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The Ducati 1299 Panigale R is the end of an era

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The Panigale line of motorcycles from Ducati is no more. But what a way to go!

The official statistics, specifications and details of the new, end-of-the-line celebration from Ducati can be found at the bottom of this page, but whilst they may be the numbers obsessed over by superbike forum users and people who like to quote rake and trail figures as if they have any clue as to what the actually mean, we’re going to spend some time discussing what the 1299 Panigale R actually means.

In essence this final version of Ducati’s V-Twin superbike is a remix of all of the best bits from previous versions of the luscious, Italian superbike; there are elements of 1299 Panigale, Panigale R and even 1299 Superleggera within the celebratory package.

The basis for the bike is – of course – pure 1299 Panigale, but it’s the 1299 Superleggera that is responsible for the engine donation – all of the superlight bits that made the difference on that machine are here in all their glory. As are the clutch, air intake and that sexy, Akrapovic exhaust.

The Panigale R offers up its aluminium, monocoque ‘frame’ and the Ohlins front forks and rear suspension.

Think of the 1299 Panigale R as Ducati’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album. All of the filler songs and slightly ‘less good’ tracks are gone and the production values have been improved with special guest stars along the way.

And if you can afford to make that bedroom poster dream a reality, then it can be yours for just shy of £35,ooo.

The new V4 superbike from Ducati is expected to be announced in November at this years international motorcyle show in Milan. But for now, let’s revel in the last of the great, Italian V-Twin sportsbikes.

Bellissimo!


1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Colours

  • Red, white, green colour scheme and red wheels

Main equipment

  • Superquadro engine: 209 hp* at 11,000 rpm and 14.5 kgm* at 9,000 rpm
  • EURO 4 compliant
  • 2-segment pistons with 116 mm diameter to boost compression ratio
  • Lighter crankshaft with tungsten balancing pads
  • Increased-diameter titanium intake / exhaust valves
  • Cylinder head with specially developed intake and exhaust ducts
  • Camshafts with increased lift
  • Complete all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with high-mount dual silencer
  • Electronic package with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
  • Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Wet)
  • Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS and DTC EVO)
  • DWC EVO, EBC, DQS up/down
  • Öhlins mechanical suspension (NIX30 fork, TTX36 shock absorber)
  • Öhlins adjustable steering damper
  • Forged light alloy wheels
  • Auxiliary control keys
  • High-permeability air filter
  • Automatic tyre calibration and final drive ratio system
  • DDA+ GPS and lean angle display
  • Li-ion battery

Cutting-edge performance

With 209 hp* at 11,000 rpm and 14.5 kgm* at 9,000 rpm, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is, together
with the 1299 Superleggera, the most powerful Ducati twin ever. The Euro 4 compliant “Final Edition”
Superquadro engine features a lightened crankshaft with a larger crank pin and tungsten balancing
pads. Like the intake-exhaust valves, the con-rods are made of titanium. The two 116 mm diameter
pistons, instead, as on Superbike engines, have just two segments and slide on steel cylinder liners.
The intake valves have a diameter of 48 mm as opposed to the 46.8 mm on the 1299 Panigale; exhaust
valves have a diameter of 39.5 mm (against 38.2 mm on the 1299 Panigale). Intake and exhaust ducts
have undergone development accordingly, improving fluid dynamics thanks also to new camshafts that
offer both improved profiles and increased valve lift.

The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition features a clutch with new slipper and self-servo system, giving
heightened ‘feel’ and ride stability thanks also to the use of a new forged aluminium clutch basket.
The air intake system uses a high-permeability filter while the throttle body features new aerodynamic
throttle openings with a profile designed to improve airflow. Intake horn heights have, instead, been
optimised for each cylinder head, unlike the 1299 Panigale which has horns of the same length.
Lastly, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition has a complete all-titanium Akrapovič exhaust with a high dual
silencer (Euro 4 compliant), just like the one on the official Panigale that competes in the World
Superbike championship.

MotoGP electronics

The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition mounts the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). This sends
information on vehicle dynamics to the ABS Cornering, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO) and
Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO) systems. An automatic tyre size calibration and final drive ratio
system ensures optimal DTC EVO, DWC EVO and Engine Brake Control (EBC) performance at all
times. All these systems have several intervention levels, pre-selected according to the Riding Mode
(Race, Sport and Wet) and which can be personalised as desired. Moreover, the 1299 Panigale R Final
Edition features Ducati Data Analysis+ GPS (DDA+ GPS) and lets the rider record lean angles.
Completing the impressive array of electronic devices are the racing-derived handlebar switchgears that
allow fast DTC, DWC or EBC adjustments during track riding.

Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO)

The DTC EVO on the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is based on an algorithm that ensures faster, more
precise intervention. The DTC EVO interfaces with the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU),
constantly measuring the lean angle and using it to accurately calculate the degree of intervention
needed to ensure suitable rear wheelspin (according to the DTC EVO level setting).

Moreover, the DTC EVO also acts on the throttle body valves and controls spark and injection advance.
In all situations not requiring fast intervention of the DTC EVO, use of the throttle body valves maintains
optimal combustion parameters, ensuring more fluid engine response and control.

With simpler types of traction control, detection of rear wheelspin sees the system intervene to hold it in
check. When optimal grip is re-established the system reduces intervention until spin reoccurs and the
cycle repeats. This produces a graph that shows intervention oscillating around a theoretical “ideal
intervention line” that represents the traction limit. DTC EVO reduces the magnitude of those
oscillations, making the system operate closer to the perfect intervention line. This is particularly
advantageous in situations where grip changes, such as when the rear tyre becomes worn.

In addition to this enhanced intervention precision, when set to ‘1’ or ‘2’ the DTC EVO adds a new
function that allows the bike to be ridden at a level previously reserved for experts and pros. Now, when
the bike is leaned over, the rider can use the throttle to request more wheelspin than would be given by
the normal intervention level, allowing the bike to pivot around its front wheel and complete the taken
cornering line. DTC EVO lets riders to do this while keeping safety parameters under control, effectively
letting then ‘close’ the taken line with the rear wheel.

Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO)

The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition also comes equipped with the latest version of Ducati Wheelie
Control (DWC) EVO. This system has been overhauled in terms of both controller structure and
algorithm, ensuring a more accurate response to the rider’s needs. With DWC EVO, wheelie detection is
more accurate and the system intervenes to keep it in check more firmly and precisely than ever.

Engine Brake Control (EBC)

The EBC (Engine Brake Control) system was developed to help riders optimise vehicle stability under
extreme turn-in conditions in MotoGP and Superbike championship races; it does so by balancing the
forces applied to the rear tyre under severe engine-braking conditions. The EBC monitors the throttle
position, selected gear and crankshaft deceleration rate under heavy braking and administers precise
Ride-by-Wire throttle openings to balance the torque forces acting on the tyre. There are three EBC
levels: set via the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition control panel, they are automatically integrated into the
three Riding Modes to give riders even more efficient assistance.

Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down

In addition to minimising shift times, the DQS with up/down function allows clutchless down-changes,
making hard braking more effective than ever. The system includes a two-way microswitch built into the
shift lever linkage; when the gear shift is actuated, it sends a signal to the ECU. Thanks to full Ride-byWire
control, the system works differently for up-changes and down-changes, integrating spark advance
and injection adjustment during upshifts with an auto-blipper function during downshifts. Extent and
duration of system operation are designed to ensure seamless shifting even during extreme track riding;
during downshifts the system works in concert with the slipper clutch and the EBC.

Monocoque technology

Developed in the hyper-competitive racing world, the ultra-compact monocoque structure has, by
incorporating the airbox, played a pivotal role in keeping the dry weight of the 1299 Panigale R Final
Edition down to just 179 kg**.

The compact, enhanced-strength die-cast aluminium monocoque structure uses the Superquadro
engine as a stressed member of the frame. Attached to the cylinder heads, the monocoque protrudes
forward to house the steering head bearings, contained in two aluminium bushes. In addition to working
as a frame, the monocoque also acts as an air-box. It contains, in fact, not just the air filter but also the
throttle bodies and the fuel circuit, complete with injectors, and is sealed off by the aluminium fuel tank bottom.

Suspension

The 1299 Panigale R Final Edition comes equipped with mechanical suspension and a 24° rake. Up
front, the bike mounts 43 mm fully adjustable Öhlins NIX 30 TiN-coated upside down forks, while the
“Final Edition” rear features a fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 monoshock with titanium spring. The 1299
Panigale R Final Edition also has an adjustable Öhlins steering damper.

Braking system

On the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition, massive stopping power is provided by Brembo M50 monobloc
calipers, designed to be compact and weight-saving. Machined from a solid alloy block, the calipers
ensure greater stiffness and resistance to warping during hard braking. This means increased hydraulic
efficiency, ensuring both spectacular stopping power and enhanced brake lever precision and ‘feel’. The
dual Brembo Monobloc calipers, each mounting four pistons with a diameter of 30 mm, bite down on 330
mm discs to give exceptional braking effectiveness. Last but not least, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition
mounts the ABS Cornering system, managed by the ultra-light Bosch 9.1 MP control unit.

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Harley-Davidson release two new, old Sportsters

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New Harley Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special come with new graphics, chrome and high bars.

There are a lot of new motorcycles coming out of the Harley-Davidson stable – at least one hundred by 2027 in fact, so we can expect a frequent flow of model revisions and changes to be revealed over the coming months and years.

The two new bikes announced today by Harley aren’t hugely new or exciting – but the new graphics are pretty sweet and ape-hanger bars are always worth clinging onto.

‘Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders’ -Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design.

The Harley Sportster was introduced in 1957 and has now hit somewhere in the region of 30 varying production models. Along that time owners have got pretty used to stripping their bikes down and customising/re-inventing them. It’s this fact that Harley say they’ve used as inspiration for their two, new machines.

The Forty-Eight Special comes with a tiny 10 litre tank, new, steamroller front-end and 8 inch high Tallboy handlebars. Compared to the regular Forty-Eight, there’s also a lot more chrome.

The Iron 1200 features a ‘fast-back’ café seat, mini-ape black handlebars and a glossy black fly screen. It’s also got more range with a 15 litre tank and fancy colour paint/graphics. There’s also a lot less chrome and a lot more black.

So that’s two more of the 100 bikes out of the way.  And a new electric just around the corner

 

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Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle will be a ‘Revelation’ (according to trademark filings)

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Harley-Davidson trademark casts revelatory eye into future of their electric motorcycle plans.

If you were to have said a year or so ago that arguably the world’s most famous motorcycle brand would be frequently linked with falling sales and financial woe then most people would have said that you were barking mad.

However, with recent stories of millennial woe and mounting board concern the immediate future of the famours Bar and Shield brand is far from certain.

With a commitment to releasing 100 new motorcycles over the next ten years however, the folks at Harley-Davidson motorcycles do at least seem to have a plan to tackle their problem, and – along with Indian Motorcycle – they are preparing to take that battle to uncharted territory.

Last month the news broke that Harley were looking to get their electric motorcycle out and onto the streets by the end of 2019 and now it would seem that we know a little more about what form that new electric technology might take. Or the name of it at least.

According to a recent trademark application filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office then name that Harley Davidson will use to refer to their new electric drive-train technology will be ‘Revelation’.

The interpretation by our (genuine) friends over at Asphalt & Rubber is that this will not be the name of the final motorcycle however, but rather the name used to refer to the technology/motor itself.

We’re not sure if the final name of the electrified Harley will be that of the Livewire moniker attributed to its pre-production/concept that was produced as a test vehicle back in 2014, but the choice of ‘Revelation’ for the motor technology is an interesting one to say the least.

The company already uses similar sounding names for it’s Evolution’ and ‘Revolution X’ V-Twin engines, so ‘Revelation’ isn’t too far of a stretch for the imagination, but it’s certainly an interesting one…

The Book of Revelation in Christian faith is effectively an apocalyptic prophecy.

The notion that it will be the old, warhorse Harley-Davidson to be the first major manufacturer on course to release a production electric motorcycle could well be considered an event of almost biblical proportions.

Source: USPTO via Asphalt & Rubber

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