Best Shots of the Ducati Superbike 1199 So Far

07/22/2011 @ 2:49 pm, by Jensen Beeler14 COMMENTS

Though still small in resoltuion, these are the best shots of the upcoming 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 that we’ve seen to-date. Testing at the Mugello circuit in Italy a few months ago (alongside Ducati Corse and the Ducati Desmosedici GP12), Ducati is slowly progressing on the Superbike 1199‘s final design, which sees the flagship motorcycle ditching its trellis frame for a MotoGP-inspired stressed airbox front end.

The Superquadrata v-twin motor is built overly-square, and should produce nearly 200hp in its max trim.¬†Other features are the LED headlight system, a horizontally-mounted rear shock, and a unicorn tears lubrication system (we’re not so sure about one of these three features). Expect more photos and info to “leak” out of Ducati as we get closer to EICMA, where the Ducati Superbike 1199 will debut. Thanks for the tip Geoffry!

Source: Zig Wheels

  • zaphod

    Is Ducati like Ferrari by making awesome vehicles when the racing program isn’t doing so hot? Cause this bike should be awesome…458 awesome.

  • MikeD

    Man…this thing stinks yet too much of 1198…I think the 1198 back wheel on the first Mule is playing with my head.

    Not necesarely a bad thing but im xpecting more of a “break-away” than this.

    P.S: U almost got me with the “unicorn tears” lubrication system…im reading normal stuff and then BAM!, WTF is he talking about !? LMFAO… (^_^ ).

  • Isaac

    That wheel base looks really long. Anyways cant wait to see the final product!

  • MikeD


    Nailed it. It does look longer than the first mules i remenber seeing….that or the rider is SMURF Size….or:

    On the CW article it does look shorter but then again it is hard on the front brakes on almost every picture so that helps to decrease the wheelbase.

  • Well, if they’re testing a race version of the bike, particularly for SBK, keep in mind that they can vary the swingarm, so that might explain why it looks odd. It could also just be the camera angle.

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  • G.Irish

    Anyone want to take bets on how long it’ll take Erik Buell to start crowing about how Ducati is copying his under seat exhaust idea?

  • MikeD


    U mean the under engine exhaust ? Ur too focused on the Ducati style, man…. (^_^ ) , let it go man, let it go….lol.

  • swizzle

    “MotoGP inspired front end”. Really?? Last I checked, the GP11’s front end is kind of a disaster, lacking feel, and making it impossible Ducati’s factory GP team to compete with the Hondas and Yamahas. The mighty Valentino Rossi and his crew cheif cheif Jeremy Burgess have been scrambling all season to fix the front end, and still haven’t figured it out. Should they be sticking with what has been working in WSBK (see Carlos Checka) until the current MotoGP “front end” situtation is a little more ‘inspiring’? Thoughts?

  • Shawn

    Short tail and MotoGP exhaust, looks like a R6 to me. Give me the iconic Ducati Supebike traits with fresh styling!!!

  • Minibull

    @swizzle: Yea, the front ends the same as the GP bike which mean it will handle exactly the same…except its not a carbon fibre airbox, the forks will be smaller, the front wheel would be a 17, it would have steel discs and it wont be running prototype spec race slicks….and on top of that, nobody except the GP riders can push it to the limits they do…
    So yea, everybody who buys these will have massive front end issues as they cruise to there coffee shop…

  • LarryRacer

    @Shawn yeah its a R6 and RSV4 hybrid combo

  • LarryRacer

    @Minibull WTF whould anybod buy a SBK like this to ride in the streets or to a coffee shop it beyond me!!!! Too man faux Ducati owners on this planet.

  • MikeD

    Well….xcuse me, but since that male enhancer isn’t working for me i thought this would be the ticket….LMFAO….Coffee Shop here i come !