During the 2012 EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Akrapovic unveiled its latest series of exhaust – the Evolution Line. And now, the Evolution Line exhaust is available for Ducati's superbike, the 1199 Panigale. Akrapovic says the Evolution Line is the flagship of an impressive three-tier range or exhaust systems designed to produce results straight from the box. Twenty-three years of Akrapovic exhaust manufacturing technology was called upon into producing the Evolution Line exhaust for the 1199 Panigale– that’s a lot of know how. Despite this, just like Ducati in building the Panigale, the design effort Akrapovic put into making the ultimate exhaust was the most challenging the Slovenian company had ever faced in order to uphold the fact Evolution Line exhausts are the finest off-the-shelf performance systems available. Akrapovic Evolution Line Features:
All titanium alloy construction – only system of this type in market
Heat resistant carbon end cap and protection shields
substantial power and torque gains over standard exhaust
Removable noise reduction insert
Weight reduction of 4.8kg (10.6lb) over standard exhaust system
Every section of the exhaust is produced from an exclusive selection of titanium alloys available to Akrapovič. The complex design and routing of the exhaust system is the result of precise tube forming and surgical-like TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding of the complicated sections. Of course, all done by human eyes, hands and much skill. As with all Akrapovič Evolution Line exhaust systems, the new 1199 Panigale exhaust is race-ready straight from the box and fulfils noise requirements for SuperStock and World Superbike championships as set by ruling body FIM. For additional information, log onto Akrapovic.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!