2008 Ducati Desmosedici

We get by with a little help from our friends at MCN, who tested the performance claims of Ducati's lust-worthy MotoGP replica - the Desmosedici. It certainly looks the part, but does the MotoGP-based Desmosedici live up to its high-performance claims. That all you got? At least that's what our test rider felt the Ducati was saying after he managed to cross the 190 mph barrier.Based off the 2006 MotoGP rides of Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau (above) the production Desmosedici is very close to the real thing - a true replica.Taking into account the power loss transfer to the rear wheel, the 177 horsepower dyno reading is right in line with Ducati's claims of 200 hp at the crankOkay, so it's too late to get one and you couldn't afford it anyway. So this article is the closest you'll get. Don't be sad, maybe you can become best friends with Tom Cruise and he'll let you take his Desmo for a spin!
Performance Test:
Ducati Desmosedici
Top Speed: 190.78 mph
Distance covered: 1606.85 meters (0.998 miles)
Time taken: 25.40 seconds
Standing start quarter-mile: 10.26 seconds @ 146.87 mph
Top gear roll on: 40-120 mph12.70 seconds over 461.95 meters
The Competition
Two other bikes that have impressed with their performance were a 2006 speed de-restricted Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 and a MV Agusta F4 1000, both powerful lumps and fast with it. Here's a quick comparison against the Desmosedici RR:

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