StoryI was actually at the Mugello MotoGP event in 2006 when the bike was first introduced. I was watching from the Maxiscreens on the stands, and moments later I saw it fly by in front of me on the show-opener. I was left completely speechless. After the MotoGP race I bought the VIP pass off someone and went in to take a close look at this beast. I decided it HAD to be mine. I saved up quite a bit of cash to get it, 3 years later, used...
Thumbs UpWell, 200HP and 171kg is like sitting on a surface rocket. Need I say more?? This thing growls like a leopard with rabies.
When I roll up to a cafe with my engine on I have everyone's attention, which is good and bad. The old ladies yelling to turn it off don't understand a damn thing about desmodromic distribution.
Thumbs DownI must say I've had my trouble understanding the stock setting of this bike. Since it's made for the track and aggressive riding, I've tried to tune it a touch softer and open the geometry to make it less nervous. But I can't seem to nail it. 1098 riders, even 999ers seem to have an easier time on the bends with their setups. It seems you have to be a talented chassis engineer to figure out the Desmosedici. I get a familiar feeling when I see the MotoGP guys struggling on TV to find their race setups.