What do you do when you receive a new Ducati Panigale 1299 R? If your answer was drive it.. you're wrong AF! You strip it down, make is it a naked café racer.. one that's insanely fast. Throw some 2mm aluminum on the shit, covert from LED lighting to an old yellow retro light from the 60s, and mold a soft, rich leather saddle to keep your ass comfortable.
When you look at a sports bike you see a sleek, sporty shell around the the bike hiding off the view of the workings of the engine. People often strip them and make naked bikes, but this is a SUPERBIKE. Built for the track but baaaaaaarely street legal. To strip a $35,000 Limited number Ducati is insane. I'm not sure what's crazier.. stripping the bike, or the gorgeous contrast of brass and brushed aluminum of the engine.
Everything on this build is neat, precise, and super polished. The modern electronics of the dash remains but the dated headlight and micro wind shield quickly remind you.. CAFE RACER. Looking closely, the wires are tucked away so well, you almost wonder if the bike is just for show. I also questioned the one mirror also. I'm a man of symmetry but then I looked at the gas cap being opposite of the mirror and found the evenness, still doesn't explain one mirror though.
I'm not a super big fan of this The Panigale R exhaust system. It's plenty loud and has a sinister growl, but the double muffler shit in the back is ugly to me. This feature is on the production/showroom version on the bike. It ugly there too. It's a tribute to bikes past that I don't think was needed, but I'm not on the design team, so my opinion doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. If I were to buy the bike.. it would be the first thing changed.
Lastly, I'm a huge fan of the single side swing arm and the spoke wheels. That is. The combo is dope.
Cool bike bro.
Check out more pics and the full story of the bike HERE.