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Ducati's special-edition Bayliss Panigale V2

Ducati's special-edition Bayliss Panigale V2

The 'Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary', to give its full name

The 'Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary', to give its full name

The legendary number 21 of Troy Bayliss features on the seat

The legendary number 21 of Troy Bayliss features on the seat

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Ducati's special-edition Bayliss Panigale V2

Why do we always want what we can’t have?

This week’s bike to drool over will appeal to anyone with an interest in Italian machinery, and with even a passing interest in bike racing.

And because I tick both of these boxes, I’ve been wishing extra hard for a Lotto win, or even just enough to cover the likely €20k-plus price tag.

Ducati and Troy Bayliss go hand in hand like Manchester United and Eric Cantona, Steve Jobs and Apple, or Batman and Robin.

As a Ducati Corse rider, the Australian had 52 victories, 94 podiums and three world titles in the World Superbikes during his illustrious career.

Bayliss rode a variety of Ducati machinery during that time – the twin-cylinder 996R, the 999R and the 1098R.

And now, 20 years after winning the 2001 Superbike World Championship, Ducati is honouring the racer by producing a special-edition ‘Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary’ bike.

Now that’s a bit of a mouthful, even by Italian standards, so let’s just call it the Bayliss Panigale V2.

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The 'Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary', to give its full name

The 'Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary', to give its full name

The 'Ducati Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary', to give its full name

The bike will come with with Öhlins components – an NX30 front fork and TTX36 rear shock - and an adjustable steering damper.

It’s 3kg lighter than the standard Panigale V2 thanks to a lithium-ion battery and the a single-seater configuration. A passenger seat and pegs are also available, but where’s the fun in that?

There’s also a carbon fibre and titanium exhaust cover, and the rider seat is adorned with Bayliss’s number 21 in white out of a variety of green and red, making up the colours of the Italian flag.

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Self-cleaning brake and clutch pumps also feature, as do smoke-grey oil tanks.

The Bayliss Panigale V2 is the entry-level model in the Panigale family but is still an impressive machine.

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The legendary number 21 of Troy Bayliss features on the seat

The legendary number 21 of Troy Bayliss features on the seat

The legendary number 21 of Troy Bayliss features on the seat

Powered by a 955cc Superquadro twin-cylinder unit that’s Euro 5 compliant, and with maximum power of 155hp at 10,750rpm and max torque of 104Nm at 9,000rpm, the chassis is based on the monocoque frame, with looks inspired by the Panigale V4

The electronics package includes the ‘cornering’ function applied to Bosch ABS, an electronic up-and-down quickshifter and traction, engine brake and wheelie controls (Ducati Quick Shift, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Engine Brake Control).

Three riding modes (Race, Sport and Street) control all of this tech and can be modified using the 4.3" colour TFT dashboard.

No news on Irish pricing yet, but the standard Panigale costs €19,720 so you can expect to pay something in the early twenties for the Bayliss machine.

See ducati.ie or call Rosso Ducati in Dublin on 01-4642211.

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