Desmosedici RR: Does It Wheelie?

10/26/2009 @ 12:31 pm, by Jensen Beeler10 COMMENTS


The answer? Yes, yes it does. SuperBike Magazine recently got their hands on a Desmosedici RR, and enlisted the help of Dave Sonsky (Super Streetbike Magazine) to see if the $72,000 motorcycle could get a wheel in the air like its race-only brothers. Photos and more after the jump.

Ducati-Desmosedici-RR-wheelieThe verdict was an obvious yes, but Sonsky commented that the RR was a less than ideal machine for the task. With that 200+ horsepower comes a tremendous amount of heat, most of which is radiating down low on the bike because of the underslung exhaust canister.

Sonsky also commented that the clutch didn’t seem to pleased with his antics after a couple wheelies. We’re not too sure that will be an item of concern for many Desmo owners. With the ongoing joke of how many RR’s will actually leave their owner’s garage, we can imagine there being even fewer brave souls willing to loft the wheel of the GP replica.

Leave your “squid!” comments below.

Source: SuperBike via Ducati News Today

  • Patron

    maybe i missed the joke. was that a serious question? i hope sombody put “DUH!” stickers on the foreheads of everyone who participated in this “test”

  • Jenny Gun


    No, not a serious joke. Really just an excuse to post that photo, although the title is a spoof on Will It Blend (, an online segment show where they see if something will get obliterated in their blender.

    Carry on.

  • ohhhh, it hurts, all i can think of is how oil starved those front cylinders are!!!

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  • BRose

    Yea, Peter is right – you don’t see people stunting Ducati’s cause they are known to blow seals and leak oil after a couple of minutes at tilt! I do throttle wheelies 2nd to 3rd but I don’t ride them out too, too long – too expensive! Cool pic though!

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  • Bjorn

    From memory, Ducati modified the oil pick-up from the sump in their V-twins shortly after the signed Troy Bayliss to ride their Superbikes.
    As Troy was involved in the developement of the 990cc MotoGP bike I’d guess these too are ok to wheelie the daylights out of.

  • Sean Mitchell

    You don’t see people stunting Ducati’s for the same reason you don’t see Ferrari’s in demolition derby.