Naked Panigale V4 Custom – Officine GP Design’s “Penta V4”

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When Ducati first unveiled the Panigale, many thought it wouldn’t be long before the Bologna-based brand pulls the cover off a naked version of the full-faired flagship L-Twin. To the dismay of many a Ducatista, the Italian marque never opted to release a production Panigale Streetfighter…though rumors have been swirling that we may be treated to a naked version of the new V4 come EICMA or INTERMOT.

Italy’s Officine GP Design wasn’t up for the wait, so it instead decided to cook up its own stripped down V4, resulting in the example seen here. Despite the MotoGP-derived flagship not lending itself particularly well to customization — largely due to all the wiring and electronics hidden beneath the bodywork — the guys in Turin were up for the challenge.

The stock bodywork was binned to open up space for a new, handmade aluminum tank (cover) and tail section. The unique monocoque frame up front was adorned in a coat of bronze that’s been finished off with a special curing process. The bespoke bodywork has received the same paint and treatment. The thick Jonich’s SX 24-spoked rims were added on along with a special girder fork — cooked up by GF Racing specifically for this build. Rizoma also stepped in to supply the rear-sets, bars, fuel-cap, etc, while the headlight was sourced off an XDiavel.

Obviously this build isn’t for everyone, and while I personally prefer the stock V4, I can’t knock the effort, attention to detail, or execution that went into creating this piece of two-wheeled art. In what will come as a surprise to absolutely nobody, the asking price for this elite Italian Custom is pretty, prettttttty up there (100k euros, or approximately $113,850). Still a pretty neat bike. If you’re interested in snagging one for yourself, contact Officine GP Design.

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