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Ducati 1199 Panigale: Most Powerful (And Electronic) New Superbike

by dan coe

Thursday, 07, 2012

Having recently Suzuki’s latest GSX-R, YZF-R1 and even Kawasaki’s last year, it’s how well the latest liter are performing these days. so, of the models Soup’s been to test, and (as Soup suspects) the we haven’t, each continue an almost identical development all built to, or within a price Their respective manufactures refine or, otherwise, improve existing platforms.

But, in all cases, honestly, little than mechanical continuations of the ongoing design are the rule. with the exception of traction making a welcomed appearance on year’s R1 and Yamaha joining Kawasaki, BMW, Aprilia and MV the fitment of ever-advancing electronic yes, the level of improvement however, the investment level for not so much.

In other words, for the part, today’s innovation for new remains virtually status It also seems that, at from a financial perspective, a retooling for the major four would be a risky endeavor days, at best, and an option few entertain.

From the outside in, it’s hard to say if Ducati’s different approach to building new motorcycles is the result of one person’s or that of collective engineering working in unison to create Panigale motorcycles of the future, Soup suspects that, at with key new motorcycles like the it was exactly this approach. new Panigale, in concept and results, was by the company’s managing director Domenicali.

And it seems with Mr. D, an approach of walking softly and a big stick has its merit and may work for a candid dinner conversation with the 1199’s chassis leader Cristian Gasparri some familiar insight the concept, its origins and the developmental all results coming by way of one sharply spear and its prodding.

Exiting Yas T1 and to keep shifting, our S-model with Ducati Performance exhaust power-up chip, upper fairing sans and Pirelli SC2-compound Supercorsas. only these add-on’s and a 205hp, the all-new 1199 is a ride! Note: sound in the above was aboard this bike.

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Soup’s posh 1199 welcoming dinner began we randomly picked a chair-one of a fancy restaurant within the Yas hotel. Any socialite can tell you the of a night’s dinner is as much on who sits next to you, as the itself. Before long, our table filled and sitting to our left was a tall man dressed in factory garb. The gentleman’s was Cristian. We had never met before and a handshake Mr.

Gasparri introduced to us as the project leader for the 1199’s We were pleased to be seated such a dignitary and, as the and multiple courses passed, we discussed the bike and its new design.

But, because the tech was scheduled for the following day, we not to pry regarding hard details, asking about the new bike’s It was upon hearing one particular that immediately brought a smile, as the story over had a very familiar ring Ducati’s past. It seems in the 1199’s earliest stages, picked two engineers for the important new

The engine’s project leader be assigned to Marco Sairv, and the to our distinguished dining company, Gasparri. The creative pair’s assignment would be to review the 1198 and starting over a clean sheet of paper, was to submit a detailed estimation of improvements for both weight and increased horsepower outputs the coming project. Upon to Mr.

D’s office and presenting initial estimations, they may been shocked at the outcome.

Soup having attended the 1098 introduction at Kyalami with a slight knowledge of Mr. past approach, hearing story was more humorous surprising. A fly on the wall would heard, You must be joking, by, this is not good enough and the of crumpling paper.

Judging by the and hand gestures during our conversation, the following day, we come to find out that very short and pointed in Bologna was unbelievably productive.

Panigale, Panigale S, Panigale S

Ducati’s Milagro photographers spot-on. Our on-board photography was upside down. Aboard the Panigale — ground limitations will only be knee pucks.

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The Panigale S ($22,995) is a copy of the base model, the exception of a full Ohlins package now incorporating electronic adjustability, with its suspension-tuning made through a shared and Thin Film Transistor dash display. The S models do on lighter, forged, Marchesini and are equipped with full LED package, as well as a carbon front fender covering the Ti-Nitride-surfaced lowers and Pirelli tire.

Also, with the S comes a spare set of optional upper fairing winglets, the bodywork handy when a need to increase rider and improve high-speed aerodynamics. So, the exception of the S versions adding Electronic Ohlins Suspension and the (DES) E-selection function in the all three of the models come equipped with three modes for throttle response and power output, electronic Brake Control (EBC), traction Control (DTC), and Quick Shift (DQS).

The two models also share the of adding ABS with combined (CBS) and Ducati’s latest Analyzer (DDA+), a plug-and-play capability now with added GPS and greater versatility, thanks to compatibility. Both ABS/CBS and are standard equipment on the top-of-the-line

The Panigale S Tricolore ($27,995) has It’s where DES, DTC, EBC, ABS, DQS and DDA+ all come together to produce the lightest, most and electronically sophisticated two-cylinder that Ducati has ever Offered only in Italy’s livery, the Tri-S combines all of its other capabilities and options in stock trim, with the capability of a higher engine with a second exhaust, less restrictive with diameter tubing and non-catalyzed and accompanying retuned engine provided as part of the deal.

The Is In The Details

Lots going on Note the water passages the Nikasil lined aluminum Also in the foreground, the 1199’s shift drum.

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All-new slipper pistons 12.5:1 compression and receive construction with thicker and double-ribbed reinforcement under crowns, while still of RR58 alloy. The added material was necessary to cope the engine’s 11,000-rpm limit until we see the future’s R version, 1199 mates its pistons steel connecting rods.

The pistons designed have side and skirt areas for the possible friction and move all-aluminum, Nikasil-lined bores, the actually serving as wet liners 360ВЇ by a coolant bath for heat dissipation. The new mill has been designed with its directly contacting the crankcase for improved sealing, heat and better stability of bore

Still remaining a 90 degree Dr. T’s Desmodromic benchmark design remains, but the Superquadro now new function to its age-old valve A new decompression system positioned of each exhaust cam solely as a compression release, the ancillary arrangement affixed to each cam and engaging a centrifugal tick-over that opens both valves only during speeds generated by the starter.

By the newly engineered system, reduces engine compression at a much smaller starter and accompanying battery are now used, and are another 7.3 pounds, which was Mr. goal from the beginning.

At the end of its rotational spectrum, the 1199’s production valvetrain gains new and timing accuracy with the from the previous belts to a cam operation. The change extends adjustment intervals to 15,000 between services. Further to the Superquadro’s new performance and reliability, the top rocker arms receive a finish and relieve all voids could possibly sacrifice

The parts are then coated a low-friction carbon surface called Polymeric Like (PLC), a specialty treatment used in aerospace.

With all of the made above and an engine producing 195 horsepower or more, is now better supported below a new crankshaft that rotates greater rigidity thanks to crankshaft-journal diameters. Making journals possible is the adaptation of style lower-end bearings. The new also receive improved via oil routing through the main pillars.

The shell bearings replace the larger cross-section diameter bearings that previously more space. The reliability of the shell bearings has already proven within the previous RR.

Newly cast subframe is now a far structure without the need to a dual exhaust. It simply directly to the rear of Ducati’s new engine and is another example of pieces while consolidating and functions.

A view of the 1199’s cylinder’s secondary shower Throttle by wire now feeds huge 67mm throttle and each venturi is equipped an individual TPS. TPS is key for most of the electronic aids and advancements.

The enclosure around the intakes is the It houses the air cleaner, dual air and steering head, while mounting the magnesium front A larger 4.5 gallon and all-aluminum tank now seals the deal

Ducati Performance also an 1199 high-output exhaust, the system and accompanying tuning included along with the exhaust as standard equipment on the S Tricolore model. The optional features larger diameter stainless-steel header and midpipe (we suspect it is missing the exhaust and exhausts through lighter and far attractive non-catalyzed, titanium-shelled mufflers.

Adding to the attraction, of the free-breathing system matched the accompanying tuning chip for 10 additional horsepower and places the S Panigale at the top of its competitive class a claimed 205 horsepower. Following our brief and one riding session a kitted S version 1199 fit with the high-flow exhaust and chip, the difference in performance was everywhere, actually very and big enough to taste. Sweet, it

Studying this map the eve prior to had the same effect on us as a double espresso. Note the long run at the top only by a simple chicane FAST! Yas permits lots of max braking opportunities and a good mix of and fast bends.

A lack of prevent Yas Marina from on the FIM calendar.

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Another unique and now-tunable thanks to the addition of ride-by-wire is EBC (variable electronic engine control), the e-system adding to the list of rider-selectable aids. advanced, a rider can preselect any of active EBC levels, or off for the maximum of compression-related engine braking.

EBC activated, it adjusts the level of braking during throttle varying the engine’s back-torque upon its rear tire, influencing traction especially heavy braking forces. The inputs are all based upon throttle position, gear and the crankshaft’s current rate of and is unrelated to the ABS and CBS systems.

During testing, when EBS was in combination with Ducati’s new slipper clutch action and the new race-oriented ABS, the Panigale is stable even under the of braking applications. The combination was beneficial while coasting and corner entry, as well. We know if you’ll choose to your new 1199 into with the fluidity of today’s competitors but, if so, EBC will to be a very useful tool like we said, advanced!

Panigale model is also with the latest version of DTC, an eight-level traction which, like EBC, is before riding. With a the TFT instrumentation displays both the level of DTC and the system’s real-time while being applied, indicated by an ascending orange bar along the top of the dash. Ducati’s DTC functions use a combination of controlling that start with the ignition.

Next, if more control is necessary, fuel is reduced, eventually followed by cutting the fuel supply. for riders with the most of wrists—like Troy Bayliss, for always an off DTC position, as well.

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the base Panigale is missing is, the motorcycle’s most obvious new DES, a non-active electronic damping adjustment system fit to latest production suspension DES allows for front and rear tuning with damping made solely through the selection display mode.

by scrolling, then selecting boxes on the dash display, an stepper motor moves the adjuster atop either unit. The advantages of DES allow the to incrementally apply any combination of damping being displayed, or rear and include his or her preferred to any of the three fully programmable modes (Race, Sport, or

Once all preferred settings are into the Panigale’s dash, a need only select one of the modes, and all e-preferences are instantly and applied. Factory defaults base settings for each of the available modes always an option, as well.

Like The All New Is The Mantra For 1199’s Chassis And Gear

Lots going on too. Shown are the frame points on each cylinder Again an obvious theme of weight and combining the sum total of with fewer parts. this engine note the to cam chains instead of belts. The cam guides are parts of beauty, but we these only were pieces.

And short con rods eh? are OE.

Under the guidance of Andrea the project’s vehicle technical Gasparri’s 1199 frame life already targeted updated geometry and new balance over the 1198, specifically in the of wheelbase, trail, and weight-on-wheel placements.

Starting at the front, the received triple clamps six millimeters less offset, trail by three millimeters. wheelbase also lengthens, stability by moving to 1437mm, or a 7mm increase in wheelbase over the A closer study of the new chassis reveals more than at the end-resulting numbers here. The new is actually 39mm longer on the 1198 while, in overall the gain in wheelbase is only millimeters.

Lengthening the arm will lessen the torque effect on the rear while flattening the swingarm’s of … nets a similar A longer arm will also front weight, and this was compounded by moving the engine 32mm, then rotating it on axis 6ВЇ to regain frontal clearance, while still room aft for the offset rear and linkage.

The last bias was accomplished with the repositioning of the moving the seating position forward and shortening the reach to the The bars also move up by and out a total of 32mm (1.26) more leverage. Each of moves increase rider and transfers what is a partially mass forward in the process.

The has the 1199’s weight on wheels from last year’s ratio now to a more forward 52%-48% balance with aboard. Ducati also with us that last racing 1198 used the 52%-48% numbers here.

The tank from the Performance Ready for your custom and complete with keyless cap and cover. Nixing the paint another 200 grams.

Ducati counts grams, not beans!

to front, the radical departure the 1198’s trellis frame room for a fully cast monocoque chassis that directly to the engine via the front head. Serving multiple at the rear, the engine mounts the front shock mount, and diecast rear subframe, the steering head’s massive connects the magnesium front houses the fork’s head includes large dual-air for the airbox, mounts the air cleaner, and serves as the entire airbox open on top and sealed entirely by a new gas tank.

All told, the new frame 11 pounds over the 1198, the fuel tank now has a 4.5-gallon is formed from aluminum, and 6.3 pounds. Because it also as the top of the airbox, the floor of the fuel was also made stiffer a thicker cross-section material.

multi-part function, the magnesium front subframe mounts the headlights, and fairing. By connecting parts and supporting structures fewer pieces, Forni and his crew were able to large amounts of weight the rolling chassis. The Panigale enjoys unsprung weight from new wheels (both the or forged versions) and new Brembo M50 calipers that are 7% lighter yet rigid with a newly design and matched to dual floating Brembo discs are positioned with maximum for the best possible cooling.

View of the track as it exits under what is the very Bond like Viceroy The place is trick, while the is wide and most certainly

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The latest braking system is with a Bosch 9ME controlled option. Offered as standard on the S-Tricolore, this year, only an option for the two other Soup’s test Panigale S was so and if it’s any indication, for the first ever, we preferred having ABS on a dry track surface while

With the ABS, depending on the selected, the system uses front to rear braking force with anti-rear-wheel-lift in both the Wet and Sport selections. In the mode, rear CBS is not available, but the still has the option of using ABS, or electronically disabling the ABS function, again all selectable the TFT dash. One other e-highlight, of the two S Panigale models share LED lighting packages, while the base version is only LED-equipped.

New DES-controlled front and suspensions also join the list of electronic assists for the rider. The 1199’s latest components match a 43mm NIX 30 with electronic damping to a TTX 36 rear damper, also stepper-motor-controlled damping activation. the Ohlins packages on both S is a manual adjust steering damper.

And crude as it might both front and rear require tool-in-hand spring adjustments, still necessitating change.

Last, but not least, Panigale will roll the factory with Pirelli’s Diablo Supercorsa tires, built especially for the 1199. The Pirelli-spec rubber uses a modulus carcass construction and compounding, and each of these was applied in last year’s competition. Both front and offer larger contact areas with more and added grip.

Physically, the tire still remains a this fit on the current industry-standard 3.5 x 17 The rear tire increases the previous 190/55, now to a 200/55 for the Panigale and still mounts to a 6.0 x 17 However, the latest rear gains 24% more slick in its side shoulders and is bi-compounded, 23% softer compounding for increased from mid- to full-lean

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