A carbon and titanium beauty based on a Ducati Desmosedici, but offering so much more (and less)
Giorgio Nepoti and Rino Caracchi started something special when they formed NCR and turned out their first Ducati special more than 40 years ago, an excellent tradition that lives on in the form of the amazing new NCR Millona 16. Acquired by the Poggipolini Group in 2001, NCR continues the work of turning out beautiful, hand-built motorcycles packed with the finest components and workmanship. NCR’s right down the street from Ducati, in San Lazzaro di Savena—and you can almost picture the lunch that led to the Millona 16: Say, what you gonna do with all those Desmosedici motors you got lying around? Dunno. Take one! And pass the breadsticks...
When it comes to an engine like this desmodromic V-Four, less bodywork is more: The M16’s abbreviated carbonfiber frame and fairing show off the 200plus-horsepower MotoGP-derived beast in all its titanium/magnesium glory. NCR has always been about power-to-weight, and for this machine it’s decided to go ahead and just whack the ball out of the park: NCR says the M16 weighs 319 pounds without fuel—that’s about 6.6 lb. less than the current MotoGP minimum.
The Ml 6's c~rb~n-fiber frame/swingarm are NCR’s own design, complete with improved airflow to the engine through the steering head. The fuel tank, fairing, subframe/tail, fender and wheels are all carbon, as well. Mechanical parts (save things like the crank/cams, etc.), says NCR, are either titanium or aviationgrade aluminum.
NCR has been known for is partnership with titanium experts Poggipolini (Ferrari Formula One’s supplier of choice), but the recent acquisition of ultra-high-grade carbon-fiber-company ATR Composites has given NCR access to major expertise in this arena. Expect more from them, and for proprietary c-f wheels to grace customer M16s.
“The final product is slicker and lighter than what we anticipated,” said NCR’s Joe Ippoliti. “For example, we anticipated the exhaust to weigh 7.8 lb., but after some work, the final exhaust including springs is 5.2 lb. Ducati OEM is 21 lb. The same goes for our new wheels. The quality of the carbon fiber is unrivaled in the motorcycle industry, and we hope people will see the difference.”
Suspension is lifted directly from the Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Sportster, just the latest, top-line Öhlins GP suspenders, tuned in-house by NCR Corse. An FGR000 43mm inverted fork (carried in adjustable-offset triple clamps) and a TTX ride-height adjustable shock carry this oh-so-light load. Brembo Monobloc brake calipers work on ultra-light Brake Tech Axis ceramic-composite discs.
The latest in NCR-developed electronics are also part of the package: traction control, data acquisition and recording, and real-time fuel remapping should be enough to keep the Millona 16 in the fast group at any track day; you just have to hope it won’t require Casey Stoner skills to keep it between the curbs. An AIM MXL Pista dash relays pertinent info to the rider.
Paint and graphics, should you wish to hide any of the gorgeous carbon weave, are wide open, and NCR says the bike will be produced only upon request; price is $160,000, in addition to a Desmosedici donor bike! Interested? Place your order at www.ncrfactory.com. Bring lire...