Bikes don’t come much more de­sir­able

1299 Superleggera

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Richard New­land DEPUTY ED­I­TOR

As­ton­ish­ing… 215bhp and just 167kg fully wet! Du­cati’s new 1299 Superleggera broke cover at Milan this week at an equally in­cred­i­ble £72,000 ( but we still want one).

MCN re­vealed spy shots of the new 1299 Superleggera just last week – and here’s the real deal in all its in­cred­i­ble glory. It’s the first fac­tory pro­duc­tion bike to be equipped with a car­bon fi­bre frame, swingarm, sub­frame and wheels, and re­sults in a gob­s­mack­ing kerb mass of just 167kg – or 156kg dry. Com­bine such a low mass with the in­cred­i­ble 215bhp out­put from the 1285cc L-twin Su­perquadro en­gine, and it should add up to the one of the most dev­as­tat­ingly ef­fec­tive su­per­bike pack­ages ever cre­ated.

Car­bon weight loss

The mono­coque frame, beefy sin­glesided swingarm, sub­frame, fair­ings and wheels are all con­structed from su­per-high-end car­bon, and all are unique to the new Superleggera.

The frame has 7075 alu­minium al­loy in­serts that are co-lam­i­nated into the com­pos­ite struc­ture, and re­sult in a unit that weighs 40% (1.7kg) less than the non- car­bon ver­sion. The sin­glesided swingarm slices an­other 18% (0.9kg) off the to­tal com­pared to its alu­minium coun­ter­part, while the fair­ings are also con­structed in the glo­ri­ous weave. Also stan­dard are the beau­ti­ful high-strength car­bon wheels, made for Du­cati by car­bon wheel gu­rus BST, sav­ing an­other 1.4kg and of­fer­ing 26% less rolling re­sis­tance at the front and 44% less at the rear – and wear Pirelli Di­ablo Su­per­corsa SP rub­ber.

Power and con­trol

The heav­ily tweaked and light­ened 215bhp Su­perquadro ben­e­fits from a full elec­tron­ics pack­age. The six-axis In­er­tial Mea­sure­ment Unit man­ages the Du­cati Trac­tion Con­trol, Du­cati Slide Con­trol, Du­cati Power Launch, and En­gine Brake Con­trol. There’s also a bidi­rec­tional Du­cati Quick Shifter, and newly cal­i­brated Bosch Cor­ner­ing ABS sys­tem. And to pre­vent too much brag­ging, there’s the Du­cati Data Anal­yser+ data cap­ture sys­tem.

The Superleggera comes with a race kit that in­cludes a ti­ta­nium Akrapovic race ex­haust, a race screen, plate holder re­moval kit, stand re­moval kit, bil­let mir­ror plugs, front and rear pad­dock stands and a cover.

The ul­ti­mate ride

The new chas­sis set-up is com­pleted by Öh­lins sus­pen­sion and Brembo brakes. The multi-ad­justable 43mm Öh­lins FL936 in­verted fork weighs 1.35kg less than the Öh­lins fork on the Pani­gale R, while the Öh­lins TTX36 shock has a ti­ta­nium spring that shaves off 0.5kg. At the bot­tom of the fork is a set of 330mm Brembo discs, be­ing gripped by Brembo M50 monobloc calipers.

Only 500 will be built, each cost­ing a colos­sal £72,000 – and Du­cati say they’ve al­ready sold out!

Air-cooled 803cc L-twin 10-spoke light­weight wheels Bosch ABS Steel trel­lis frame LCD dash


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