Ducati Reveals 1199 Panigale Superbike in Naked Photo

the evolution of the Ducati 1199 Panigale is being revealed today, as the Italian bikemaker has released a photo of the “naked” 1199 Panigale to prove just one thing: that the new design is amazing in the way it saves weight by combining multiple parts into one.
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale naked 1 photo
Photo: Ducati
The new superbike is supposedly 10 kg (22 lbs) lighter than before, resulting in a dry weight of 164kg (361.5lb).

The backbone of the bike uses the Superquadro engine as a sort of backbone. A light and short monocoque made from die-cast aluminum, which is responsible for shedding 5 kg (11 lbs) by itself, attaches to the cylinder heads, protruding forward to house the steering head bearings and forming the airbox along the way, which is topped-off and sealed by the lightweight aluminium fuel tank.

The new engine is still an L-twin, but the top part has been rotated back 6% o give more clearance on the front wheel and enable engineers to modify the front and rear weight bias.
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