There’s always room for improvement when we look at custom motorcycles meaning that more power and less weight is always welcome when it comes to superbikes. In this case, Jett Design did just that with this custom Ducati 959 Panigale featuring 165 hp and a wet weight of 160 kg (354 lbs).
The Ducati 959 Panigale was launched back in 2016 replacing the 899 Panigale. It features a liquid-cooled 90° V-twin Ducati Superquadro engine making 157 hp. It has four valves per cylinder and it uses Ducati’s signature Desmodromic system that uses one cam lobe to open a valve and one to close it instead of the common valve spring return system fitted on most motorcycles. Yes, it’s the system that makes that typical Ducati sound. But, even with 157 hp power output, Jett Design Garage thought the bike needed more power. So, they started working on a custom project of the Ducati 959 Panigale.
The man behind this project is Andrew Jett of Jett Design who like strip down Ducatis and make them lighter and more powerful. Of course, each bike covered in a unique bodywork design. This Ducati 959 Panigale was purchased brand new off the showroom floor in early 2017 as Andrew’s personal bike. After, one year of riding, the bike sat in the workshop for almost 2 years while Andrew was working on the custom design and thinking of how to make each component work properly. Thus, the bike features an industrial design showcasing how the mechanical components work – usually, everything that is covered by the factory bodywork.
The manufacturing process started with a one off-bespoke front half-fairing which was designed to cover the electronic gauge cluster and front wiring. After that, Andrew fitted a LED race headlight. The ECU and electronics were covered up by some custom side wings to enhance the bike’s sleek design. Also, the front fairing is supported by an aluminum and carbon fibre front fairing stay specifically designed to help the bike lose some weight. Like any other custom motorcycle, the Ducati 959 Panigale needed a special paint scheme which was made by Kevin Petitt of Petittbilt Custom Paint Work.
The Jett Design Ducati 959 Panigale is fitted with a bunch of aluminum and carbon fiber components which were used for their lightweight qualities and help the motorcycle lose some of its overall weight. For example, the tail section is fitted with a one-off Jett Design lightweight rear subframe, the radiator support was redesigned to be lighter and look more stealthy in the bike’s overall design. Moreover, the exhaust system is custom made as well by Werkes USA featuring a modified muffler connected to stock headers.
Other custom components include:
– Marchesini Racing forged magnesium limited edition wheels
– Jett Design bespoke front fairing
– Jett Design bespoke side wings (either side)
– Jett Design radiator support
– Jett Design lightweight rear subframe
– Jett Design front headlight bracket
– Jett Design modified seat
– Werkes USA exhaust – modified muffler section (just 6 lbs in total versus 17lbs for factory muffler)
– Full Mupo suspension (front and rear)
– Jett Design billet aluminum spools
– Jett Design aluminum and carbon fiber front fairing stay
– Brembo RCS 19 brake master cylinder
– Accossato racing start/kill switches
– Superlite Sprocket kit/ 520 chain
– Bitubo fully adjustable steering damper
– LED front and rear lighting
– F.C.C. slipper clutch
– Billet upper and lower triple trees
– Factory quick shifter
– Ducati special parts fuel filler cap
– CRG bar ends
– Lithium race battery
– K&N race air filer
– ECU Up-map tune by Duc Pond Motorsports
Using all these parts helped the Jett Design Ducati 959 Panigale lose a lot of weight, thus, the wet weight sits at 160 kg (354 lbs) which is a big difference compared to the standard dry weight of 176 kg (388 lbs). Also, the power output has been enhanced from 157 hp to 165 hp which exceeds a 1:1 power to weight ration.
The Jett Design Ducati 959 Panigale is an impressive custom motorcycle and unfortunately, there are no details regarding the price tag.