The 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 is shaping up to be the school yard tease, giving us a glimpse of its still unfinished form seemingly on a regular basis now. Spotted with another cameraphone “spy photo” somewhere on the streets of Italy, we get a fairly clear side profile of the new 1199. The underslung exhaust is perhaps the focal point of this unofficial teaser shot, which is interesting as we hear Bologna has recently been having internal meetings about its final design.
The underslung can fits in well with the bodywork, but hopefully will arrive in a less conspicuous color, as the bare metal in its current form is very distracting from the Superbike 1199‘s overall form. Speaking of eyesores, the rear-cyclinder exhaust loop is still large and in charge, which to our eye looks totally ridiculous. Hopefully the final package comes together in a more pleasing way (that is what Ducati excels at, right?), because watching the sausage get made has our stomach churning at times (though the new Superbike as a whole seems to be a stunner).
Only three more months until the Ducati Superbike 1199’s launch at EICMA. This certainly won’t be the last photo of the bike to emerge from now until then.