Ducati 1199 Panigale R- First Ride Review- Photos

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Ducati 1199 Panigale R – Ride Ducati’s ultimate production superbike.


Austin, Texas—What a combination: 1199 Panigale R, the ultimate of the Italian company’s Superbike and the brand-new Circuit of The Americas in Texas, the incredible racetrack will host MotoGP in Wow! How did I get so lucky?

At this motorcycle press launch at the I would be following in the actual tracks laid down by the of Jorge Lorenzo and Marc at the recent MotoGP test. And CoTA shines as a world-class it’s the new Panigale R that I soon forget.

Ducati has a history of building incredible superbikes. Think of the exclusive of the 851, 916, 999, and 1198. None of those, compare to the new 1199 R. Beyond the bits, fancy tank and Marchesini wheels that the R, there are numerous performance that make this worthy of its steep $29,995 price.

At the top of that list the Superquadro titanium connecting rods and flywheel that are a combined 2.9 lighter than those in the and S model. Not only does allow the engine to rev quicker, but it means that the rev limit be raised by 500 rpm to 12,000.

Those revs allow a similar top to the standard/S models, even the R has two extra teeth out back, for final gearing. Moreover, has shifted the torque down a bit to be effective in high-speed track At 125 mph in sixth gear, there is 18 more available torque to provided dyno charts.

horsepower is rated at 195 at 10,750 with 97.3 foot-pounds of torque at 9000. Ducati the only factor limiting the top speed is gearing; as such, the R have an electronic governor to it from exceeding the 186-mph agreed upon by the motorcycle for more than a decade.

Although I never got a good-enough onto the 3/4-mile-long back to hit the rev limiter in sixth gear, guest and factory Ducati racer Nicky Hayden he was seeing the shift lights start to flicker before he for Turn 12. Interestingly, Ducati the speedometer go blank once you 185 mph, a speed I repeatedly to reach by just a few mph. For it’s worth, Hayden the R was still pulling well the speedo went blank.

I wait until we point a gun at the Panigale R and get an accurate top-speed This may well be the fastest production model currently

With six corners that can be hairpins, CoTA allowed me to the R’s raw acceleration. Each of those could be taken in second and the drive off the apex felt lively in Race (the power-delivery modes are Sport and The revised engine (with mapping) eagerly snatches up while the traction control the bike to wheelie a bit before lift in the quest for maximum

Hayden and new Ducati recruit Ben . also on hand for the introduction, say they were impressed the sophistication of Ducati’s production-level package. In particular, they the TC and how difficult it was to detect—a testament to its

With speed comes the to shed it, and Brembo’s M50 monoblock, front calipers with Bosch ABS provide awesome power despite occasionally lever travel. If the ABS ever it was completely transparent to me. The steep approach into turn one me to carry fifth gear far than possible if it were

While that called for mental adjustments, this turn definitely is one of the signature of the Austin track.

The R also has significant chassis upgrades. riders and Superstock racers appreciate the adjustable swingarm which can be set in four positions: 0 as standard/S models), +2, -2 and -4mm. The pivot position increases by decreasing squat, while the two positions increase squat and traction for low-grip conditions, but at the of quicker handling.

At CoTA, the pivot was set at 0 (its neutral setting), providing a compromise between stability and turn-in for the hairpins.

I was impressed the Panigale R’s track manners. bike likes to be leaned on the side of its excellent Pirelli SC tires, and it can be aggressively trail-braked all the way to the without consequence. Aside the aforementioned hairpins, CoTA has esses and some long, corners that require entries and good chassis through the apex. The 1199 R in every situation.

Ducati’s riders set up the Öhlins/Ducati Electronic (DES) quite well, and the ease of making adjustments on the TFT (thin film transistor crystal display), I never a thing. Other benefits are the incredibly light feel dry weight is 364 pounds) and lithe the latter aided by the R’s forged wheels, which have a design.

Everything about the new 1199 R is for going fast, right to the aerodynamic upgrades. Which appreciated, given how fast is. A taller racing windscreen, with the upper fairing kit (winglets that help more wind protection), an incredibly calm cockpit, at speeds over 180 mph.

For use, slick machined-aluminum fit in place of the mirrors to provide a appearance and, more reduce drag.

Our biggest about previous Panigales tested has been excessive off the rear exhaust header the back of our legs and …, on days that are only warm. A new heat shield this, and although I was not able to go on a ride and check its effectiveness, it seem to reduce the amount of reaching the rider.

Other features on the 1199 Panigale R the GPS-enabled Ducati Data which offers downloadable data that can be used for Ducati Quick-Shift, Engine Control and a wonderful-sounding Termignoni exhaust are also standard

Riding the Ducati 1199 R at CoTA was the experience of a lifetime. doubt, this is the best production motorcycle I’ve ridden on a circuit. And with around 250 of these amazing headed to the U.S. owners immediately become part of a exclusive club.

Our next is to put the R head-to-head against BMW ’s HP4 to determine the king of the production superbike Stay tuned!


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