Father of the future
Men gasped, women fainted, small children dropped their ice creams. It was 2007, and Ducati opened the factory doors, wheeled out a Motogp bike with lights, and said we could have one for the road so long as we handed them £40k. But was it any good?
Stiff as a board, and sexier than a pool party at Hugh’s place, it was dripping with Motogp DNA, and provided you had a few percent of a GP rider’s talent the ride was sublime. But if your average Prius driver could give you a run for your money, you’re less likely to appreciate its talents.
The 989cc V4 squeezed out 200bhp and 85ftlb torque, all wrapped up in a steel trellis chassis and carbon bodywork for a claimed weight of just 171kg. Prices have remained pretty flat since birth, meaning that you can buy a good one – if you can find one – for around £40,000. Immaculate examples are more like £50k.
Our snapper spotted the bike near the Ducati factor y
The Desmosedici was a Motogp bike for the road and it sold out fast