2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera Review.

2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera Review.

Hello, Fellas! We have to admit that we are currently acting as a 9-year-old child who just got his candy; The 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera is here, and we can’t wait to introduce you to this beautiful beast.

Let’s take a closer look at this masterpiece and take our time to admire it.

1299 Superleggera Specs
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Features of the 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera.

The Engine.

This beast is considered to be the most powerful twin-cylinder engine on the market when it comes to street bikes. This 1285 cc engine produces a total of 215 HP at 11,000 rpm. That is raw power to serve your adrenaline addiction.

Dimensional & Material Improvements have been made to the engine; this includes larger valve diameter, new camshafts and using titanium for weight reduction purposes. The cylinder heads have larger ducts, and the new pistons improve less friction for better performance.

The compact and lightweight crankshaft that is balanced by tungsten counterweights, will ensure that the power you desire is transformed efficiently. Not to mention, the mass centralization (and reduction) improvement.

Hold on my friend, it’s a little bit early to be impressed, keep on reading……

Ducati 1299 Superleggera Price
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The Clutch & Transmission.

The 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera is loaded with a new anti-hopping clutch system, to provide you with the best riding experience and stability during hard braking. The motorcycle has a 6-speed transmission system, along with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) that works both ways (up & down).


Ducati 1299 Superleggera Exhaust.

The manufacturers loaded up this masterpiece with a non-street-legal racing exhaust system just for you. This kit will provide you with an additional 5 HP and will shred 4 Kgs from the overall weight.

1299 Superleggera Chassis: Full Carbon Fibre?

Yes, that’s true. Ducati didn’t just make sure to introduce you with a powerful 2-stroke engine that drags a bulky steel cage. The Ducati team created an outstanding “carbon fiber everything “ model for the 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera. Frame, Subframe, Wheels, Swingarm, and even fairings.

Ducati 1299 Superleggera Weight
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This gives the Superleggera a very remarkable power-to-weight ration that we are sure that it will draw a big smile on your face.

More Weight Reduction?

Well, anything that can’t be made from carbon fiber, Ducati made sure to make it either aluminum or titanium. That includes bolts and gas tank. Did we mention that the carbon fiber swingarm has been subjected to Aerospace tests?

The Carbon fiber front & rear wheels have contributed in reducing 1.4 Kgs, compared to the traditional (well, not very traditional) Aluminium Wheels. They have been subjected to the same swingarm Aerospace tests too. Improved Inertia will serve you good too, due to this upgrade.

All of these weight reduction efforts resulted in a 156 KG (Dry weight) motorcycle that you will definitely enjoy riding.

Suspension & Brakes.

A fully adjustable 43mm Öhlins FL 936 fork with TiN treatment has been installed as a front fork and a rear fully adjustable single Öhlins TTX36 shock with a  titanium spring.

As for the brakes, the front ones are radially mounted  Brembo Monobloc Evo M50 4-piston calipers that work on a 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs. The rear discs are 245 mm and both brakes have ABS cornering for your convenience.

Electronics & Technology.

The 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera is loaded with nearly every electronic assistant program you can think about; Riding Modes, Power Modes, ABS Cornering, Rapid Setting and much more.

The 2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera Specifications.

ENGINESuperquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
DISPLACEMENT1,285 cc
BORE X STROKE116 x 60.8 mm
COMPRESSION RATIO13.0:1
POWER158.1 kW (215 hp) @ 11,000 rpm
TORQUE146.5 Nm (108,0 lb-ft) @ 9,000 rpm
FUEL INJECTIONMitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full Ride-by-Wire elliptical throttle bodies with aerodynamic valve and optimized trumpets
EXHAUST2-1-2 system, primary tubes in titanium. Twin titanium mufflers. 2 lambda probes and 2 catalytic converters
GEARBOX6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down
PRIMARY DRIVEStraight cut gears; Ratio 1.77:1
RATIO1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24
FINAL DRIVEChain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
CLUTCHHydraulically controlled slipper/self-servo wet multiplate clutch
FRAMEMonocoque in carbon fiber
FRONT SUSPENSIONFully adjustable 43mm USD Öhlins FL 936 fork with TiN treatment, billet fork bottoms and lightweight stress-optimized outer tubes, lightweight springs
FRONT WHEEL10-spoke carbon fiber 3.50" x 17"
FRONT TYREPirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
REAR SUSPENSIONFully adjustable single Öhlins TTX36 shock with titanium spring, adjustable linkage between progressive/flat. Carbon fiber single-sided swingarm
REAR WHEEL10 spokes carbon fiber 6.00” x 17”
REAR TYREPirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17
WHEEL TRAVEL (FRONT/REAR)120 mm (4.7 in) - 130 mm (5.1 in)
FRONT BRAKE2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Evo M50 4-piston callipers with Cornering ABS, Brembo MCS 19-21 adjustable-ratio front brake master cylinder, remote lever adjuster
REAR BRAKE245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Cornering ABS
DRY WEIGHT156 kg (343.9 lb)
KERB WEIGHT167 kg (368.2 lb)
SEAT HEIGHT830 mm (32.48 in)
WHEELBASE1.456 mm (57.32 in)
RAKE24°
FRONT WHEEL TRAIL98 mm (3.86 in)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY17 l - 4.5 gallon (US)
STANDARD EQUIPMENTRiding Modes, Power Modes, ABS cornering, DTC, DWC, DSC, DPL, DQS u/d, EBC, DDA+ w/GPS module, Fully RbW. Rapid setting DTC, DWC, DSC, EBC
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENTTrack Kit: Titanium racing exhaust, racing windshield, machined mirror block-off plates, license plate mount removal plug, side-stand removal kit, front and rear paddock stands, paddock bike cover

The 1299 Superleggera Price.

Well, it’s only $15,000 more expensive than 1199. That makes it nearly $80,000. (Don’t shoot us, we didn’t price it). The only thing that we can say about the pricing, is that’s what you have to pay for to acquire a masterpiece that is magnificently engineered for a unique performance.

In case you need a proof for the value for money regarding this motorcycle. Then, we suggest taking a closer look at this video.

Video Courtesy of Ducati.

Hopefully, our tour added some value and information about the latest Ducati 1299 Superleggera. If you liked this article, then we encourage you to take a look at the Kawasaki H2 one too (click here to check it).