Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
In 2014, Ducati took its already-impressive Panigale 1199 and decided to get a little crazy. The name of Superleggera, Italian for Superlight, summarizes the concept simply enough – more power and less weight.
The Panigale was no porker at 367 pounds dry, but Ducati bestowed the Superleggera with a magnesium frame, forged magnesium wheels, carbon fiber rear subframe, carbon fiber bodywork, full titanium exhaust, titanium bolts/fasteners, and a lithium-ion battery. They even shaved weight in the engine with titanium exhaust valves to complement the titanium connecting rods and intake valves already present on the base bike. Thanks to all of these changes, the Superleggera weighed just 341.7 pounds dry (390.2 pounds wet)!
In addition to the titanium exhaust valves, the Superquadro motor in the Superleggero had two-ring pistons, a new piston crown, and a lighter crankshaft. This meant a peak power output of over 200 horsepower, and that gave the Superleggera the crown of best power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle when it was built.
Brembo was tasked with the brakes – M50 Monoblocks with a 19.21 MCS radial master cylinder – while Ohlins handled the suspension: FL916 forks and a TTX36 shock (with a titanium spring for less weight, of course).
The Superleggera also came with a Race Kit, which includes a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, taller race windscreen, dust cover, front and rear stands, mirror fill-in caps, and block-off plates for the license plate and sidestand. Slapping on all those parts yields 5 more horsepower and a further weight savings of 5.5 pounds – down to 336.2 dry.
It does not come with the Race Kit, though the bike is equipped with the Akrapovic exhaust. It has been on display nearly all of its life but it fires right up as shown in the video up top. In fact, Adam just took it for a 60-mile ride this weekend and he reports that it runs great!