Remember when the Ducati 1199 Panigale hit the shores of Japan, and the Bologna Bullet got an ugly mid-pipe and exhaust can welded into place, whiled the underslung exhaust cans welded shut? It was such an affront to the senses of some of our loyal Ducatisti readers, our comments section was flooded with the word “hoax” and the cry to burn it with fire.

Unlike Santa Claus, the Japanese-spec Ducati 1199 Panigale is very real Virginia, and it features other changes beyond its monstrous exhaust to help quiet the beast that resides within its fairings.

Ducati is not alone in the list of brands that have seen the gorgeous lines of their machines ruined by the strict noise and emission standards of Nippon. Committing yet another crime against motorcycling, we have for your viewing terror official photos of the Japanese edition of the MV Agusta F3 675 — yes, the exhaust can of doom makes a return appearance.

There is no mention of other changes to the MV Agusta F3 on the company’s Japanese website, so presumably the addition of the longer exhaust and substantial exhaust pipe was sufficient enough to get the supersport machine deemed road-legal in Japan. Thanks for the tip Trane!


Source: MV Agusta Japan

  • Ryan

    Now it looks like a stock gixxer, awesome.

  • Afletra

    Sorry…maybe my thoughts is a kind of insular, but…is Japanese try to “block” their motorcycle rivals (especially from Italy) with this -stupid- way???
    Why not making some changes inside the fairing/undercowl? such as a catalytic converter maybe? why they have to make the entire appearance of the bike turn from awesome into awful? is there no other way? forgive for my stupidity, but please…ask them if you can. thanks.

    I always love the Japanese; their bikes, culture, anime, manga, games, etc…
    But this one thing really affect me.

  • Westward

    Let me get this straight, they can make a car turn into a robot, or a motorcycle into a helicopter, but they can’t make cooler looking exhausts to handle the noise ?

  • I think the issue is in Italy, not Japan, boys…

  • I predict eCRP’s Energica will be the sexiest Italian bike sold in Japan in 2014 (if it ever makes it there).

  • @Alfletra
    As far as I’m aware the changes are for noise, not emissions, so changes inside the fairing aren’t the issue.

    In Europe/US the noise tests are performed by a flat out drive-by, in simple terms blatting past a bloke with a microphone. In Japan the test is different- a microphone positioned a distance of x from the end of the tail pipe.

    With the new underslung pipes this means that the microphone is much closer to the engine than previous models and the microphone picks up noise from the engine as well as the exhaust note which pushes up the dBs.

    Solution? (a) make the engine quieter or (b) get that microphone away from the bike by making the pipe longer.

    I would be surprised if your F3/ Panigale doesn’t come with a ‘normal’ exhaust in the crate for you to fit “for race use only”

  • “Thanks for the tip Trane!”

    Thanks for the kudos, Jensen. :)

    What a shame about the F3. When I saw the booth, I bee-lined over to have a look at the F3. Seeing that can on the arse end of the bike was a huge disappointment.

  • Jet

    Japan and Ducati do not go well,I will never ever buy a Ducati that japan had some kind of influence w/.My beast got be pure blooded as like the one that lives in my garage,my opinion only.

  • smiler

    Now it yawn looks like yawn a giver yawn 1000 yawn.
    It is there to prevent competition in Japan’s home market. At one point ski makers had to test their skis before they could be sold with a Japanese skiing champ….of which there were none.

    Given that this is the country that brought us Jap cars with end cans the same diameter as a commercial jet airline and as noisy, this does seem like protectionism.

  • This is what happens since all motorcycle manufacturers are pulling tricks to pass noise emission tests, like they are doing now. Exhaust en inlet flaps, less power or poor running at certain RPM’s, it’s all done just to pass the simple tests most country’s use. But because customers want more sound they make them sound louder at all (not tested) other RPM’s. And for Italian bikes it’s a very, very (did I say VERY?) big mystery how their bikes ever passed any kind of homolgation. But hey, who cares, we all love that sound! But, as a negative consequence more and more streetbikes have problems at trackdays, since they make an incredible (NICE!) sound at higher revs, which gets you booted out, even with 100% stock bikes. Panigale’s (for example) are blackflagged at all tracks where sound levels are a problem, which in Europe is almost everywhere.
    It looks like the Japs now use a more “real” way of testing. Unfortunately.

  • Jesze

    This bike just lost its soul, much for than the Panigale :'(

  • Rich

    There’s too much precedence being placed in the appearance of this bike. Shove a questionable on any other stock 600-class machine and a more typical response to it would be something like “So? Who cares as long as it kick’s ass?”. Do it with this one and people overwhelmingly seem to thing it becomes unsaleable, as if there were no other valid reasons for owning one. This really speaks volumes about what this bike is about and how it compares in performance terms to it’s competitors. In any case, people can (and do) replace cans cheaply and on a whim, so why the fuss?

  • Jesze

    Rich I think you are not aware of the recent history of MV Agusta and their ‘organ pipe’ exhausts, in comparison I would say its like taking away one of Moto Guzzi’s cylinders. A portion of the bike that makes it recognisable as what it is and a part of the essence of the bike. That being said it takes nothing of MV’s racing pedigree and I guess the company values the Japanese market enough to let this happen, though I’m sure the Panigsle softened the blow.

  • talkriver

    Japanese Agusta dealers can provide owners with original silencer and flash ECU to get full-power.
    So, dealers get money for original price, plus money for full-power modification. That’s irrational!

  • Gritboy

    What Westward said!

  • Norm G.

    not sure what’s bad…? the exhaust…? or retaining the 3 pipe heat gaurd REMINDING you that there was another exhaust…?

  • MP

    The triple exhaust heat shield is still there = Wack

  • Fox

    Could it be these bikes are also shipped with the regular 3 outlet shorty pipes? Once homologation is done and bikes are back @ the dealers, off comes the “Nippon spec” pipe and on goes the original pipe?

  • Minus the heat shield, I think it looks better. SO THERE!

  • “Could it be these bikes are also shipped with the regular 3 outlet shorty pipes? Once homologation is done and bikes are back @ the dealers, off comes the “Nippon spec” pipe and on goes the original pipe?”

    Nope, not gonna happen. What will happen for a number of bikes is that once the owner takes possession, the “aftermarket” will be more than happy to supply the OEM exhaust that makes the bike so iconic in appearance in the first place. See, the dichotomy of Japan is that although manufacturers jump through hoops to get a vehicle approved for sale here, it’s up to Japan’s Keystone Kops to ensure noise regs are enforced by drives/riders. And that pretty much just doesn’t happen.

    That said, I haven’t seen a Panigale with stock, non-Japan pipes or Termis yet. It could be the after-sale vehicle inspection laws have changed in a way to make these moves less likely. Time will tell.

  • Sixty7

    Think it looks better than that stock triple thing they had on there……although they could done a better job of blending it in….lol

  • Gonzo

    Supposedly big pipe=big dick in Japan, which was another consideration.

  • meatspin

    dont cali riders have to deal with this too and do the old pipe swap when they get it passed?

  • Not like this.

  • JoeD

    All governments are the problem. Anarchy IS the solution.

  • BBQdog

    Think this is just to get them through customs etc. The owners will get the original parts with it ‘ for closed circuit use only’.

  • Martin

    The exhaust was apparently design by MV Agusta. Much like the Panigale’s third can is a Termi.

  • Superlight

    No way was that exhaust designed by MV. This bike, which looks nothing like any Suzuki excepting its use of a single headlight, is about integrated product design, a concept apparently foreign to all the Japanese makers.

  • smoke

    EBR 1190RS got the same treatment due to Japanese regs.