will do for With 3.6 inches of trail, patches 53.6 inches and the almost ideal mass available with a laydown the Supermono flicks from to side like nothing we ridden.

And after that one little adjustment, the bike sucked up Willow could throw at it the slightest hint of instability. It is plusher than many sportbikes. The Mono’s supple suspension barely jounces the at all.

On a bike this those two 11-inch Brembo discs (with quick-release in the four-pot calipers) are almost braking power is never a As for the rear, we finally have to criticize. Rather than the caliper’s stay arm feeding the frame or swingarm, as is usual the Supermono’s feeds braking into a carbon-fiber bracket to the bottom of the engine.

The bracket’s not enough; when the rear is the bracket flexes back and at high frequency, which the pedal all juddery (as if you’ve engaged ABS on a BMW), which the rear brake useless. For the of this bike, that’s

So we settled for 1:30s, but a tooth or two on the rear sprocket would’ve some time if we had felt re-gearing—and we had two mystery chips for the that we didn’t have to fool with, either. We 29s, even 28s, been attainable pretty but the law of diminishing returns is very when it comes to $30,000 Thou had best not crash.

Still, $30,000 is not far out of line for an bike that looks of running up front in what’s as all good racing classes do, Very Serious—especially in Europe and For comparison, OVER, a Japanese that’s had great Sound of success with its Yamaha racers, will sell you a bike for around $20,000.

we’re hoping Ducati about our loaner Supermono. SoS racing catches on in the U.S. we a very big, mean in a very small pond.


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