Inside the Ducati factory: Building the 1199 Panigale from the ground up

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Inside the Ducati factory: the 1199 Panigale from the up

Panigale batch hits the assembly area.

The Ducati is a must-see petrolhead destination in motor valley alongside the Maserati and Lamborghini factories in Panigale.

We’re here to out the production of the 1199 Panigale from start to finish, as as learn about some of the Ducati has used to vastly its efficiency, output and reliability.

Our today, Livio Lodi, has in the Ducati Factory for more 26 years, in several different – which makes him wonderfully to be the brand’s official historian and of the Ducati museum on site.

The can produce from 60 to a maximum of 300 per day. It’s depending on the – when it’s raining or nobody wants to ride a Also remember we export 90 of the total amount of motorcycles we

Last year we produced motorcycles.

We produce three kinds of engine and six different families for our motorcycles, with production lines for the engines, and production lines for the motorcycles. The of Ducati is made using the production system, or ‘just in We have outsourced a number of we used to do in the past, like molding, painting, and some pre-assembled parts.

We can tell you we estimate that we outsource 90 of the painting that we make for the But for us, it’s not relevant painting the or the fairing here.

We start in the area of the factory, a new addition Ducati radically overhauled its philosophy in 1997. Individual each have their own area where manufacturing are loaded up with exactly the parts for each step of the process. If there’s a bolt in the tray when a worker has at his station, something has gone

We have in this factory workers, including the people work for the subsidiaries. There are 200 in this factory that are in the racing department.

The production for in time is made with two for the engine. First, we build the body of the engine, and then we the assembly on the main production with boxes that in kind of a scale kit model, all the that we need for an engine – it matter if it’s an engine for a or a Monster 2-valve engine, or a Multistrada or Diavel.

With new style of just-in-time production, we been able to reduce 85 percent of the defects in the final and we needed to do that – you know many years ago the reliability of was not so good. We decided to start operation together with in 1997. Porsche engineers to us here and explained the way to set up the production in a philosophy which they got Toyota originally.

We work a Japanese theory – Kaizen, German efficiency from and with Italian fantasy. It like the axis during War 2 but not so morbid.

You have to remember when I was first hired, the could only produce a of 20 motorcycles a day, and reliability was not Also delivery time – if a ordered a Monster, for example, time might be up to nine after the order was placed. Now in 40, 50 days the bike is delivered.

is a good step forward for our which is 150 times smaller Honda.

As we move through the engine area, we watch as red-shirted take turns building the up from scratch. Computer guide the process each of the way, telling each what to grab next their assembly tray, how to fit it, and torque the bolts need to be to.

The red t-shirt that the people who here wear – it’s not a to us. For us it’s a matter of pride, you what I mean? This is the why Ducati should be compared kind of a two-wheeled Ferrari. But a big difference – how many Ferrari can afford to buy a Ferrari?

If you like you can easily buy the cheapest Monster and you are of the family too.

The average for production of one engine is 70 minutes completion. After the assembly, we the test of the engine. We take the and we make a cold test petrol.

All we are doing here is all the engines we make day by day. The test is made just some oil inside the engine. that we don’t use gasoline, we the engine to an electric motor makes the movement of the pistons, the and the rocker.

The engine runs for minutes at 3000 revs per and during the test there are on the engine that monitor the of the engine with a computer. test is made for verifying two things: first the compression of the oil in the and in the main body, and second, the quality of the assembly. We are human, all; we can make mistakes. If the approves the engine, we send it to the production line for the motorcycle.

In the that the engine fails the test, we dismantle it and reassemble it passes again.

We move through to the second of major production areas engines are first put into frames. But since we’re at the 1199 Panigale in production, it quite work that

This is the production of the Panigale. we start to fit the frame together the radiators and exhausts. For the Panigale, big step forward is the frame. It exist anymore, we have airbox of an aluminum cast that is a derivation from the fiber frame that we in 2009 on the MotoGP series.

is a huge step forward for us.

Our is strictly predicated in the racing Since the 50s when Fabio the most famous chief developed the first racing we always shared the technology we gave the racing bike the production bike. And why this? you know motorcycle riders are They wish to be like favorite hero.

How many have bought a Ducati because they saw Troy or Casey Stoner won with

We then move through to the assembly line, where are fitted with basically else but their fairings.

The for assembling the motorcycles is equal for the engine. We have boxes contain in this case the smallest parts of the motorcycle. The sized parts like the or the handlebars or the swingarm are located the line so the workers have to do but pick up all the parts to complete one

The average time for completing one is around 90 minutes per each Is average. For a Monster it could be than 90 minutes, for the Panigale be a little bit more.

These are going to Australia. You know how you can them? From the extra on the back. I know that Australian customers used to it, but this is illegal.

When the C.E.O. of Audi here last year, he ‘we are not changing Ducati. will stay here in We are not pretending to change your way you produce motorcycles. It is us that learn, how can you be so accurate and perfect in so many things in such a space as a motorcycle is, compared a car.’

It’s a pity the fairing that you cannot see is underneath. I think some like books, they buy a because it has a nice cover. the makeup is not enough to make enjoyable. I’d rather see a without the fairing.

It looks an X-Ray model. Try to imagine how is the human body from Remove the skin, remove the That means it’s alive, not just a piece of

Once the bikes are assembled without their fairings, time for the dyno test. the rear wheel is fixed, and the wheel is manipulated to test the speed sensor and ABS components. the bike is moved forward and the wheel is fixed, so the rear speed sensor and traction electronics can be verified.

And then, the is fired up – a bike that was pieces in a box a couple of hours ago now to life and its full 200 horsepower are on the dyno in repeated power

You might choose to run your in gently, babying it like the says, but I can verify that man has given it an absolute gumboot and taken it to redline several before it even went in the Next, dyno complete, off to in-house emissions testing.

When the test is over, the come here and they to check the emission from the and verifying the injector system. controls must be done in all the because there is different for different countries. Rules are strict in the US than in other

Also like in Australia the mudguard you must put on the back. if you don’t put on these things, you are not to sell the bikes in these

So when bikes have verified and approved, we send the straight into this where there are yellow that we put two bikes in each one and we the bike to the final delivery are located in a big warehouse 5 km from the In that place we complete the with the fairings, with books, with toolbox, the battery.

If the order comes Italy or Europe, we need days for delivery to the customer. If the comes from far Europe, or the United States, from days because bikes are by sea. This is still a big because I remember when we the first Monster and the first 916 in and 1994, the average time of was around 9 months to one year. you received the bike, we had already producing the new model for the next

People were very by this.

In order to compete companies like Honda and you need to give a product could be perfect. But perfection is not of world, thank God. Japanese bikes might defects. But we could not afford to a bike that costs than a Japanese bike could be full of defects. Now can perhaps understand why Ducatis so much, because the cost of in Italy is higher than in countries.

But for our customers, who have loved motorcycles since the 50s, 70s, they could not a Ducati that is not made in Italy.

We show the factory and the to everybody. We don’t care kind of motorcycle you have. If you a Ducati here, you can leave bike inside the gates the parking.

If you don’t ride a you can leave outside the entrance. is the logical thing. But we don’t motorcycle racism. We show to Japanese, like Japanese respect for us.

Because we share the passion. We know that a motorcycle could be enjoyable but also dangerous. The respect motorcycle riders have themselves is also made of thing.

And with that out the front gate, where a Suzuki SV1000 is parked, and a defiant neighbor flies a #46 as a constant reminder that for all racing success, it still managed to put together a championship Italy’s greatest rider, Rossi.

Thanks to Livio Silvia Salvatore, David Brendan Murphy and Cheng There are many more in the gallery to check out, get in and a much more detailed

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