2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R | First Ride

The Panigale Gets Prepped For World Superbike

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Andrew Wheeler, Milagro

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.

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