Long ago, in a galaxy far away, Ducati dominated World Superbike competition. In the early 2000s, Ducati was the brand to beat in WSBK, due to a sympathetic rulebook, and generally being in the right place at the right time. And, because of Troy Bayliss.
Bayliss kicked off a long series of successes for Ducati with a title win in 2001. Now, the company is celebrating that win with the Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Champion 20th Anniversary model.
Ducati’s press release says the new bike’s paint, saying the graphics “are inspired by that of the 996 R which in the 2001 season powered Bayliss to the conquest of his first world title, revisiting its colors and cuts.” It wouldn’t be a Ducati special edition without some sort of glammed-up paint, after all.
Thankfully, the improvements go beyond a graphics package. Ducati also included NX30 forks and a TTX36 rear shock, “designed to achieve the best performance on the circuit, with a set-up that makes the bike more precise and offers the rider greater feeling and greater support in all riding phases.” There’s a new steering damper, too, and a lithium-ion battery that reduces the bike’s weight by 6.6 pounds.
Ducati added a few other smaller upgrades, but at it’s core, this machine is still a Panigale V2. The last of Ducati’s V-twin superbikes, the Panigale V2 makes 155 horsepower at 10,750 rpm, and 104 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. An advanced electronics package comes standard: Wheelie/engine braking control, cornering-sensitive ABS and traction control, an up/down quickshifter, a 4.3-inch TFT dashboard, Race/Sport/Street riding modes, and more.
Asking price for the new special-edition Duc is $21,000 in the US, or $23,695 in Canuckistan.