The 1199, naked

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We’ve previously published CAD renders of what’s underneath the Ducati 1199’s fairings, but Ducati just released these studio photos of the bike, naked. Nothing new is revealed, but these high-res, wallpaper-ready images do emphasize just how compact the “frameless” design is; there’s virtually no free real estate anywhere in the 1199’s 56.6-inch wheelbase.

This is also a great illustration of that frameless configuration. The aluminum airbox bolts to the front and rear cylinders, connecting them to the forks while a minimalist aluminum subframe bolts to the rear cylinder, supporting the rider and passenger.

The grand idea is: fewer parts, less weight. Despite being equipped with a .7-inch longer wheelbase than the RSV4, the 1199 is appreciable lighter; 164 as opposed to 179kg (dry).

via MCN

  • Troy R

    It’s good to know I can buy a crashed 1199, pull the plastics off, and it will be a pretty sick terminator-style street-fighter

    • Erok

      Would there be anything to salvage if this does get in an accident?

      • Troy R

        Don’t underestimate a squid :)

      • Campisi

        As long as it rolls, it’s still a Ducati. That’ll be enough for many.

  • the_doctor

    Naked as all get-out. Awesome.

  • Chris

    It really does look like they used every available mm. Good on Ducati, that bike will be wicked.

    • jpenney

      I imagine it will be pretty wicked to work on as well.

  • cookinginpawleys

    So the frame has to be disassembled to do basic maintenance?

    • Grant Ray

      Italian superbike now requires Italian supercar maintenance?

    • Sean Smith

      How is this different from the 1198? Or even something say, like, a ZX-6R that needs to have the motor pulled to adjust valves?

      • Grant Ray

        There’s no frame, which means no rolling chassis, which means major disassembly, not sorta disassembly.

        • Sean Smith

          I have a hunch that there’s two extra steps: Remove the front end, install brace in place of motor to prop up the rest of the bike.

          • Grant Ray

            You really think “Remove the front end” counts as only 1 step? Aww, that’s cute.

            A quick glance at both sides and I can count at least 5 itemizeable service steps without even getting picky.

      • Gene

        Oh hell yeah. That front cylinder is going to require major amounts of swearing to get to, and don’t forget this is after taking off all the bodywork, which is usually a non-trivial task by itself.

    • Campisi

      I somehow doubt the people buying these new will be doing their own service to the bike. Then again, I don’t know any Ducati people that buy new bikes.

  • evilbahumut

    Italian bikes always look so clean with their clothes off. Japanese bikes… not nearly so much.

  • RT Moto

    This does not help with my want of this bike. I really can’t wait for Ducati to put out a middle weight. I will snatch that up in a heartbeat!!! I just hope they do away with the three spoke wheels. They’re hideous.

  • Ratlanta

    That’s going to be fun to work on.

  • Racetrack Style

    did not know there are 2 radiators until now.

    • mugget

      Ah, the downside of having the front cylinder so close to the front wheel.

      Unless I’m mistaken the new GP12 will also be the first Ducati MotoGP bike with a solid radiator that didn’t need a cutout for the cylinders.

      • Ratlanta

        First Gen Aprilias had that, and since they were angled out it was a major plus. No hot air blown on the rider.

  • mugget

    This is seriously impressive – very compact.

    I’m trying to imagine what the 1199 WSBK will look like under the fairings!

  • Bram

    Realy looking forward to the next generation of Ducati Streetfighters.

  • nick2ny

    If this were a GM product it would have plastic trim that looked like a trellis frame.

    • oldnick