17. DU­CATI 1299 SU­PER­LEG­GERA

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorcycle Live -

HIGH­LIGHTS O Car­bon fibre frame, wheels and swingarm O Car­bon fibre fair­ings O Öh­lins sus­pen­sion

Num­ber 17? What the hell is this do­ing at Num­ber 17? It should be at num­ber one, surely? Well, at £72,000, and with ev­ery sin­gle one of the 500 hav­ing sold out al­ready, it’s been rel­e­gated by an un­usual dose of re­al­ism. But you ab­so­lutely have to go and stare at it – quite pos­si­bly for an en­tire day.

It’s the first pro­duc­tion bike to be equipped with a car­bon frame, swingarm, sub­frame and wheels, and re­sults in a gob­s­mack­ing kerb mass of just 167kg – or 156kg dry. The mono­coque frame, beefy sin­gle-sided swingarm, sub­frame, fair­ings and wheels are all con­structed from su­per­high-end car­bon, and all are unique to the new Su­per­leg­gera. And it boasts an ex­cep­tional elec­tron­ics pack­age, too.

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.

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