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But .. ah.. not by Ducati.






What's your ideal motorcycle? If you're like us here at MD, you love a light, torquey, easy-to-ride four-stroke Single. And the apex of thumper development may be the 1993-1995 Ducati Supermono, a limited-production, race-only machine penned by Pierre Terblanche (designer of the SportClassics, 999, and Multistrada, among other Ducatis). With a high-revving desmodromic four-valve cylinder head and 549cc (later 572cc) of displacement, the Supermono boasted 80 hp in a 277-pound package. Wrapped up in sensuous bodywork and as loud as Satan after dropping a can of creamed corn on his toe, many racers and trackday junkies have fantasized about owning one of these sexy beasts. Too bad the limited production numbers and $30,000 pricetag made the bike a toy for wealthy collectors.

Briton Alistair Wager is one of the world's top experts on the Supermono; he's personally worked on 20 of the 67 machines that were built (he also managed Ducati's AMA Superbike racing team). He thought Ducati should have produced the bike for street use, as "the Supermono was designed as a race bike that could easily be converted into a streetbike," according to Supermono designer Pierre Terblanche. "Unfortunately nothing ever came of it." So he set to building a street-going replica, the Supermono Strada.

Since Alistair has a parts account with Ducati, getting many of the needed components is as simple as placing an order. The Supermono Strada uses the original cases, with the big-valve Testastretta top end from the 999 superbike. Displacement is now 595cc, bumping power up to a claimed 88 hp at the crank. The big exhaust can is now moved to the right side (to keep it away from the chain), and tiny headlights (from the 749) and mirrors make things street-legal. And you won't need a rental van filled with push-start volunteers to follow you around on Sunday mornings: the starter from a 916 takes over starting duties.

Öhlins suspension, a more street-oriented standard-ratio transmission and radial-mount Brembo brake calipers with bigger 305mm discs sweeten the deal. Frames are built in England, and the swingarm is from the Ducati 1000SS. Weight is just 294.5 pounds dry.


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http://www.motorcycledaily.com/06april09_supermono.htm



 

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Original Supermono complete with faux connecting rod for "twin like" balance!

 

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Just a mere 52 large ... for a bin part bike :p
 

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Just a mere 52 large ... for a bin part bike :p
Although it sounds expensive, consider that the originals sold for $30,000 back in 1993 and today change hands at around £80,000.

That it uses modern Ducati parts .. cases, Teststretta head, 999R piston etc .. means that one can actually buy parts for it. And these parts are not exactly out of the budget bin either.

Plus there are plenty of one-off parts including the frame, rod, gear box etc. There are also acres of carbon fiber and top-notch components like Brembo radial brakes, Ohlin’s suspension and Marchesini magnesium wheels.

This version is sanctioned by the Ducati factory. It is faster and lighter than the original and best of all, its street-legal, with lights and an electric start.

While no bargain bike, I dont think it could be produced by a small shop for any less.




http://www.maximusuk.com/DucatiSupermono/
 

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I don't get it??
 

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No one else thinks that is an ugly bike? Mechanincally beautiful I agree. Sure, it's got top notch components and it's a Ducati, but the lines aren't right. Flame on.

-Vaughan
 
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