The first ever East African drag race was held in Nairobi, Kenya two weekends ago. This saw the coming together of beautiful, fast and very well-tuned super-bikes to Exit 12 of the Thika super highway which was closed for this occasion. Therein saw the magnificence of the Ducatti Panigale 1199R. Red in color, super sleek motorcycle and the superquadro engine was on another level. Quite the thing that made my weekend
Every detail, every design, every dimension decision on this bike has been driven entirely to maximize class and speed to the highest performance of a Ducatti bike. It simply looks beautifully fierce. The sort of thing that you can take home without a million explanations of why you were late
Despite the drag race having several impressive bikes and well experience riders, I was sold out on the on start to this Ducatti. I was not sure that it would win as there were very good experienced riders with awesome bikes with high CC’s upto 1400. But I stood my ground though I did not place a bet
Ducatti panigale 1199 model was the world’s most powerful production twin-cylinder engine at the time of its release several years back as claimed by the manufacturer. It had the highest power to weight and torque to weight ratios of production motorcycles. Motor cycle consumer news ranked the 2012 Panigale S with the best rear wheel power to weight ratio of any bike that the magazine had ever tested. The sound from this bike that day was beautiful to my ears and actually made my 2 year old son cry. And there after cry louder asking for the bike. Such an amazing sound unfortunately could not be captured in images but it still roars beautifully in my ears
As an understatement, the new Ducatti Panigale is powered by the superquadro engine. Superquadro simply because of it’s massively over-square bore and stroke ratio. It has increased power to an absolute production twin cylinder milestone with user friendly riding modes that deliver that power appropriate to the riders style and environment.
As ducatti puts it, the new 1199 Panigale R that I was mesmerized by that weekend is “an exclusive and treasured interpretation of man’s passion for the racetrack: titanium piston rods, carbon fibre body work, ducatti performance racing exhaust and livery inspired by the ducatti corse”. Naturally the manufacter had the best intent on creation of the bike, but the words to express the 1199 panigale R is something else. This I say, is a bucket list item. Choose a Ducatti and be part of a bigger family worldwide
And once again, #MachoniMwangu photography was at the event to capture the moments, people and bikes as they rode by. The day was mulled by fun, family, laughter and most of all speed junkies were treated to fast races. Can’t wait for the next drag race, you don’t want to miss it. Watch out for the images for the Drag race soon
Watch out for the images for the Drag race soon #MachoniMwangu.Photography