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It is now 25 years since the iconic 916 launched the story of modern ducati superbikes. although the twin-cylinder sports engines may seem to have run out of time, the 959 panigale still has the l-twin heart of its ancestor. the smaller panigale is not so small anymore, with a 955cc engine underneath its fairings. the latest member of the superquadro engine family
Delivers 157 horsepower and 107 nm of torque, outperforming the ancestor model in performance and engine capacity. the panigale is very graceful, built according to the same guidelines as its predecessors. the pearl white is also a premium color, but the corse version’s matte reddish gp style paint is the top. compared to its direct predecessor, the 899, it gained
57 cubic centimeters, which added 9 horses to the stud, though only the extra performance alone didn’t justify the new model. the 899 would not have been able to meet the euro 4 emission standards, but if only one new exhaust had been used, the result would’ve been a heavier and weaker machine. so ducati overcame this problem by increasing the engine displacement,
And also packed some extras and some fine tuning with it. so the 959 is not a big improvement over the 899, rather a worthy successor. inherited its exterior design from the big brothers 1199 and the 1299, with the first striking difference being the two-sided rear swing arm. die-hard fans often refer to this as a letdown, but the large factory exhausts divert the eyes
From it. we got the bike with the ducati performance akrapovič exhaust under the engine, so we had a full view of the rear swing arm, but no one complained about it, even though many people were watching our test machine. most of them highlighted the red rims as one of the most outstanding detail. the corse version comes with factory-like shaped akrapovič twin exhausts.
In addition, there are 3 riding modes to choose from, though don’t expect the same differences as with the multistrada. rain mode limits the maximum power to 100 horsepower while sport and racing modes only differ in throttle response. but due to its narrow construction, it does not feel tall. sitting in the saddle we get a sporty seating position of course, but i definitely
Feel an improvement over the earlier ducati superbikes. the l-twin heart, the tank design and the frameless solution allowed for a narrow build, but ones with a more average physique will feel more comfortable than the design suggests. pulling out the side stand is a minor disaster, though it’s probably just a matter of getting used to it. the power delivery is excellent,
Though with relatively less torque compared to other two-cylinders, but in the upper range it hears an aggressive growling and the 157 hp almost fly the 176kg dry weight machine. acceleration does not come as a horsekick, but rather is constantly pushed by the dynamics of the quick shifter. the little panigale is thus much more predictable and manageable than today’s
Superbikes over 200hp, the basic version also has a fully adjustable suspension, but while there is showa on the front and sachs on the back, the corse version comes with an öhlins system. the suspension is sporty tuned, but didn’t feel too hard, so it is great for sporty street use. suspension settings are remarkably easy to access, so you can quickly find the ideal
Settings for any race track. its slim construction, light weight and sporty suspension make it an excellent partner in the hunt for the apex. in bologna they are taking the braking power seriously, and the little panigale is no exception, you rarely feel a bike so stable on the braking zones, and even the abs works great. the engine brake of big capacity two-cylinder
Machines can do surprises, but the ducati engine brake control system intervenes well and there are no unexpected situations like with some of its predecessors. with such a premium motorcycle, you might be surprised by the lack of a color display, although this unit is clean and easy to read, not nearly as spectacular as the big brother’s color display. it gives us enough
Information for a trackday, but some street bikers will definitely miss the fuel gauge. the 17-liter tank is probably enough for a range of over 200 km. where does the supersport category end and where does the superbike begin? after all, the ducati panigale 959 is a racetrack-oriented litre bike our test bike is somewhere between the two, so i would not recommend it
For beginners, but for many rider it might be a better option than its big brothers over 200hp. its easy handling makes it an enjoyable bike on the street, but has plenty of power to perform brilliantly on a racetrack. its price starts at less than 6 million huf, which may seem like a lot at first, but we have to realize that we shouldn’t compare it to its 600cc rivals,
So it is justifiably positioned above them in terms of equipment and performance. its price is still some 2 million huf less than the v4’s, and on top of that, this test bike can be taken from győr on special offer. while writing our test, the manufacturer introduced the next generation, the panigale v2, which will actually be the 959’s re-shaped offspring. due to
Its v4-like design and one-sided rear swing arm it will be easy to confuse this with the current panigale v4, but in the future all four-cylinders will have aerodynamic wings that will differentiate them from the two-cylinders. the test bike was provided by interbike, ducati’s dealership in győr.