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Suffering from an acute case of wanderlust? If so, treatment must be swift and aggressive. It will involve
and cost $75,000.
We're not talking about any
; we're talking about
, a road-legal bike built by the leader of MotoGP racing. Plunk down $75,000 and you'll be zipping down the highway on a racetrack replica in no time. There's nothing like it, which might be reason enough to make the investment. Let the kids ride cheapo motorcycles by the likes of
. And softies can either recline on a
or ride a
"This bike is a bargain," says Ian Falloon, who has written 25 books about motorcycles including
The Ducati Story
(Haynes Publishing) and several editions of
The Ducati Bible
(Veloce). "It has the best components and technology available."
The Desmosedici RR's design comes from the Desmosedici GP6, Ducati's entry in the 2006 MotoGP World Championships. That year, the bike helped riders Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi snag a 1-2 finish for Ducati at the season's final race in Valencia, Spain. In 2007, Casey Stoner rode a Desmosedici to earn the racing group's first-ever world title.
Here's what $75,000 gets you:
A Ducati engine:
With 200 horsepower, the Desmosedici's four-cylinder engine is more powerful than those of a Dodge Charger SE muscle car or a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The bike meets emissions standards, so you can ride it to your local track or around town.
A beautiful machine:
Alan Jenkins designed the RR to make a statement on the road with bold colors and an aerodynamic shape. Its tubular trellis frame and carbon-fiber body make it light and easy to maneuver. The bike comes with the Ducati Data Analyzer, a USB card that gathers performance information such as speed, laps and engine temperature, and transfers it to your computer for further evaluation.
"Ducati produces the closest machines to real racers anyone can actually buy," Falloon says.
Ducati has made only 1,500 RR motorcycles. Tom Cruise reportedly bought the first one last year. By owning a RR, you'll be part of an elite group of motorcycle connoisseurs. A certificate of authenticity and Ducati Team Racing stickers complete the package.
A reason to ride:
Buying a Ducati Desmosedici RR might force you to forgo that Polynesian vacation you've been wanting to take. You might have to put off buying that ski cottage in Telluride, Colo. But will you care when you're hitting straightaways at 200 miles per hour?
Nate Herpich is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, N.Y. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and Sports Illustrated.com.