A 2WD Hybrid-Electric Motorcycle for the US Military?

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Colin Edwards Will Retire from Racing after 2014 Season

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MSF Updates Its Basic RiderCourse Curriculum

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Bell & COTA Create Texas-Themed Limited-Edition Helmet

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Aprilia Mounting a Return to MotoGP in 2016

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This Is Pretty Much What the Monster 800 Will Look Like

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Photos of the Mugen Shinden Ni sans Fairings

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Mugen Shinden San (神電 参) Electric Superbike Revealed

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Trackside Tuesday: The Winning Personality of Jack Miller

Chatting with a couple of NASCAR fans recently, I was reminded that any competition is boring if you don’t care who wins. But if you do care, then even cars driving around in circles can be very compelling entertainment. Those NASCAR fans really cared about how their favorite drivers finished, and not only how they finished in the latest race, but what and how those drivers were doing off the track as well. Those fans had been captured by the personalities of those drivers. One of the things NASCAR does well is sell personalities. All major sports-related businesses do this to some extent, but some organizations do it better than others.

First Glimpse of the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera

10/10/2013 @ 12:10 am, by Jensen Beeler43 COMMENTS

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Last week Asphalt & Rubber broke the news about the upcoming Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera. An ultra-exclusive limited edition model of the Panigale R superbike, our sources spoke of jaw-dropping figures: 220hp at the crank, and 40 lbs shed from what was already Ducati’s lightest superbike ever.

With only 500 models to be produced, this halo bike from Bologna will be available only to the upper-echelon of Ducati customers, with the Italian brand setting up an online ordering form for the chosen Ducatisti.

With copious amounts of carbon fiber, titanium, and magnesium used in its construction, we reckon the Superleggera has been a hit with everyone who has seen it, which is number that is rapidly growing.

One such lucky person was Jim Gianatsis of FastDates Calendar fame, who thankfully posted up his invite for the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera on his company’s Facebook page.

Showing a layout of the special parts that Ducati has used to make the Superleggera live up to its “superlight” name, we see that Ducati will use a magnesium piece for the frame/headstock, while a self-supporting carbon fiber seat/subframe will be used for the rear. Unsurprisingly magnesium engine pieces abound, and as we expected Ducati has chosen Marchesini forged magnesium wheels.

In equal application is the drool-worthy carbon fiber, which is naturally used for all the bodywork pieces — our favorite piece has to be what looks like a two-tone carbon/titanium exhaust can though. Choice. Other pieces include a titanium spring on the rear shock, an aluminum fuel tank, and other premium components from the likes of Öhlins and Brembo.

Using only the Superleggera’s internal name of “Project 1201″ Gianatsis’s invite goes on to mention a private website where the machine can be viewed, something we already knew existed. Going there now shows no login screen, and instead simply says “From October 10th” below a Ducati logo and the “Project 1201″ designator.

The date would seem to suggest that more could be coming this Thursday, which affirms what our spies have been saying about Ducati plan’s to leak photos of the Superleggera sometime this week. It would seem that we don’t have to wait long until more details drop about Ducati’s Superleggera. More as we get it.

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Source: FastDates (Facebook)


  1. econo says:

    i think Mr. Gianatsis has just lost his chance to own the Superleggera :D

  2. smiler says:

    In order to keep the price down. Ducati are doing a Caterham 7 version that is self assembly. How great would that be.

  3. LP says:

    I know you’re only following the SF ‘cool’ convention, but ‘invite’ and ‘invitation’ are not the same thing. One is a verb and one is a noun. Sorry. Pet peeve…

  4. Judge says:

    LP = wow

    Superleggera =wow

  5. Norm G. says:

    no wonder it’s “superleggera”… they left out a fork leg…!!! LOL one poster to go please. it’ll grace the wall next to the one I’ve got of the RC166.

  6. digitalrurouni says:

    God that is just so hot. I would definitely order one if I received an invite. Somehow I would make it work :D

  7. Pete says:

    What’s the significance of “1201″?

  8. Minimal. The Diavel was “Project 0803″ if my memory serves me correct.

  9. philly Phil says:

    first thing i was thinking was ” there’s something missing…where’s the frame?” hahahaa

  10. taikebo says:

    fail bike

  11. chris says:

    that’s the worst fake confidential document i’ve ever seen. 40lbs is not a big deal if you have a checkbook.

  12. John Mith says:


    While I think the Italian bikes are quite beautiful the “exclusiveness” is kind of dumb. The whole “you can’t have one” game with this bike is kind of stupid. Most racers don’t have to resort to the exotic materials for weight savings for real race bikes. While this bike is “super light” you could easily get a stock 1199 and strip off a lot of the street components and end up with a bike with similar performance at a much lower price. These bikes will likely end up like many of the special edition MV Agusta’s bought by the wealthy and just used as a display of wealth rather than used on the track which is what they were supposedly designed for. Most of these will never see track use and will just be collected. Is the design here for speed or just to show off? Why not just start encrusting these with diamonds instead like all of the snobby watches that owners like this enjoy showing off as well?

    As for the “you can’t have one” how well did that work out for Ferrari with the Enzo? Wait a couple of years and be ready to write a big check and you can have one too.

  13. John Mayer says:

    @ Jensen. 1201 is the CC of the new bike. Duh.

  14. Bob says:

    “While this bike is “super light” you could easily get a stock 1199 and strip off a lot of the street components and end up with a bike with similar performance at a much lower price.”

    That’s a possibility. Forty pounds is A LOT of weight to remove from a bike that is already really light. Not to mention the extra twenty-five horsepower coming out of an already stressed motor. But the magic trick that Ducati has performed (and the reason why it costs so much money) is giving the weight and power of a proper superbike, but keeping it road worthy. This thing isn’t supposed to be a “race bike”. It’s not being marketed as such.

    “As for the “you can’t have one” how well did that work out for Ferrari with the Enzo?”

    It worked out quite well, actually. Ferrari sold out of the initial run in about 24 hours.
    Sales interest was high enough that Ferrari increased the number of units they were originally going to sell. The expanded run also sold out quicker than what they were expecting. Ferrari then produced a couple of special models using the Enzo platform, which also sold out quickly.

    “Wait a couple of years and be ready to write a big check and you can have one too.”

    You won’t even have to wait that long. There will always be a good used market for special, limited run vehicles shortly after the customers start to receive them. This is normal practice. Sometimes people are willing to pay a little extra because they didn’t get an invitation to buy from the factory. Also, there are always a few of the chosen customers that won’t be interested in purchasing. That means that Ducati will most likely have these for sale to anyone, closer to the end of the production run.

  15. John Mith says:


    Good points. I just really don’t see the need for a “hyper” performance bike like this outside of a race track. While it’s nice for the “one up” factor realistically anybody with a stock 1199 is going to be able to keep up with this machine on the street where you can’t ride as committed as you can on the track.

    As for the weight. Yes 40 pounds is a lot of weight to remove it’s more than possible and often times without resorting to hugely expensive materials. Take a look at a real race machine and you will see all sorts of neat tricks all using lowly stock machines as their base platform. I have even seen many of those bikes being tested on public roads with the addition of removable lights.

    I think the big objection I have here is the artificial exclusivity. When MV Agusta released the Oro back in the day they were able to pull off the exclusivity thing without being overtly tacky about it. Those original bikes only made it into the hands of celebrities and the mega rich without the need to create an artificial buzz around it by telling people they could not have one. Then again MV Agusta also sold the CC that came with a pretentious watch and designer leather jacket that you would not dare wear on the bike. There’s a fine line between a true performance machine and a fashion accessory for designed just for showing off.

  16. Will says:

    Haters gonna hate! Wish I started collecting R bikes before ’13!

  17. John Mith says:


    Don’t hate the playa’s hate the game. :)

    Seriously though. I don’t hate the bikes at all. They are quite beautiful and their design purity is something that dreams are made of. The problem comes when they become used as pawns by owners seeking social status. Many of them don’t even know what they have or “why” it’s special. That’s kind of sad.

    If anything Ducati has just lit a fire under MV’s arse to produce another special edition F4 based on the 2010+ design. The last special edition MV was the CC. Lets hope they are tasteful about it and leave the designer accessories on the racks at Needless Markup for their customers to buy separately.

  18. Norm G. says:

    re: “While I think the Italian bikes are quite beautiful the “exclusiveness” is kind of dumb.”

    jealous much…?

    re: “While this bike is “super light” you could easily get a stock 1199 and strip off a lot of the street components and end up with a bike with similar performance at a much lower price.”


  19. Bob says:

    “…with a stock 1199 is going to be able to keep up with this machine on the street where you can’t ride as committed as you can on the track.”

    Definitely. 220bhp on the road? C’mon… The only thing that is good for is jam above 170mph. Who would need that?

    “I think the big objection I have here is the artificial exclusivity.”

    Ducati IS being really pretentious. That’s for sure.

  20. proudAmerican says:

    Yep, I get bugged by personal e-mails from Claudio all the time. I finally had to put him in my SPAM folder. ;-)

  21. Joh Mith says:

    @Norm G.

    Just because someone’s critical does not mean they are jealous. To be blunt. That’s a high school kid’s logic. Not something one would expect from someone knowledgeable about exotic bikes.

    If I’m misinterpreting your point you have my sincerest apologies. In that case allow me to clarify my objection. My objection is not really the bike itself or it’s production numbers. My objection is more the restriction of only selling it to the the certain owners Ducati feels are worthy of the bike. Money is money and it’s offensive to say one man’s money is not as good as anothers. That’s just snobbery. If they are having to resort to artificial exclusiveness to pump up the sales that’s a pretty sad indicator of how bad the high end bike market is these days. MV has not had a high end model since the CC unless you count the F3 Oro with it’s gold “spraypaint” rather than magnesium wheels.

    As for examples. I take it you don’t get out much? Head out to the track sometime and don’t make a pest at yourself and you likely will see several examples between sessions from a myriad of manufacturers. You might even get into a great conversation with someone and learn something in the process.

  22. Bob says:

    Norm G,

    John is referring to the fact that Ducati is acting as though they want this to be secret, “confidential”, and that they don’t want anyone to know about it. This is a tactic that Ducati is using to create hype. Personally, I don’t see a problem with a little arrogance when marketing a product like this. A good marketing campaign relates the brand and product to their target customer base on all levels, including attitude.

  23. Rossopuro says:

    John Mith, I’m sorry you feel that way, but I think you’ve misinterpreted the situation. The production number of the bike, as you state, will be extremely limited – and we are quite certain that the number of people worldwide wanting to purchase this bike will be much higher than the number available.

    So, we offer it first to our closest clients. Not as a way to say anyone’s money is better than anyone else’s. Only as a way to say to passionate Ducatisti, we appreciate you and in return would like to offer you the right of first refusal for what we believe to be a very special motorcycle.

    Also, I can assure you that if I’ve done my job correctly, the owners of this bike will know what they have and why it’s special. I’m the marketing product manager for the bike. :)

  24. aaron says:

    after performance, the biggest difference between a racebike and a streetbike is often durability and service intervals. If this thing has similar power and weight as a WSBK (which, don’t forget, costs many times more) it would make sense that it would be just as fragile. you don’t see many potholes on world-class tracks! nice, but…

    Durbahn claims 130kg for their tricked out 1098… wonder what they could do to a panigale?

  25. John Mith says:


    Perhaps I may have misinterpreted. You have to admit however that offering this bike to your closest clients and not giving your other clients a fair chance to buy is ripe for misinterpretation and hurt feelings. I have bought low production bikes and cars before and I know the game and have missed out on a couple because of not having the right dealership connections but at least I was able to play the game. Coming out and saying “not for just anyone” rather than letting the dealership network handle the demand problem is likely going to ruffle some feathers of many buyers.

    That being said I certainly appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to explain this better. Your explanation was helpful. Do all of us a favor who are not able to buy this bike and put the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds AL on your list of eligible buyers so we can at least go and see on in the flesh if they choose to buy one. :)

  26. Rossopuro says:


    no problem. If you’re really truly interested in Project 1201, talk to your dealer. It looks like the 500 will go quickly, but it’s possible they could give you a fighting chance at one. Oh and by the way, everyone, take it from someone who knows this bike inside and out – it’s incredible :)

  27. coreyvwc says:

    One thing is for certain, if one of these every catches fire there will be absolutely NOTHING left. With all that magnesium there will just be some char marks left on the road… haha

  28. Richard Gozinya says:

    People with that kind of money to throw around could just as easily get an NCR M4 One Shot. Which, for me at least, would be a hell of a lot more fun.

  29. Norm G. says:

    re: “Just because someone’s critical does not mean they are jealous.”

    correct, there ARE times in human history when this is true.

    …and then there’s now.

    re: “So, we offer it first to our closest clients. Not as a way to say anyone’s money is better than anyone else’s. Only as a way to say to passionate Ducatisti, we appreciate you and in return would like to offer you the right of first refusal for what we believe to be a very special motorcycle.

    translation: we’re in the niche business of manufacturing and SELLING motorcycles. not the niche business of manufacturing and storing motorcycles.

  30. Shawn says:

    To all of you, why judge? Collect them, race them, or stick your Pee Pee in the tail pipe; to each their own. Who cares, just appreciate this sex on wheels of a superbike!

  31. Slangbuster says:

    Does it ever end?….I sure hope not.

  32. John Mith says:

    @Norm G

    You are certainly entitled to your somewhat misguided viewpoint. If we were having this chat in person I would invite you to my warehouse for a drink and show you the 73 reasons why you might be slightly off base with your observation. I’m even critical of bikes I own in my collection even though I love them.

  33. Redesmo says:

    Money talks, can’t wait for mine. Ya worked my ass off for many years finally @ 48 I’m feeling the rewards of a Panigale Superleggera. Hope it’s worth it . . . Yap I think so

  34. meatspin says:

    with all that lightweight magnesium throughout the bike will it spark and give a nice fire show when you throw it down the road?

    im curious, I’ve burned little strips of magnesium but perhaps this would be a different alloy

  35. Brian says:

    Guys this is awesome, how can you not be stoked? I think all the negative comments are from folks who simply won’t be able to buy this bike and to those folks I say wait a few years and you can get it for 50% off! I know of a Desmo here in Cali at a dealer with 700 miles on it for 40k!

    Personally, I bought an 1199 Base ABS in 2012 for canyon riding. I liked it so much I decided to upgrade my race bike from a 1098 to an 1199R this past May and it’s just awesome! I’ve kinda built something pretty special with my 1199R (currently putting down 191 hp at the wheel with 96 ft/lbs) and I’ve got better brakes, mag rims, full Ducati Corse carbon racing bodywork, etc…..

    I think it is GREAT that a company like Ducati will make a bike like this. Sure it’s out of the range of most but I can always add some of those ultra-exclusive parts to my R if I want. None of us have seen it yet but I am hearing from a dealer that it’s a pretty awesome machine in the flesh. I may end up with one, you just never know…..

  36. Norm G. says:

    re: “how can you not be stoked? I think all the negative comments are from folks who simply won’t be able to buy this bike”

    and there it is… when you hear hoofbeats, think horses not zebras.

  37. SOWHAT says:

    @NormG. you can’t buy it either. NO ONE on this site can afford it.

  38. SOWHAT says:

    @Brian you can’t buy it either. NO ONE on this site can afford it. And I know you don’t have a 1199R liar!

  39. Hans Dreuger says:

    Just put down my deposit today… Italy said they sold nearly 300 already…. be quick guys!

    Really nice Bike…

  40. Like 99% of us, I probably won’t be accepting my private invitation from Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali to fly to Bolonga to view the Project1201 in person to place an order on the new bike, particularly if it does cost the rummord $60,000.

    All the details of the “Superleggera” bike still have yet to be released, but from the components photo it looks like we’re being charged an extra $35,000 to save about 25-30 lbs over the already awesome Ohlins equipped 1199S Panigale. That works out to a cost of $1,300 per pound of savings. Plus with the new 1201 you’re loosing a lot of the legendary Ducati low end tractability (which the new Ducati short stroke Superquardo engine has already sacraficed) with the 1201′s lighter Titanium connecting rods and lightened crank which will rev higher, to no advantage on a stock cam’ed street motor.

    Do what I did and buy the current Ohlins suspended 1199S which is already an incredible machine for $23,995 (and now on the used market for as low as $18,000!) and replace the heavy lead acid battery with a 6 pounds lighter Shorai Lithium battery that costs just $150, remove the rear passenger pegs (saves 4 lbs) and you’re half way there to the weight savings of the 1201 for no real cost. You also might want to opt for the Termigonni full race exhaust system ($3,600) which saves another 6 pounds and ups the power to 200hp.

    Then do what I also did and diet for 6 weeks with jogging 30 minutes each day, and loosing an un needed 30 lbs in body fat and over $600 in not eating out at restaurants.

    So effictively I’ve got a new “Superleggera” beater for $23,995 and while saving $600 in not dining out. Rather than spend $30,000 additional ( $23,995 for 1199S, $3,600 Termignoni Full Race ) for the new 1201 at $60,000 which has even less tractability for the street than the 1199S and no more peak power. Sweet!

  41. John Mith says:


    That certainly makes sense to me. With all the weight savings they harp about one would think that a lithium battery would be standard these days. But then again one would think as well a serious performance bike would come with decent rearsets as well. :)

    I think for a lot of die hard bike fans the bike being “blessed” by the manufacturer is quite important to them. I have seen the amusing arguments where people with bikes that were not originally the hot model were modified to beyond the spec of the hot one but for some enthusiasts that’s not good enough and they will gladly fork over tons of cash just to have the factory’s blessing and that additional “Mine’s better than yours checkbox” too. Whatever makes you happy. Personally I don’t need the factory’s blessing to go faster and save a ton of cash in the process. Since I don’t do much posing by my machine at bike nights I don’t need to fork over some serious cash just for that extra decal on my bodywork.

  42. Hans Dreuger says:

    Its actually 65,300 €…

  43. Brett says:

    There really isn’t a need for this bike or any of the other limited release bikes other than the fact they are desirable models and show what each factory can do when money isn’t the major design factor. I am fortunate enough to be able to afford some of these. I have a 1098R Bayliss , 1198R corse special edition and a D16RR. Big deal. I enjoy riding them but they don’t make me go any faster on the road than any of the ” cooking ” models that are available. But they sure do draw a crowd when I go riding and I love talking about them with fellow ducati enthusiasts.
    The only people that complain about the cost are the ones that can’t afford it. Get over it and move on. I’ll wave as you blast past me at track day while I enjoy my new 1201. Who cares.