The Ducati accessory catalog has always offered another step in many areas, but the company decided to build this motorcycle (500 machines) as something equally special in all its parts as that gleaming jewelry. It is systematically lightened by use of low-density materials–to 342 pounds dry–and tuned to produce 200 horsepower. Major castings–the forward chassis, clutch cover, cam covers, and fairing strut–are all in magnesium. Plumbing is titanium, writhing in its many colors around the engine. The seat frame and many other details are understated, defect-free carbon fiber. Bodywork is gratuitously shapely, flowing air in stop-motion. In racing, we see that such beauty cannot be destroyed. One moment, the bike endos through the gravel, violently shedding parts as the rider slides to his feet. Everything is replaced in minutes and the machine-Phoenix emerges from its garage perfect.