Ducati’s 1199 Panigale… a bike of many firsts

Ducati needs no introduction. The moto manufacturer from Bologna is regarded as the Ferrari of bikes with its own die-hard cult following. So it’s pretty big news with the introduction of the 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale, successor to the Ducati 1198, especially because it’s such an innovative machine. More on that later.

Not only is the 1199 Panigale lighter and more powerful than the its predecessor, by almost 10kg and 20hp respectively, it’s the lightest and most powerful production superbike out there.

The bike is powered by the 195hp, 98lb-ft of torque, v-twin Superquadro motor. Considering how light it is, the new Ducati will have you clinging for dear life at full throttle.

The innovation that has me going googoo-gaga is the monocoque chassis, frameless design. More firsts include the first electronically adjusted suspension on a sport bike, the first full-LED headlight unit on a motorcycle, the first engine braking control system, and the first GPS-assisted data acquisition system used on a production motorcycle.

Ducati is really making a statement with this one. Good luck to the competition!

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5 Comments on “Ducati’s 1199 Panigale… a bike of many firsts”

  1. Mathai Says:

    Awesome! I love it when they cram all that technology into a bike. Makes me feel like its Street Hawk lol!

  2. Kuwaity Says:

    Ducati really went forward on this bike, I just wish that MV Agusta put the same tech in their F4.

    On the other hand, Ducati should first ask Arabic-speaking people before they name it, Because whatever it is, it will be the Bangalee who steal the manholes covers and sell homemade alcohol 😀

  3. el wehbi Says:

    @Mathai: “Street Hawk” loooool

    @Kuwaity: Ducati have totally upped the game right now! I can’t wait to see how MV Agusta, Aprilla and BMW respond 🙂

  4. El Jockey Says:

    Wow, what a bike


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