Chris Martin of AMA Pro Road Racing took on a seemingly impossible task: ranking the top 10 AMA Superbike champions of all time. And with that kind of responsibility comes an unenviable task — leaving some deserving members off the list. In the near 40-year history of AMA Superbike racing, many great racers — and […]
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6. Ducati Desmosedici RR
Duh. Of course the Ducati Desmosedici RR is on the list. It’s the closest thing to a MotoGP machine most of us will ever know. Welcome to the collectables club.
Yes, the Desmo cost a fortune at $72,500, but look what you got for the price: sand-cast aluminum crankcases and heads, one-piece forged steel crankshaft, titanium con rods and valves, Marchesini forged magnesium wheels, and MotoGP-derived technology, just to name a few. Contrary to some internet rumors, the D16RR is not a repurposed MotoGP bike. It was, in fact, developed alongside the D16GP6.
Riding the D16RR is a unique experience, as one side of the brain is telling you not to crash, while the other can’t resist and begs to open the throttle. Do so and you’re greeted with a rush of acceleration unmatched by anything before or since. It’s equally frightening and addicting. The exhaust note is exhilarating, suspension stiff and brakes stout. It’s the epitome of “racebike with lights,” and it will be remembered for a long time.