Ducati Desmosedici RR replica built from humble Monster

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Always wanted a MotoGP-inspired Ducati Desmosedici RR, but just can’t afford the $72,500 asking price? Why not build one yourself? That appears to be the conclusion one French Ducati enthusiast came to, fashioning his own Desmosedici out of an old Monster S4R.
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Sure, it might not have a 200bhp V4 or super fancy Öhlins suspension.
Yes, the fairing does look a little wonky. No, the louvers in the
tailpiece aren’t functional exhausts, the brakes aren’t radials and the
frame’s been designed to traverse highways, not foreign racetracks.
But, this fakemosedici does have one thing going for it: heart.

Rather than being a black Amex purchase for some barely able to ride,
rich asshole destined to serve out its existence as a conversation
piece, this bike is the product of hard work, a dream and a lot of
fiberglass. Commitment like this we can admire.

Flickr via Moto22

  • Tanshanomi

    If you want a Desmosedici, this ain’t gonna cut it. If you want a custom Ducati, why make it look like something it’s not and cheapen it? The hard work put into this project would have been better spent making an authentic, unique one-off design, rather than a copy of something it will never be. No matter how skillfully constructed, no matter how much “heart” it may have, any fake replica will always be just that — a fake. I would personally enjoy hearing “Hey, cool custom Monster,” rather than, “Hey look at that Desmosed— …oh, nevermind.”

  • Travis

    Nice work I wish I knew how to do that stuff! The only thing I really dont like is that swingarm and how they routed that exhaust… ugh! I hate to see the mid-pipe of the exhaust sticking out like that… just messes up the whole flow of the bike! Put a nice 1098 or 848 swingarm on there and route the exhaust properly!

    Converting the forks to radial is an easy fix…

    Honestly i’ve never been that much of a fan of the desmo anyway… looks good but there are a lot better looking bikes out there that are just as fast… At least when ridden by the average guy anyway.

  • thomashenny

    When life gives you lemons…

  • peteb

    i say great work, whatever yanks your chain. but why does having $72,500 to spend on a bike mean you can’t ride? does being a good rider mean you are destined never to earn a good living?

    I may well be a rubbish rider, but i’m enjoying the hell out of my D-16….

  • Hancock

    Holy cats! I congratulations.
    Just see what you could be doing with your resources, money and time. And all you do is read comments left by any goofball with a computer.

  • Dr.Danger

    Not bad, I couldn’t do any better. The only issue I have is that muffler at the tail.

    He should have just pulled one from a wrecked 999.

  • http://www.myspace.com/adrenalinjunkie Mike

    I want a desmosedici body kit!