Ernesto Marinelli Explains the Panigale in 11 Minutes

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The 2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale comes loaded with a bevy of new features and technologies, along with enough three-letter acronyms to go double-word score on any unassuming rider. ABS, DTC, DQS, LED, EBC, DDA+, DES, RbW, OMGWTFBBQ, this alphabet soup all stands for key components on the Ducati 1199 Panigale, and to help explain those letters Ducati has enlisted Ernesto Marinelli, the head of the Ducati World Superbike effort.

At 11 minutes in length, Marinelli takes his time explaining the thought and process behind the new Panigale, though if you’re a nitty-gritty technical egghead who was looking for information like how Ducati implemented the first production LED headlight on a motorcycle, you’ll likely be disappointed by this video like we were. However for the die hard Ducatistas, your Wednesday Ducati fix is after the jump.

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  1. 11 minutes? i’ll give you the panigale in FOUR words…

    “the V-Rod of Ducati”

  2. Wow, that does look and sound pretty special, and makes me wish I was 20 years younger!! :-)

  3. Haaa, so thats why it only comes with ABS on the front wheel ! When they put it like that it makes sense. I’m officially liking it…SUDDENLY not “looking wierd” anymore…lol.

    C’mon Triumph, WTH u waiting for ?!…Slap that new 1215cc Beast on a SuperSport 675 Frame and call it a Daytona 1200 or Sprint 1200 RS…or DO SOMETHING SPORTY WITH IT !

    OK, back to regular programing now.

  4. Very interesting bike. I didn’t know much about those codes, but it will be another break through of Ducati. It will be worth the price, I’m sure.

  5. This is one sweet bike. Design wise ..nothing even comes close. The engineering changes all seem to make great sense. The more relaxed rider’s position is going to be a BIG plus over the 1098/1198 design. Wet clutch? Of course necessary, but disappointing nonetheless. But in the performance picture a plus. Quick shifter, exhaust placement, tank design ..all GREAT! Can’t wait to see this bike in the flesh!

  6. Oh kind of ironic that once they do race it, they’ll be forced to carry 20lbs. of lead to meet weight restrictions for a twin…

  7. The will be forced to carry extra weight, not because it’s a twin, but because it’s a 1200cc bike …

  8. AGAIN, not the first production bike with an LED headlight. Zero S/DS had LED headlights available months ago (nearly a year).

  9. @Jason,

    I went to Zero’s website. Where does it say or show that their S/DS headlights are LED? From the pictures, they look like conventional (halogen?) lights.

  10. Seriously Jason, you gotta get off this horse, it just makes you look like a Zero sycophant. The Aprilia RSV4 has an “optional” gear-driven camshaft that you can buy from Aprilia, should I go revise that article to state it comes with gear-driven cams then?

  11. Stop running *fresh* articles with a factual error in them and I’m happy to stop commenting on them. I’m not asking for a revision or even a correction. Just for you to stop saying it. One of the other commenters said that “optional” doesn’t count (which seems to be your postion from your comment above) but you also wrote “the first GPS-assisted data acquisition system for a production motorcycle (the DDA+ package is an optional equipment item for the Panigale)”. So an option counts when Ducati does it, but not when Zero does it. I only quoted Zero because I know pretty much exactly when it was released for the 2011 bikes (which were released late 2010, over a year ago). HD also has an LED option that I’ve known about for 6 months.
    I think that I might look like a Zero sycophant, but then I’m not calling myself a “journalist”. You’re very much looking like a Ducati fanboy (I like Ducati’s too and quite possibly have owned them from before you were born, first being a 600SL bought new in 1982ish)

  12. You need to come to terms with the difference between standard features and optional accessories before we can continue this conversation.

    Also, DDA+ is a standard feature on the Ducati 1199 Panigale S.

  13. Because it is an optional equipment item for the base model Panigale? Are we really splitting hairs over equipment lists for different trim models?

  14. How about next time you write “First to offer LED headlights as standard equipment (but not on the base model)” Perhaps because it’s absurd?

    The one with higher trim has more of the options together as a package. We’re splitting hairs over trim levels because you’re splitting hairs. With the Zero and the Harley, you can get a factory LED headlight if you pay more money but they don’t call it a different model. With Ducati you can get DDS if you pay more money but they do call it a different model.

    If Harley had called the bike with the LED headlight the FXABC-LED instead of the FXABC then they would have been first to market with an LED headlight but because they didn’t play alphabet soup games they’re not and Ducati is? Is that what you really mean to say?

  15. But the LED headlight is standard on all the Panigales, that’s my core point. This isn’t an aftermarket option like the examples you bring up, which is what the definition of a production item is all about.

    Also, I’m still waiting for the part where you realize the “Zero” LED headlight and the “Harley” LED headlight, are the same headlight from the same aftermarket parts supplier. It’s also not DOT legal in all 50 states.

  16. Ok, I get your core point, only stuff that’s “standard on all” counts for “first”. Why then does DDA count as first when it’s not “standard on all”, it’s an optional extra? They can’t *both* be correct statements and surely you need to back down on one of them.

    I obviously knew that the Zero and Harley headlights come from the same manufacturer. Just like Brembo brakes are found on lots of different bikes, Mikuni carbs are found on lots of different bikes and the same spark plugs are found on lots of different bikes. That’s completely beside the point. They’re just as much “genuine” parts as any other genuine part sourced from a third party. That’s a red herring.

    Another red herring to muddy the water (to mix a metaphor) is legality in different jurisditions. Every bike has slightly different specifications for different markets. If you’re going to pull that one out, the headlights on the 916 weren’t legal in Australia and it came with a horrible square headlight. You can’t say a maker doesn’t have a product because it’s not legal in some out of the way place. You’ll probably find that the LED headlights in the Panigale aren’t legal in Australia and the UK (yet) because the dip pattern hasn’t been made for the other side of the road yet. Anyway, HD says “The LED lamps are DOT approved for use in all 50 states.”

  17. My comment seems to be “awaiting moderation” and has been since 12.25am on the 3rd of Dec. There are links in that comment so perhaps that’s why or maybe the moderator is having a well deserved weekend away from work.

    Anyway the links point to the web archive org page that has the spec sheet for the Confederate Motorcycles Wraith from 2007 that shows an LED headlight is standard equipment. Not an optional extra but standard fitment on a series production motorcycle from five years ago.

    Surely that ends the “splitting hairs” and just shows an error. I didn’t want to rub anyone’s nose in it. Just a simple “oh yeah” or even refraining from continuing with the error on subsequent articles would have been fine.

    I naively thought I was helping. I guess if you’re driven to call your readers “sycophant” then it wasn’t percieved the same way at your end.

  18. You clearly don’t seem to understand the concept of production motorcycles, aftermarket parts, and how this all relates to this conversation. Clearly you have an axe to grind Jason. Grind it somewhere else.