XXX: Ducati 1199 Panigale Naked

12/27/2011 @ 12:45 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

XXX: Ducati 1199 Panigale Naked Ducati 1199 Panigale frame CAD 04 635x397

The 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale represents a huge step in motorcycle design, mostly due to its frameless chassis or monocoque design. Using the engine as an integral component to the Panigale’s chassis, Ducati’s hallmark achievement was building an integrated headstock/airbox off the front cylinder. With the seat and subframe built off the rear cylinder, and the swingarm bolting directly to the motor, the Ducati 1199 Panigale was able to not only shed 22 lbs of its predecessor’s design, but also continues the Italian company’s new design trend of having components that take on multiple functional roles.

Being sure to keep the fairings on the Ducati 1199 Panigale fastened at all times, we have very little insight as to what Ducati’s new chassis looks like underneath its clothing, and after hounding Bologna for the past few weeks over the issue, these four renders of the Panigale’s frame are the best we can muster for our readers. The black background makes the black frame components hard to see, but the CAD drawings do provide at least some insight as to how the 1199 comes together. If the Panigale goes as well on the track as it does on the spec sheet, you very well could be looking at the future of production motorcycle chassis design.

XXX: Ducati 1199 Panigale Naked Ducati 1199 Panigale frame CAD 01 635x396

XXX: Ducati 1199 Panigale Naked Ducati 1199 Panigale frame CAD 02 635x396

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Source: Ducati

Comment:

  1. Mr. Crowly says:

    Can it win?

    Without special rules to help it?

    We’ll see.

  2. John Magnum says:

    Bob the Builder can you fix it!
    i just keep thinking crash bill, head light / taillight track crash, everything hinges off the motor. Even a little road bingle hitting an object on a slide……
    this thing is like a supermodel wearing a summer dress with no Reg Grundies (Australian for underpants)

  3. John, there must be a cultural difference here. I’ve never complained about a supermodel in a summer dress with no knickers on….

  4. 76 says:

    John I think this Duc just might fair alittle better than the XX98 / Streetfighter frame design in regards to the street. Remember the existing frame included tabs off the frame in which the rearsets mounted to, these tabs are extremely easy to bend in a simple lowside or crash. The catch thats part of the frame, your insurance company totals the frame that second. This means in most cases the bike is totalled. Honestly in the event of any normal crash on a Fully faired Ducati its going to be tough not having the bike as a complete writeoff because of the bodywork cost alone.

    Interesting the air looks like directly through the headpipe area in the center, strange because the intake in the fairing are split like the xx98 under the headlamps. Normally the most direct method is the most efficient. I again agree this is the direction of production streetbikes of the future. When the 2nd most expensive element of a production bike is removed or reduced like this and integrated in existing structures it means reduced cost, the Japanese are watching closely. Whether it will race remains to be seen, just remember there are plenty of models that dont need to race.

  5. Jeff says:

    I’m torn between liking the Buell-like practicality of the low exhaust and the traditional “twins under the tail” as on my 1198 SP, what I have long considered a signature look for Ducati. One thing for sure, the seat temperature should improve with the 1199.

  6. Grant says:

    I wonder what Rossi has to say, he had an incredible year with its big brother….

  7. MikeD says:

    76 says:
    Interesting the air looks like directly through the headpipe area in the center, strange because the intake in the fairing are split like the xx98 under the headlamps. Normally the most direct method is the most efficient.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Yes, u gotta thank for that all the “traditionalist Ducati critics” affraid of “too much change to handle at once on our little bike darling”.
    They couldn’t possibly handle/cope with so much “Averting from the righteous traditional path” in one “swift total redesign”.
    Silly cry babies.

    I still say, SCREW FORM…GIVE ME FUNCTION & THEN BEAUTY…(think Concorde airplane) unless we are talking about girls or else.

    I too would like to see on the future how “the others” take on the “frame-less” Saga unfolds and new ideas they bring to the table.

  8. MikeD says:

    P.S: 3 isuess i see here…

    How big is the filter going to be, where xactly it goes and AirBox HEAT Saturation anyone ?
    Someone help the blind guy…me. LOL.

  9. bemer2six says:

    Get it to the US put it in the dealerships gives a test ride we’ll talk then…

  10. bobob5511 says:

    I’m a little concerned about the clutch line that appears to be running right through the rear shock mount(reference picture 2)….oops :P. Damn draftsman!

  11. That’s a “feature” ;)

  12. bobob5511 says:

    Yes- its a lubricated shock bushing! genius

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  14. dc4go says:

    This is for Mr. Crowly…. last time i checked the 1198 beat the inline fours straight up in SS. By the way the twins WSBK carry more weight , intake restrictors, and a stock motor unlike the four cylinders machines with reworked heads with more compression. Yes the twins run 1200cc but with two less cylinders only advantage the Duc. has is rideability, great front end and Carlos Checa!!! Look how good Nori and Fabrizio did on factory against the 4′s.. P.S. im a racing fan with a 999R, a Desmo, RSV4, and a GSXR600… Last thing i want is a bunch of inline fours racing each other … love to see KTM, Triumph and Benali back in WSBK…

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  16. buellracerx says:

    beautiful engineering through & through on this bike. it would be interesting to see how this mantra of frame design would apply to I4′s…

    @Jensen – the headstock appears to pull off both front and rear cylinders, with the subframe mounting to it and the rear cyl. +1 on the supermodel…must be an Aussie thing

    @MikeD – Airbox heat saturation would certainly be an issue I’d address with liberal use of aluminized fiberglass insulation on a frame-up AMA racebike build (1/2 hp just ain’t worth the effort at the club level), but on the street it may not be as much of an issue. Seems like a tradeoff between heat soak & airbox volume

  17. John Magnum says:

    @Jensen,
    my reference to a supermodel with no undies was to imply, that a hot supermodel which the 1199 is and no undies meaning she’s much more likely to get fucked quite readily…..a pun of sorts.

  18. Gpaul says:

    I don’t understand how this “design” is really all that different from the 851/888 bikes besides the obvious difference in material used for the mainframe. same for the monsters too, only the engine case connects the steering head and the swingarm pivot—-there really is nothing new under the sun