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2008 Ducati D16RR Desmosedici

2008 Ducati D16RR Desmo For Sale on eBay!

It’s 2006 and Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau are the Ducati Factory MotoGP riders. You’re at the track watching them blast down the straights at 200mph and thinking “Man, I wish I had a machine like that!”. Reading your mind, an official from Bologna walks up and says “I can help you obtain the unobtainable.” Cautiously, you look around and ask yourself “Did I say that out loud or am I dreaming?”. Still cautious and unsure, you feel a startling tap on your shoulder. Mr Bologna repeats himself “I can help you obtain the unobtainable” Your reply is simply “Seriously? Where do I sign up?”. Mr Bologna points to Ducati Island and motions for you to follow him . . .

A signature, $72,500, a 24 month wait and the next thing you know- you’re throwing a leg over a 200hp, fire breathing, Italian Stallion D16RR Ducati MotoGP Racer Replica. Was it worth the wait? Well, truth be told, only 1500 people had to impatiently wait for their dealers to call and it’s safe to say Commonwealth didn’t have my number.

These are teenagers now and are starting to show their age . . . a little. The D16 looks a little bulbous when compared to today’s MotoGP machines, but in typical Ducati fashion, it looks fast sitting still and drips with motorcycle sexiness.

From the seller-

Excellent example Ducati D16RR Desmosedici w/ 6,444 miles.

Not much to say- I’m thinking they were too busy polishing the drool off of their D16

As a quick reference, I did a deep dive into my RSBFS.com past and found this as a pricing sound board

My post from November 2009

Being completely transparent, I find it hard to believe these haven’t eclipsed their original MSRP’s. I believe these will increase in value, but perhaps the 1500 production number is holding them back a bit. What do you all think? Drop a comment below and let’s figure it out.

Ciao!

dd

Check this Desmosedici out here!

14 Comments

  • I think for a lot of people this bike represents peak Ducati. Since the Desmo Ducatis have improved from a tech standpoint but seem to have lost the sex appeal. I mean seriously, if the color isnt red and you dont see any markings, can you really tell if a modern ducati isn’t some other brand? As for price, these seem to have bottomed out in the low 40’s and are creeping their way back up.

    There were two slightly different colors schemes – the roso (all red with a white decaled tail unit) and the team version you see here. Some people put the white decalled tail unit onto the team version. Also interestingly most collectors seem to prefer the bikes later in the series (above 1100 model number) due to some initial issues that were supposed to resolved under warrenty

    Order of preference seems to be as follows
    4 – rosso model, low production number
    3 – team version, low production number
    2 – rosso model, high production number
    1 – team version, high production number

    As for price, although these were originally offered at the 72k mark, I can remember quite a few lingering on dealers lots for about a year (thats what happens when there is a big global finacial crisis at the same time). Quite a lot of them seem to have gone out for about 55-60kk as new.

    One last note – these came with two exhausts, one for street and one for the racetrack (the racetrack one is oh-my-god-thats-loud-but-soooo-sexy). The only major aftermarket piece for this is something called a Gp7 exhaust which cost an additional 10k. This included both an exhaust, extract lower and read bodywork and most importantly, a specialized ECU. You can find videos about the GP7 on the web.

  • Hey Martin- Thank you for the excellent and very detailed information. .

  • forgot – if you are looking to buy one of these there should also be a rear stand, a cover and a plaque. The plaque only went out to the original owners and from what I have been told they didnt go out to everyone/may have needed to be requested. If someone is telling you they are original owner then its a good idea to see if they have the plaque.

  • I think the reason these are not going up in price is that they sort of missed the mark when released. It has none of the Superbike winning history and as a MotoGP replica it’s not the actual GP bike. Now that Ducati made a production V4 they are not the only real v4 Ducati… It is a lot of money to spend for a bike with sort of questionable appeal and history (IMHO). This one is a good way to promote the dealership without risking it actually selling, not at this price.

  • in my daydream i have a 150cc Vespa with the same bodywork.
    it has the ethanol gas upgrade and i almost can pop a wheelie.
    why do you guys TORTURE me with these ads?!? it is HELL

  • I call into the camp that does not understand how they are as “cheap” as they are. Have been thinking about adding one to my garage for a bit now.

    There seems to be a disconnect between asking and selling prices. Take a look at auction data, they do not normally bring 60-70k unless single digit mileage.

    Many are scared off by crazy service costs and general fear of being able to work on the bike. As time has marched on the independent work shops have stepped up and offered solutions to owners. There is an AMAZING youtube series where a UK magazine restores on that was stored in a shed for a decade…..Really cool insight.

    The other issue is the constant hunt for specs. At this point on paper there are much more affordable and easier to own Ducati that offer a similar speed envelope.

    For me those arguments against the D16 fall flat. Who wants to be rational? The whole idea at this point is to have an interesting machine with a cool history. Lap times and service cost fall by the wayside when emotional connections and experiences take over.
    I bet in a few years we all regret not buying one now.

  • “I think for a lot of people this bike represents peak Ducati.”

    Well let’s hope it isn’t the POS 2000 748S with the flaking rocker arms.

  • Ummm, where do you get tires for this thing. My dealer only stocks 17”. Where does one get the 16.5” tires this thing uses? Google was not playing that..

  • That is a lot of bike for the $$$ errr I mean the opposite of that

    It is pretty!

  • A lot great comments and insight! Thank you to all that have taken the time to share your experiences and knowledge.

  • @Michael
    I think it was a straight 16 inch, not a 16.5.
    There are options in either, but none are overly good.

    Most owners swap to a 17in rear wheel off a latter model Ducati or spend the $3k and put carbon wheels on the bike.
    Really not a huge deal either way.

  • @Oleg, I question your assertion that the D16RR is not special and is just a replica. The D16RR is closer to a handbuilt prototype racebike than any other bike they have ever sold to customers at any scale. These were not built using a full scale production process, and they did not share any parts with any other production bike. The fact that they were so bespoke and and outside of a full production process is precisely why they had some quality issues early in the run that got sorted out on the later bikes, and also why parts availability is an issue. This is the closest thing to a pure prototype racebike that has ever been made in these kinds of numbers (1500) and readily available for sale to anyone that had the money, via their dealer network. From that standpoint, the D16RR really is remarkable and special (IMO), and is certainly a unicorn in the history of modern motorcycles that is certain to be collectible and valuable in the future. I’ve looked at these on and off for years, and have come close to purchasing one on a few occasions. I’d still very much like to have one if the right opportunity comes along, and this one is my preferred color/graphic. This particular one is an hard sell though. Too many miles for someone that wants to put in a a private collection or museum betting on future appreciation, and too little information provided (recalls performed, service work done, etc.) for anyone that really wants to contemplate running it. The current asking price is quite optimistic.

    • It is nice to see that not all of these just sat in collections. Also should show others interested in the model that they can actually be used and acquire miles.

  • @William Totally agree. There are some owners that have put a lot of miles on their D16RRs. Most have just sat though. My personal preference would be one that has been used periodically by a careful owner that kept up on service, performed all of the recalls and service campaigns, and kept good records of such. The mileage on this one is reasonable, and it is a higher production number (not one of the first 500) which is good. I’d need to see the service history and know more about when the last time it was run, etc. to take it seriously though, especially at the asking price.

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