If you haven’t heard of Pierobon, you owe it to yourself to do a little research on the brand.
Known best for making race frames for Ducati motorcycles, the company has produced a few complete racing machines that are absolutely gorgeous (we hear they go pretty good around the track, as well).
For your reading consideration, check out the Pierobon X60R with its DesmoDue 1100 EVO air-cooled v-twin engine; the Pierobon X80R, which is powered by the Testastretta 848 liquid-cooled engine; and then there is the Pierobon F042 street bike.
Now, we can add to the list the Pierobon X85R, which uses the Superquadro engine from the Ducati 1199/1299/899/959 series of motorcycles.
We first saw this concept back in 2013, when Pierobon was producing A chassis conversion kit for Panigale owners. Now with the Panigale V4 ruling to the roost, and more time to develop the frame concept, the Italian firm is building complete motorcycles with its steel frame design, with the first bike launching at this year’s Barber Vintage Festival.
Using 28mm diameter steel tubing for the trellis work, the Pierobon frame includes the swingarm pivot point, and Pierobon’s design allows for engine swaps to be an easier affair than on the Panigale. Though, the team had to employ some clever designing to make clearance for the side-mounted rear shock, and to keep the weight of the overall chassis down.
Pierobon also had to construct its own airbox for the trellis frame design, and the unit retains the same volume as the WSBK-spec Ducati 1199 Panigale RS13.
Another WSBK design is the rear subframe, which is of an aluminum-trellis design, and now connects to the main steel frame instead of the engine cylinder head.
Other details include Pierobon’s own rearset configuration, made out of aluminum, which is a must-have consider how slippery the stock units are while riding aggressively.
Those are all the details we have for now, but the bike is set to officially launch this week at the EICMA show in Milan.
Looking at the teaser info, it seems that Pierobon has been busy playing with aerodynamic wings, which is such the rage right now. So, check back to A&R, we should have more info on the Pierobon X85R soon.