Motogenn's Bike of the month - Ducati Panigale 1199
Author: Motogenn Date Posted:1 June 2022
The Ducati 1199 Panigale was a 1,198 cc (73.1 cu in) Sports Bike introduced at the 2011 Milan Motorcycle Show.
At the time of launch Ducati claimed that the 1199 Panigale was the world's most powerful production twin-cylinder engine motorcycle, with 195 bhp (145 kW) at 10,750 rpm, and 133.0 N⋅m (98.1 lb⋅ft) torque at 9000 rpm on an engine test stand.
It had a claimed dry weight of 164 kg with Ducati claiming the 1199 had the highest power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios of production motorcycles.
The new Superquadro engine has a bore:stroke ratio of 1.84:1. Previous Ducatis had belt-driven overhead-cams, this engine's valvetrain uses gears and chain.
The 1199 is also one of the first production sports motorcycles to feature electronically adjustable suspension. The 1199's exhaust system and mufflers are underneath the engine, and not beneath the seat as on previous models, 1198 and 1098.
Ducati 1199 Superleggera
In 2012, Ducati added the Panigale R model for the 2013 model year. It has lightened engine internals, with the track only exhaust - reducing weight to 364 pounds (165 kg).
Panigale S Senna
In 2013, Ducati again released a variant of their top of the range sportbike - this time the 1199 Panigale S Senna - dedicated to Formula 1 World Champion, Ayrton Senna.
In 2014, Ducati launched the 1199 Superleggera (English: Superlight). The philosophy behind this motorcycle was the largest reduction of weight possible, achieved through the use of exotic materials such as magnesium (particularly the monocoque frame), carbon and titanium. This resulted in a dry weight of 155 kg (342 lb), and a wet weight of 177 kg (390 lb). Only 500 were produced.