EVOLUTION The WSBK homologation version of Ducati's superbike adds titanium rods, a lighter flywheel, and an adjustable swingarm pivot. RIVALS Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC ABS, BMW S1000RR HP4, MV Agusta F4RR TECH Price$29,995 Engine typel-c 90-deg. V-twin Valve trainDOHC, 8v Displacement1199cc Bore x stroke112.0 x 60.8mm Compression12.5:1 Fuel systemEFI, ride by wire ClutchWet, multi-plate slipper Transmission6-speed Claimed horsepower195 bhp @ 10,750 rpm Claimed torque98.1 lb.-ft. @ 9000 rpm FrameAluminum monocoque Front suspension43mm Öhlins NIX30 fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Rear suspensionÖhlins TTX36 shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping Front brakeDual Brembo M50 Monoblock four-piston calipers, 330mm discs with ABS Rear brakeBrembo two-piston caliper, 245mm disc with ABS Front tire120/70ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP Rear tire200/55ZR-17 Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP Rake/trail24.5° /3.94 in. Seat height32.5 in. Wheelbase56.6 in. Fuel capacity4.5 gal. Claimed curb weight417 lbs. ColorRed Available: Now Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi. Contact: Ducati North America, 10443 Bandley Dr., Cupertino, CA 95014, 408.253.0499, www.ducati.com VERDICT 4.5 out of 5 stars If you're looking for the perfect off-the-rack track bike, the 1199 Panigale R is tough to beat. It's different, and once you understand those differences, better. The Panigale exhaust system is pure mass-centralizing magic. What you can’t see is how the midpipe doubles back on itself between the mufflers to maximize volume and minimize space. The Panigale exhaust system is pure mass-centralizing magic. What you can’t see is how the Wire leads sprouting from the top of each fork leg enable Ohlins/Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), which offers push-button compression and rebound damping adjustments. Wire leads sprouting from the top of each fork leg enable Ohlins/Ducati Electronic Suspen LED taillights wrap around gaping vents that penetrate the tail section from front to rear, acting to reduce turbulent airflow surrounding the back of the bike. LED taillights wrap around gaping vents that penetrate the tail section from front to rear « | 1 | 2 | 3 | View Full Article By Aaron Frank Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!