Ducati Corse’s OLED Dash

04/09/2012 @ 7:11 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

It is sort of a weird accolade, but Ducati has been at the front of motorcycle dash technology and innovation implementation. Introducing a TFT liquid crystal display (LCD) on the Ducati Diavel, the Italian has continued its progression forward with an OLED dash on the Ducati 1199 Panigale.

Delivering a noticeably brighter and crisper display over its TFT counter-part, the Ducati OLED dash is one of those items that doesn’t necessarily do a job better than its predecessor (it reads the bike’s speed and other vitals just the same as the pervious unit), but the added quality and user experience is one of those touches that makes a Ducati, well…a Ducati.

With the shroud of mystery that covers any race team’s technology, one cannot be certain whether the Ducati 1199 Panigale got its OLED dash before the GP12, or if the Ducati Desmosedici GP12’s race technology trickled down to the production superbike. Ducati Corse hasn’t been forthright responding to our inquiries, so we can only make conjecture a this.

From these photos, The GP12 has obviously different screens for different engineering and racing purposes, and it is not clear if the dash has an integrated touchscreen or not. Clearer, sharper, and brighter than previous units, the OLED dash means that in the fraction of a second that a MotoGP racer has to look as his dash, the chances of the information being accurately conveyed are certainly increased.

A nice piece of kit, the one thing that is for certain about the Ducati Corse OLED dash is that it is a marked improvement over more traditional racing units, which themselves are more robust than the units found from OEMs on stock machines.

Photos: © 2012 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • RJ

    It wont be long before it’s wirelessly connected to the net and gives you email, traffic and weather updates on your route…

    I’m not even being sarcastic either.

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  • And Vale still fighting agains the innovations of Ducati hahahahah

  • Smitch

    What if the pit limiter was engaged via GPS…that would be insane, and it’s totally possible.

  • mxs

    It’s this and then on very far contrary there are models released in 2012 (not Ducati bikes to my knowledge) which still do not have a proper fuel gauge. How difficult and expensive it is to put a proper fuel gauge on a bike, not a freaking low fuel indicator ….

  • Tom

    RJ, as long as its only a receiver and not a transmitter of data, then that would be cool to get real time traffic updates on your display.

  • Grant Madden

    Will it have facebook and messages from your mother when its time to come home cause dinners ready?The oil and water temp are pretty high in those pictures.If my TZ hit over 8Oc it was time to stop before it seized and spat me off but that motor is operating at 93c which seems a bit high.Just wondering,thats all.Headsup display on your visor must be next,no?

  • ek37

    @grant madden: im not sure what bike you’re riding but my R1 runs 220F idle and 190-200F moving which translates to 93+ celcius

  • Grant Madden

    Thanks ek37,my TZ had a real temp guage that said what the temperature was but my CBR just says high or low.Not much info there really.Knowing the real temp is interesting.Afraid the TZ race bike was old school 2stroke and a world away from modern 4strokers.Thanks for the enlightenment.

  • Grant Madden

    Speed control would not need GPS just a light beam to trigger the device at the entrance and exit of the pits

  • MikeD

    I like it. I still have not reached the “too much data” point on a motorcycle’s instrument cluster.
    Knowledge is POWER. Mine looks like a 1930’s TV compared to today’s HD LED TVs. Only part i truly like is the Red BackLight.
    On the temp subject, i normally run 180-190 moving and my fan kicks in at 212 and off at 200 (i think?) 03 SV1000N.