8. Harley-Davidson V-Rod “Harley have just done the improbable, nay, impossible by producing a (gasp) water-cooled motor…” is what we wrote in 2002 (has it really been that long?) when Harley-Davidson introduced the VRSCA V-Rod. The thought of H-D producing a thoroughly modern engine astonishes many today just as it did back then. Of course, […]
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8. Ducati 1199 Panigale
There are a number of Ducati motorcycles eligible to be on this list, but when history looks back on the 1199 Panigale, it will do so with a smile. Consider its monocoque chassis, with the most powerful V-Twin engine to date, its trick electronics package, Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes designed specifically for the 1199, and it’s easy to see why we’ve included it here.
The 1199 Panigale is a technological tour-de-force, and we haven’t even begun with the R model. We’ll all see this tech trickle down to other motorcycles, not just sportbikes, and someday in the future historians will mark the Panigale as the turning point when motorcycles went from analog to digital. Sure its racing success might be lacking at this point, but this is one of the rare times it doesn’t matter.