In terms of its chassis, the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 boasts the best you could wish for.
Ducati Corse "Front Frame"
The "Front Frame", which uses the Desmosedici Stradale engine as a load-bearing element, is the same as the one used on the Panigale V4 R but differs for the lightweight side panels. These lightweight panels are machined; they allow the weight to be reduced further and the rigidity targets, required by Ducati Corse, to be met.
Compared to the Monocoque, the "Front Frame" makes it possible to decouple the torsional and lateral stiffness so as to achieve the proper amount of pliability with respect to the stresses on the frame, better absorbing uneven road conditions in the curves and ensuring the necessary stability.
All this translates into a superior agility and precision that provides the rider of the Panigale V4 with an easier and less tiring control. The main difference in the layout compared to traditional solutions is the use of the engine as a structural element for the entire frame. The "Front Frame" features a compact frontal structure weighing only 8.8 lbs, secured directly to the upper semi-casing of the front bank and to the cylinder head of the V4's rear bank, the engine block also serving as a connection point for the rear suspension and pivot point for the single swinging arm.
The most important advantage of the "Front Frame" is the use of the Desmosedici Stradale engine to achieve the desired rigidity, making it possible to significantly reduce the extension of the main frame – and therefore its weight – achieving a superior rigidity/weight ratio. To this advantage is added the fact that the reduced length of the uprights running alongside the engine has made it possible to design a compact motorcycle, especially where the rider sits. The chassis is completed by the lightweight front subframe made of magnesium and the chill-cast aluminum seat support, secured on the top to the "Front Frame" and at the bottom screwed onto the cylinder head of the rear bank. The rear suspension exploits levers attached to the Desmosedici Stradale engine by forged aluminum. The levers react to the movements of an aluminum cast single-sided swinging arm.
Semi-active Öhlins suspensions
The frame is combined with the Öhlins NIX-30 fork, the Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and the Öhlins steering damper, controlled by the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0. control system. For the rider, this means having access to a higher level of control over the bike's dynamics for the benefit of road safety and for lap times on the track.