Bring up Pierre Terblanche in a conversation of motorcyclists, especially Ducatisti, and he’ll probably be reviled for creating the first-generation Multistrada and for what some consider an abomination of a successor to the 916/998, the 999. But don’t forget that Terblanche was also the guy responsible for designing this, the Ducati Supermono, a motorcycle we at MO all lust lovingly after each time we see pictures of it.

For those who only think of V-Twins when they think of Ducati (commence rant about L-Twins…), here’s a brief history lesson. Designed to race in the popular Sound of Singles class, Ducati introduced one of the most highly sophisticated Singles ever created in 1993 and stopped in 1995. In between, only 67 examples were made.

Underneath the Terblanche-penned bodywork lay what was essentially a 888 V-Twin with its rear cylinder removed. Designed by Claudio Domenicali, who is now Ducati’s CEO, it features four valves, 11.8:1 compression, dual overhead cams, desmodromic valve actuation (duh), and a dummy connecting rod to act as a counterbalancer to quell the inherent vibes of a single-cylinder engine. This allowed the 550cc one-lunger to rev to 10,750 rpm without rattling the rider’s teeth loose and shaking off body panels. More importantly, Ducati claims 75 crankshaft horses. If we’re generous and allowing for 15% driveline loss to the rear tire, that’s still in the realm of 63 hp. For comparison, the current KTM 690 Duke and its 690cc Thumper – with 140cc more displacement – put 69.8 hp to the wheel last time we had it on the dyno.

Making the Supermono even more of a weapon on track was its supremely light weight, with Bologna claiming a dry weight of just 260 pounds. The main frame was traditional steel trellis, but nearly everything else was either carbon fiber or magnesium. And since the Supermono was never destined for the street, Terblanche didn’t have to bother incorporating the necessary crap needed for road legality, also shaving weight.

The Supermono may have been short-lived, but it still saw success. In its debut year, 1993, it won the European, Italian, and Swiss Singles championships. Today, it’s one of the most sought after Ducatis around.