NCR Millona M16 - First Look

A carbon and titanium beauty based on a Ducati Desmosedici, but offering so much more (and less).

NCR Millona M16 - First Look

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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 their firm’s latest creation, the NCR Millona 16. NCR is right down the street from Ducati, in San Lazzaro di Savena—an industrial part of Bologna that sounds nicer than it is. You can almost picture the lunch: 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 M16s abbreviated carbon-fiber frame and fairing show off the 200-plus 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: Without fuel, NCR says the M16 weighs 319 pounds—that’s about 6.6 pounds less than the current 326-pound MotoGP minimum. That’s incredibly light.

The M16’s carbon-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. All mechanical parts, says NCR, are either titanium or aviation-grade aluminum.

“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 lbs. 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 kidding!! Naturally, you wouldn’t be caught dead on this thing with anything but the latest, top-line Öhlins GP suspenders, tuned in-house by NCR Corse. An FGR000 43mm inverted fork (with 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 NCR 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 "TBA." Interested? Place your order at www.ncrfactory.com. Bring lire...

NCR Millona M16

NCR Millona M16

NCR Millona M16

NCR Millona M16

NCR Millona M16

NCR Millona M16