Bellissimo – Ducati mark 90 years with stunning limited edition Panigale

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Ducati celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and the Italian manufacturer used World Ducati Week to debut a limited edition machine – the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario.

This stunning bike is more than just a cosmetic exercise; there are only 500 motorcycles being produced and each will receive the special paint, gold-colored metal and technical upgrades.

The stand out features are the bike’s enhanced rider aids – this S Anniversario is equipped with an EVO version of the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) – the first Ducati to receive these systems. The enhanced traction control system bolsters the current Bosch IMU-powered lean-angle sensitive system by allowing the rider to slide the rear wheel through a corner – the system allows the wheel to slip beyond the normal level of traction intervention, while still actively working to prevent a loss grip. The fact that Ducati used Casey Stoner to unveil the bike makes a lot of sense now…

Other trinkets include gold-colored forged aluminum Marchesini wheels, a neatly finished gold-colored titanium Akrapovic exhaust, limited edition laser-etched engraving, a lithium ion battery and lashings of carbon fibre – heel guards, rear hugger and the shock absorber cover all receive the weight saving treatment.

The attention to detail and the craftsmanship is superb – the top triple clamp and steering head inserts are machined-from-solid aluminium alloy, and these allow riders to shift the front wheel forward by 5mm, effectively giving the Panigale S Anniversario the same geometry as the Panigale R.

Bellissimo Ducati, you’ve just taken desire to a whole new level…

 

 

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