Ducati 1199 spied on the road

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This is the first photo of the Ducati 1199 shot on the road. What’s new here is that we’ve now got a good idea what the exhaust will look like and are seeing parts like the hugger, license plate bracket and turn signals for the first time. Previous spy photos of new Ducatis like the Diavel and Multistrada 1200 were snapped with a very small test rider, who appears to be riding here as well.

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  • Andrew

    Exhaust a-la KTM RC8R, I like! Is it pixelation or is the lower front fairing “ribbed”?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Think of it more like a thousand Post-It notes being used as camo.

    • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

      Likely they have the same ghille-camo as other spy shots, just painted to match. Still a damned fine looking bike.

      • Andrew

        Ah yes, I didn’t think about that.

  • super20

    That would be exhaust ala Buell, actually.

    • MotoRandom

      Exactly. 15 years ago when the 916 was setting the standard for underseat exhaust, Erik was telling us the best place to put it was under the bike. Look who is finally catching on.

  • JonB

    Wow it look tiny in contrast to the rear wheel.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Oh, its made out of Legos. Fancy.

    • http://cynic13th.livejournal.com/ cynic

      Best looking Lego set ever!

  • Myles

    Holy Shit, they’re making red motorcycles now.

  • aristurtle

    I think this is the first photo (well, the first I’ve seen anyway) that shows the single-sided swingarm from the empty side. It looks really good.

    It’s going to need some kind of undertail setup for those lights and plate, though. Seriously, why does every sportbike manage to screw up the back fender so badly?

    • CCarey

      Different laws in different countries mean the tails and turn signal/plate brackets will almost always be an afterthought from any major manufacturer. it’s cost effective and easy.

  • zipp4

    Does the angle deceive me or is that a 200 rear tire?

    • Sean Smith

      Good luck trying to tell the difference without having a bunch of tires stacked up next to each other. I’ve used 180s, 190s, 195s and 200s. They’re all close enough in size that you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between a 190 and a 200, and it’s basically impossible to tell the difference between a 195 and a 200.

      • zipp4

        I’d say that the difference between a 180 and 190 is definitely visible, at least to me. Can’t say I’ve seen too many with a 200 though.

  • Dan
  • Bill

    I’m going to miss the steel trellis frame, even if it is an anachronism. And is hopelessly out of date.

  • Dan

    Look like traditional forks – no semi-active ohlins widgetry up front. Maybe that’s reserved for the ‘S’ model in a year?

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    Face looks nice (except for those leds):

    • 1

      Agreed, LEDs are way too bollywood.

  • 1

    The 1098 /1198 was and is, too pretty, and too gorgeous. Plus the tail section is a blatant rip off from the F4.

    Glad to see them push the aesthetics of this one.

    Should have a double sided swing arm, like legit sports bikes do.

    • zipp4

      Agreed. But then the ducatisiti would get there panties in a wad and nobody would buy it. I.e. 999/749

  • Bill

    Considering that the old style underseat exhuast didn’t crash well and was expensive to replace/fix. This exhuast looks to be impervious to crash damage for all the trackday bike riders.

  • dux

    Looks super-uncomfortable. But who cares?

  • Chris

    The tail looks like a copy of (with a minor revision) of the RSV4.