2012 Ducati Panigale Review


There is an exemplary amount of technology that has been used to create the 2012 Ducati Panigale 1199. It has the most efficient individual working systems and has created optimal performance among each system that work more like the human body than a machine. Making this machine even better is the technology that went into making it lighter. It will take dedication to achieve the goal of making this motorcycle the one that all others are compared. The objective; to make this motorcycle 22.05 pounds lighter and faster by 25 horsepower.

The 2012 Panigale 1199 is powered by state of the art technology. For starters, the frame of this beauty is made of cast aluminum for increased strength. This material has also reduced weigh by over 11 pounds. The frame has been fixed directly into the cylinder heads. The design of the motorcycle’s body and the driver’s seating position have been calculated to give the most ergonomic design possible to increase speed and reduce wind reduction and increasing lap times. These are the little things that bonus boosters for this already incredible engine. The 1198 cc, L-Twin, desmodromic engine is the heart and soul of this motorcycle. You are going to get 98.1 lb-ft at 9000 revolutions per minute and 195 horsepower at 10,700 revolutions per minute (rpm). The intake valves have increased in size from 43.5 mm to 46.8 mm which increases the lift and reduces resistance within the camshaft cylinders. By also increasing the exhaust valves by 7.7 mm you reap the benefits of needing a less powerful battery, smaller engine, and a decrease in weight by 7.28 pounds. You are also getting an incredible 1.84:1 bore/stroke ratio with these improvements. The desmodromic system has been improved to perfect the timing and efficiency between camshaft and crankshaft functions with the use of auto tension adjustment. Performance and carbon dioxide (CO2)/carbon monoxide (CO) reduction has been achieved with the air system. A second reed valve has been placed and utilized within the cylinder heads.

An incredible formula of weight and balance has been developed with the 2012 Pangale 1199. The cylinders have been placed 90 degrees from one another and rolled back 6 degrees on the crankcase. This has allowed a 21 degree angle to form between the front cylinder and horizontal plane. In conjunction with those changes the engine itself was able to be moved forward 32 mm. Achieving those changes has given this motorcycle a class of its own. This motorcycle will give you the advantage over every other bike on the road.

New For 2012

  • 22.05 pound reduction in the overall weight
  • A power increase of 25 horsepower (HP)
  • Engine redesigned for a 21 degree difference between the front cylinder and the horizontal plane
  • Engine has been moved forward 1.26 inches
  • Intake values increased from 43.5 mm to 46.8 mm
  • The bore and stroke ratio has been decreased to 1.84:1
  • Reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide into the environment

2012 Ducati Panigale Specs

  • Model: 2012 Ducati Panigale 1199
  • Engine Type: 1198cc, longitudinal twin, four value per cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 112m x 60.8 mm
  • Compression ratio: 12.5:1
  • Valve Train: desmodromic
  • Induction: liquid
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six-speed
  • Final Drive: chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: TBD Brakes (Front): Semi- floating discs Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic disc Suspension (Front): Fully adjustable inverted fork, hard anodized light weight slider, 50 mm spring pre-load,4.72 inches travel Suspension (Rear): fully adjustable, aluminum single sided swing arm with adjustable linkage, 5.12 inches travel Wheelbase: 56.6 inches Rake: 24.5 degrees Trail: 100mm Seat Height: 32.48 inches Curb Weight: 414.5 pounds Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17 Tires (Rear): 200/55 ZR17


  • Passenger seat available in assorted styles that are designed to enhance the level of comfort for the rider Carbon heel guard Oversized windshield that helps protect the rider from wind and other elements on the road A front paddock stand Soft tank bag

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