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...

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