2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR Feature — Ultimate MotorCycling

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2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR |

The Marchesini wheels are not look-alikes. are identical to the forged magnesium that Casey Stoner and nearly 10 lbs lighter than found on a typical sportbike. The rear wheel carries one of the Bridgestone BT-01 tires—a item with a new compound gives both extraordinarily grip and yet light handling.

watched Casey Stoner all I am inclined to believe their

The bike is the Ducati Desmosedici RR; and I am on the at Miller Motorsports Park in Bending through the banked onto the long straightaway, I wind on the throttle, as there is no control (although Ducati are it and the bike is wired for it) and I am only in gear. With around 200 hp pumped into that Bridgestone, I am fully aware a highside could be on the cards.

is a definite notch in the power from off- to on-throttle, but hands make for smooth Paradoxically, for such dominating the Desmosedici is actually a pussycat, but it have teeth. (Click to enlarge)

Once tapped, there is no lag in the delivery, no waiting for it to catch up your right wrist. As the straightens up, the torque floods in, it is on and I am fired down the straight a shot from a gun. The sings sweetly—not MotoGP despite the track exhaust to this bike (it comes a street-legal system, too)—but the throaty, insistent howl is as a note as I have ever

As a MotoGP derivative motor V-four is an outstanding example of purist thinking. Cylinders on the (left) side fire in quick succession, only 90 apart. They are closely by the generator side cylinders at 290 degrees.

Again, they closely together. The complete does not restart for another 340 of crankshaft turn, and that is gives the Desmosedici its big bang and liquid-smooth torque curve. image to enlarge)

The entire case-hardened valve-train is directly from the crankshaft; the titanium valves are opened and by Ducati’s signature desmodromic Further weight savings are had by …-cast magnesium for the clutch cam covers and even the oil sump. The 6-speed gearbox and slipper are similarly related directly to the engine.

Downshifting gears is a affair; there are no missed no hesitation at all. When down from warp a back-torque limiting clutch me focus on the track and my riding, than managing the machine. connection is excellent.

So, although the is enormous, its delivery is linear, and makes the bike easy to

Helmet . Shoei Diabolic 2

Leathers . Kushitani

Gloves . Race Vent

Boots . Vertigo Corsa (Click to enlarge)

The chassis is very stable and not wheelie-prone. Although the rake is a 24.5 degrees, and adjustable to if you need it, this is offset by a long trail and wheelbase. hard power, and helped by the steering damper, there are no twitches, and there is certainly no

On Miller’s straightaway, I am able to the bike perfectly on line, so I can on my gearshifts. The rev-limiter cuts in at but an easily read row of red LEDs on the panel progressively show me to flick my left foot. The gears mesh smoothly and as I flash past the pits; my Freddie Spencer School I keep my eyes up and scan for my braking markers.

A readout of 290 kph briefly on the one-piece Marelli Past the end of the pit wall I spot the boards and, discretion the better part of valor, I to brake a little early. just two fingers covering the lever, I pull carefully yet A light progressive touch is all is needed to dramatically slow 370 lbs of for Turn 1. (Click image to

Brembo claims to spend on RD each year than the of the US brake industry combined in revenue. That money dividends here, and they developed a lighter and stronger radial caliper for the Desmosedici. only 2 pads instead of the 4, the calipers bite on 330mm that, despite a 12% increased area, don’t increase

Braking feel is perfect. though the riding stance is the braking force seems as my weight is pushed forward, but the maintains its composure. I grip the tank with my knees to some of that weight off my until at the right moment I to the left side of the seat and out my knee. As the bike turns in, I at the neutral handling, and how precisely the can be placed on the track.

The Öhlins gas-charged suspension is to my weight and gives the bike its feel; but it is not harsh. The Desmosedici exactly where I want it to, perfectly and absorbing track that would upset a machine. (Click image to

In Italian racing red (what the Desmosedici is spectacular elegance. don’t do it justice; each nuance is breathtaking. This is one of machines that, every you look at it, you notice something But make no mistake; this is no queen, no exhibition-only prima The frame is Ducati’s trademark trellis that’s comprised of a series of various diameter

Weighing 4 lbs less than the the Desmosedici’s frame has almost the torsional stiffness; an astounding Almost all of the rest of the chassis are created from carbon for both strength and light The entire sub-frame and seat, the fairing and radiator shrouding, the sub-frame, airbox and air-intakes—and of both the front fender and hangers—are all beautifully crafted for form and function.

The long and beefy aluminum claimed 35% stiffer than the reflects the focus of this machine.

Ducati’s 2007 Championship was achieved in such a fashion that it left the stunned. With such a and traceable lineage, the Desmosedici RR is not incredibly rare, but it is also the performer one would expect.

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