2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S — First Ride

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2012 Ducati 1199 S – First Ride Ducati a MotoGP Superbike.

Okay, so me for using the “p” word when something Italian, but Ducati is a passionate company. Take my for the day at the 1199 Panigale launch, Ansaloni. As he was swapping tires on the S we were riding, he told me his history with the factory, included working on the Vance Ducati team while Ben and Anthony Gobert were (circa 2000), and more wrenching for James Toseland he won the World Superbike championship in “I work on his bike so much, I it a thousand times. The bikes are my

Even now, every I go to the museum and I see his bike, I cry.” and gentlemen, he cries . this tattooed Italian mechanic. I am there is weeping at other museums when their mechanics get their occasional but Ansaloni was so emphatic and genuine he immediately renewed my appreciation for the at Ducati.

The other reminder after my first few laps on the Panigale S at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina in the United Arab Emirates, of the worldwide press introduction for latest bullet. I was almost at the experience. There was no doubt I was a Ducati, but the Panigale is a huge forward from the 1198. all-new, nearly frameless superbike is a complete reinvention of sporting motorcycle.

Its V-Twin power like no two-cylinder before it, and the way the chassis behaves, the way the feels, blows the performance wide open and obliterates the of past Ducati superbikes. Add to the most impressive electronic package ever offered on a machine (three riding TC, engine-braking control, optional ABS and suspension adjustment), and the Panigale is more like a MotoGP that’s been licensed for use.

The billiard-table-smooth, FIA-approved Yas Marina (yes, there is a boat inside the track!) was a great to test the Panigale. There are 21 in 3.4 miles, and the longest straightaway is 3/4 of a allowing for more than 170 mph on the S. Well, a great track for the except for the lack of runoff in key places, such as at the end of that straight! The sandstorm on our riding day help visibility or traction,

And it couldn’t have been for the paint.

The 18 hours of flying to get to Abu gave me loads of time for buildup. So, it was a thrill to hear the big fire up for the first time in the pit at this amazing racetrack. claimed power for the all-new is 195 horses at 10,750 rpm, 25 ponies delivered 1000 higher than on the 1198. It is not a coincidence that the peak is 2 hp higher than what BMW for the S1000RR .

A few snaps of the ride-by-wire reveal a very quick-revving thanks in part to the Superquadro “oversquare”) bore and …. In the defining parameter at the beginning of the design process was a large size. According to Engine Manager Marco Sairu, at the of the project, parallel engine were run by racing and street

The bore-size range they given was 108 to 116mm, and after work, they decided the compromise was a giant 112mm. “We had two suppliers competing for the job, and were very surprised by the said Sairu.

The size of the piston may matter, but also how you use it. Ducati is using well. After a few laps up to speed, I found power came swiftly and easily, the end maintaining a low float with regularity in the bottom three even though peak arrives farther up the rpm range on the 1198.

The show really going after 7500, drive near the 11,500-rpm fierce and accompanied by a bass-weighted-yet-strangely-high-pitched unlike any other Twin ever had the pleasure to hear. is a really fast superbike.

a bore so large, getting and consistent part-throttle running at low is a challenge, but exhaust-port air injection a richer mixture in that flat chamber, which stabilize combustion. Further, the throttle bodies are independently to balance running between the at low speeds.

Showing incredible I did a few “street simulation” laps, and the ran well at small throttle with much less snatch than on the 1198. impressive, especially considering the 42 degrees of valve overlap.

injectors per cylinder also here. The injector responsible for running is below the throttle right near the valve, to the amount of fuel that to port walls and “minimize variation,” said Sairu. At revs, showerhead injectors the gargantuan oval throttle (same intake area as round) allow high volume and sufficient time at intake velocities for the fuel to

“Of course, this is a racing and at high revs it is perfect,” Sairu. Okay, I’ll you that one, Marco.

As a departure as the engine is from of past Ducatis, the chassis is an bigger revelation. The almost-frameless design was decided upon because it was the only way Ducati it could hit the aggressive weight-loss of 22 pounds vs. the 1198. So, a superbike era no more steel trellis.

Claimed dry weight is now a remarkable 362 lb. with ABS).

It feels bit this light on the track. about the heavy steering and riding position of the old bikes; the changes direction with ease. Wider, higher with the seat more an inch closer to the front of the give the rider a better to apply steering inputs. at 6-foot-2, I fit this incredibly motorcycle very well and comfortable right away, I could definitely use more

But I am a taco short of being two As my pace rose at a slightly rate than my knowledge of the perhaps the most impressive was how easy it was to correct my lines even while aggressively with no protest from the All that work to centralize paid off in a big way.

Braking was awesome, as were the new Brembo M50 front calipers (lighter, a design mimicking those in MotoGP and World Superbike). at the lever was low, feel at the high and the (too?) sharp bite of the previous setup has softened a bit, which is a improvement in my book. The 330mm are set wider from wheel to stick them out in the breeze to aid

Shifting with the new six-speed was fantastic, up or down, and the light with excellent feel it easy to complete clean, downshifts, or to go down two gears and the clutch out to the engagement point to of drag the rear of the bike the corner. Either way, I worried, or even thought missing a gear.

The question of the hour was, of the failure of Ducati’s 2011 bike and its similar frameless being blamed for lack of feel. Sairu countered the carbon-fiber upper section of the bike was far stiffer than the aluminum piece used on the and that the front end and specifically the spec tires used on the were also far, far I am no Valentino Rossi and have ridden any Desmosedici, but the front-end on the Panigale is as good as on any sportbike ever tried.

Obviously, hard parts are where the is, but the fairy dust sprinkled on top are the rider aids. Ducati was an adopter of TC on streetbikes, and, that is atop the list for the (eight levels, as before). New year are standard three-level control, plus  optional ABS/combined braking (front rear in some riding and electronic suspension adjustment.

Quick Shift is standard, and the Data Analyzer+ (incorporating GPS to track maps and trace lines on every lap) is on the base and S models.

The dash is MotoGP meets smartphone. The thing missing is that the Film Transistor display is not sensitive. But the bright colors selectable and/or light-sensor-switched or black backgrounds to aid readability) and resolution coupled with menus make it easy to each aspect of the rider-aid

The bar-graph tach is also easy to read, and you can’t the shift lights.

There are basic riding modes: Sport and Wet, and they can be on the fly. At a stop, all the individual within those modes can be and, if you like, saved as a profile for each of those

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While the standard $17,995 gets a lightweight, manually Marzocchi fork (now aluminum sliders) and Sachs you’re definitely going to to pop for the $22,995 S to get that electronically damping on its Öhlins units lighter forged Marchesini Not only is the push-button convenience of adjustment awesome, overall from the NIX30 fork and twin-tube shock is class-leading.

with e-suspension, spring-preload and adjustment are still manual. the shock linkage is easily from progressive (good for riding) to essentially a flat which works better on the by keeping the suspension more under heavy cornering leading to better traction. But it is cool to be able to pull the pit, never get off the bike and compression or rebound damping and any of the electronic parameters.

The Panigale a complete and wholly successful of not just the V-Twin superbike, but of in general. Power, handling, fit and overall design, ease of feels like a big step in the class. We should have a answer by the time bikes are in dealerships in May.

Bottom If they aren’t already emergency meetings in Germany and about this new Italian they’d better get some on the

Fast facts about the Panigale:

The smooth and effective Traction Control system through ignition retard and cuts.

New Brembo M50 Monobloc are exclusive to the Panigale. In Race mode, the $1000-optional ABS works at the front, while in Sport or Wet front application also the rear brake and the overall are less aggressive. Like the electronic rider aids, the ABS can be off.

Three-level engine-braking control a big difference in the bike’s feeling on entry. Setting Three a near-two-…-like lack of engine

Full LED lighting, including is standard.

From the under-engine to the repositioned, stressed-member engine, the repackaging of the Panigale has concentrated nearer the roll and yaw centers, to easier directional changes and handling.

The only items mandatory for this clean-sheet were desmodromic valve and a 90-degree Vee. Everything could be, and was, changed. The service interval is 15,000

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP are said to be “road-going replicas of the World Superstock 1000” A 120/70ZR17 front is complemented by a rear. Their performance at the test was excellent.

Wet slipper features hydraulic actuation and servo assist under to keep springs, and therefore pull, light.

Multifunctions weight: Aluminum front section that bolts to the engine also forms the The airbox “lid” is actually the panel of the aluminum fuel with a rubber seal the two.

The $27,995 Tricolore gets all options, plus Data Analyzer+ (with GPS fancy paint and a titanium kit.

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