If you’re in the market for a Ducati 899 Panigale, and have the misfortune of living in Japan, the above is what you will be forced to buy. You see the Ducati 899 Panigale, like the Ducati 1199 Panigale and MV Agusta F3, is too loud in its stock form for the Japanese market.

Compounding the issue, the Island Nation is too small of a market for Ducati to revamp its design to meet homologation in its stock form, so an obvious quick-fix has been implemented instead.

It’s a bit of an eyesore on any model; but on the Panigale, the long carbon fiber pipe detracts from the hard work Ducati designers and engineers put into the attractive under-slung unit on the middleweight sport bike. Also of note is the revised big black plastic clutch cover, for added sound dampening.

We’re told the eyesore can be easily removed, with most dealers taking that liberty for an owner at the time of purchase, but still…somethings just aren’t right. A big hat tip to loyal A&R reader Trane for snapping these photos. The sake is on us.



Photos: © 2014 Trane Francks — All Rights Reserved

  • Gonzo

    Actually, the story I heard is that in Japan, Big Pipe equals Big D*ck, and that the mufflers on the Panigale were what Japanese dealers wanted.

  • Stuart

    It reaches past the rear tire! Thats nuts!

  • ADG

    An “under slung” exhaust looks like shit, but I can’t say these cans look much better.

  • cdove

    I lived in Korea for a bit and the “cool” cars all had gigantic exhausts, Gonzo might just be on to something…

  • theseekerfinds

    When the 916 was released in Western Australia the laws at the time forbid the use of the split style of headlight the 916 is so revered for and it was forced to be released with a legal (read UGLY) single square headlight and second nosecone which the majority of owners ditched immediately and simply rode around with the standard illegal ones. A new law allowing the 916 headlight was soon passed which rendered the square type obsolete, but Japan isn’t the only country where Ducati’s finest has struck legality issues..

  • JoeD

    My 95 Guzzi Sport 1100 is the US model with the square HL. The trapezoidal one is better looking but hard to find.

  • L2C

    That’s crazy! I think with that move Ducati is clearly saying, “Take this ugly POS off of our bike immediately!” They definitely made it as ugly as possible. Took form and function to a whole new level.

  • ADG

    Fast and Furious 20– Jap Duc made in China.

  • proudAmerican

    Why am I all of the sudden reminded of Pumpkin Chunkin’ cannons?


  • “It reaches past the rear tire! Thats nuts!”

    No kidding! That’s what caught my eye, too. It hangs WAAAAAY out there behind the bike. What an eyesore!

  • tonifumi

    All that Italian style stuffed by a stupid looking muffler !

    I’m not blaming the Japanese authorities – I blame the Italians !

    They could have made a better looking muffler solution than that. That stupid thing look like it took some junior designer 2 hours to mock up…..Really disappointing.

    If they sell less of these in Japan because of this ugly, ugly solution, they have only themselves to blame.

  • Shinigami

    And the saddest part of all is that if ridden by a typical urban Japanese rider these bikes will live their entire lives with two inch chicken strips… in a place with some of the greatest mountain roads on the planet

  • maco

    Oh No !!! We don’t need it!
    This is the bad influence of exhaust gas regulations and the exhaust volume regulation in Japan.
    How much does it cost the purchaser to regain the true of the Panigale.

  • ” How much does it cost the purchaser to regain the true of the Panigale.”

    Good question. I think most users stick with the stock pipe. I have yet to see a Panigale with Termis or even standard-issue cans on it, although that is quite common with other Ducatis. I saw a 748S at the dealer the same night I took these photos. The 748 had Termis on it and, man, it sounded like thunder.

    The flip-side of the Japanese noise regulations is that police never seem to bother chasing bikes with loud pipes. It’s rare for me to see the police doing anything other than driving around with their lights uselessly flashing their presence.

  • maco

    If running in compliance with speed limits, police is for us to miss us enough muffler volume of third-party in many cases.

    Unfortunately, motorcycle more than 250cc must pass the inspection of the vehicle once in two years in Japan. Volume of the exhaust sound is measured in this inspection.
    (Vehicle inspection Will there in other countries?)

    However, it is no doubt that it is an attractive model. ;)

  • Norm G.

    re: “How much does it cost the purchaser to regain the true of the Panigale.”

    let’s just say it’s not for the faint of wallet.

  • smiler

    Protectionism in motion. The 1199 looks too much like a jap bike.

    At one time, to sell skis in Japan they had to have been tested by a Japanese champion. Not many of them about.

    If dealers want long exhausts then why do no Japanese manufactuers supply them now?

  • maco

    re:”If dealers want long exhausts then why do no Japanese manufactuers supply them now?”

    Consumer and manufacturer of Japan does not demand a long muffler.

    This is to make it a long exhaust pipe to clear the exhaust gas regulation and noise regulations in the vehicle for the Japanese market specification.
    It must clear the regulations at the time of the import. And, these regulations are very strict against imported car.

    Japanese consumers also believed that not a smart Japan car specifications.
    I want you to sell remains the same as other countries.

    (from Japan)

  • VK

    smiler says: Protectionism in motion. The 1199 looks too much like a jap bike.

    I don’t think it’s protectionism. EU has many regulation and Japanese mnufacturers meets those, so why can’t Ducati factor the Japanese requirement in their initial design? I think it’s plain ignorance from Ducati part.
    The whole idea of limiting max Speed to 299Km/h by the Japanese Big Four started because of EU regulators. Now, EU bikes are execeeding that limit and nobody is regulating that. I think that’s protectionism.