First Ride: 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R — Cycle News

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First Ride: 2013 1199 Panigale R

Nowhere is it that racing improves the than with the up-rated Panigale 1199 R. When Checa needed a few things to make the bike he would be in the 2013 World Superbike competitive with the four-cylinder he was racing against, Ducati to work to give him what he And with World Superbike the way they are, for Carlos to get he wanted, we had to get it too.

Enter the 1199 R.

The much-ballyhooed Panigale its debut last year and the world’s motorcycling media praise at its wheels, it didn’t as well as everyone thought it when it came to racing. It was fast, but it didn’t get to that top quickly enough to make racing (the Panigale homologated for World Superbike year, but it raced in the World Series) happy, including who tested the bike in the middle of the They wanted more from the Superquadro powerplant and went about the task of them just that.

also wanted a bit more with the chassis, but more on in a minute.

Ducati responded titanium connecting rods and a flywheel in the R model, the combination of yielded a weight savings of 2.9 over the standard model. It meant the rev limit could be by 500 rpm, with the new Panigale R now at 12,000 rpm.

So Checa and Co. are hopeful what wanted works for them Spaniard earned pole at the opening round in Australia, but out of the first race and suffered a and we ultimately get what we want – possibly the best production that $29,995 can buy.

the rods and flywheel saving three pounds, the engine up quicker and redline was increased 11,500 rpm to 12,000 rpm. The is 10 percent more torque at 85 and 18 percent more torque at 125 according to Ducati. And the gains without sacrificing top speed – according to Ducati.

The peak figure from a year ago the same at 195 hp at 10,500 rpm. for the 98 feet pounds of torque.

of all the changes in the powerband, the Panigale R gets a shorter 15/41 drive (last year’s used a 39 on the rear).

As far as the adjustability of the new for the first-time ever in a production the Panigale has a four-position swingarm that’s easily adjustable in 2mm – either to make the rear squat more or less. equals less squat, equals more – and more translates to better grip worn tires or in iffy The fixed setting on the previous is the baseline setting on the new R and the new pivot you to raise it 2mm or lower it either 2mm or 4mm – and the are well marked on the pivot.

Additional changes to the bike the use of a carbon fiber in a few key areas – a heat shield to help the heat that comes off the near the rider’s rear end and This was a big complaint with year’s Panigale and the new shield has been retrofitted for those one for their 2012 Panigale. is also used for a rear guard, heel guards and panels in the fairing and protectors for the swingarm and a clutch cover.

All the lighter monocoque chassis and components mean that the R now weighs in at just 363.7 dry (416 pounds ready to including the ABS system that’s as standard equipment.

The R model gets a “race-style” seat and the full, GPS Ducati Data System that gives you lap times and circuit-map linked The bike is basically NASA the Tang.

Ducati also the bike a racier look (if even possible) by using a mix of red and aluminum on the gas tank, which 4.5 gallons. It also gets the factory Ducati Corse on both sides of the fairing.

The bike is fitted with the Ohlins money can buy – a 43mm fork that’s adjustable in both compression and rebound (spring pre-load is manual). The TTX36 rear suspension is adjustable and electronic in both and rebound damping with spring pre-load adjustment.

The R also gets top-of-the-line monobloc brakes with 30mm pistons grabbing discs. The ABS is integrated with three programmed riding (Race, Sport and Wet) the ABS working only on the front in Race mode; in the other two the system activates both and rear ABS, front-to-rear braking, and rear-wheel lift

The Panigale R also allows you to upshifts without the clutch and getting out of the throttle with its Quick Shift.

It wasn’t for Ducati to give us the chance to the new Panigale on a racetrack, but they to send us to what is arguably the racing facility in North – the brand-new Circuit of The Americas of Austin, Texas. The track is with facilities to match. that it’s in Texas, also big with plenty of (20) and lots to learn miles of racetrack).

With 20 minutes sessions on the R, we had to learn in order to be able to turn our to the motorcycle we were there to

I didn’t get the opportunity to ride year’s Panigale, so I guess you say I’m spoiled in a way to jump straight to the R version. With no previous experience, I can’t tell you improved over last – but I can tell you from a zillion of riding sportbikes that is one incredible motorcycle.

I was fully the Panigale R to be difficult to ride. I it would be snatchy, stiff and not a lot of fun to go on as I tried my best to learn the and difficult CoTA circuit in a than Checa pace. But it that way at all – even in the Race that I used throughout the

The bike allowed me the opportunity to the circuit without a worry.

The is definitely light and with the at CoTA seemingly going Austin to Houston, there was of opportunity to flick the R from to side to side. And you do so at speed – so the has to be both agile and stable. The R is both.

The brakes on the R are as good as imagine them to be. The back at CoTA is taken flat out in gear (and you can watch it all on a truly trick instrument that tells you everything but heart rate) before to second gear for a left-hand of sorts. The brakes are so good I found myself wishing I’d deeper every single But if you do get in a bit hot… no worries.

Just keep tugging on the and keep leaning the Panigale If you’re up for it, the Ducati definitely is. It to be ridden hard and it likes to be put on its

You also don’t have to about banging those with a slipper clutch as good as on any streetbike. The bike stable and perfectly inline when you’re busy both the brakes and the downshifts, you to focus on what’s next – the apex. Again, the Ducati there with turn in both light and precise. And if you do run it a bit as mentioned earlier, you just leaning it over.

No Hail necessary. It will be just thank you very much.

you pick up the throttle out of the hairpin to the backstraight and start upshifting, you get to gear in the blink of an eye as the bike up quickly. The speed shifter is spot on and makes you wonder how you rode a motorcycle without Nothing quite like it pinned as you grab gears abandon.

The bike does the wheel as you’re grabbing lower gears, but it does so nary a wiggle and it’s enough to cause you to ever out of the throttle.

As far as comfort goes, at 5’ 8,” I was right at on the Panigale. Bigger riders feel a bit cramped, but I can’t basketball – so let’s call it a As far as looks go, I’m not sure I’ve a motorcycle that is both as and daunting looking as this Sort of an angry wasp but all dressed up in a pretty red dress.

The aluminum tank is flat out looking. Combine the red, the aluminum, all that carbon and the screams, “look at me!”

We it plenty. Now we just have to see how gets along with it. if there’s bits he doesn’t we’ll only get an even Panigale R next year.


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