This past weekend the annual bike show was here, and being a HUGE sportbike lover, I had to go check out it out. Specifically I had to go see the bike I am most excited about for 2012, the brand new Ducati 1199 Panigale. SUCH AN INCREDIBLE BIKE –I am saving up for mine! But of course, mine won’t be red, it will be HOT PINK, just like my Kawasaki Ninja 🙂
Ducati eliminated the traditional Ducati trellis-style frame and the 1199 has a new monocoque chassis which reduces parts, shaves weight and is designed to make the claimed dry weight of 361.5 pounds AND 195 hp totally manageable to ride. Ducati’s new 2012 Panigale superbike is said to be the new benchmark in production motorcycle power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios. It is the most sophisticated production Ducati superbike to date! Its list of high-end electronic rider aids includes the Ducati Riding Mode which oversees functions of the ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DCT), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC), and Ride-by-Wire throttle system.
“Without doubt, this has been the most ambitious project in Ducati’s history and underlines our engineering excellence and ‘product emotion,’ an aspect of our brand which, in such a competitive market place, has become more important than ever. This motorcycle represents pure Italian style, the reference point for performance and a safety-enhanced, confidence-inspiring experience for our customers on road and track,” said Ducati President Gabriele Del Torchio about the motorcycle’s launch.