You can never have too many motorcycles, or so it seems.
Belgian rider Filip Van Schil, already owns nine Ducati bikes and has just taken delivery of number #10.
This one’s a bit special though because its the first road registered motorcycle with a carbon fibre frame, swing arm and rims
And, what makes it even more special is that it’s the very first in a limited run of 500 Ducat Superleggera V4 that will be offered for sale across the world.
Filip got the special teatment of course, starting with a guided tour of the Borgo Panigale factory, where he was able to see the line where his bike was built and meet the specialised worker who made its engine.
The day got better with a visit to the company museum, Centro Stile Ducati and the Racing Department.
In addition, along with other Superleggera V4 owners, Filip will get to test the Panigale V4 R, which competes in the SBK World Championship, on the track at Mugello as part of the “Superbike Experience”.
“When I received the call and the official invitation to come to Borgo Panigale to collect my Superleggera V4, the number 001 of 500, although I have always been a Ducatista, my legs trembled with emotion,” Filip said.
“A welcome like this, even though I was the first to call and order the bike, is something unimaginable.
“Receiving it directly in the company and touching the passion of the people who work in Borgo Panigale is an experience that I will always remember.
“Days like this are what make Ducati unique and different from all the other motorcycle manufacturers.”
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali unveiled the Superleggera V4 001 before handing it over to its new owner.
The ceremony took place inside the Centro Stile Ducati.
“Today is a special day. Experiencing on the track in the morning the incredible emotions that a Superleggera V4 can give at Mugello, and then handing over the keys of the 001/500 motorcycle to the first customer in the afternoon makes this day truly magical.
“Being able to meet and see the passion of our customers in person is always very exciting, and even more so is making them proud and allowing their dreams to come true,” Domenicali said.
“The Superleggera V4 is the only motorcycle in the world approved for road use with a carbon fibre frame, subframe, swingarm and rims.
“It is a mix of mechanical engineering, technique and “made in Italy” design that amazes for its performance, style and attention to detail.
“I am really proud of the work done by all the technicians and engineers of Borgo Panigale, they have created an engineering masterpiece that fully embodies the fundamental values of our brand: Style, Sophistication, Performance and Trust.
“Today another star of the Ducati firmament was born, dedicated to our most passionate customers, and to collectors and connoisseurs.”
The attention that Ducati wished to reserve for the Ducatista does not stop with an invitation to the company and the delivery of a copy of the book Stile Ducati bearing the date of this unforgettable day and a special dedication from Claudio Domenicali.
As will all those who have bought or will buy a Superleggera V4, Van Schil also received a sculptural reproduction of the Superleggera V4 personalized with the number of the bike it accompanies.
The Superleggera V4 will be delivered to owners accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and inside a wooden crate with dedicated graphics, specially created for the transport of this masterpiece of motor engineering.
The package that Ducati has provided for this unique project includes, in addition to what has already been mentioned, a racing kit, the possibility of customizing the Superleggera V4 leathers with air-bag and part of the “SuMisura Ducati” line and the opportunity to complete the look with a carbon helmet.
Even more incredible and exclusive is the opportunity, limited to only 30 owners of the Superleggera V4, to purchase access to the “MotoGP Experience”.
For the first time, in fact, it will be possible to ride the Desmosedici GP on the circuit, followed directly by Ducati Corse technicians, making a dream come true for all fans of sports bikes and the red bikes of Borgo Panigale.