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The Ducati Factory, in the Borgo Panigale district some 8km from the centre of Bologna, Italy.
"Grazie Carlos" - celebrating Carlos Checa's 2011 World Superbike championship.
Livio Lodi, official Ducati historian and curator of the Ducati Museum.
Engine assembly line for the 1199 Panigale.
This guy was not too enthusiastic about having his photo taken.
Ducati's 'just in time' manufacturing ethos at work - trays containing every necessary component and nothing extra for each job.
Screens make sure the engine technicians know exactly what steps to follow at all times.
Panigale engine components in their assembly trays, fresh from the Panigale supermarket.
After dry testing, the engines are put into their frames - or in the Panigale's case, the frame components are attached.
Radiator, airbox/steering head and exhaust are fitted.
This is one of the very first Superleggera 1199 bikes assembled - here it is with forks and swingarm added.
Panigale batch hits the chassis assembly area.
Fitting swingarm, chain, forks, brakes and clip-ons.
Headlight unit fitted.
Dash, subframe, front wheel and rear suspension fitted.
Panigale on the chassis line.
Working on nose electronics.
Electric hoists make it easy to move the bikes between stations.
About a dozen bikes are on the chassis line at any given time.
Rear wheel fitted.
Giant, horrible mudguard denotes that this bike is headed to Australia.
Well, it's not a Ducati, but he can dream.
Small parts section in the 'Panigale Supermarket.'
Chassis line for the Panigale.
Close to chassis completion.
Completed Panigale 1199s, with leather tank covers, awaiting dyno testing.
Panigale 1199, with petrol and oil, into the dyno room. Here the front wheel speed sensor and ABS systems are being tested.
Moving forward, the rear wheel is put on the dyno and engine power and traction control systems can be tested.
You may choose to run your bike in gently, but I can confirm it has been repeatedly flogged to redline, not half an hour after it was originally assembled.
1199 Panigale in the dyno room.
Panigale chassis line.
Emissions testing area. Collection pipes gather exhaust gases for analysis, and the vacuum pipes above the bikes remove petrol fumes from the working area.
This batch of 899 Panigales has had fairings and road gear fitted, ready for packing and export.
Monster awaiting tank and plastics.
Directly across the road from the factory gate, a defiant Rossi fan hangs a #46 flag.
If you ride to the factory on a Duke, you're welcome to park inside the gates. Other bikes like this Suzuki SV1000 are very welcome, but you've got to park outside.
The Ducati factory gate.
Panigale subframes awaiting assembly.
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