Ducati 1199 Panigale S Project Rizoma
As any proud motorcycle owner will tell you, the secret to looking good is in the details, and the beautiful designs and maniacal attention to detail of Rizoma’s accessories in particular, play their parts perfectly.
Started some 10 years ago by the Rigolio brothers, the unmistakable Italian elegance of Rizoma is best described as refined minimalism.
CEO Fabrizio Rigolio tells us, “Ten years ago one of my friends was trying to source one aesthetic component for his bike and I wondered, can we create it for him? For me it was difficult to understand how to make it happen, but the desire to try was strong. We designed it. We created it. It was the first. The same desire and patience that we put into that first product is inside everything we produce today.”
There is no doubt that the passion driving the Rizoma team creates a breathtaking level of quality that stands far above the norm. By using billet aluminum and industry-leading manufacturing technology, every product has a superior level of precision and beauty — a unique work of art.
As sponsors of the LCR Honda MotoGP team behind Stefan Bradl, Rizoma is clearly passionate about motorcycles. Experience gained there led them to develop the Proguard Racing System—a carefully designed and manufactured brake lever and pinky finger protector, the use of which is now mandatory in MotoGP racing.
On our project Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S, we used Rizoma’s Street version of the Proguard, and for all the parts we opted for a black finish that looks so good with the Ducati’s red paint.
Items include handlebar levers, a gas filler cap, and fully adjustable footpegs, shift levers and brake pedal.
The case protectors fit the vulnerable edges of both of the Ducati 1199 Panigale S engine covers; the rear license plate holder, with built in LED turn signals, is lighter and much more elegant than standard.
We replaced the mirrors with the lighter and more aerodynamic Rizoma Veloce L Sport universal mirrors with integrated LED turn signals; the only word of caution here is to make sure you request the correct wiring loom connectors from Rizoma for a seamless fit.
Rizoma allows you to tastefully accentuate the elegance of your bespoke machine, or take a more common motorcycle and add high-end touches that increase its function and enhance appearance.
It is worth noting that Rizoma parts are available on most major brands of motorcycle. For example, Yamaha’s hot new FZ-09 is well catered to by a dazzling array of protection items, levers, caps, and lights.
Fabrizio sums it up: “Rizoma is the brand of reference for all of the people who want to find in a single product, quality, style, innovation—and a view of the future.”
Photography by Don Williams