The spectacular victory of Australian motorcycle rider Troy Bayliss at the 2001 World Superbike Championship marked a turning point in the history of Ducatti motorcycles. Now that 20 years have passed since this momentous achievement, Ducatti has begun production of a special edition sports motorcycle in his honor.
This special edition sports bike will receive a special paint finish consisting of the iconic Ducati red with accents of green and white, with Bayliss number 21 on the sides of the bike. Apart from the aesthetic enhancement, Bayliss’ Panigale V2 Special Edition will be fitted with sport tune suspension components from Öhlins, the same company that supplied suspension parts for the award-winning Multistrada V4.
The Bayliss Special Edition will also be three kilograms (6.6 pounds) lighter than the standard Panigale V2. Not a huge reduction in weight, but very suitable for such a race-oriented bike like this.
No Special Edition vehicle is complete without its own unique set of accessories. This is another area that the Bayliss Panigale V2 Special Edition does not disappoint. The bike will leave the factory with sport grips, the carbon fiber and titanium silencer outlet cover, and a rider saddle made by merging two different technical materials with a red double stitching.
The number 21 of Troy is embroidered on the saddle in white and, together with the two vertical green and red stripes, constitutes the Italian flag.
The bike is expected to arrive in Ducati showrooms as early as next month. No pricing information is available, but don’t expect true sports bike fanatics to have a hard time writing this check.