We've received official word from Ducati that it's extending the planned production run of Desmosedici RR bikes from 1,250 to 1,500 in an effort to meet demand. If you've already got an order in, you are all set, and Ducati promises that all of the 1,500 bikes will be delivered to owners by the end of 2008. So, if you don't have your order in... call now! The first 500 or so bikes will be delivered to owners of the 999R who have also placed orders for the new Desmosedici RR.
For those of you who aren't aware of the Desmosedici RR, tune into SPEED TV the next time Moto GP racing is on and keep an eye out for the bike in the lead. That will probably be the racing version of this bike ridden by Casey Stoner. The new RR is the first road-going version of a Moto GP bike that you can actually buy and register at your local DMV. Unlike most Ducati streetbikes, the RR features a V4 engine, although the angle is still set at the same 90-degrees of Ducati's traditional V-Twins. While the race bikes were forced to go down to 800cc's for competition this year, the street version still has the full liter that was originally intended for the bike. Peaking at around 200 horsepower or so with a weight of under 400 pounds, none of the 1,500 lucky owners are likely to be let down by Ducati's latest product of moto-lust.
While the Desmosedici RR leads Ducati's line of bikes this year, let's face the facts here: you and I will probably never ride one. So after the jump you'll find some news about Ducati bikes you can actually afford.
Is this an accurate rendering of what the new 2008 Ducati Monster will look like? According to Motoblog it is. Take a look back at our earlier post with a spyshot and draw your own conclusions, but it looks about right to us.
Finally, a possible last hurrah for the current Monster is a Tricolore scheme for the top-of-the-line Monster S4RS. Current rumors are swirling that all Monsters for '08 will be air-cooled. Will that leave the current S4RS as the fastest Monster ever? We'll just have to wait and see what Ducati has in store for its naked bikes in the not-too-distant future. As far as we're concerned, though, if you want an awesome Ducati, there's never been a better time to get one.