DUCATI DESMOSEDICI RR (2007-2009) Review

Published: 20 September 2007

"A MotoGP bike with lights; it really is that close to the real thing"

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"A MotoGP bike with lights; it really is that close to the real thing"

  • At a glance
  • 989cc  -  200 bhp
  • 33 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Medium seat height (830mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 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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Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 5 out of 5

£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.

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Equipment 5 out of 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…

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their DUCATI DESMOSEDICI RR (2007-2009) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Amazing

06 October 2014 by doug3426

It's a motogp bike it's a dream, had one for for weeks on loan, I'll never forget them Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Not for straight line fanatics

14 August 2009 by Rumoy

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
1 out of 5

too small

27 April 2009 by BUSA666

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.. Read more

Overall Rating 1 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 1 out of 5
5 out of 5

Awesome

24 March 2008 by scottch

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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2009
Original price £40,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 200 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 190 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.09 secs
Average fuel consumption 33 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 989cc
Engine type 16-valve, V4, 6 gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 14.1 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 171kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 330mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 200/55 x 16 in

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Ducati Desmosedici RR launched.

Other versions

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