A brand new Ducati superbike is a uncommon factor. It’s the bike equal of a flower that solely blooms each 5 years or so. For our staff right here, dwelling and inhaling two-wheel fandom each day, the prospect of a MotoGP-derived four-cylinder Ducati superbike was (and is) thrilling. With every rumor, leaked photograph, cell-phone video, and small announcement, we chatted and speculated over what the bike could be wish to journey. What would it not sound like? Wouldn’t it be quicker than a 1299 V-twin? You may say the obsession grew to a degree that we couldn’t stand.
Half of an invite to go to Italy and see the brand new Panigale in motion was all we would have liked. We took a tour of the manufacturing line (which any visitor can do, by the best way), and soaked up an impossibly drool-worthy lineup of museum superbikes—851, 916, 999, 1098, 1299, and the brand new V4 multi function room. Nothing brings out the little child in us fairly like being at a motorbike manufacturing unit. Then the principle occasion: swinging a leg over the very prototype that Casey Stoner rode to assist the manufacturing unit develop the brand new platform.
We introduced cameras alongside in order that we may share the expertise with everybody we all know. Hopefully the video above brings out the identical uncommon, adolescent degree of enthusiasm that solely probably the most particular flowers… err, bikes, can actually summon in all of us.