For those who have a fetish for ultra-powerful 2 wheelers, Ducati needs no real introduction. Perhaps thats the reason, why even pre-owned older models from the bike maker, sends a frenzy among the collectors world wide. In other words, its like a 'badge of honor' to own a Ducati. No wonder there was considerable hype for models like the Ducati Diesel custom edition, the Diavel AMG special edition, and the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes which have all appeared on the horizon in the past few years. Now an 1990's production of the Ducati Supermono for grabs via Car and Classic, UK where the asking price tag is $150,000. This bike holds a special meaning for the lovers of the bike brand, because it was a limited edition of just 67 units, and was largely taken to be one of the best during its era.
From conceptual expertise of Pierre Terblanche, with the engineering and technical finesse of Massimo Bordi and Claudio Domenicali, came out this unadulterated racer bike which boasted of a 550cc 65HP engine, and a dry weight of barely 118kg. It was primarily target as the racing star of the Sound of Singles series of the 90's, for which this specially crafted water cooled 4-valve engine was put together, also noted for the fuel injected single cylinder construction. The transmission was controlled by the 6-speed gearbox of the engine, which helped getting out the 220 kmph of top speed.
One of the genius of of Massimo Bordi, was placing a dummy balancing and pivoting bar, which helped keep out the extra vibration and made the bike more stable. Since it was meant for high speed riding, the vibration of the chassis could make a lot of difference, which was countered this time by the bar. The Tubular tresle frame chassis was created in a way that would assist bikers scorching the asphalt on the highways.
There are also some mentionable awards the bike won way back in 1993. They included the 1st Swiss monobike championship, 1st Italian Supermono Constructors Championship, and the 1st European Supermono Constructors Championship. Being a step ahead in technology and engineering quality, this popular bike became a hot pick amongst collectors back then, but it stayed on for 2 years only. Now with this one appearing on the scene for a resale, should have plenty more of biking geeks vouching for it.
Via: Hell for leather