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Ducati Desmosedici RR (2007-2009)



Detail Value
New price £40,000
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Engine size 989 cc
Power 200 bhp
Top speed 190 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 3
Value rating is 5 rating is 3

MCN overall verdict rating is 5

There’s no other way to describe the Ducati Desmosedici RR than as a MotoGP bike with lights; it really is that close to the real thing. The 200bhp motorcycle is a replica of Ducati’s Desmosedici GP6 MotoGP machine, which Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau rode in the 2006 World Championship and features the same chassis layout, bodywork and ‘long bang’ 989cc V4 engine architecture. There has never been a road motorcycle like the Ducati Desmosedici RR and it’s so stiff, fast and focussed that it makes R1s seem soft and cuddly by comparison.

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Although devilishly powerful the Ducati Desmosedici’s V4 motor is far more docile and user-friendly than you’d imagine. It makes power smoothly from nothing all the way to 13,800rpm, although as the motor spins past 10,000rpm the power starts to get very intense. There’s bucketfuls of grunt on tap too, so much so that you can go a gear higher though corners and it’ll still pull hard. Like one of Ducati’s V-twin engines, the Desmosedici is deceptively fast, not like a screaming in-line-four superbike, which feels twice as fast as it’s really going.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Unless you’re going to push the Ducati Desmosedici RR as hard as MotoGP rider can, you’re never going to get the best out of it. Such is the stiffness of the chassis that there’s very little feel from the Desmosedici RR even at fast racetrack speeds, although you get more feel as you start to push harder. On the road the Desmosedici is going to be a waste. Where a 1098 or R1 will flatter you with its user-friendly nature the Ducati is quick to tell you that you’re not good enough to ride it. It is the best handling road motorcycle ever built; you just need to be Casey Stoner to appreciate it.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Ducati Desmosedici RR is built like a MotoGP bike so it’s dripping with exotic parts. The Desmodromic motor is packed with titanium, specially coated alloys and magnesium. The fairing, mudguard, heel guards, fairing bracket are all from carbon fibre and the exhaust heat shield is from a carbon/ceramic composite. The LCD display is the same as the GP7 MotoGP motorcycle and like the 1098 it comes with a datalogging facility. Marchesini wheels are forged magnesium and the rear is shod with a special 16-inch Bridgestone BT-01R tyre. The Brembo front brake set-up is the same as the wet set-up Ducati use in MotoGP and the front brake span adjuster is on the left handlebar for easy reach. The list goes on…

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3

Like the MotoGP machine the Ducati Desmosedici RR is built to an exquisite level of quality; there’s simply nothing you can buy that comes close. Unlike the race bike the Desmosedici RR actually comes with a three-year warrantee and three-years free servicing, which is an astonishing feat from Ducati.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3

£40,000 is a lot of money for a motorcycle but the Ducati Desmosedici RR more than justifies its price tag; Ducati could sell it for a lot more and it would still be worth it. If you could imagine how much a car would cost that was this close to a racing machine? Probably millions, if it could ever happen, which it never would or could. Even if the Desmosedici didn’t run, the way it’s built alone would justify its price tag; the fact that it’s faster and better handling than any production sports bike ever built makes it the deal of the century. Find a Ducati Desmosedici RR for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2007: Ducati Desmosedici RR launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 190 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.09 secs
Max power 200 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Weight 171 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 14.1 litres
Average fuel consumption 33 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 989 cc
Engine specification 16-valve, V4, 6 gears
Frame Steel trellis
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 330mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 200/55 x 16 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(3 reviews)

  • Not for straight line fanatics

    Rumoy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    So since when does going out for a test ride count as being an owner for a review? The package overall is phenomenal, the bike's suspension needs to be set up for the individual rider, it's stiff as hell from the crate. Standard equipment from the carbon to the slipper clutch to the engine and noise turns heads. There have been a number of recalls, everything works on mine just fine. Given the amount of titanium and other exotic bits it's hard to criticise value. The bike is all about the engine and the handling and the looks, I'd say the engine is the most stunning of the three. Best stay with a Busa, dray horses and thoroughbreds don't mix.

    14 August 2009

  • too small

    BUSA666

    Average rating rating is 1

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    took a test ride on the ducati, after getting off my 08 hayabusa. the ducati is really uncomfortable, and really small... and been a ducati, i bet it won`t be very reliable, in years to come..

    27 April 2009

  • Awesome

    scottch

    Average rating rating is 5

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    It's worth the wait, the money, the sleepless nights and is more than all your expectations.

    24 March 2008

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