Ducati Panigale: Hollywood unveiling

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We’ve covered the Ducati 1199 Panigale extensively. From engine analysis, to how it stacks up against the competition, to the sound, now that we’ve seen the Panigale in person, it’s obvious that the Panigale is the return to form we’ve all been waiting for. As you can tell with Nicky Hayden standing next to the 1199, the thing is absolutely tiny. We’re talking Aprilia RS250 tiny. Even better, and only apparent in viewing the bike in the round is that there’s absolutely no such thing as a bad angle to be found. Yeah, there were half naked models walking around and the free Peroni was great, but everyone, even the nonbelievers, only had eyes for the bike. Welcome back, Ducati.

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As a bonus, here’s an in-depth video look at the bike courtesy of Troy Bayliss and project director Ernesto Marinelli.

  • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

    ay caramba! Its beautiful, for sure.

    • http://rider49er.blogspot.com Mark D

      Also: free Peroni and models and fast motorcycles are awesome, but holy shit that event just looks plain awful. Its like some kind of cheesy I-banker’s wet dream.

  • Michael

    It looks like it was a mixed crowd. What cell phone model did you use to take the photos?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Ha, those photos are all from Ducati. We were too busy boozing.

      • http://www.bikeexif.com Chris Hunter


      • Gene

        So who are the 4 amigos, and the 3 amigos, and the other 3 amigos? They’re standing there like we’re supposed to recognize them?

        Edit: and why did this end up as a reply instead of a new comment? [shrug]

    • 85gripen

      I was thinking the same thing. The picture quality is awful. I love how it’s a semi-formal affair and Nicky shows up looking like he thought it was the X-Games after mugging Brian Johnson for his hat.

  • Coreyvwc

    RS250 size seems like a bit of a stretch. I’m smaller than Nicky and that bike still looks pretty large next to him. An RS250 with a superbike engine is my dream machine, it’s not nice to tease…haha.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Not a proper GP RS250 racer, but the ones they sold for the street as well as the Challenge version, which is what I used to have. Or think of it being similar in scale to Terblanche’s SuperMono. The Panigale may be wider in the knees, but the thing is strikingly petite. We couldn’t stop staring.

      We’re not teasing, so you should probably start saving now.

      • oldnick

        I think you mean dieting. At least for me.

    • Campisi

      An RS250 with a superbike engine is my dream machine…

      I’d love a superbike whose engine just happens to displace 250 cubic centimeters.

      • http://pinkyracer.com pinkyracer

        I’ve got one for sale. perfectly good Aprilia RS250 cup challenge bike. Street legal in NC. I’m saving for a superbike with 100kw.

  • Taco

    What happened to Nicky Hayden’s wrist?

    • Shalev

      He broke it at Turn 1 in Valencia a couple of weekends ago.

    • Sauciér

      He got surgery to help speed up a scaphoid injury he sustained at the Valencia GP.

    • runrun

      Nicky Hayden? That’s Brian Johnson of AC/DC, miniaturized.

      • 85gripen

        Damn, I should have read more comments before my reply above.

  • nick2ny

    Is that a three-spoke rear wheel? Ick if so.

    • Coreyvwc

      9 spokes arranged in 3′s

      • nick2ny

        That counts as three spokes to me. I guess they have to upgrade from the beautiful wheels they have been using.

        • Sean Smith

          If it’s any better, you can look at it as a reference to the three spoke wheels that came on the 916. They’re like a skeleton of those that have also had the 90′s filtered out.

  • Shalev

    I’m still not a fan of the pointy tail, but I’d probably change my mind if I saw it in person.

    • Sean Smith

      Just wait, it’s amazing.

  • NoVeloNoVin

    “Welcome back, Ducati.” Amen.

  • Steve

    Meh. The newest Italian two-wheeled status symbol, created for people with more money than brains. Like a high-maintenace broad- 2% fun, 98% bullsh*t. Color me unimpressed, again.

    • nick2ny

      Do you at least like the Hypermotard?

    • DoctorNine

      I guess you could always just buy a used Hyundai.
      I mean, they both can get you to work at WalMart, right?

      • BMW11GS

        solid gold!

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    Oh stop it, you’re making me excited!

  • cookinginpawleys

    It just reminds me a lot of the Kawasaki ZX636R. Not that that’s a bad thing, though. It was one of the best looking sport bikes of the last decade. Maybe I;’m the only one who sees it. It’s early, I should have some coffee and look at it again.;)

    • T Diver

      Indeed. The front at least.

  • raphmay

    Is that a Jonas brother in the last shot….?

  • Johndo

    Wow it sounds awesome! lol!

  • http://themotolady.com MotoLady


  • Rick

    When does Giuseppe Q Pubblico get his first up close and personal look at this thing? The Long Beach Motorcycle Show in two weeks?

  • Christoph

    I sat on the paingale last saturday.
    It has hugely improved ergonomics.
    If I dare to comapare, it feels more like a Daytona 675, with wider angled and wider bars…I would guefeeels similiar to 1098…actually the footpegs and quality of the footrest linkages and footrest surfaces are disappointing…..all else…not…yes, maybe the exhaust finish will promote aftermarket ones…as usual..I wonder how much that exhaust will heat up engine and rider in street use.