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Ducati June 14, 2019 posted by

Sixteen Candles: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR

The introduction of the Desmosedici was a typical Ducati bombshell to the world. Over the top in a manner than only a MotoGP bike for the street can be, the D16RR was exotic and wild, beautiful and dangerous, and horribly, horribly expensive. This limited production (1,500 units total, world wide) model saw the introduction of the V-4, with the nickname Desmosedici (sixteen in Italian) and D16RR referring to this new arrangement. The bike was as MotoGP as possible for a Federalized streetbike, and retained some interesting features inherited directly from the racing lineage.

2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR for sale on eBay

Essentially two L-twin motors placed side-by-side and firing together in a twin pulse manner, the D16RR was really an homage to the GP racer. Power from the 990cc mill was knocking on the 200 HP door, with 197 and change reported. As expected, RPM limits were raised over that of the twins, with max power occurring near the 14k mark. But it is not just about raw power. The Desmosedici remains pretty faithful to the racer with frame geometry, and top level Ohlins suspension and radial mount Brembo braking components (sorry, no carbon-carbon brakes for the street). The comprehensive electronics package even includes a data logger to help you develop as a rider. What isn’t metal on this bike is all carbon fiber. What isn’t carbon fiber is either aluminum (frame, cases, swing arm), magnesium (heads and wheels) or titanium (connecting rods, intake and exhaust valves). The frame is minimal, and hangs the rear suspension off in a stressed-member format. The seat and underlying structure is also cantilevered off of the rear of the engine.

From the seller:
2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR, #457/1500, 8076 miles. Second owner motorcycle with all service records. Original bodywork has never been used on the bike, was packaged by original owner/dealer when new and replaced with Catalyst Composites street kit. This bike comes complete with the ‘Race Kit’ exhaust, ECU, cloth cover and rear stand.

Notable mentions:
– New original bodywork, never used
– Extra gas tank
– Street and ‘Race’ upper fairings
– Matching rear Marchesini Genesi M7RR 17″ rear wheel
– Extra 17″ rear wheel modified for proper width, from 999
– Original rear 16″ wheel
– Race Kit Exhaust, ECU and cloth cover
– Ducati Data Analyzer
– Braketech iron rotors (with spacers, not installed)
– Original rear display stand (never used)
– New Pirelli Rosso Corsa II tires
– 1 new, 2 used Bridgestone BT-01 rear tire for original wheel use, 1 used front BT-01 (all in good, usable condition)
– Catalyst bodywork was recently repainted to get rid of rock chips around the leading edge of the side panels and mask
– All service records available

*Bike is up to date on its services. Most recent service, 7500 mile service completed at 7353 miles, by Moto Italiano in Santa Cruz, California. Also completed at this time was K&N air filter, new clutch and basket, LOF, fluid exchanges, valve check and adjustment,

** There are a couple of small (very small) chips in the left side of the gas tank, noted in last picture.

The fly in the ointment with race replicas is that they are NOT simply the race bike with lights. Because racers don’t have the electrical loads required by lights, horn and signals, they can often get away with a minimalist electrical structure that offers just enough juice to power the ECU and fuel injection – or even run total loss with no charging system at all. That doesn’t work on the street, where bikes need electric start, headlights which are on all the time, a working tail light and turn signals. The bigger alternator and battery takes space. The race bikes run dry sump lubrication, but again, that is less useful on the street and requires valuable space that could be utilized for the upgraded cooling system, the upgrade charging system or the emissions controls. And while you cannot simply take a MotoGP bike and call it a street bike, Ducati went through a tremendous effort to produce something like a GP bike. And if you were lucky enough to be close enough to the front of the line to get one, it would only cost you $72k.

If I’m to be honest, it was really the background bikes in the photos that originally caught my attention in this advert. The 916 is classic, and I love the RC45. But the NR750? That is even more over the top. And that just might be the problem with the D16RR. While a phenomenal achievement by a relatively small manufacturer – and certainly very, very exclusive – it somehow lacks the “OMG Wow” impact that such a high dollar amount warrants. These are truly amazing motorcycles in many, many ways, yet they seem to fail to ignite the interest and the curiosity of our readers. Meanwhile, this beautiful 8,000 mile machine (let that sink in – somebody actually rode this beauty a respectable number of miles!) comes with all of the “race only” parts and spares and has a complete service history. The BIN is set for $64k, but the opening ask on the auction portion is a mere $56k with reserve in place. Check it out here. I’d love to hear your thoughts in our Comments section about the Desmosedici, and if you drool over these the same way we look at smokers or other homologation machines. Good Luck!!


Sixteen Candles:  2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR
Ducati March 3, 2018 posted by

Misplaced Priorities: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale

I realize that I’m spoiled. I’m spoiled because my current riding group includes five or six MV Agustas that actually run, a pair of RSV4s, a few Ducatis, a couple Bimotas, and a KTM. I’m spoiled because I live in Southern California, and car and motorcycle exotica are everywhere: I’ve recently come across a few Arch Motorcycles, nearly every variety of 90s two-stroke, Confederate Fighters actually being ridden on the road, a slew of Bimotas, pretty much every vintage and modern sportbike you can possibly imagine, even a Gurney Alligator. Which is possibly why I’m surprisingly blase about the Ducati Desmosedici RR, one of the most exotic machines of the past twenty years.

It’s not fair to the Desmo. I should be incredibly impressed by it, but it probably doesn’t help that I’ve never really thought the Desmo was all that beautiful. It’s no doubt a very aggressive machine, with a leering, hungry-catfish face and a wild exhaust that exits through the top of the tailpiece, at least in stock form: there’s also a Ducati Performance system that vents two of the cylinders through the bellypan on the right side and the others through a more traditional underseat pipe. But although it lacks the slim-waisted purpose of a 916 or the sculptural elegance of an MV Agusta F4, the D16RR, meant to closely ape the look of Ducati’s 990cc MotoGP racebike, has an air of ruthlessness about it and looks like nothing else on the road.

The original idea was to take Ducati’s V4-powered MotoGP racebike and detune it, then sell a few to well-heeled enthusiasts to use at trackdays or as living room ornamentation. While other “race replicas” of the period generally consisted of race bike colors, graphics, and even sponsors splashed across otherwise stock bikes, Ducati went and made a bike that had almost nothing in common with any of their production motorcycles. It even used an annoyingly-authentic 16″ rear wheel, something that must be pretty inconvenient when you’re trying to get street tires to shoe this thing.

Of course, the D16RR is obviously no “homologation special” since MotoGP is a prototype series and the bikes need share nothing except a badge with a company’s roadgoing offerings. Appearances and specifications to the contrary, the Desmo doesn’t actually use a detuned MotoGP powerplant: race engines in the premier class don’t factor longevity into the equation and, even detuned, don’t make useable or practical road bike powerplants, considering they lack things like a charging system or a starter…

Instead, Ducati basically whipped up an entirely new V4 engine for the bike that very, very closely mirrors the specifications and layout of the racebike while at the same time sharing almost no parts… So you still get a 989cc 90° V4 with gear-driven cams, Desmodromic valve actuation, and a “twin-pulse” firing order that gives it a bit of Ducati flavor compared to a “screamer” or “big-bang” configuration, along with a beefed-up cassette-style gearbox.

Considering the price tag, you could be forgiven for being unimpressed with the 170hp output and 425lb wet weight, but the numbers alone fail to capture the wild, track-bred character. And the Desmo is littered with top-shelf parts that help reign in the power, like the Öhlins FG353P gas-pressurized forks up front that are truly “race spec” and normally cost as much as a new GSX-R600…

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale

No compromise, Italian passion personified. The high water mark for street legal sportbikes.

#895 out of 1500.

1878 miles all street so far. May increase in the next few months I don’t think I can resist doing some track days on this bike as the weather improves.

Serviced by a Ducati Master Technician at 1814 miles.

Clean title in hand, all manuals, 2 keys, technical workshop DVD.

Here’s a good article detailing the specs and history of this bike:

The bike is in my living room right now, seems perfectly normal to me, but wife isn’t amused – please buy this so I can start sleeping in my bed again.

I’m willing to deliver or meet you within a 1000 mile radius of Salt Lake City for a small additional fee.  Please contact me for details.  Or is a good option for shipping.

Bike is for sale locally also, I reserve the right to end this auction at any time.

This one appears to be nearly untouched, with under two thousand miles. Which makes sense because the seller claims it’s currently being used in lieu of a big-screen television or a painting of a ship being tossed on stormy seas to liven up their home. They may have chosen to get rid of the Desmo, but is that the real problem here? New, the bike retailed for $72,000 and the 1,500 built were quickly snapped up by collectors, although anyone looking to quickly flip their purchase for profit were severely disappointed: these can often be found for well under that, and certainly much less than today’s example with an $80,000 asking price. Have values jumped sharply, or is this seller simply ambitious?


Misplaced Priorities: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici RR for Sale
Ducati April 25, 2016 posted by

Collector Alert:
2008 Ducati Desmosedici (Rosso version) with 1 mile


2008 Ducati Desmosedici (Rosso version) with 1 mile on eBay

Despite all the jokes about the state of Florida, you have to admit that there are a lot of amazing sportbikes located in the state.  Its probably some combination of nice weather, lots of expats and people with “discretionary income” but hey, I am not complaining.  Here is a bit of semi-unobtanium located in Florida that will certainly appeal to a collector, a 2008 Ducati Desmosedici listed as having 1 mile since new.

For anyone not familiar with the Desmosedici, it truly was designed to be a road-legal version of the Ducati MotoGP racebike.  In 2002 Ducati returned to top level motorcycle racing after a long absence and over the course of the next few years managed to climb back into serious championship contention.  This success was in large part due to the their D16RR effort; sixteen desmodromic actuated valves  (hence the D16RR designation) and gear driven cams were built into a 989cc V4 that went to a nearly 14,000 rpm redline and produced 200 hp.  All this power was wrapped up in a chrome-moly steel frame, surrounded by ultra-light but strong carbon/plastic blend bodywork.  Oh and there was a 4-2-1 under-seat exhaust in titanium.

An excellent and detailed history of the D16rr development can be found here.


After a few years of developing/running the D16RR everything finally came together in the 2007 season when Casey Stoner rode a race prepped D16RR to the championship.  In typical Ducati fashion, a street version was offered the following year but unlike a lot of Ducati “commemorative editions”, these would be true racers that came equipped with both street and racing ECU’s and exhaust sets.   NOTE:  From what I have read there was also less titanium bits in some engine components.

The 2008 Desmosedici was originally planned to only be built as a small production run but demand was so robust that the run expanded and 1,500 Desmosedici’s were made.  Even though they were priced at an eye-popping $72,500 USD and were launched in the very depths of the financial crisis all 1,500 units were pre-sold, with many going to track day enthusiasts.


What would it be like to own/ride such a beastly bike?   Below are links to just some of the reviews of the Desmosedici-


Now for the question on everyone’s mind, is this 1 mile 2008 Ducati Desmosedici worth the $58,000 USD asking price?  Well the going price for a Desmosedici with under 5000 miles seems to be high 40’s with the price increasing towards the lower 50k range as the mileage lessens.  Based on this history, the Buy-It-Now price of $58,000 USD seems kind of high.  Also there is no mention in the auction of items that came with the bike such as the OEM alternate exhaust, ECU or decals.  Lastly, some early models of these bikes have a reputation for needing servicing but since this bike is listed as having 1 mile since new its unlikely these services issues have arisen/been addressed.

My personal opinion is that prices for the Ducati Desmosedici have stabilized and will rise over time.   The seller has indicated they are willing to consider offers so perhaps some negotiation can get a collector into this bike at a bit of a discount.  Personally I think the value price is probably somewhere between $47,500 and $53,000 USD, maybe a bit more given this is the somewhat rarer Rosso version.


Ducati June 19, 2014 posted by

Be a GP hero: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR


With the US and world economies on the rebound, do super-expensive toys like the vaunted D16RR start rising in value? There seem to be some artificial price thresholds in the market, with $50k USD being one of the major ones. Desmosidicis generally fall above this line, and as a result become mere eye candy for many. However with the economy on the rebound will we see more of these super-expensive MotoGP replica bikes changing hands? I sure hope so, because too many of these have become museum, office and living room queens. Maybe new owners will actually ride these beasts. The desmo V4 sounds so good on the boil that it would be a shame to withhold that soundtrack from the streets.


2008 Ducati Desmosedici for sale on eBay


From the seller:
2008 Ducati DESMOSEDICI D16RR, an awesome bike based on the racing MotoGP bike prepared by the Ducati Racing Team. It is # 615 out of 1,500 produced and it comes with all of the original accessories (Manuals, CD, Keys, Cover, Bike Stand, Unopened OEM Decal Kit, etc.). I have all service records and receipts and all work has been performed by one licensed Ducati mechanic. The motorcycle has the full titanium racing exhaust system is similar to that found on the World Championship-winning Ducati GP7 factory included racing exhaust system. This exhaust system also came with yet another upgrade of the ECU and a new filter. The bike currently has 2,450 miles on it.

More information on the GP7 Exhaust – This is a custom Ducati “built-to-order” Ducati Racing exhaust including a Ducati Performance ECU and Ducati Performance Air Filter. The vertical cylinder exhaust pipes exit through the included special carbon tail section, which helps dissipate heat and further enhances its appearance. The horizontal cylinder exhaust pipes exit through the side of the included dedicated carbon belly pan. Combined with the use of the racing ECU and high performance air filter, this exhaust kit achieves a 5% power increase. Additionally, it is 50% lighter than the stock system. The exhaust produces the unmistakable thunderous rumble of the Ducati MotoGP-style exhaust system. All original exhaust equipment including the body work, ECUs and filters is included.


My guess is that GP7 titanium exhaust that is fitted costs about as much as many of the other bikes we post here on RSBFS. The question I have is whether or not that particular piece of kit adds any significant value to the bike. This D16RR is listed for a Buy It Now price of $53,500 – and the seller is willing to entertain offers. These were $70k+ machines in the showroom, and with fewer than 2,500 miles this one looks pretty close to new. Check it out here and let us know what you think.


Be a GP hero: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR
Ducati January 4, 2013 posted by

After Christmas Sale? 2008 Ducati Desmosedici


The Desmosedici, also known as the D16RR, holds an interesting place in the history of rare motorcycles. The most expensive of the “mass produced” motorcycles (only 1,500 were created for sale), the D16 had a sticker price of some $72,000 – and initially sold well above that mark. Time quickly caught up with this MotoGP bike for the street, however, and prices on the open market dropped from the heavens.


The allure of the big Desmo still exists – this is an amazing motorcycle with big power (reported 197 HP at the crank), cool GP tech trickery, terrific handling and the status that only a rare and expensive ride can bring. And this beautiful machine is available at a relative bargain compared to its initial price.


From the seller:
Downsizing the collection as I reach age 70! Obviously, this bike has seen gentle back country road use and never track time. It has 2,100 miles only and I bought it about 1000 miles ago from an architect who was in his Sixties. So, while it was meticulously run-in by the book, had plenty of oil changes, it has never seen redline while I’ve owned it. It’s got so much stuff, there’s not a place nearby to run it through the gears using it all. I’ll never know I guess just how fast it really is.

The Desmo has had all recalls done, I’ve added the carbon fibre factory accessory rear tire “cover” which seemed a worthwhile addition and just so I could know where I was starting, a fresh set of tires at about 1,500 miles. The original carbon fibre small chain guard comes with it as the tire cover doubles as a chain guard.

Our Desmo RR is using the factory track exhaust but not the titanium $10K one. The original “quiet” street exhaust system comes with it as do quite a few other items which are pictured in this listing. If you don’t see it, it doesn’t come with it. Many things do go with this so take a look. Computer bits, wiring for the charger, sensor for the stock quiet exhaust, factory bike cover, and uncrating instructions for this Desmo, DVD about the design, some owners’ books and more. It is number 118 of the 1500 built. It is pristine and the images show the surfaces well for you to appreciate how superb it is.

It has been carefully maintained and as you can see is about as perfect as an Italian product ever gets. A new battery was installed not long ago as age gets to these. The Ducati dealer added a plug in for the battery charger in a discrete place and this is really a great idea if you don’t ride it often as the case was with me. I put about 1,000 miles on it in the two years I’ve owned it. Hate to see it go, but this is your bike if you’re looking for one to admire, enjoy, invest and ride. This is the top of the mountain! No electronic handling nannies to stop slides, wheelies, etc. except that it does have a slipper clutch.


So what does a used Desmosedici run these days? Well, this pampered red rocket is on the block for $49,500 or best offer. That is well below the price when new, and a reasonable entry into this ultra-exclusive collectable market. For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. I sure hope somebody’s New Year includes a new bike!


Ducati February 3, 2012 posted by

Ducati In A Box: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR

Ducati In A Box:  2008 Ducati Desmosedici  D16RR

This may be the most visually boring post I’ve ever done but  believe it or not this is not the first Desmosedici in box we’ve seen here on RSBFS.

Yep, more box.  The seller is asking a premium for the pleasure of opening the box with bidding starting at $69,000.  He is basically asking the original MSRP.  I really find it hard to believe he will get much action with pristine Desmosedici’s coming up for sale regularly in the mid 40’s to low 50’s.  15 years from now a boxed one might fetch a premium but I’m not sure about now.

Yeah, still a box.  Are you asleep yet?  This should wake you up.  It’s Rossi’s new ride with the much talked about aluminum frame.



From the auction:

Ducati of North America has told me this bike is the last bike in the crate that hasn’t been warranty registered, Own a  piece of History.


If you like your bikes in cardboard you better click here.





Ducati April 28, 2011 posted by


For Sale: 2008 Ducati DESMOSEDICI D16RR

How can it be that we see another ultra-expensive, highly upgraded, very well cared for and low mile Desmosedici, and not start to salivate? Are we really so jaded by these mega-dollar machines that this becomes *just* another Ducati? Is it because these are not as exclusive (in numbers, not dollars) as was originally promised? Do the reliabilty and servicing issues related to a Moto GP bike for the street color our judgement? Are there just too darn many of these playthings for the idle rich laying around to really get our blood pumping?

Whatever the reason, I really don’t care. I still want one of these – if only for the sound of that D16 motor at full song. Because deep down, I think we lost our fanatical way along the yellow-brick lined speedway and got exactly what we wanted – a Ducati Moto GP bike for the street. The real problem was that mere mortals couldn’t afford it. And when Ducati realized they had a real sales winner on their hands (at $72k+ a pop, MSRP, thank you very much), they went with it. Fast forward to today and we now find it easy to loft grenades of criticism on these amazing bikes and the owners who threw piles of money at them. Sour grapes, say I. Just like the housing bubble, we experienced a biking bubble – and I think now is a great time to buy.

From the seller:

OK – maybe you aren’t Casey Stoner. But today you can *look* like him for a lot less than before. Here is a gorgeous D16RR in Stoner livery, plenty of high-dollar mods, zero mile engine AND factory warranty for LESS than a brand new Desmosedici would originally cost you. Sure, the cagers that you go screaming past will never know what it is you are on, but you will get some pretty serious respect from the folks at your favorite riding hangout.

This auction is current right now, with an opening bid of $55k. Sure, that kind of scratch is a far bigger pile of cash than many other bikes, but none have made quite the splash that the Desmosedici did upon release. And this particular bike with graphics and upgrades is pretty fairly priced in the market. To see more pictures and to get more information on this beauty, . Tell ’em you saw it on RSBFS – if you’re not too jaded, that is.


Ducati January 5, 2011 posted by

2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR

For Sale: 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR MotoGP Superbike

Here is another one of those “super rare” MotoGP replica bikes, bristling with amazing technology, and sold at a price point well above the reaches of mere mortals. Forgive the jaded author here – we at RSBFS have seen more than our fair share of these Italian marvels – enough to make you think that they are nearly (gasp!) just another garden variety Ducati.

Of course to think of this as “just another Ducati” really misses the point. After all, the D16 is a high-water mark for motorcycle manufacturers, and Ducati is to be congratulated for bringing a bike so close to MotoGP specs to the street.

From the seller:
I am listing my 2008 Ducati Desmosedici D16RR for sale. Yes, its the real deal motogp replica. Ducati’s V4 990cc, Ohlins nitrogen forks, Brembo brakes, Marchisini forged wheels..all the goodies. I am the original owner.

I’ve taken it twice to deals gap which is where most of the miles were placed. The bike absolutely loves to be ridden. Its a real gp bike and doesn’t like stop and go traffic. Because I bought the bike to ride and not just look at, I purchased a full fiberglass Catalyst front fairing. I then had it professionally painted to match the OEM Desmosedici colors, with proper lettering. I purchased all Desmo OEM quick release Dzus fastners, as well as a Ducati OEM double bouble windscreen. It looks amazing and no one can believe its not the OEM stuff. The OEM carbon front fairing with windscreen, fastners, etc. has been carefully packaged, and will be included in the auction. In addition, I purchased a full carbon fiber rear hugger. It looks awesome and completes the bike.

The bike will come will all the Ducati extras including the rear stand, cover, sticker kit, spare exhaust, battery tender, paperwork, etc that came from Ducati with the original purchase. It currently has the race exhaust and ecu set up. The bike sounds awesome and simply performs like no other bike. Its #446 of 1500 total produced and has all factory recalls and updates completed by Ducati of Miami. They are meticulous, have the most experience with the Desmosedici, and are the only ones whom I’ve let touch this bike. When purchased, the bike came with a 3 year factory warranty from Ducati, which expires in August of 2011.

I’m also including in the auction 3 brand new Bridgestone rear tires. Because the rear wheel is the real MotoGP wheel, its a 16” and requires a special tire from Bridgestone. I purchased 3 to have as spares. The Bridgestone tires on the Desmo are very soft race compound. The bike recently had new front and rear tires placed by Ducati Miami.

The bike has never been on a track. The bike has never been down, dropped, or abused. Its been well cared for, maintained, garaged, and treated with TLC. For completeness, I will try to disclose any imperfections I can. I have provided pictures of all the areas to be discussed. There is a very small chip on the left front fender, from a rock I think. Its small and I did take a picture of it. I used a go pro my last trip to the gap and the tank has a small swirl on it from suction cup. This is really super minor and actually you need to be under direct sunlight looking at it from a particular angle to see it. I’m really being nit picky on this one, but I’m trying to include any imperfections I can. Lastly the dash has what appears to be a minor nick. Again, pictures of all these are included. Most are so small you’d not notice unless pointed out or really looking closely. I’m pretty anal, and none of these areas were enough to get me concerned. Overall the bike is imaculate and looks new.

When new, these were $72,000+ machines that were hard to come by even if you had that kind of money. These days, there seem to be many available on the used market, and most are low-mileage, well-loved examples. This particular bike appears to be just such a find, and with the original owner taking the hit on depreciation, this could be a bargain as well. The auction is currently at $35,000 with the reserve still in place. If you would like to start the New Year with a D16RR, then