2013 Sportbike Comparison- BMW HP4 vs. Ducati 1199 Panigale R

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2013 BMW HP4 vs. Ducati 1199 R – Sportbike Comparison Test For less than the price of a sedan, you can own either of these superbikes.


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Oh, the lifestyle of the financially affluent the one-percenter with a passion for the in all things performance-related. While a trend to demonize the wealthy, I say ’em if you’ve got ’em, especially if involves, say, dusting off the with some fliers the new Circuit of The Americas.

While of us will never have an even remotely approaching we motorcyclists are a lucky bunch bike manufacturers deliver performance to the people. The BMW HP4 and Ducati Panigale R, the two hottest production are prime examples of this, so off we to Mazda Raceway Laguna for a midweek day of testing.

I felt a lotto winner unloading the yet relatively reasonably priced HP4 out of CW ’s Chevy van. Then the ramped up an entire tax bracket the guys from Ducati America dropped off the much and more exclusive Panigale R. this wealth of exotic at my disposal, the charitable thing to do was this ultimate track-day with another in need of

Even with all the HP4′s rider aids, Canet shake the kid who led the early laps of a Superbike race at Laguna in 2002.

Who better than Bostrom . Not only does the professional Superbike racer and AMA Supersport champ have an racing resume, he also riding gear with CW EBoz, as fans know is a Northern California native who knows the 11-turn, 2.23-mile nestled in the hills east of Bay. Although he’s had great performances at the track, he his win aboard a factory Ducati 999 in the AMA Superbike National the most

Both bikes wore stock-fitment Pirelli Diablo SP tires, although the Duc’s are 2s, the newest version of this track-day-focused radial. The morning with a crash course in 101 as a Ducati representative explained how to the setup menus displayed on the TFT display. With the Beemer, I was on my Only after messing up the setting did I figure out how to access the stuff.

Although frustrating at first, I gained command of toggling each bike’s myriad options. This allowed to wholly focus on knocking out lap times.

Laguna operates stringent noise regulations to its neighbors in the surrounding hills. stock bikes, such as the Champions Riding School’s YZF-R6s, are too loud for the sound located between Turns 5 and 6, so a is created at that point cones to slow and quiet the there.

Road Test Canet squeezed every of performance from the HP4’s grips. Multi-time Laguna race-winner Eric Bostrom put the R to the test at the circuit he by all rights home.

For the record, the HP4 has an Akrapovic exhaust with a large-diameter, muffler core! Perhaps its grace would be the catalyst in the keeping decibels in check? the purchase of a Panigale R includes a race exhaust as part of the package, we ran the relatively “quieter” system at Laguna, before to the race exhaust and mapping for and dragstrip testing.

With risk of a black and banishment from further in mind, we were relegated to in the clutch and coasting past the shack before resuming the under the bridge leading to 6. Eric did his best to be consistent this during timed hot and knocked out a best lap of 1:33.07 on the and was only .02 seconds off that on the BMW!

Arriving at those lap was good fun, as we spent the comparing impressions and tweaking the of each bike to Bostrom’s It’s amazing that was all accomplished without a single altering the suspension damping on bike is accomplished electronically, and preload for both shocks is via conventional twist knob.

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While damping changes to the Ducati’s shock and fork are in nature (that is, not actively in response to how you ride), our HP4 featured active Dynamic Damping front and rear. Compression- and settings can be adjusted independently at the but an accessory travel sensor for the must be added to unlock compression and rebound damping at the front. Stock, DDC only the fork’s overall damping

Diving into the famous is the thrill of a lifetime.

While the R exudes a hard-edged, race-focused from the moment you pull pit lane, the HP4 proved quite the Its comparatively relaxed riding softer seat pad, plush rear damping to DDC) and “heated grips” you in, right up until you unleash its 186 horsepower!

Bostrom handed the BMW off to me our first session, with a to be on the lookout for some front cresting Turn 1, a left on the front straight that’s flat-out. I added a couple of steering-damper adjustment and held my The climb up the steep hill to the saw the front tire skimming the surface with a hint of much of the way, as well. suggested firming the rear to a more planted front-end

We ultimately settled on adding two turns of shock preload with +3 increments of compression and +2 damping, which resulted in feedback and weight-transfer control.

the Ducati’s setup was closer as Bostrom needed more aboard the demanding Duc. His concern was a tail-wagging tendency hard braking, which in a top-heaviness at turn-in and an unsettled that lasted down to the of the corner. We programmed the Race and ride modes with different suspension damping allowing on-the-fly comparison of

While a modest improvement in handling and stability was achieved, the tail-happy feeling persisted. The turned out to be right under our thumb. Simply toggling the Braking Control to its most setting netted nearly a second off Bostrom’s previous lap.

Putting this into Bostrom felt both were capable of breaking the 1:29s on an unadulterated lap. He speculated that swapping the tires for full race-spec would enable him to match the that carried him to victory the Parts Unlimited Ducati 999 in 2005. How’s that for

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