If there was any remote doubt that Troy Bayliss was still true bonafide Ducati royalty they were blown out of the water tonight when Ducati revealed a Troy Bayliss Edition Panigale V2.
Troy is loved by the Italians like one of their own, and he loves them right back in spades and the relationship between himself and Ducati is a true family affair.
52 victories, 94 podiums and three world titles (2001, 2006 and 2008) won with three different bikes: the twin-cylinder 996 R, the 999 R and the 1098 R. Troy Bayliss is the only motorcycle racer in history to win MotoGP and World Superbike races in the same season (2006).
This special edition was anticipated as we approach the 20th anniversary of the first of Troy’s three World Superbike Championship crowns and while most had expected it to be a new limited-edition V4, of course it is only right and correct that this bike is a traditional Ducati L-Twin. It is not a limited-edition and will be available to order through Ducati dealers for the foreseeable future.
It is not a 996, 998 or 1098 from history, but a special edition based on the 155 horsepower 955 cc model that is part of Ducati’s current line-up.
Of course it wears some sexy livery commemorating Troy’s win that recalls the clothes worn by that first title winning 996 R, but also comes with a few extras to boot and is 3 kg lighter.
It’s a single-seater with Ohlins TTX36 and NIX30 suspension components and adjustable Ohlins steering damper along with a sprinkle of extra carbon-fibre and titanium.
Troy’s autograph is reproduced on the fuel tank, while the billet aluminium triple clamp shows the name of the bike and the progressive numbering of this unique model.
The motorcycle is also equipped with self-cleaning brake and clutch pumps with smoke grey oil tanks.
The electronic package, dedicated to active safety and vehicle dynamics control, includes the “cornering” function applied to Bosch ABS, the electronic quick shift that also works when downshifting and traction, engine brake and wheelie controls (Ducati Quick Shift, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Engine Brake Control).
All the controls are integrated into the three Riding Modes (Race, Sport and Street) that can be modified using the 4.3″ colour TFT dashboard with graphics and interface designed to make menu navigation and settings adjustment intuitive, as well as immediate identification of the selected Riding Mode.
The World Superbike universe will also pay tribute to Bayliss’s career this weekend at Assen. On Sunday 25 July after the SuperPole Race, the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary will complete a lap of honour on the track, ridden by Aruba.it Racing – Ducati Team rider Michael Ruben Rinaldi, who competes in WorldSBK with the same number as Bayliss.
The twentieth anniversary of Troy Bayliss winning his first title with Ducati is being celebrated in Borgo Panigale with a temporary exhibition in the Museo Ducati entitled “Troy Story: The Legend of a Champion” which exhibits the bikes with which Troy was able to write some memorable chapters in the history of motorcycle racing. The exhibition can be visited until 19 September 2021 (here more information on visits to the Museo Ducati).
The Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary will be available in Australian Ducati dealerships from January 2022 at $27,489.
Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
BORE X STROKE
100 x 60,8 mm
114 kW (155 hp) @ 10.750 rpm
104 Nm (76,7 lb-ft) @ 9.000 rpm
Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies
2-1-2-1 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes
6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2
2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO. Self bleeding master cylinder
245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Digital unit with 4,3″ TFT colour display
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
174,5 kg (385 lb)
197 kg (434 lb)
835 mm (32,9 in)
1.438 mm (56,6 in)
99 mm (3.90 in)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY
17 l – 4.5 gallon (US)
NUMBER OF SEATS
Riding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration
Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Öhlins steering damper, Auto-off indicators, Lithium-ion battery, Silencer outlet cover in carbon fibre and titanium
Passenger seat and footpegs kit
Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and anti-theft
WARRANTY AND MAINTENANCE
24 months unlimited mileage
MAINTENANCE SERVICE INTERVALS
12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months
24,000 km (15,000 mi)
EMISSIONS AND CONSUMPTION (Only for countries where Euro 5 standard applies)
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