I don’t have a good excuse as to why I want to post this video up on the site, other than the Ducati 1199 Superleggera is probably the most awesome motorcycle to come out in the past decade (apologies to any Honda DN-01 owners in the crowd).

An exercise in engineering prowess, which saw Borgo Panigale drop shed some serious weight from its venerable superbike, it should come as no surprise then that the 155kg (dry) Superleggera was a model put forth by Claudio Domenicali, a man who rose from engineer to CEO at Ducati Motor Holding.

That being said, I’m not sure we need a good excuse to fawn over the Superleggera. A magnesium monocoque frame, forged magnesium Marchesini wheels, carbon fiber rear sub-frame and bodywork (with integrated R-spec aero-kit), lithium-ion battery, titanium exhaust system with stainless steel headers, titanium bolts and fasteners…I’m sorry, what was I saying?

Studio Photos of the Ducati 1199 Superleggera:

Up-Close with the Ducati 1199 Superleggera:

Up-Close Photos: Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • Chad

    Wait… Why apologize to the Honda DN-01 owners? That bike is hideous am I missing something?

  • Stephano

    Nice bike but I can clearly see many bolts in those pictures that are not made of titanium. I can build a better bike by far for around $45K and saying that, the bike will have FGR00 superbike forks on. And even more CF!!! That is after I’m done with knife edging the crank and lightening it! I would use Titanium fasteners across the entire bike and use machined from billet pieces instead of where you see cast parts.

  • Stephano

    And did I mention a major head-work and lighter forged pistons with shorter skirts and higher compression? My God. You can build a beast that would look better than this Orange candy with $65K!!

  • monkeyfumi

    Talk is cheap Stephano

  • coreyvwc

    Of course you could build it lighter and more powerful yourself, but thats not the point here.
    This is a collectors item, plain and simple.
    No one wants to “collect” some custom race bike that you built in your garage, end of story.
    (Unless your name happens to be John Britten)

  • Stephano

    It all depends who’s garage that is, I should correct it here! beside, are we still falling for these collectible nonsense that they keep feeding the not so knowledgeable public with? Last time I checked, A Desmosedici RR with only 480 miles on the clock and another $15K worth of upgrades sold for $52K. Now, how is that collectible when you lose over $30K and have not even put enough miles on the bike on such so called limited collectible piece of machinery? Or should I mention about the MV F4 CC that cost $130K back then and now can be had with no miles for about $50K? And who says that Ducati is doing a better job about building limited machines? I have 7 Ducs and 5 of them are highly built. The factory head job is garbage. The only modern Ducati that’s worth talking true conductibility is the 1996 955 (factory built, not Fast By Ferracci version) which unfortunately I don’t own!! This term “collectible” shenanigan is something in the past now. It’s not like you’re buying a Moto GP Yamaha M1…. Let’s put it this way; IT’S AN “WRITE A CHECK” BIKE.. Period!

  • Stephano


    And your comment is quite arrogant without knowing about one’s capability. Go and buy it then…

  • monkeyfumi

    Stephano, I’m not the one claiming I can do better than ducati for less money, maybe you can, I’d be happy to see the results of your work.
    Did you ever think that they maybe wanted to make some money from making bikes? I beleive it is called “business”….

  • I think I like it better with the bodywork off, what a beautiful piece of engineering.

    This thing is a freakin Tie fighter, it pulls up behind you and ya start hearing the Star Wars Darth Vader music and you know your ass is dead. :)

  • Norm G.

    re: “Nice bike but I can clearly see many bolts in those pictures that are not made of titanium.”

    a human XRF are we…?

    re: “And your comment is quite arrogant without knowing about one’s capability”

    stephano’s comment is quite arrogant with a guy like me lurking around. monkey isn’t the one claiming to have Niton gun power in his eyeballs.

  • Norm G.

    re: “(I would) use machined from billet pieces instead of where you see cast parts.”

    translation: i’m going to change 3, maybe 4 parts (1 of which you can’t even see) tops. then I’m going to weight it and discover I saved ZERO lbs, and may have even made the bike heavier.

  • Machined billet, are you serious? That’s like so 20th century, or for pretty boys who are doing nothing more than building pretty toys. If you need serious strength or loadbearing you go with forged alloy, casting is the best way to go for everything else, it’s just as strong or stronger than the best billet using modern techniques and metallurgy, it’s far far cheaper and doesn’t waste an enormous amount of resources and labor creating something that doesn’t do the job any better or lasting longer. And it would definitely be heavier.

    Save that crap for Harley riders pushing their thousand pound hogs by the side of the road, after the D grade billet they got suckered into buying cracks and the engine drops out. :)

  • Stephano


    At $10K below the price they’re selling it for, they would still make quite a bit of profit! I claim that because I’ve dealt with building high performance Ducati bikes that have had many upgrades done to them, so it’s naturally obvious to me that at this price they are raping people. I don’t mind them making as much money as they can but within reason. I guess I’m barking up the wrong tree here as obviously many participants have become blinded by all the glitz… without offering any logic behind their opinions.

  • Stephano


    It just shows how knowledgeable you are about metallurgy! I feel sorry for myself even sharing these with you!! They can use less material and have even more strength than larger and heavier cast pieces. Go and study before throwing nonsense around. And that is at lighter weight!
    Aluminium alloy 7075 is an aluminium alloy, with zinc as the primary alloying element. It is strong, with a strength comparable to many steels, and has good fatigue strength and average machinability, but has less resistance to corrosion than many other Al alloys.
    7075 aluminum alloy’s composition roughly includes 5.6–6.1% zinc, 2.1–2.5% magnesium, 1.2–1.6% copper, and less than half a percent of silicon, iron, manganese, titanium, chromium, and other metals. It is produced in many tempers, some of which are 7075-0, 7075-T6, 7075-T651.
    Costing too much? Are you high? They are charging someone like yourself $65K for that bike.

  • Stephano

    Norm G,

    OK, about the Ti bolts; Again, I was under this impression that I was soliciting with people that have prior experiences with metals, including titanium bolts, where I don’t have to explain myself over and over as to why some of those bolts in close-up pictures are not titanium. Ducati needs smart self assured people like yourself to stand up for them.. And no, you don’t need an X-ray vision to see that. You just have to be educated and have experience with those. Beside you can send a letter to Ducati and ask them to reveal the truth.

  • Sean castigliano

    Ladies and gents of the jury!
    Let me shed some light tonight on this stupendous and marvelous piece of … Ehhh … Puzzling artwork …
    Naaaa.. Wasn’t talking about our infamous Sopa da legra here.
    It all depends on wether one justifies truth based on his opinion or opinions based on truth.
    And since no one amongst us is a sincere truthful man and all are lying self deceiving cons, (call ur selves sinners if you will or have religious tendencies) then I can conclude all opinions are worthless (including mine), regardless of wether you’re a manipulating lawyer or a motorcycle salesman working for DUCATI writing this,
    Or a rich man with loads of money needing infinite love to fill that empty void within.
    And all the excuse and attentions of why, why, why!!! Me me me!
    Did stephano spoil it for ya?,!

    Stephano has a point, perhaps the bike can be re-created with much less money.
    And our deliberating impatient crowd fails to observe the reality, rather need the prejudice of justification (to one self or the potential clients) while turning a blind eye.
    Nothing out of ordinary, showing politics are AT work EVERYWHERE!
    Vanity is always at work.
    Hail the Caesar!

    Now go home and ride whatever ya got in that corner collecting dust!
    Wether a Sopa da legra or an old scooter.
    All else is just blowing dust in your own face.

    Ok fine, continue the ranting… hehe… It’s too much fun to miss!

    And all others…too!

  • smiler

    The exhausts are made by Acrapovich and not Termignoni. Audi making their presence felt as Acrap are an Audi supplier. Difficult times for Termi perhaps.

  • Twistnturns

    @ Stephano

    You are right, the bike could probably be built for less than the price-tag.
    But that is like any product on the market. There are chains of supply at work, Manufacturer–>subsidiary/importer/intermediary–>dealer and everyone of them makes a margin from the supply chain.

    Also, because of economies of scale i doubt you would be able to build it for less than a professional motorcycle company, since your “suppliers” would definitely charge you more for the parts/materials, but this would be open to debate depending on where you are and who you know (you may know people in the sector that can supply you with better prices).

    Having said this, personally I would not spend that much on a motorcycle, but being a collectors item you never know whether it will pick-up value over the years. Keep in mind that the D16 had a larger production run than the Superleggera so it is less “limited” than the SL.

    The fact is that for a manufacturer to make such a motorcycle is quite impressive, not because they can, but because they did. Honda would probably be able to make something impressive too (who knows if the production motogp racer will be marketed) but they have not. Nor have Yamaha.

    So let’s appreciate this engineering marvel.


  • Damn

    the weakness of non feeling.

  • Stephano


    Thank you for understanding exactly what I meant to say here. I appreciate that.
    And by the way, if you ever need those fancy so called unattainable parts, please let me know and I will have them available for you to purchase. All I was talking about and the moral of the story wasn’t so much as to how one can build it for less, in other words, I actually what I wanted to say is that I was expecting more for that $65K price tag that would/should include better parts.

  • eg

    definitely not drinking this coolaid! bought a base and threw about 15k into it so far, my base next to an R and i’ll take my base any-day; now that’s a good cup of hot chocolate