Contrary to popular belief, the Ducati 1299 Panigale does make for a great donor bike for retro-themed builds, like the “Naughty Quadro” featured here.Designer Alexey Afanasyev seems to have quite the imagination. His latest design, the Naughty Quadro is a testament to the fact that Alexey has a cheeky, creative intellect. It did not occur to many people that the razor-sharp and insane 1299 Panigale could make for an interesting retro-themed roadster. But Afanasyev made it happen.
To get the Naughty Quadro together, Afanasyev removed all the body around the 1299’s Superquadro L-Twin and replaced it with loud, funky body and framework of his own. The distinctive swingarm is from a Ducati Monster S2R 1000. The body structure is minimal and puts one in mind of the Ducati Scrambler, with its sloping tank and tiny tail section.
Afanasyev has replaced the 1299’s original radiator with a custom one of his own. The new radiator is smaller and helps create a line for the superbike engine. Although it is spot on in terms of design and aesthetics, the new radiator is smaller than the stock one. This raises questions as to how it will manage the massive heat produced by the 1285cc L-Twin of the Panigale. The factory radiator itself barely manages to keep the engine running cool.
The paint scheme of this Ducati is unapologetically funky and loud. The tank and its extension panels are finished in a brushed aluminum look, with cheeky graffiti adorning the tank. The seat of the Naughty Quadro is in brown leather. A sliver of space is left open under the seat, mimicking the triangle under the MV Agusta Brutale’s. The swingarm and front panels under the tank are both red, offering a popping contrast to the otherwise understated color scheme running throughout the bike. Interestingly, the side panels of the Naughty Quadro look to also be finished in leather; a very eye-catching detail.
The Naughty Quadro 1299 sure looks radical and funky in a way the original Panigale just does not. A cheeky retro roadster powered by a fire-breathing modern superbike engine? Who’d say no?