Ducati History Inspired
The inspiration for this motorcycle design project, a restyling of the glorious Ducati Supermono, was the beautiful street-legal Supermono Strada prepared by Alistair Wager. The original 1993 Ducati Supermono designed by Pierre Terblanche was a milestone in motorcycle design history because it determine the radical innovation for the period; the legendary 916. No other sportbike from the time compared.
The artist at sak_art design started the restyling around the original 549cc Supermono engine, with a Desmodromic four-valve cylinder head that boasted 80 horsepower in a 277-pound package, and inserted in a new chassis similar to the new Ducati Monster. The mission was to create a stimulating bike designed to gives the rider the nearest thing possible to a genuine motorcycle racer.
In fact, the art team pictured a sleek 250cc GP racer without lights, indicators or license plate. The style turned out to be a two-color full-fairing livery with MotoGP styled exhaust. A triangle hole opens a view to the chassis and three slits, like the original Supermono, dominates the layout. The same three slits are also positioned on the front nose. The design solution for the central zone of the bike has the tank connected with a portion of bodywork fairing that covers up the chassis, similar to the Desmosedici RR.
The rear zone has a small, aggressive race-style seat with number plates in yellow. The front brakes are comprised of twin 305mm discs, replacing the earlier size of 280mm on the original motorcycle, with four-piston radial-mount Brembo calipers. The bike rides on 17-inch Marchesini wheels, shod with 120/60 (front) and 180/55 (rear) tires. The swing arm is similar to the new Monster, but is designed with a lighter and more race aggressive stance.
The project includes four Ducati Limited Editions:
The Orange/Black Vintage Limited Edition put forward again the 1970s Ducati livery, like the Mono 350, with the orange that substitute the red and logos of the same period. The chassis is painted in black as well as the number plates.
Desmo Corsa 1970-2010
Desmo Corsa 1970-2010 LE is a tribute to the Ducati Mono 450. This bike ruled the "mountain championships" in Italy on the early 1970s. The livery is based on the two-color white/red with yellow number tables and a big Ducati logo on the tank. We want to remember 40 years later the heroes of the Italian "climb races" including Priamo Marchetti, Augusto Brettoni, and Marcello Peruzzi.
Francesco Villa Tribute 175 F3 – Monza 1958-1960
The third LE is a dedication to Ducati 175 F3. This bike wins a mass of races between the ’50s and ’60s, like the Franco Farnè’s Daytona victory in 1959. But this time we want to show respect to Francesco Villa, winner with 175 F3 in Monza for 3 consecutive years: 1958, 1959, 1960. The chromatic style respects the original 1958 bike with number 16.
IOM TT 1969-2009 (First Isle of Man TT Win)
The final LE is really special as it celebrates the first victory of a Ducati on the Isle of Man TT. It was a Ducati 250 riding by Mike Rogers in 1969. Many remember the great Mike "The Bike" Hailwood victory in the 1979 TT on a Ducati 900, and the various wins by Tony Rutter in the 1980’s with the Ducati TT2. But the first victory was on this one was the 1969 Sport Production race. Forty years later, and 15 years after the last win on the mountain by Robert Holden with a Supermono, the artist dressed the Hypermono with a graphic livery based on the official colors and logo of the IOM Tourist Trophy.