High-end Italian speedshop NCR is definitely one of motorcycling’s “biggest losers.” With its new M4 (pictured) tipping the scale at a scant 286 pounds, and the M4 One Shot reading 8 pounds less than that, NCR has proven once again that it knows how to put Ducatis on a diet.
Both of these low-fat and tasty Ducati-powered machines are built with titanium frames/subframes, with gas tanks, wheels, instrument clusters, airboxes and fenders all constructed of carbon fiber. Billet aluminum triple-clamps, fork bottoms and rearsets are manufactured in-house, while top-of-the-line Brembo brakes, Öhlins suspension and BST c-f wheels are used.
Both M4s feature modular body components, so the owner can swap from a mini to a half to a full fairing via just a couple of fasteners; same goes for the rear end, which can be set up with a full-coverage tail section or a stubby seat platform.
Price of admission is hard to swallow, but very few if any air-cooled, two-valve Ducatis in the world crank out this kind of power. The $49,900 M4 is powered by an 1100cc engine producing 107 horsepower and 84 foot-pounds of peak torque (about 30 and 16 more than a stock 1100 EVO). If you’re spending that kind of coin, you may as well step up to the $69,900 One Shot and its 1200cc mill, which incorporates a billet stroker crank, Ti rods, Ti hardware and NCR-EVR slipper clutch. With 132 hp and 105 ft.-lb. of peak torque, it has a better power-to-weight ratio than the mighty BMW S1000RR.
So, if your wallet is heavy but you want to shop light, one of these ultra-exotic Twins is sure to satisfy.