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Tested: 2014 Ducati 899

Section: Sports Bikes Rennie Scaysbrook

CycleOnline.com.au the mighty Italian middleweight.

has this innate ability to great clumps of metal, and plastic look good to the of distraction.

Cast your back to the original 916 (the beautiful motorcycle ever – ever), the Supermono or the 1098R and the might be forgiven for thinking the boys were more style than substance. of course, is complete crap.

one of those bikes were and style leaders, decimating while looking flash in the way Victoria’s Secret models up catwalks. And like the good that seem hereditary, Ducati unleashes a new Superbike on the world, a year or so later release a baby destroyer more roadbike than slicer (think 916/748, 1098/848).

And to add to that list, we now the exquisitely pretty 899 Panigale to go the ground-breaking 1199 Panigale in 2012. Svelte, light and the 899 is the bike mere mortals me, and I’m assuming you too) have a to master.

Unlike the 1199, which a master’s degree in finite control to take to the max, missing 300cc over big Pani make the 899 much rideable on the road – which is this bike is aimed, not the Because there’s no real for the 899 to race in.

A few years back thought it best to free from the shackles of supersport regulations and made the 848, and continued on this path or to move the goalposts again, time to 898cc (not 899 as on the badge).

And thank the spaghetti in the sky, because Ducati may produced one of the best roadbike V-twin engines of all-time.

is claiming 148hp and 99Nm of out of the new Superquadro engine (named so due to the ability to produce strong down low as well as high rpm and power). But this doesn’t like a traditional Ducati

The bottom-end (below 5000rpm) is pussycat territory, and you could the baby Pani all day here and like you’re on a never-ending to buy milk.

Smooth from a throttle, completely unlike of old, the 899 will happily along and with the knife-through-butter of the quickshifter-equipped six-speeder, you feel you’re riding a fast, and loud, scooter with But kick it up past 7000rpm, and a different story altogether.

seven is the number that the 899 go from friend to foe. The note doesn’t just get it starts screaming, like a supersport bike and you’d hang on as every one of those 148 horses all line up to take turn at going all Game of on the rear Pirelli and the engine to redline.

You’re throwing gears at the trying to keep up with the engine speed. It’s astonishing how much power thing produces, but also how it is. It wasn’t that long ago Japanese Superbikes thought was pretty sweet. Now Ducati is it with 898cc.

And two cylinders Wow.

Here you have an that can be docile and one that can pack a mighty punch. It make an incredible track because you really can use all the power putting out, rather just trying to figure out how to the grunt from an 1199.

We all Ducati’s rather uninspiring MotoGP history, and their of the carbon monocoque chassis at the of a rider who wishes he never on the red dotted line, but it’s not a loss, because this has thankfully found its way to the production first with the 1199 and now the

The monocoque chassis, with the as a stressed member, is a delightfully and responsive skeleton that into a machine that hunts for corners and obliterates It feels tight, taught, and flatter many a rider’s (it certainly did mine).

The suspension is of a note in that it comes Showa, with the Big Piston taking care of the front a horizontal rear shock the back-end. I must admit I was a tad with the BPF because when first came out in 2010 on a of Japanese bikes they rubbish – no feel and would to the bottom of a ….

Thankfully, a few years development, the BPFs are now better and offer excellent and roadholding. They are set quite as standard (so is the back), so a bit of fiddling soften the blow and make for a comfy ride.

The front calipers are a set down the 1199’s. Don’t let that you because they have an ton of power and when combined the same master-cylinder as the 1199, is never an issue.

As this is a test I’ll just on the electronics. You get all the bells and whistles of big Pani – ABS, DTC (Ducati Control) and EBC (Electronic Braking – but I’ll admit I spent of my time playing around the EBC over anything else.

is a handy function, but being a I finally left it on number 1 as it the most engine braking in the way a Ducati would. The difference in braking is not as massive between 1-3 as it is between 1-8 of the traction control, but a funky thing to have in arsenal and another pub argument

My gripe with sportsbikes of has been that most – not all – only release sportsbikes off racing rules. That’s after all, what on Sunday, sells on Monday. But outside the box for road riders is the way to win customers who spend their in traffic, on the twisties, ride in the and everywhere in between.

And as far as road, not track, orientated are concerned, the Ducati 899 Panigale a lot, a hell of a lot in fact, of

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