Spain’s leading Ducati specialist has pulled another rabbit out of the hat with this terrific new racer. It’s a tribute to the 750 Imola Desmo, which carried Paul Smart and Bruno Spaggiari to victory in the legendary 1972 200-mile race at Imola.
The engine of the RAD02 is a tuned 900 SS i.e. lump, with racing cams and optimized intake and exhaust ports. The frame is equally trick, being a custom-made chromoly steel item. It’s hooked up to an S4R swingarm, and a modified upside-down 43mm Showa front fork with low friction TiN treatment, taken from the 749S Testastretta. Indeed, most of the metallurgy on this bike is bespoke, and many body parts are carbon fiber.
The bike is not road-approved, although this should be possible: Radical Ducati will be building more machines to order, and can modify the componentry as needed.