Lot 4

New York

2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR


$60,000 USD | Sold

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  • Number 626 of just 1,500 built
  • Nearly new condition, with only nine miles at the time of cataloguing
  • Numbers-matching engine and chassis
  • A genuine superbike of its era, with remarkably advanced specifications
  • Excellent, well-preserved original condition
  • The true superbike of this era, utterly pristine and like new

Much to the delight of fans, a roadgoing version of Ducati’s competition Desmosedici was announced at World Ducati Week in Italy at the Misano World Circuit in 2004. Aptly dubbed the RR, for Racing Replica, it was marketed as being the first true road-legal replica of a MotoGP competition machine. Its 90-degree desmodronic, 16-valve V-4 engine displaced 989 cubic centimeters and produced a remarkable 200 horsepower at 13,800 rpm in a bike equipped with carbon-fiber bodywork, Brembo monoblock front brake calipers, competition-spec Öhlins dampers, and Marchesini forged magnesium wheels—the latter the first on a roadgoing motorcycle—all ensuring maximum lightness. With an estimated curb weight of 400 pounds, the RR had a power-to-weight ratio of 2.0:1 pounds per horsepower. Unsurprisingly it could achieve a top speed of 188 mph, comparable with many of the world’s fastest sports cars of the time.

Only 1,500 examples would be built of this limited-production rocket, initially offered only to existing Ducati buyers of the previous 999R, with deliveries taking place in 2007 and 2008. Reportedly Tom Cruise was the first American customer to receive one. Unsurprisingly, they have remained fiercely desirable since their original construction, as the street-legal version of the bike that powered Casey Stoner’s victory over Valentino Rossi in Ducati’s dominant 2007 championship season, their first of five in the modern MotoGP era.

According to production information on file, the D16RR offered here was built on 23 April 2008. It remains in essentially new condition throughout, with only nine miles recorded at the time of cataloguing, and exhibits only the lightest signs of age from storage. It is accompanied by its original key code card, which significantly notes chassis and engine numbers that match those present on the bike.

Still an iconic Ducati model and inarguably the genuine superbike of this era, this is a remarkable opportunity to acquire a D16RR in utterly pristine, like-new condition—a rare chance for any enthusiast of these magnificent machines.