Poggipolini NCR Ducati 1000 Millona
December 13th, 2004 - By, Neale Bayly - Images By, Killboy
Then there were those brakes. Massive Brembo radial four-piston GP spec' calipers locking down on 320 mm wave rotors meant squeezing the lever had the same subtle effect as a wet fart in a crowded phone booth.
With just the lightest touch they about parked the bike from whatever speed I was traveling. I know more manic late braking would have easily been possible, but still suffering from sticker shock; I was able to keep myself honest.
The concept of the bike is quite unique. Produced by the Poggipolini family in Italy, it was born from a fusion of passion and high technology, resulting in the ultimate track day motorcycle.
From the race stand, slave starter system, and fact there is no provision for road going accessories on the bike, the mission is clearly stated.
As tested, the bike comes with a standard Ducati engine and, except for the incredibly sexy titanium under tail exhaust and ignition map, it receives no other tuning.
The Poggipolini family does offer a tuned version of the engine that puts out an additional 20 rear wheel horsepower, and if I was buying the bike I think I would take this option.
Making just 85 horsepower at the rear wheel, the bike loses out somewhat down the straights, and while this makes for some great cat and mouse games hounding bigger bikes through the infield, it would be nice to have the power to hold them off down the straights.
The other side of this coin is the bike makes you a better rider, as you can’t rely on horsepower. You have to carry more corner speed and work harder on the drive onto the straights. But, as with all things, “you pays yer money you takes yer choice.”
Parked up in the pits, the bike certainly attracted a lot of attention, and a bunch of guys commented how fast the thing got out of the corners. It was just so easy to use all the power and, between the slicks and the chassis set up, I never felt like I was going to lose the back end.
In the corners, it was just amazing how many lines I could take. It was possible to come up behind someone and decide whether to go round them on the inside or the outside, the Millona is just so agile. Changing directions is merely a thought, the bike isn’t nervous in anyway flicking from side to side and the amount of grip afforded by the Dunlop front slick is simply outrageous.
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