Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

Britaliamoto

Supermono Strada

Alistair Wager

  1. History of the Ducati Supermono


When the Ducati Supermono was first shown at the 1992 Milan Show, it was an instant hit because of its good looks and engine balancing innovation.


It was first built to compete in the Italian and European Supermono championships. Massimo Bordi was the chief engineer at Ducati who designed the unique double con-rod engine balance system  When Claudio Dominecelli (currently Head of Production and Racing at Ducati) joined the company in 1991 his task was to design  the chassis. 


The superb looks of the Supermono are down to South African Pierre Terblanche. The Supermono was his first complete design for Ducati and is universally regarded as one of the most beautiful bikes ever produced. 


Forty Supermonos were built in 1993 with a 100 mm cylinder bore (549cc). A further 27 with a 102mm bore (572cc) were built in 1995. The price in 1993 was £16,000. Now restored Supermonos are changing hands for upwards of £100,000. (surely making the Ducati Supermono one of the most valuable Ducatis to date).


What’s so special about the 1993 Ducati Supermono?


  1. 1.The engine bottom-end - the design was from Ducati’s legendary Ing. Fabio Taglioni - an evolution of the 1979 500cc Ducati Pantah engine architecture,  but closed off where the rear cylinder would have been.

  2. 2.The cylinder head - the Desmoquattro ‘4 valve‘ DOHC cylinder head was designed and developed by Massimo Bordi in collaboration with Cosworth Engineering UK. The valves are mechanically opened and closed unlike other bikes where the vales are controlled by a spring. The use of four valves was first seen on the 1988 production Ducati 851, but for the Supermono was modified with a 100mm bore and larger engine stud spacings.

  3. 3.The engine balance - it’s a single cylinder engine that thinks it’s a twin. It has two con-rods but only one piston.  The spare con-rod is attached to an arm of similar length which is pivoted within the crankcases at approximately 45 degrees between where two cylinders would be on the 90 degree twin. This gives the engine near perfect primary balance and so runs to 10,000 rpm as smooth as silk.

  4. 4.C of G - the cylinder canted forward just 15 degrees from the horizontal, 50mm (2 inches) above a line drawn through the axles, there’s next to no weight giving it the lowest centre of gravity of any current motorcycle. Changing direction is just a thought process rather than a noticeable physical input – the ultimate rider’s machine.

  5. 5.Power-to-weight ratio - it puts many a Supersport racing bike to shame, giving it also acceleration on par too. With one power stroke every 720 degrees or 2 revolutions of the crank, the delivery of power is not as aggressive on the rear tyre as a four. This gives the rider the opportunity to open the throttle much earlier in a corner with the confidence of really good traction.

  6. 6.Riding position - because there is no rear cylinder (like on the twin) it’s slimmer than any other bike where the rider’s legs meet the fuel tank, giving the rider an intimate tuck position close to the bike, sitting in it rather than on top of it.

2012

Right: Alistair’s Ducati Supermono Strada ridden by Sir Alan Cathcart

Above: Sophia takes to the

streets of Northampton to the

sounds of Canned Heat


Alistair’s love of the Supermono


As Alistair worked on so many of the Supermonos himself, he’d always wanted to buy a road going version of his own.


In the 1990s, when it might have been commercially viable for Ducati to produce the Strada, it was unsure of the size of market demand (it would need a guaranteed 2000 units in the first two production years) and so the Supermono Strada never came into production.


In 2004 Alistair started designing and making the patterns so he could own his own version.


He felt confident that if he wanted a road version so much, there must be other Supermono lovers in the world who too would love to own a Strada and so Britaliamoto was born.

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Learn more about the Strada from the following Specification Sheet

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Ducati Supermono Strada spec sheet 2011-2.doc

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Britaliamoto Ltd is dedicated to bringing the Ducati Supermono back into rider’s lives. The company lovingly manufactures the first ever Supermono Stradas and replica racers for discerning customers all over the world. 

Designer: Alistair at Britaliamoto 07986034622mailto:alistairwager@hotmail.com?subject=websiteshapeimage_6_link_0