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Like all Ducati Performance accessories, the side panniers are also the result of creative work
done by the designers of the Ducati Centro Stile. In this first phase sketches are made and
discussions begin on both aesthetic aspects.
Once the best sketch has been selected, it is mathematically processed using CAD software.
Successively it is examined through crosschecks involving the Ducati Centro Stile, the Ducati Engineering Department and the 3D model experts of the company selected as the supplier.
The next step is 3D printing and full prototyping. The prototype is then mounted on the bike to assess volumes, fastening systems and aesthetic aspects.
This is when the intense testing phase starts.
The waterproof test artificially recreates the action of violent storms in the so-called rain chamber in order to certify that there is no water entering the pannier in any weather conditions.
A special vibrating bench is then used to test the behaviour of the pannier in prolonged conditions of strong vibrations, like on the cobblestone road of an Italian city or on a very uneven dirt road.
The resistance of the colours, materials and finishes is also assessed, simulating the panniers’ exposure to the intense Florida sun for many weeks.
The production phase of the panniers, where the supplier provides its fundamental know-how, can take several months to complete. Consider that just the production of a single steel mould using numerical control milling cutters (for each pannier several are required) can take several months.
Once the moulds have been completed the actual production can start, the output being constantly monitored through inspections of the quality of individual parts.
After the final finishing touches, graphics and logos, the pannier is ready for distribution to the Ducati Dealers.