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Ducati gifts itself the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario

Ducati has wished itself a happy birthday with the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario
Ducati has wished itself a happy birthday with the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario
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Ducati's traction control claims to be smoother than regular systems
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Ducati's traction control claims to be smoother than regular systems
Ducati's paintjob is inspired by the brand's racers
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Ducati's paintjob is inspired by the brand's racers
There's plenty of special carbon fiber parts scattered around the frame
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There's plenty of special carbon fiber parts scattered around the frame
Those gold wheels are unique to the Anniversario
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Those gold wheels are unique to the Anniversario
Looking into the eyes of the Panigale 
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Looking into the eyes of the Panigale 
The Akrapovic exhaust is made of titanium
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The Akrapovic exhaust is made of titanium
Each bike has its production number etched on
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Each bike has its production number etched on
Just 500 will be built
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Just 500 will be built
The paintjob is inspired by racing Ducati bikes
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The paintjob is inspired by racing Ducati bikes
Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
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Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
The Akrapovic exhaust makes things lighter and louder
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The Akrapovic exhaust makes things lighter and louder
Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
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Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
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Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
Ducati is wishing itself a happy birthday with the Anniversario
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Ducati is wishing itself a happy birthday with the Anniversario
Just in case you're still wondering which company makes this bike
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Just in case you're still wondering which company makes this bike
The chassis geometry mimics that of the Panigale R
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The chassis geometry mimics that of the Panigale R
Some of the carbon goodness on the Panigale 
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Some of the carbon goodness on the Panigale 
Gold wheels are a part of the package with the Anniversario
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Gold wheels are a part of the package with the Anniversario
The Panigale is a handsome bike in standard trim, even more so in special Anniversario spec
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The Panigale is a handsome bike in standard trim, even more so in special Anniversario spec
The Ducati logo stamped into the back of the seat
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The Ducati logo stamped into the back of the seat
Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
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Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
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Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
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Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
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Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
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Some of the details on the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario
The Panigale S Anniversario has the same geometry as the Panigale R
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The Panigale S Anniversario has the same geometry as the Panigale R
With clever shocks, ABS and traction control, the Panigale is a smart bike
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With clever shocks, ABS and traction control, the Panigale is a smart bike
The detailing on the Panigale is beautiful
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The detailing on the Panigale is beautiful
Ducati has wished itself a happy birthday with the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario
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Ducati has wished itself a happy birthday with the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario
The Anniversario hits the track
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The Anniversario hits the track
The Panigale on the track
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The Panigale on the track
The Anniversario is meant to ape racing Panigale paintjobs
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The Anniversario is meant to ape racing Panigale paintjobs
The Anniversario has a retuned traction control system 
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The Anniversario has a retuned traction control system 
Akrapovic supplies the exhaust
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Akrapovic supplies the exhaust
Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
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Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
Ducati has wished itself a happy birthday with the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario
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Ducati has wished itself a happy birthday with the Panigale 1299 S Anniversario
Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
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Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
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Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
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Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
Casey Stoner on the Anniversario
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Casey Stoner on the Anniversario

Most people don't bother buying themselves a birthday present, instead leaving the gifting to close friends and family members. Things work a bit differently in the world of cars and bikes, a point proven by Ducati's 1299 Panigale S Anniversario. Designed to be faster, louder and prettier than the regular Panigale S, the Anniversario is Ducati's way of saying happy 90th birthday to itself.

As we get older we tend to put on weight, but Ducati has managed to shed 2.5 kg (6 lb) from the 1299 Panigale for its 90th birthday special. Carbon fiber has been used for the heel guards, shock-absorber covers and rear mudguard, while a lithium battery also contributes to the weight savings. The bike has also been treated to a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, shedding a few precious grams and opening the door to more v-twin howl as you chase the redline.

Each bike has its production number etched on
Each bike has its production number etched on

Changes extend beyond bolt-on parts, with machined steering head inserts and a new top triple clamp. Each top triple clamp is emblazoned with the bike's production number, and the new parts mean the chassis geometry mimics the Panigale R.

Revised chassis geometry and carbon parts are nice, but they don't mean much if you're constantly terrified of pushing the envelope and exploring the limits of grip. To make that limit a bit more flexible, Ducati has totally reworked its traction control system, which now varies its intervention based on your lean angle, and more precisely manages the throttle to keep the bike on the edge of grip.

Rather than cutting in clumsily before letting go and allowing the tires to slip again, the DTC EVO system is claimed to be smoother and less intrusive, tweaking the butterfly valves in the bike's throttle bodies to intervene more smoothly than it would otherwise have been able to.

Ducati's traction control claims to be smoother than regular systems
Ducati's traction control claims to be smoother than regular systems

In its most relaxed setting the system will even allow a bit of slip from the rear wheel, letting riders get on the power early and use a controlled drift to tighten the cornering line without fear of skidding off into the weeds. Ducati's own systems are backed up by Bosch Cornering ABS and Ohlins Smart EC Suspension, which dynamically adjust the suspension on the move for better performance or, if you're cruising, comfort.

The red, white and black cherry on top of Ducati's birthday cake is the race-inspired paintjob and gold wheels, which will help the 500 Anniversarios built stand out from the crowd.

Expect the bike to start popping up in dealers in the second half of July. Ducati has been very generous with the gorgeous photos that accompanied the bike's announcement, take a flick through the gallery to see them all.

Source: Ducati

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