Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - Ducati Desmosedici RR, GT, Sport & S
It's really hard to believe how much I can absolutely adore, lust after, and drool upon three of these four Ducks while I wouldn't even begin to consider the other one even if it was served in my favorite orange sauce by Gordon Ramsay himself.
I'll give you a hint: You won't have to read far down this article to find out which one the Ugly Duckling is!
Ducati Desmosedici RR
My eyes! My eyes!
I should sue the stylists in Bologna for creating this mutant piece of Bologna Baloney and forcing me to poke my eyes out in an attempt to erase the vision. This bike is so ugly that eyeballs all over the world are seeking conjunctivitis as a relief!
What in the name of all that's holy north of the Vatican are those vertical dual cyclops headlights doing over that slack jawed toothless maw on the front leading edge of the fairing? And what about that "stick your tongue waaaaay out" rear frame element bearing the seat and tail? I have to admit that this is definitely the first time I've seen a motorcycle that could double as a swimming pool diving board!
The 2009 model wisely lost the vertical flashlight headlights but it's still just as ugly!
Now you know why they call Ducatis Ducks. Because this bike is soooooooooooooo ugly that as it passes by, people duck to avoid looking at it!
The bike is powered by a velocity-seeking 989 cc, liquid cooled, l-4 motor featuring a bore and stroke of 86 mm x 42.56 mm and a compression ratio of 13.5:1 which gives the model an astounding 200 horsepower (147.1 kW). When we look at the total dry weight of the bike being 376 pounds (171 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the mighty horsepower on tap we get a final calculation of 1.88 pounds per horsepower, a number that is rather close to the power to weight ratio of a Formula One Ferrari. Completely absurd. This bike should never be licensed for the street. It's a suicide ride par excellence!
Ducati GT 1000
This bike captures the elemental, nostalgic, pure, and spirited emotion that only one other modern motorcycle does, and that's the Norton 961 Commando. While other motorcycles try to pull off the retro look, they are completely unsuccessful when compared to the GT and the Commando, as they are in a class of their own. Think of the GT and the Commando as the 2009 Dodge Challenger and 2009 Ford Mustang: Cars that capture the balanced perfection of the original muscle car styling. Then think of all the other wannabe retro bikes as the 2010 Chevy Camaro, a car that doesn't look or feel one whit like the original and just comes off as being a bad copy designed by a committee.
There is no doubt about it. The Duck GT 1000 is not just my favorite Ducati, it is definitely one of the three or four 2009 motorcycles that I would buy today and grant a place of honor in my garage for all eternity.
The motorcycle is driven by a speed-demon 992 cc, air cooled, l-twin engine engineered with a bore and stroke measuring 94 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which grants the motorcycle an amazing 92 horsepower (67.7 kW). When we calculate the overall dry weight of the motorcycle equalling 407 pounds (185 Kg.), and factor it into the highway-devouring power available at the twist of the throttle we get a total calculation of 4.42 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is comparable to the power to weight ratio of a Lotec Sirius.
Ducati Sport 1000 Biposto
Sorry, Ducati. This bike has gone too far in the 2010 Chevy Camaro direction. The fuel tank looks like it's growing a tumor on the side, the front fender is completely out of keeping with the traditional styling of the temporal balance of the motorcycle, and features such as the profoundly ugly and back-bulbous seat and blacked out mufflers completely work against the rest of the model's aesthetics. Still if there was no way that I could get my mitts on a GT 1000, I'd begrudgingly take this one. It's still way better looking that the majority of the other Ducatis, or for that matter, most motorcycles being manufactured in Italy lately.
The motorcycle is driven by a top-notch 992 cc, air cooled, l-twin powerplant engineered with a bore and stroke of 94 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which gives the bike a gratifying 92 horsepower (67.7 kW). When we compute the core weight of the motorcycle being 409 pounds (186 Kg.), and factor that into the fleet-footed horsepower we get a total of 4.45 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is approximately the power to weight ratio of a Lotus Exige S 240.
Ducati Sport 1000 S
I still have the same styling problems with the S that I did with the Biposto, but that spot on Sixties Rickman type racing half fairing and the full blacked out look really turns the aesthetics of this motorcycle on its head!
How Ducati's engineers and stylists managed to make a traditional Duck engine look like a Vincent Black Lightning with just an application of black matte is way beyond me, but they certainly managed to do it and it completely floors me. Again I prefer the GT1000, but this is definitely a close second on my list of absolutely gorgeous Ducatis.
This model is powered by a wonderous 992 cc, air cooled, l-twin motor designed with a bore and stroke of 94 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10:1 which confers upon the model a delightful 92 horsepower (67.7 kW). When we work out the total dry weight of the bike equalling 398 pounds (181 Kg.), and factor the weight in to the velocity-seeking horsepower the result is 4.33 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is not that far off from the power to weight ratio of a Dodge Viper SRT10.
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