Clearer Photo of the 2012 Ducati Superbike

06/01/2011 @ 4:14 pm, by Jensen Beeler15 COMMENTS

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One of the great things about the online media format is that it allows our readers to provide instantaneous feedback to stories we publish (try doing that with your print magazine), so we’re eternally grateful to A&R reader zampetti for dropping off this capture of the new 2012 Ducati Superbike (seemingly shot out of an Italian magazine) into our comment section yesterday.

Clearly a photo of the street-going version of the Superquadrata (or will it be called the 1199?), this is a stark difference to the Supersport class bike we showed you yesterday. Other sites will probably try and pass this photo off as there own, but they saw it here first (it’s nice to know they read our comments though). Keep the tips coming guys!

Comment:

  1. Jonathan says:

    Mmmmm, looks comfy – poor guy looks like Tron on acid. All of us over 5’6″ will prolly struggle with this one! Will look sweet when it’s done though (I just wish I was the same size as Stoner!)

  2. IXIVI says:

    Is that an underslung exhaust?? Hmmmm… I remember an American guy once put exhaust down there and everybody said WTF? Now they all do it. Even the almighty Ducati. Looks good, hope they keep it down there. And look at the ever growing circumference of the rotor too. The closer to the perimeter you get, the bigger Erik’s smile grows…. This one looks promising.

  3. Jeram says:

    cant exactly claim ‘saw it here first’ when the photo you published is a photocopy from a magazine lol

  4. DucracerX says:

    Test rider is 5’11” like me. Anyone over 6’0″ is in trouble on this bike!! Don’t buy it. its NOT for you.

  5. s2r says:

    it looks like an rsv4 to me

  6. 76 says:

    Something is strange about this rider setup, it looks as if the tank has a “launch angle” instead of a “square off” like a race bike and all ducati’s before had. Thats a huge move, seeing as every factory racebike puts a square off or more of one on their tanks even if its not on the production unit trim.

    The other thing is I am questioning the height of the tank and if thats part of the camo, it simply looks to damm tall and the rear of the seat looks really high. Look at the clipons and draw a line back it seems in line with the seat, that would be a super aggressive riding position, no bike in stock trim does this OEM at the moment.

    The bike is under heavy braking it seems, which again makes me wonder why both shots of 2 different bikes have this in common, to further distort the proportion and geometry I guess. Ether way some things are not as it seems with this bike, I look forward to seeing what they have tricked us with

  7. Shereef says:

    From this image, I think the silhouette of the bike is quite cool. It reminds me of my 2007 R6 from the tank region back to the tail. I’m 5’9″ and I really enjoyed the ride position on the R6 (albeit hard on the neck on longer trips). I’m quite thrilled so far to say the least. My one fear, as with all Italian bikes, is the price. Hopefully they will go into production alongside a smaller engine formula (like the 1198, 1098 and 848). If there is a 848ish version of this bike that revs higher (say 16 – 17K redline) than its big brother, I’m definitely going to consider trading in my Yamaha.

    Cheers.

  8. loki says:

    IXIVI – I don’t see the brake discs getting bigger from the 1098/1198’s. From what I see in these first pics, these are the exactly same 330mm discs. And why should they get bigger? The 1198’s braking capability is almost overkill. OK, the Superquadrata will probably be a bit faster, but then again it will also be lighter, so the circle is closed. Besides, if you *really* need more stopping power, go for carbon front discs and you’re done! As for the exhaust, I really hope it doesn’t stay there (though, sadly, it probably will). The underseat Termignonis *cannot* be replaced.

    Shereef – it will still be a V2. It highly unlikely it will rev as high as 16-17.000 rpm. That’s the whole point and character of this engine: constant power delivery from the bottom to the top. If you like to rev your engine to get the power out of it, you should stick with the Japanese inline fours.

  9. Damo says:

    @loki

    The 20lb weight reduction Ducati keeps claiming is probably a direct result of getting rid of the dual under seat Termignonis. Under slung exhaust can trim a ton of fat.

    @Johnathan

    I agree and said the same thing: “Looks great, way to freaking small for me!”

  10. DougD. says:

    Begs the question of how a print magazine beat a blog to this rumored motorcycle, no doubt. Anyway, on with the discussion of specs!

  11. 76 says:

    A print (Italian) magazine beat a blog because its a intentional leak not a spy shot

  12. That’s an easy one Doug, spy photos are not accidents.

  13. Dorian Gray says:

    Looks like this bike is designed for short twerps. Seems Ducati has decided to continue their trend of turning its back on real men (i.e. Anyone over 6′)

  14. Peter says:

    The bike looks sweet. Tall riders will be fine on the bike. It will allow a tall rider to get his/her body out of the saddle.
    My good friend is 6’6″ and rides a 996 on the street and races an 848. No problem no complaints.

    My biggest concern with this bike is that it is modeled after the motoGP bike and they have been having significant issues with front end feel. Both Vale and Hayden have the same complaint and I am concerned that it is a design flaw that can not be adjusted out of the bike. I also hope that not too much torq is sacrificed in an effort to go after lofty HP numbers. The online 4’s are leaky Ducati is supposed to have a more linear power delivery with lots of grunt to drive the bike out of the turns.

    Can’t wait to see it in person!

  15. Peter says:

    The bike looks sweet. Tall riders will be fine on the bike. It will allow a tall rider to get his/her body out of the saddle.
    My good friend is 6’6″ and rides a 996 on the street and races an 848. No problem no complaints.

    My biggest concern with this bike is that it is modeled after the motoGP bike and they have been having significant issues with front end feel. Both Vale and Hayden have the same complaint and I am concerned that it is a design flaw that can not be adjusted out of the bike. I also hope that not too much torq is sacrificed in an effort to go after lofty HP numbers. The inline 4’s are peaky Ducati is supposed to have a more linear power delivery with lots of grunt to drive the bike out of the turns.

    Can’t wait to see it in person!