Ducati’s flagship 1199 Panigale: the full story

25 Мар 2015 | Author: | Комментарии к записи Ducati’s flagship 1199 Panigale: the full story отключены
Ducati 60

Ducati’s flagship 1199 the full story

A formula one at 640 kg (1,411 lbs) and about 800 has a power-to-weight ratio around horsepower per kilogram (2.2 The new 1199 Panigale, with 195 and 164 kg (361.5 lbs), has a ratio of horsepower per kilogram.

Granted, figure changes significantly if you add my badonkadonk and a full tank to the but regardless, this roaring beast is not only the new power-to-weight of the production motorcycle world, a ground-up reinvention of the Ducati that has reportedly been in since the venerable 1098 hit showroom floors in 2007. without factory support, the won this year’s World championship. and absolutely everything the Panigale looks significantly including Troy Bayliss’ lap Let’s take a closer at what is easily the most supersports bike of 2012.

A launch

Ducati hasn’t had the best lead-up to the Panigale’s — the pressure’s really on. The company dropped factory for its World Superbike team year to focus on its MotoGP having signed the highest-wattage in the motorcycle universe, Valentino

Of course, things haven’t to plan. While Carlos romped to WSBK championship aboard the Althea Racing 1198, Rossi has very struggled to get his head around the GP11. Rossi’s miserable 7th championship finish in 2011 was a on an otherwise near perfect — his previous worst being two third places in and 2010.

Everything else has championships and a few second places all the way to 1997.

It was the worst advertising could have hoped for with the man many believe to be the greatest racer on board, the wasn’t the rider — it was the And specifically, it was the carbon-fiber monocoque

At extreme lean angles, a suspension system becomes or less useless. At an elbow-dragging 60 a fork or shock’s plane of is so far from vertical that just not effective at soaking up bumps to keep a tire to the ground.

This is where frame comes in — most bikes have an aluminum or double wishbone frame allows a certain degree of flex. At full lean, the can twist to help it deal bumps. But the Ducati GP11 was a beast.

In search of an edge in weight distribution and chassis Ducati ran with a monocoque that more or less did with the frame altogether. The connected to the front engine via a small carbon fiber and the swingarm and seat unit off the back of the engine, too. fiber’s incredibly light strength and almost limitless tuning ability were to deliver big results.

Great in but in reality the carbon-framed Ducatis more or less unrideable to but Australia’s Casey Stoner. Stoner’s garage, the carbon-framed became a graveyard of champions, or less ending the GP career of Melandri, relegating ex-champ Hayden to the back of the pack, and stumping Rossi to the point it looks like Ducati is to try redesigning the Desmosedici around an frame just to give its big a chance in 2012. Here’s a more in-depth look at the and its carbon frame. if you’re

Why is this relevant? Because had bigger plans for the monocoque chassis design. Plans start with the 1199 that has just debuted at

That’s right: Ducati’s new consumer sportsbike is going to with an aluminum version of the frame that made Rossi look like he ride.

You couldn’t script a marketing coup — has certainly cost the factory to hire, and Ducati has thrown the sink at the GP11 and 11.1 to spend their way to the pointy end of the but instead of a cupboard full of they’re left with a and a frame concept that’s unrideable, and no doubt a great of regret that they hang on to Stoner while had the chance.

So, with this bit of history in as well as the runaway success of the model — the 1198 let’s examine the new 1199 and see if it can rise above such a birth.

Ducati 1199 — Superquadrata engine

The new (named for the western quarter of where the Ducati factory is may be impressive to look at, but its spec is where the pulse really racing.

For starters, 195 horsepower is an impressive number for a high-revving bike, let alone the big fat pistons of a The Superquadro engine hits huge figure at just rpm, where by comparison the BMW is spinning at a crazy 14,200 rpm to its peak of 193 horses.

The 1199’s output is a stunning 25 ponies than the magnificent Ducati it replaces. That’s a huge

They’ve done it by pretty redefining the concept of oversquare (or in Italian) with a massive bore of 112 mm and an ultra-short … of mm. A shorter … means revving, and the larger bore significantly larger diameter in the cylinder head. There has almost no torque penalty the reduced …; the Panigale out 98.1 lb-ft of torque, 1 lb-ft less than the

The higher redline of the 1199 makes Ducati’s famous desmodromic valve actuation important than ever it opens and closes the valves precisely through mechanical instead of waiting for springs to the closure.

Ducati wasn’t to take the reliability risk of a cam belt to run the desmo system, so the Panigale runs a cam chain and setup like the Desmosedici GP complete with +/- calibration on the intake and outlet camshafts to precise adjustment.

One major change to the engine is the lack of the underseat exhausts that graced every Ducati since the famous 916. The exhaust is almost integrated the fairings, exiting just in of the rear wheel and looking about as if there’s no pipe at if it wasn’t for the rear cylinder’s tubing winding around the shock unit. No doubt heavy in stock form, but the system looks fantastic.

The much-maligned monocoque chassis

The Ducati L-Twin engine is looking more like a than ever before; the are still 90 degrees apart, but the L has been tilted back a 6 degrees, so it’s now 21 degrees horizontal.

That has allowed the engine to move 32 mm forward in the — which reaps in rear wheel suspension as you can extend the swingarm — but it puts the front cylinder nice and close to the headstock. The aluminum monocoque frame joins the headstock to the front head, and then back to the cylinder head in a triangle

The swingarm pivot point off the crankcase and rear cylinder, the engine a fully stressed in the frame. It’s a rare and progressive chassis configuration closer to the remarkable Britten than to any sportsbike on the market.

out some technical drawings how the Ducati 1199 Panigale attaches to the engine.

The new engine helps to keep weight the front wheel to improve but it also shortens the bike a rider’s perspective, with 3 cm (1.18 in) shorter reach to the The swingarm has been extended by 4 cm (1.57 in), to the point the 1199 Panigale will run a 7.6 mm longer wheelbase than the despite the fact that the of the bike is much more

The elimination of a traditional trellis has helped Ducati shave a 10 kg (22 lbs) off the total weight of the — and its predecessor was already the bike in its category. Fully with 17 liters (4.5 US of premium and ready to roll, the claimed weight is just 188 kg lbs). The BMW S1000RR, by comparison, in at 204 kg (450 lbs) wet, and the CBR600RR supersports bike 187 kg (412 lbs).


Panigale Electronics

been banging on about dashes for some time the dash from the 1098/1198 and now the is absolutely fantastic, having developed from the dash on the Desmosedici GP bikes. It’s the best dash on the market in my for some years now — but gone straight out the window on the which pushes the concept of a dash forward by a long

The new dash is a full color, resolution TFT display. It’s toward computer screen which seems appropriate the abundance of electronics this packs in. Check out a video of the for more information.

Ducati 60

Sports ABS and The Traction Control (DTS) are just the beginning here through the dash you can also adjust your suspension (presumably only on S models) via the Electronic Suspension (DES) as well as your Ducati Shift (DQS) setup, your engine mapping and output characteristics, and even the amount of engine braking on a throttle with Engine Control (EBC). The engine system makes use of the Panigale’s motorized throttle system to a little air into the throttle under deceleration, reducing braking and effectively making the feel even more a freewheeling race bike on entry. Oh, and that’s in addition to the clutch fitted to the brand new

All these settings are manageable or you can trust the Ducati engineers by with one of three preset modes — Race, and Wet. As usual, the key metric is the power curve — in Wet you get 120 horsepower and a gentle throttle in Sport mode you get the full 195 but with a softish throttle and race mode goes all out full power on a hair quarter turn throttle.

information about this of electronica will emerge as goes by, but with an unrivaled of electronic adjustment opportunities, the goes straight to the head of the as the most electronically advanced on the planet. for now!

Braking and Suspension

The Panigale use of the very latest Brembo monobloc radial brakes, 320 mm discs at the front. With a fork spacing than the discs get more airflow ever before to keep cool under extreme at the racetrack.

ABS will be a welcome to the 1199 — while road gear is generally progressive, it’s also powerful. One ham-fisted panic on cold tires can easily up the front wheel — or you over the handlebars if the tire is up to

ABS appears to be standard on all 1199 models — and while all we about it is that it is a brand new ABS system, it’s likely to some sort of stoppie system as well as simple of wheel lockups. Whether a full fledged race-ready like the one on the BMW S1000RR is yet to be seen, but way you’re able to turn it off and it at will.

The rear wheel has a brake too. but this is a folks. Who needs it?

As for suspension, the S and S models will wear the latest electronically adjustable from Ohlins, where the model will make do the typical Marzocchi 50 mm fork and rear shock setup.

The new geometry and thick single-sided necessitate an odd-looking shock at an angle slightly past It may look strange, bit it’s going to be easier to adjust some more vertical placements.

That slightly shock position gives a action on the rear shock handy for the road. But if you want a and more linear shock for racetrack riding, you can quickly a couple of bolts on the shock to reposition it. It’ll be interesting to see how that changes the suspension

Cornering and Handling

Reduced extended swingarm, underslung and all the electrickery in Christendom combine to the Panigale a cornering beast but this is aided by the new, front-heavy geometry, the riding and a wider set of handlebars to give leverage on changes of direction.

Any fear that the monocoque might make it unrideable at angles were dispelled by a tweet from Ducati’s retired SBK champion and now test Troy Bayliss, who took the to Mugello and immediately went a second faster on it than any he’s ever ridden That was in superbike spec and as Bayliss put it, in street form, will come close.

the looks of things, folks, the Panigale seems like a bet to smash the superbike class in the same way the BMW S1000RR did on its release a of years ago. It’s so much weight, gained so power, and packed in so many new innovations that it simply unrivaled in the class — I it’s got the horsepower to destroy of its inline 4 competition at the racetrack, but with a lethal v-twin assault and some 15 kilos (33 less weight.

Power to is sky high, the onboard electronics are as as they get on any motorcycle anywhere, and in development models it’s proving itself on the racetrack. few years, a motorcycle totally the sportsbike market. The 1992 CBR900RR Fireblade.

The 1998 YZF-R1. The 2005 Suzuki The 2009 BMW S1000RR. Now, it like it’s Ducati’s The king is …. Long the king.

Take a look our staggering image gallery, no less than 96 different of the new bike.

Interesting articles

Tagged as:

Other articles of the category "Ducati":

Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts


Born in the USSR


About this site

For all questions about advertising, please contact listed on the site.

Motorcycles catalog with specifications, pictures, ratings, reviews and discusssions about Motorcycles.