4/26/21 Update: This bike did not meet reserve, and Adam ended up buying it for our inventory here at Iconic Motorbikes. The mileage is currently around 1,600 and will go up slightly as he occasionally takes it out for Sunday rides!
Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
In 2007, Casey Stoner won his first MotoGP World Championship aboard Ducati’s V4 Desmosedici racer. That same year, the Bologna brand would unleash one of the most exotic and elite production motorcycle of the last 20 years with the Desmosedici D16RR (or “Race Replica”). Limited to just 1,500 units worldwide, the ultra-exclusive two-wheeler was the closest thing the public had ever seen to a MotoGP bike with headlights for sale.
While the D16RR is often referred to as a “detuned version” of the Italian prototype racer, it actually featured an all-new 989cc, 90-degree V4 with gear-driven cams, twin-pulse firing order, Desmo valve actuation, single-piece forged steel crankshaft, and sand-cast aluminum crankcases and cylinder heads. The RR was good for close to 200hp and 85ft-lbs of torque when equipped with the special race ECU and exhaust system which was included with each bike. In road-going trim, it was still capable of putting down 180 horses. Top speed was an equally impressive 190 mph thanks to a dry weight of only 377 lbs (425 lbs wet).
The first-ever four-cylinder production Ducati, the Desmo RR boasted a heap of race-grade hardware. Brakes consisted of the same units used on Ducati’s MotoGP bikes (wet setup) with dual four-piston radial-mount monoblocs and floating 330mm discs. Ohlins supplied its 43mm gas-pressurized FG353P forks and PRXB mono-shock.
Ducati’s MotoGP bike for the street also utilized a steel trellis frame derived from the brand’s premier class racer, and even the LCD display was plucked straight off the GP7. The whole thing rolls along on $20K Marchesini forged and machined magnesium wheels wrapped in special Bridgestone rubber developed exclusively for the D16RR. As one would expect on a motorcycle with a $70K+ sticker price, the fit and finish on the Desmo RR is absolutely exquisite. Each of the 1,500 units was built by hand by a special team and each example bares a numbered plaque.
The seller bought it from Ixzibit Motors in Pasadena, California on July 11th, 2013. Our friends at EuroCycle in Reno, Nevada were able to confirm that this bike has two active recalls (have not yet been performed):
CR063 for the rear tail section (it gets hot, they make a heatshield for it)
CR054 for a clamp
They also found the following history for completed warranty work:
3/02/10 – labor only, doesn’t say what for.
2/16/10 – voltage regulator (no info).
11/05/09 – wiring harness replacement, dashboard replacement, data acquisition kit replacement.
7/22/09 – protection rubber (no info).
4/25/09 – pin, o-ring, labor only (no info).
Painted to look like Valentino Rossi’s GP11 MotoGP race bike from the 2011 season. The paint work was done by Haynie Designs in June of 2018 to the tune of $5,000. All logos on the bodywork were hand painted.
Currently located in Santa Monica, California, this D16 is offered on a clean California title with registration current through October 2021. Have any Desmosedici stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments below!
Photos by Nathan May