Ducati, A brand well-known for its high-performance and exotic motorbikes, originated from Bologna, Italy. Initially, it served as A maker of radio components; however, in the 1930s, the firm opened up A new factory in Panigale – A borough in the city of Bologna – from which the company’s current range of motorcycles is named. It was not until the 1950s that the company spread its wings into motorbikes with its first production being A 50cc engine for A motor-driven cycle.
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When the 1129 Panigale bike was launched in 2011, Ducati claimed that the machine was the most powerful in the world as it was capable of 143kW/132Nm with A kerb weight of about 188 kilograms. The claims were later on reinforced by evaluation results from A magazine that recorded A zero to hundred kilometers per hour sprint in just less than three seconds and A top speed of around 280 km/h.
The 1129 Panigale seems to be perfectly sized for anyone, which makes it A very comfortable superbike to ride. There is, however, more to the bike than just comfort, the Pani is A very easy bike to ride. In most cases, exotic rides require patience, but the 1129 does not show any signs of complex idiosyncrasies. Riding it, whether you are on the highway or at the local paved streets on your way to the supermarket, is always fun.
The dashboard is very comprehensive, and it has all track related accouterments such as lap timers and A stopwatch. The panel also indicates the states of other rider assistants such as traction control, anti-lock brakes, and engine map settings – they are all adjustable through an easy to use handlebar switch. A light sensor will enable the display to change its theme from the black and white scheme during the day to white digits on A dark background during the night.
The 1129 Panigale, just as most Ducatis, has an addictive and glorious engine sound. It is quite A loud bike, but not in the detestable way as portrayed by some cruisers. The Pani will surely draw in more spectators from its sound rather than for its looks. The V-twin rumble at minimum rev will transform into an ecstatic howl, leaving only A few people in doubt of the bike’s brand that has just crossed in A red blur. The sound is one feature that will seduce you into increasing the pace.
Speaking of speed: Going fast is one of the many things that the Panigale enjoys thoroughly. A careless launch will see it raising the front wheel and virtually leaving all other moving objects behind. Despite all that power, the 1199 Panigale is exceptionally manageable in traffic. The machine is not too fond of low revs but rather more tractable and flexible than you might imagine. However, if you decide to let go of the pedals, the Ducati will reward you with A burst of power well above 8000rpm that is maintained until the rev limiter gets into action.
Fun to Ride
With such excellent performance, you will need sure-footed handling to enjoy riding this beast, and that is where the 1199 shines. The motorbike is tremendously stable, and it is never at risk of losing its composure. However, just like any other machine, the 1129 Panigale requires some caution. The bike is sold with A 90,000 kilometers or three-years warranty. The manufacturer also extends A discount on new-demo bikes, and, in the case of the 1129, this discount might amount to about 2900 US dollars off the buying price.
The Ducati 1299 Panigale
The Ducati 1299 is A 1285cc sport bike launched at the 2014 Motorcycle show in Milan, and produce for public use since 2015 as the apparent successor to the 1199 Pani. The bike, as earlier mentioned, is named after A small town: Panigale. The 1299 Panigale wheelbase is maintained at 1437 mm. The base version has front forks by Sachs and Marzocchi. The S version of the model has new Ohlins Smart EC suspensions that can be easily switched between different driving variations to fit the varying road conditions. The entire model is equipped with the latest generation electronics, such as A new IMU, anti-wheelie, and A racing ABS. Switchable traction controls and riding modes have also been featured in this newer version.
The Ducati 1299 Panigale R
Given the world super bike engine regulations, the engine fitted onto the R model of the 1299 Pani retains the older 1198cc displacement, with the addition of titanium valves, tow ring pistons, con rods, and A crankshaft. Power figures in the R model are similar to other 1299 models.
The Ducati 1299 Panigale R is equipped with Ohlins suspensions – A variation from the old R spec, which was fitted with an active DES setup. In comparison to other variants, the wheelbase has been increased to about 1442 mm due to the newly fitted steering geometry. Moreover, the Ducati 1299 Panigale R is fully fitted with A titanium racing exhaust that has been installed alongside the Spec ECU. Also, the model is equipped with an under-seat exhaust pipe system made of titanium.
The Ducati 1299 Panigale Superleggera
In 2016, the company started selling the Panigale Superleggera (an Italian word for super light) in A limited edition series of about 500 units. The newly launched S version hoped to succeed the 2014 model that had reduced weight by having A composite carbon fiber body, A monocoque, titanium exhaust systems and fasteners, and A magnesium engine casing. According to Ducati, the 1299 S had A net weight of about 167 kilograms and A 1285 cc engine output.
The Ducati 1299 and 1129 Panigale bikes have very few vices: one is its fuel intake, and secondly, it is very hard to see how Ducati will improve on an already high quality package of two superior bikes.