The Ducati Desmosedici RR is a near perfect replica of a MotoGP race bike. It has all the technology detail parts that make the MotoGP bikes so spectacular, that’s why it costs almost $73 grand. But most people don’t have that kind of money to drop on a bike they could only really drive on the track every other weekend. So why not build your own? It seems simple enough, right? It just the pinnacle of two-wheel racing technology, it can’t be that hard. Or you could just slap the right kind of fairings on some other bike and pretend it’s a Desmo.
A French Ducati fan has actually done that last one. He took an old Monster S4R, stripped it down; used clay to model the fairings; made them out of fiberglass; and painted them racing red. Of course, it doesn’t have the liquid-cooled, DOHC L4 engine; or the LCD dashboard with all the sensors; and the body isn’t made from carbon fiber – it’s made from fiberglass, which is almost as good I guess.
Desmonster? Monstodici? Wasteoftimeci? Whatever, the guy obviously put a ton of effort into this machine, and that, in itself, is awesome. I just think that effort would have been better placed making something original, like a totally new take on the Monster. Instead, he tried to replicate a replica of a MotoGP bike with 1/100th of the budget he would have needed to make it ride right. What do you think, Ridelusters? Check out the pictures of the whole process:
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