Ducati 1199 Panigale stripped naked

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These exclusive hi-res naked renders of the Ducati 1199 Panigale show details no one has seen yet. With bodywork removed, you can see just how radically different the 1199 is from any other road-going motorcycle. The whole bike is built to be as lean as possible, but been reduced to its bare essentials: steering head, swingarm support and subframe.

Looking at the front of the bike, it’s obvious that there are two intakes rather than a single in the center, but until you see it with bodywork removed, it’s impossible to tell how different the 1199′s frame is from the GP designs that inspired it. That MotoGP frame is wider to accommodate a V4 and breathes through the steering head. Contrast that with a narrow frame that has a closed off steering head and a top breathing air box on the road bike. These two designs are different enough that it’s safe to say the front end problems affecting the GP bike will not carry over to the 1199 just because they both utilize monocoque chassis design. They’re simply completely different motorcycles.

Though Ducati have yet to release any images of the 1199 with pillion pegs installed, the only possible place to mount them is on the subframe, just ahead of the rear axle. With bodywork on the bike, they’ll come out on either side of the plate/turn signal assembly.

The new under engine pipes are actually more similar to the old undertail pipes than you might guess. Just like always, two equal-length headers briefly meet before splitting off into two mufflers. The only difference now is that the mufflers are under the motor and have an oil sump between them. Viewed from the rear, you can see a header making a large loop under the tail and on each side, there’s a symmetrical muffler.

For the last two decades, sportsbikes have traditionally had a large main frame that supports the motor, swingarm and steering head and a bolt-on subframe to prop up the rider and the tail. The 1199 does away with that in favor of four smaller structural pieces. They consist of an airbox/steering head that mounts to the cylinders, subframe that mounts to the rear cylinder, and two outriggers that support the swingarm, foot-pegs, shock linkage and kick stand. I wonder if they could be reproduced in carbon fiber to save weight and lose the kick-stand mount for racing…

  • smoke4ndmears

    Also, the lack of crazy stiff MotoGP tires should do plenty to assuage any front end concerns!

    What a fantastic way to say goodbye to the trellis and hello to the future. Gorgeous chassis!

  • todd

    It’s like an engine with some bits to get it rollin down the road and a spot for a pilot….. Awesome work Ducati

    • Chris

      Thats the best way to describe it. This new chassis looks awesome. Way more bike then I’ll ever need, but I can’t wait to see it in person.

    • zipp4

      Exactly as it should be!

      P.S. where does the gas go in this thing?

      • Sean Smith

        Sits up top in what’s probably the most complexly shaped aluminum gas tank ever built.

  • tomwito

    I bet carbon pieces are already on the race bike,they probably are already testing the WSBK version. Im such a sucker for performance engineering when it looks this good, thats just gravy.


    “it’s safe to say the front end problems affecting the GP bike will not carry over to the 1199″

    I was going to say ‘who would notice’, but I suppose the SBK racers would. But the street model? lol.

  • The other Joe

    Can you imagine how long it would take to do a valve job on this thing? you’d have to tear apart half of the bike!

    • Sean Smith

      lol, have you ever worked on any other streetbikes? Nothing new here. Most guys I know yank the motor for valve adjustments.

      • The other Joe

        Most of the bikes I’ve owned were from the 70′s, I’ve pulled engines, but not just for valves.

        But anyway, what I was referring to is the fact that with no frame, you’re not just pulling the engine, you’re splitting the whole bike in half! Then there’s the fun of adjusting a desmo valve train, but after splitting a whole bike I suppose that would seem simple in comparison.

        • Sean Smith

          It’s actually not any different than the last generation bikes. The swingarm mounted to the motor, which also had to be pulled. Again, splitting the bike in half. This kind of design is why bikes today are so much better than they were in the 70′s.

    • todd

      Just to check/adj the valves in a BUELL 1125R you need to rotate the engine out of the frame… way easier to just remove the frame. Major surgery but you sure get to know your bike

  • dux

    Sounds like it’ll be an easy bike to rebuild after crashing it!

  • zelman

    GRRR- I need this bike!! Thanks HFL, exactly what I’ve been looking for… Ultimate sexy right there for a naked bike; basically riding the engine only. I thought the NCR M4 took it but damn…

    Question now: Do I get started myself or will Ducati bring this set up to a Streetfighter in the near future?

  • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru

    Don’t mean to cross pollinate, but there’s few shots of it here with the pillion pegs and labia destroyer.


    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Oh man, I would NOT ride pillion on that.

      • Sean Smith

        +1 The 1199 shall hereafter be known as the Labia Destroyer.

        • jp182

          +1 on that as well. Labia Destroyer indeed. At first I thought you guys were exaggerating and I apologize.

        • The other Joe

          1199 Labias destroyed in R&D.

          • http://bloodfalcons.blogspot.com motoguru


  • zipp4

    Thank you for posting these! Very cool.

  • http://elricoshow.com/ Rico Michel

    Outrageous engineering beauty… the legend lives on!