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MD Triple-Tested: 2012 Ducati 1199 S

Motorcycle Daily like to thank the cast and of Munroe Motors for providing us the demo unit used in test. We also send thoughts to dealer principle Hayman, injured in the May AMA races in California. Get well, Nickers!

long ago, the Church of had a major schism. The cruiser founded their own church, as did the roadracers and tourers. The commuters and people went in their own direction, but within each of new churches, there was further

In the deep, hidden cells a remote monastery, red-robed of the Church of the Great Ducati still practice their burning frankincense and rattling plates in the hopes of bringing their messiah, the 1994 916. Since the first-generation last rolled off the assembly in 2002, every following has been dismissed by the True even though they all been functionally much than that original

The last iteration, the 2007-2011 series, is an impressive ride: 160 at the crank (compared to the 916′s 115 or so) and 435 pounds gassed up (the 916 was over 470). An excellent but still based on that 916 (which in turn used the frame and motor architecture of its 851 from 13 years before. Had bumped up against a technical doomed to forever churning out replicas for an impossible-to-please and shrinking of orthodox zealots?

And then was this crazy patent in 2011. It showed a liquid-cooled (with hybrid chain/gear-driven bolted directly to the swingarm, and monocoque steering head—no in the traditional sense, trellis or Say buh-bye to about 30 pounds and to 35 more horsies.

But was this for a bike? Or would it be a production

Spy shots of Troy Bayliss the new superbike answered that: And the roll-out at the Milan show an all-business machine whose nod to the 916 adherents was the single-sided swingarm and the paint. Rear suspension is a mounted shock working an adjustable linkage.

An S model is with the latest in electronically Öhlins suspension, along wheelie control, a quick electronically-assisted slipper clutch, ABS and traction control. It’s owning your own space

We here at MD like to ride expensive things as much as the editorial entity, so when the folk at Munroe Motors up their demo unit for we snapped up the first opportunity. what we found out after days of street testing.

Eternally 40, Height: 6′ 2″, favorite thing: Lucca’s Spinach

The Panigale is a legendary Italian of prey that has both the brain and the largest testicles of any creature on the European continent.

I just made that up. But fitting. You’ll see.

researching this new model, admit I was apprehensive: this Duc is The brand’s trademark Desmodromic actuation remains. But gone is the trellis, and the familiar dry clutch, its “klakka-klakka” soundtrack that like a helicopter sawing a chain-link fence, is also

Instead, the Panigale has a wet clutch most Japanese literbikes. And are no more cam belts to replace three years, or arcane procedures. The Panigale has low maintenance 15,000 miles), chain-driven So I was skeptical.

Would the Panigale be so as to be boring? Would it retain any of mechanically- focused character or it mark the point at which becomes just another manufacturer?

I showed up to Munroe to grab my test bike. a quick tutorial from Mark Pearson, I turned the key on. The display lit up in full color.

The Mitsubishi engine control allows for three riding each with a multitude of braking, traction control and (190 hp claimed) or attenuated off to 120 hp) engine output settings to from. From an electronics this is a very brainy

My test bike was the 1199S, adds Öhlins’ electronically (for compression and rebound) and rear suspension. The “on the fly” tuning is particularly cool. You ostensibly set your damping low so freeway ride to the twisties rattle your fillings so

Once you arrive at the fun roads, you can the mode to add damping to decrease dive or keep the rear squatting under full

For the next few days, I rode my bike around the streets of San as well as on freeways and local City riding is an exercise in hand self- control, you double or treble the posted In the twisties, the bike is one with the

Transitions are effortless due to Ducati’s centralization efforts. Roll-on from 60 to 80 mph are a fraction of a second.

its brawn, this bike is to ride. Though Ducati a massive 98 ft.-lbs. of torque, it underway as effortlessly as a moped and the is crisp and manageable. Once power is prodigious, and the bike from low speed to the 11,500 rpm with seemingly increasing

This thing moves a starship with a freshly hyperdrive.

Ducati owners blow a few thousand bucks for a full exhaust immediately buying a new Duc. The Panigale’s exhaust system looks, and sounds so good, you’re better off saving your for upcoming legal defense as speeding tickets pile up. cues come from the fierce midrange exhaust as well as the cacophony of clattering and whirring gears, audible at any

I almost didn’t miss the old dry clutch. My fears were all The Panigale is not only 100 percent it is probably the finest sportbike the factory has ever produced.

is not to say that the Panigale is perfect. is, after all, a Ducati The under-seat exhaust, despite its made for a great bunwarmer in the Bay Area weather—in warmer it might not be so welcome.

Above 50 the mirrors turn objects you into abstract expressionist You will never see a police behind you until (unless?) finally catch up. The turn-signal switch, which I have a habit of hitting repeatedly, as a mode-select switch, so the bike I’m trying to change modes I’m just making sure my signals are off.

Our test also smoked consistently for a few after startup, which I’m is normal. Finally, gearing is At one point as the tachometer needle past 9000 rpm, three-quarters of the way to redline while at 80 mph in second gear, I had a simple “Where on Earth would you get past third gear?”

In conclusion, Ducati’s new flagship the 1199 Panigale, would be a effective backroads bike, terrorizer, or daily driver. It has and guts as well as massive, cojones. This big Duc succeeds in shifting the Ducati superbike without grinding gears.

very simply a market-leading, sportbike.

Age: 47 Height: Favorite Italian Thing: Bellucci

It’s so …. so sleek. It is such a complete from traditional Ducati language that I am not surprised there has been extensive about this bike. had an entirely too-brief encounter it, I can say definitively that the buzz is It is clear that the Panigale is, to a hackneyed phrase, a race with lights.

Undoubtedly, the agenda for this bike is races.

Like other the bike is physically tiny high pegs and low bars. the suspension is not overly harsh on the a very difficult thing to with such a light The seat is wickedly uncomfortable, and the designed to slice through the

If you’re not in a full tuck, doing it wrong.

Slip the key the ignition and the paperback book-sized color digital dash up and does its little startup Sitting still in the parking lot of a Bell, flipping through the package menu was pretty the last time I could the attention for an extended look at the display. The main attraction on the (sadly, we did not have the luxury of is the motor.

It’s like a it’s only happy it’s lunging forward, the power to inhale ribbons of and passing slower vehicles eating those damn guppy crackers. One is never let’s go for three. If you trust the electronics, you can pass motorhomes, in third gear, with the control causing the power to slightly, just by pinning the

Maybe this isn’t the or best use of the electronics, but it sure is and satisfying.

Restrain the Panigale, and it is not amused. appears to be no rpm range at which it behave nicely if the rider is the law. One of the most mind-boggling of this engine and power is that it really only two gears in the United States.

see 85 mph well before the rev limiter your enthusiasm in second Third gear at 55 mph puts the at about 3500 rpm, and the is a bit touchy. With so much “a bit touchy” translates into an jerkiness. Slipping into gears—and the ratios are mountainously improve the situation much. gear at highway speed has the at very low rpm, and it protests if you try to accelerate without downshifting.

the path to Nirvana is to never the Panigale like a citizen or use it on the track.

Our test bike was the “S” which has Öhlins electronically-adjustable and ABS brakes. The suspension is a technological both for the novel design, relocates the linkage and shock to the side of the bike, and for how well it to work.

Ducati 60 S

In our “real world” we simply could not work the hard enough to identify its and weaknesses: I know that in my heyday of racing, this is so much more capable I was, (it’s even than I think I was) and vastly better than I am especially on the street. I can tell you it light and precise, and goes where you point it, without any of instability or over-reactiveness.

Any further on the suspension or chassis would be on my part. Regarding the brakes, are powerful without being and like the suspension, I never their performance envelope.

The and engineering that went the suspension is nothing short of a in the evolutionary change in the state of the art of Damping changes by wire are Electronically-adjusted damping is the first toward true active that adapts to instantaneous conditions.

Aside from reading the owner’s manual an must, all of the electronics constitute a advantage for riders of this

It was a privilege to ride the Panigale, and I sadly, that unless a legislator sponsors a get-out-of-…-free in which the holders can ride as as they want, whenever want, wherever they the Panigale has limited function as a bike. As a track bike it be absolutely incandescent, a joyful in controlled violence, to fulfill its calling in life: shaving off lap times.

Gabe Ets-Hokin

43.05, Height: 4’9″, Italian thing: Not paying

I’m going to come right out and say it: I am not a fan of motorcycles. On the street, they no sense whatsoever, unless you a … wish and a traffic on retainer. There just enough room to get out of third let alone really test the of one of these.

On the racetrack, they even less sense, you are at the very highest level of and ability, in which case else will be buying racebike and you won’t care we think. If you’re not at that level, do you really want to on your skills with 170 hp to toss you into the weeds?

yeah, I know…motorcycles aren’t rational purchases. And even in context, a $22,995 Ducati S is still a solid-gold life But man, o man is this a fantastic

I feel hamstrung by the limits of the old written communications media I’m to—the Panigale needs to Norse Epics written it, operas, maybe an AMC drama But I’ll try.

Is it fast? not the fastest thing I’ve (although it’s pretty but the motor is torquey, responsive and not so fun at lower speeds, incredible you open the throttle. People on sportbikes really don’t a chance—just twist and dispatch

You have God-like powers.

it handle nicely? Well, it feel like any Ducati I’ve ridden. Sure, you it’s related—predictable, progressive and … stable leaned it really feels more a very dialed-in (and fast) Japanese supersport a humungous V-Twin superbike. I do the suspension had electronically-adjustable preload the Multistrada S, as the damping is so fun and easy to but what are you going to do?

Complaining about having to use a to adjust the preload is like that Joanna Krupa too long to get undressed.

Is it comfortable? surprised me—yes, it is. Sure, the is hard and of course your gets roasted by the exhaust, but the seating and humane bar placement it at least as comfortable as some of the Japanese sportbikes—and if you’ve a 916 you know that’s really

And with 15,000-mile major-service and observed fuel economy 40 mpg (at steady highway speeds), even vaguely practical.

But is it to use? That’s the mind-blowing before the last commercial on this reality show. Yes it is. the smooth fueling to the simple-to-use package, the Panigale is designed to be and doesn’t assume you have an FIM license and a PhD in software engineering.

All the onboard are enough to give you a but they work so well you don’t notice them. It going fast—and I mean so there really is nowhere to use thing on public roads, so a full season of trackdays—so Senator Danforth would burst into flames if he out about it.

Finally, should you buy Fockin-A you should. If you can afford it and you motorcycles, this is the next thing until the next best thing rolls and seriously, it could be the pinnacle of motorcycling.

It will be a classic—not it’s as good looking as a 916 it isn’t), but because it works as a better than anything (or maybe anybody) has ever

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Ducati 60 S


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