2016 - 2018 Ducati Panigale 959

2016 - 2018 Ducati Panigale 959
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  • Ducati Panigale 959
  • Year:
    2016- 2018
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  • Engine:
    L-Twin
  • Displacement:
    955 cc
  • Price:
    15395
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Racy Enough For The ’EveryRiders’ Among Us

Back in ’16, Ducati pushed the supersport envelope with its super-middleweight Panigale 959, and since you can’t argue with success, the Italian marque carries that original model straight over into MY2018. The engine clocks in at nearly a liter with all the performance you’d expect, plus some electronic safety equipment to help you keep it under control and make riding the “959” a user-friendly affair. Race fans find plenty to be excited about, as well, since the Panigale rocks some track-tastic features to go with its already-sporty mien for a look that says “serious business” to all who behold it. It seems the Panigale has the look with the appropriate under-the-hood gear, but how does it stack up against the well-populated market segment in which it falls? That’s what I aim to find out today.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Panigale 959.

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Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Top 10 Sportsbike of 2018

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, the competition is hot as ever

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

With the emphasis of a sport bike being on performance, there are certain design elements that most motorcycles of this type will share. Rider ergonomics favor function. Apart form the high performing engines, they are built to cut through the air as smoothly as possible. High tech and expensive materials are often used on sport bikes to reduce weight.

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2016 - 2018 Ducati Panigale 959

2016 - 2018 Ducati Panigale 959

Racy Enough For The ’EveryRiders’ Among Us

Back in ’16, Ducati pushed the supersport envelope with its super-middleweight Panigale 959, and since you can’t argue with success, the Italian marque carries that original model straight over into MY2018. The engine clocks in at nearly a liter with all the performance you’d expect, plus some electronic safety equipment to help you keep it under control and make riding the “959” a user-friendly affair. Race fans find plenty to be excited about, as well, since the Panigale rocks some track-tastic features to go with its already-sporty mien for a look that says “serious business” to all who behold it. It seems the Panigale has the look with the appropriate under-the-hood gear, but how does it stack up against the well-populated market segment in which it falls? That’s what I aim to find out today.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Panigale 959.

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WDW Ducati Panigale V4 S bikes are reeking huge numbers at the auction

WDW Ducati Panigale V4 S bikes are reeking huge numbers at the auction

Troy Bayliss’s machine gets a six figure price tag

In an event attended by over 10,000 Ducatistis, the World Ducati Week 2018 saw passionate motorcyclists from all over the world. Folks participated in around 250 different activities along with 1 World Ducati Wedding and 2 marriage proposals. Serene.

Amongst the host of events and attractions was "The Race of Champions" where top Ducati riders from MotoGP, WSBK and other motorsports arena lined up on the track to battle it out on the new one-off purpose built Panigale V4 S specked out especially for this competition. And 13 of these machines were then put to auction on eBay, which has now concluded. The numbers are out, and it is staggering.

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Twelve one-off Ducati V4 S race spec machines up for grabs

Twelve one-off Ducati V4 S race spec machines up for grabs

Ridden by MotoGp and WSBK rider at "The Race of Champions" at World Ducati Week 2018

Ducati’s biggest festival celebrating the iconic Italian brand’s 90 years of passion, emotions, and excellence - World Ducati Week 2018 – is just around the corner to attract thousands of Ducatisti and passionate motorcyclists from all over the world. Invading the Adriatic Coast from 20 to 22 July 2018 at the Misano World Circuit "Marco Simoncelli".

Amongst the host of events and attractions is "The Race of Champions" where top Ducati riders from MotoGP, WSBK and other motorsports arena will lineup on the track to battle it out on the new one-off purpose built Panigale V4 S specked out especially for this competition. And 12 of these machines can all be yours. Read ahead.

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Work Begins on "Ducati World" at Mirabilandia Park

Work Begins on "Ducati World" at Mirabilandia Park

The First Motorcycle-Brand Themed Area of an Amusement Park

As manufacturers scramble for new riders, Ducati is going for the youngest of the young to start brand loyalty at an early age as it opens the very first motorcycle-brand themed area in an amusement park. The first stone for “Ducati World” was laid today at Mirabilandia Park in Ravenna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy in the heart of what is Ducati’s homeland.

Continue reading for more on “Ducati World.”

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2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse

2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse

New livery, lighter battery and exhausts, and top of the line suspension setup

Launched back in 2016 as a replacement model of the Euro-III 899 Panigale, the Euro-IV compliant 959 Panigale became the most affordable superbike in the international lineup of Ducati until the brand launched the 939 Supersport last year. It came with a longer stroked 955cc engine, a tweaked chassis and styling, new side-mount exhausts and a weight increase.

With high spec Brembos’, Showas’, a quickshifter, traction control and ABS, the standard 959 was running great. But the folks at the Italian company had a greater vision. For 2018, the 959 just got checked by the folks who run the team’s MotoGP stunts. Better equipped and a fresh new paint job that was seen similarly with the 848 EVO Corse edition in 2013.

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Ducati's Panigale V4 goes up in flames. Owner gets a replacement immediately

Ducati’s Panigale V4 goes up in flames. Owner gets a replacement immediately

The first reported incidence and Ducati has taken full responsibility

Nitrouz, a happy Canadian customer of Ducati’s new fanboy flagship, the Panigale V4, never must have thought even in his wildest dreams that his machine would go up in flames instead of burning asphalt.

A stroll on a busy street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Nitrouz smelt something burning, and a gaze down made him see his baby literally on fire. Reacting quick, he parked it off the street only to see the bike engulfed in flames. Luckily, folks at North American Ducati came to his rescue quite immediately and offered him a new V4 and an extended warranty.

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2018 Ducati Panigale V4

2018 Ducati Panigale V4

With An Engine Derived Directly From The MotoGP Desmosedici

Ducati adds to its Panigale legacy with the 2018 V4 base model and its variants, the V4 S and the V4 Speciale. Dramatic as it may sound, the V4 family may well be the finest streetbikes at their price points, and that’s not just clever sales prose, it’s the troofus roofus. It ain’t just about the raw power — 214 horsepower from the base model V4/V4 S and 226 horsepower from the Special — because the electronics suite is nearly beyond compare with an absolute alphabet soup of acronyms for all the engine/brake/chassis-control features. That performance comes bundled with a sexy superbike visage that looks fast even when sitting still, and all for $21,195 for the base model, so this is a weapon of mass seduction that is drawing down on the general riding public rather than an elite (read: rich) few. There’s plenty more to love, so join me while I dive into this Italian trio to see what else Ducati has going on over there.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S, and V4 Speciale.

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The Panigale V4 has finally taken the first step of fulfilling its purpose

The Panigale V4 has finally taken the first step of fulfilling its purpose

Ducati is running it on WSBK tests for it to compete in the 2019 season

The preliminary two-day WorldSBK test at the world famous circuit of Jerez, Spain has been completed and the World SuperBike Championship teams have just begun getting grips of their new machines and expectations. But there was an air of desperation and anticipation when the sight of a new bike and the roar of a new engine was present at Jerez.

It was Ducati’s new fanboy, the Panigale V4. Wrapped in black, without many liveries, the V4 took 64 laps and six hours of testing at Jerez along with Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri testing out their Panigale Rs’ for the 2018 season. After seeing the performance and Ducati test rider, Lorenzo Zanetti’s lap-times, the Italians will probably enter the halo machine into the WSBK sooner than expected.

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2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way

Ten of the 2018’s hottest bikes coming to change the way we ride

Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.

Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.

Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:

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Ducati's 959 Panigale gets the Corse treatment for 2018

Ducati’s 959 Panigale gets the Corse treatment for 2018

New livery, lighter battery and exhausts, and top of the line suspension setup

Launched back in 2016 as a replacement model of the 899 Panigale, the 959 Panigale became the most affordable superbike in the international lineup of Ducati until the brand launched the 939 Supersport earlier this year.

Still, the 959 is the most accessible track-focused bike from Ducati, and for 2018, this Italian is getting checked on by the folks who run the team’s MotoGP stunts. Better equipped and a fresh new paint job saw similarly with the 848 EVO Corse edition in 2023.

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Images: 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 - in the details

Images: 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 - in the details

High resolution images for your eyes and your wall

Ducati has probably made 2018’s best motorcycle and its called as the Panigale V4. Inheriting the Ducati Corse MotoGP DNA, the Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine makes this bike the most powerful bike in its class with 214 hp and 91.5 lb-ft of torque.

With all the tech packed into this beast, the Panigale V4 takes the riding feel to unknown territories but Ducati believes that they are here to make the riders feel confident and powerful.

Starting with the new ‘Front Frame’, it’s more compact and lighter than the perimeter frame and uses the engine as a stressed chassis element. This ensures heightened rigidity and feel of the bike and with the use of meticulous design and light materials, the V4 tips the scale at just 430 lbs (17 lbs more than the 1299 Panigale). This puts the power to weight ratio at 1:1, and this is going to make the V4 trump everyone in the segment.

Here are all the images we could lay our hands on. Scroll and enjoy.

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Get ready for a new dream sequence: The Ducati Panigale V4

Get ready for a new dream sequence: The Ducati Panigale V4

A paradigm shift for the Italian two wheel manufacturer from a L-twin to a V4

The wait is finally over folks. Ducati has officially opened up a new phase in motorcycling by launching the new Panigale out to the world that will be powered by their all-new Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine. Similar to the one running on their Desmosedici GP bike and with 214 hp and 91.5 lb-ft of torque, this will be the most powerful bike in its class.

Christened as the Panigale V4, Ducati calls it the ‘new symphony of all Italian performance and emotion.’ The cover outside remains seemingly same and so does the name but the story inside is an all-new thriller that is bound to scare the daylights off of anyone trying even to come close to this beast.

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2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Marking the end of the greatest show ever played by Ducati, the Panigale.

Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.

And this expression was very much evident with their flagship model, the Panigale ever since it broke covers in 2011. It is one of the world’s most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle, and Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes.

Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro powerhouse that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.

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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes, but also is the mark of new four cylinder beginnings.

They say that when you end the show, you must do it with a bang. Ducati here seems to just know how to conclude their greatest show of all time, the Panigale. Amidst the beautiful setup of Pebble Beach, California, the Italian brand unveiled their final adieu to the L-twins with the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Aptly named, this last one gets all the bells and whistles some of which made headlines with the 1299 Panigale, the Panigale R and the 1299 Superleggera. Apart from being a pretty Tri-colour paint job, it gets an upgraded engine and other mechanicals that takes the superbike to new levels of lust. At $40,000 it will also be the second most powerful twin-cylinder engine to run on American streets (after the Superleggera of course).

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Ducati's 'final' Panigale is coming on July 7. And we have a peek at the specs here.

Ducati’s ’final’ Panigale is coming on July 7. And we have a peek at the specs here.

This monster will make more than 200 bhp and will be priced less than half of the ultimate Superleggera.

Last week, the Italian manufacturer teased its final edition of the famous 1299 Panigale to the world. Titled as ’ When the end tells the whole story’, the video is filled with fast-paced takes on the bike’s red/white Corse livery, headlight and tail units and the titanium racing exhaust. the video is surely a nod to the last big-displacement v-twin superbike from Ducati. Why do I say this? The words “Panigale Final Edition” in the video title makes it very evident.

Now, we also get teased with mouthwatering specs of this ’last’ 1299 Panigale R which is going to debut at the Laguna Seca Moto GP weekend in California on July 7, 2017. A dealer in the UK has released the specifications and with it making just 5 bhp and 3 Nm lesser than the brand’s super fighter, the Superleggera, and costing less than half of it, the Panigale is going to blow your mind.

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NHTSA Follows With Its Own Recall Of Ducati Bikes

NHTSA Follows With Its Own Recall Of Ducati Bikes

One month after Transport Canada issued a recall of a number of Ducati’s sports bikes, it’s counterpart in the US, the National Highway Safety Administration Bureau, has followed suit with its own recall of the same models. Ohlins’ defective rear shock absorbers are once again the culprits behind this recall, forcing 549 owners of the 2014 1199 Panigale S, Panigale R, and Superlegerra models to visit their respective Ducati dealerships to have the problems addressed.

A number of motorcycle brands have already issued their own recalls of models affected by the Ohlins shock absorbers. The problem, as has been stated here many times, can be traced to this defective part, which if not torqued properly, could fall apart at any moment’s notice, leading to potentially serious damage to the bikes or worse, injuries to the rider.

Ducati isn’t the only manufacturer to have fallen under this annoying problem. Other brands like Yamaha, Honda, and Triumph have issued their own recalls because of the same issue and it won’t be surprising if there are other companies who issue their own recalls in the coming weeks or months.

The problem with these Ohlins rear shock absorbers is especially problematic in Ducati’s case because of the involvement of the 1199 Superleggera, the brand’s ultra-exclusive superbike that was only limited to 500 units. It’s unclear how many Superleggeras are affected by this recall, but given its low volume and emphasised exclusivity, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if all 500 units are affected and need of repairs.

Should that be the case, Ducati’s got a bigger problem on its hands. The company promised the world with the Superleggera, touting it as one of the lightest superbikes in the market that’s supposedly the pinnacle of Ducati engineering. Then again, it’s not Ducati’s fault that these Ohlins components were found to be defective.

One thing I’m pretty sure on is that Ohlins will have a lot to answer for, not just with Ducati but all the other brands that were affected by this problem. Either way, the NHTSA has announced that the recall begins on June 29, 2015 so if you own any of the affected bikes, now’s probably not the right time to use them on the road. Get them fixed as soon as you can and then use them after that.

Click on the jump to read more about the NHTSA recall of Ducati’s 1199 Panigale S, Panigale R, and Superlegerra models.

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Ducati Joins The Ohlins Recall Ranks, Sends Advisory On 1199 Panigale R, S and Superleggera Models

Ducati Joins The Ohlins Recall Ranks, Sends Advisory On 1199 Panigale R, S and Superleggera Models

Italian motorcycle brand Ducati has become the latest manufacturer to turn in its recall card after announcing that a handful of its models are being advised for inspections because of a significant product defect involving rear shocks from suspensions company Ohlins.

The recall was actually issued by Transport Canada, our neighbors’ equivalent of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. The NHTSA has yet to announce a recall for the US, but from the looks of things, it’s only a matter of time before that happens.

In any case, Transport Canada said that Ducati models affected by the recall include the 2014 1199 Panigale R, 1199 Panigale S, and 1199 Superleggera. All three models suffer from the same fate of having the same defective rear shocks that some of its competitors also have. Yamaha, Triumph, and Honda have issued similar recalls and from the looks of things, Ducati won’t be the last company to do the same.

Transport Canada didn’t say in its notice the number of affected units of the three models. It did say that Ducati dealerships will be standing ready to inspect the recalled motorcycles and will take two courses of action as a result, including sending the entire rear shock assembly back to Ohlins or replace the rear shock absorber with parts supplied by Ducati itself.

Either way, owners of the three models are highly encouraged to bring their bikes to Ducati dealerships to find out if they’re affected by the recall. There’s a good chance that the bikes built in 2014 have the defective Ohlins rear shocks in them but just to be safe, it might be a good idea to have them checked out anyway.

Continue reading to read more about Ducati’s recall of its 1199 Panigale R, S and Superleggera models.

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2015 Ducati Superbike 1299 Panigale

2015 Ducati Superbike 1299 Panigale

Ducati continues to push the envelope in the superbike category with the release of the 2015 1299 Panigale. This machine was built to succeed the 1199, and it boasts several improvements over its predecessor, not the least of which is the 10-percent increase in power up to a whopping total of 205 horsepower! It almost beggars belief that one could squeeze that many horses out of a two-cylinder engine, and it really speaks to the innovative engineering hidden behind the fairings. Sophisticated electronics tame the engine, brakes and suspension, and transform the bike from new-user friendly to race-ready at the touch of a button.

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Troy Bayliss Puts On Impressive Showing As Ducati Substitue At The WSBK

Troy Bayliss Puts On Impressive Showing As Ducati Substitue At The WSBK

Iconic Ducati rider Troy Bayliss wasn’t even supposed to race in the Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship. But an injury to Davide Giugliano in the Philip Island round of the series put Ducati in a bind. Giugliano would be unavailable for the race, so the company did what it had to do: tap an old head to do it one more solid.

Well, it looks like Ducati’s gamble on Bayliss paid off because the 46-year old rider was at his absolute best, putting on a riding clinic to a competitive field made up of riders half of his age. Bayliss didn’t win the race, finishing in 8th position - a penalty did cause him to drop by one place to 9th - in Race 1 and 11th in Race 2.

Ducati knew that winning this race was going to be tough even with Giugliano in the saddle. But once he went down with the injury, Ducati had to do what it could to just get a competitive bike in the race. Bayliss did that and more, securing valuable points for the team, even if it meant that his ride was a one-shot deal.

Still, you can’t help but admire the way Bayliss competed and finished in competitive fashion. For somebody pushing the envelope to 50 years old, his performance at the Thailand round of the SBK championship shows just how good Troy Bayliss was and still is.

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Troy Bayliss Returns to World Superbike Championship at Age 45

Troy Bayliss Returns to World Superbike Championship at Age 45

Don’t scratch your eyes. What you’re reading is actually going to happen. While it’s not the equivalent of Michael Jordan coming out of retirement (again) to play for the Charlotte Hornets, it’s still significant enough to warrant attention.

Three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss is returning to the racing series for the first time since winning the 2008 title. But before you call this an ill-fated comeback, Bayliss’ return to the WSBK does have a caveat.

He’s only doing it for one race, substituting for Ducati’s Davide Giugliano, who was injured in a crash earlier this week. The injuries he suffered - two fractured lumbar vertebrae - has put him out of commission for as many as racing months and with the season-opening race at Phillip Island in Australia this weekend, Ducati needed someone to fill Giulgliano’s seat for the race. Enter Bayliss who is now scheduled to race the 1199 Panigale R for the team he won three WSBK titles with in the last decade.

Ducati is at least hoping for a repeat scenario of the last time Bayliss filled in for an injured Ducati rider. I wasn’t into motorcycle racing back then, but I have read about his dramatic showing at Valencia during the 2006 MotoGP season when he was asked to take the place of Sete Gibernau. Not only did Bayliss post an impressive run in the race, he actually started from second on the grid and ended up winning the whole thing.

Will lightning strike twice for Bayliss and Ducati? Only time will tell, but Ducati’s probably reassured that it can still call on its old hand to give it a lift when the situation calls for it.

Click past the jump to read about Troy Bayliss’ one-shot return to the World Superbike Championship.

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Video: Ducati Puts The Spotlight On the Panigale 1299

Video: Ducati Puts The Spotlight On the Panigale 1299

It’s been brought to my attention that the Ducati Panigale 1299 is an awesome sportsbike. Clearly, that’s probably the understatement of the year. The Panigale 1299 isn’t just awesome; it’s Awesome! with a capital ‘A’ and an exclamation point.

When talking shop about the Panigale 1299, it’s pretty hard to come up with two people who know the bike better than Alessandro Valia and Marco Sairu. Valia, of course, is a former tester for Ducati, while the latter is the Italian automaker’s current Head of Engine Project Management, which, you know, is a pretty important decision within Ducati.

It’s definitely a treat to see these sit down and pretty much give all of us a three-minute education on the Panigale 1299. Valia, in particular, has spent more than his fair share of time, splitting roads while riding the Panigale 1299.

So if you want to know as much as you can about the Panigale 1299, you need to sit down, relax, and watch this video. Valia and Sairu will give you a Panigale 1299 education unlike any other. That’s what you can expect from two people who played significant roles in the development of this sports bike.

That’s much better than watching just anybody dissect the bike, isn’t it?

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Video: Man Performs Jump Over Two Superbikes

Video: Man Performs Jump Over Two Superbikes

He goes by the name “Al the Jumper”, which is really all you need to know about what he does for a living. If it isn’t obvious enough, Al the Jumper jumps for a living. He jumps over cars, road signs, and really whatever kind of object he finds that he can try to jump over. That’s his thing and he’s actually pretty good at it. Recently, though, Al the Jumper took his jumping to a whole new level. Instead of doing something he’s already done before, Al the Jumper decided to switch things up and jump over a speeding super bike.

Oh, and it’s not just one super bike. It’s two.

You’ve probably heard of the Ducati Panigale and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R. These are two of the fastest and most powerful bikes in the market. The mere sight of them speeding in your direction is enough to make most people squeamish. But Al the Jumper isn’t most people because, well, most people can’t do the things he does.

Check out the video and see for yourself how this man who calls himself by his noted skill was able to pull it of. It’s actually more impressive than jumping over a car. I don’t know anyone who’s ever done something like this before, but Al the Jumper isn’t settling for just this particular stunt.

Apparently, he wants to jump over two cars. One jump. Two cars. Call him crazy, stupid, or a combination of both. But something tells me you’ll all be watching when he tries to attempt that stunt. In the meantime, though, give this one a watch because it’s actually pretty sick.

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Ducati Hits Sales Record in 2014

Ducati Hits Sales Record in 2014

The motorcycle market is as healthy as it’s ever been, at least that’s the case for a number of bike brands have reported increased sales. Ducati is one of them after the Italian bike brand announced its achievement in setting a new company sales record in 2014. For the year, Ducati sold 45,100 bikes, two percent more than the number of bikes it sold in 2013. The 2014 gains also represents the fifth consecutive month Ducati has posted an annual increase. That’s as good a sign as any that more and more consumers are buying Ducatis all around the world.

Ducati experienced steady growth in a number of key markets, most importantly the US, considered as the brand’s largest markets. For the year, American customers bought a total of 8,804 units. Other areas around the world also brought its fair shares of Ducati bikes. In Asia, the company reported setting a new record for most units sold in the continent at 5,787 units, an improvement of 11 percent compared to its 2013 numbers. Thailand, in particular, sold 3,057 units in the year, a dramatic increase of 22 percent year-on-year.

As far as models are concerned, Ducati’s updated Monster line was arguably the biggest reason behind the surge in the company’s sales numbers. In 2014 alone, the Ducati Monster - and all of its derivatives - accounted for 16,409 of the units that were sold all over the world. That accounts for a little more than one-third of the firm’s entire sales figures. Of the 45,100 bikes Ducati sold, 9,788 came from its sports bike lineup with the most popular model being the Panigale 899 (5,806 units sold).

All signs seem to point to improved business numbers for Ducati. But while it did grow in a number of key markets, the company still saw its Europe arm suffer through a three-percent decrease in units sold, settling in at 19,743 units by the end of the year. The company’s own home market in Italy saw a slump in sales amounting to 4,284 units sold, 14 percent worse than its numbers a year ago.

Click past the jump to read more about Ducat’s impressive 2014 sales figures.

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2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale S

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale S

The Ducati 1199 Panigale is already a fairly aggressive motorcycle, but the S version raises the bar even higher.

On the long list of features available for the Ducati 1199 Panigale S you’ll find full LED headlights, a front carbon fibre mudguard, Marchesini machine-finished wheels, electronically controlled suspension and adjustable Ohlins steering damper.

The motorcycle sports an 1198cc, Superquadro, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine that delivers a maximum output of 143 KW (195 Hp) at 10,750 rpm and 132 Nm (98.1 Lb-Ft) of torque at 9,000 rpm. The unit was designed to be the structural element of the frame as this architecture ensures the best weight distribution and robustness.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include a Full TFT instrument panel, Riding Modes, Ducati’s Quick Shift (DQS) and the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale S is offered with a base price of $24,495.

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2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale

The 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the strongest motorcycles developed by the Italian manufacturer. Its performances are nothing short of excellent and is hard to find it any serious faults. The built quality is top notch, the ergonomics are faultless and the technologies hidden under its skin will make your jaw drop.

The motorcycle’s architecture is also pretty unique as its engine has been designed as the structural element of the frame - a modern layout that offers a great weight distribution. The 1198 cc, Superquadro, L-Twin cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled unit delivers a maximum output of 143 KW (195 Hp) at 10,750 Rpm and 132 Nm (98.1 Lb-Ft) of torque at 9,000 Rpm. The engine needs to deal with a wet weight of only 190,5 kg and is fed by a 17 liters fuel tank.

Priced at $20,995, the 1199 Panigale doesn’t come cheap, but it certainly deserves every penny.

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Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Limited Edition debuted in Brazil

Ducati 1199 Panigale S Senna Limited Edition debuted in Brazil

Ducati launched a special edition of its sporty 1199 Panigale dedicated to the famous formula 1 rider Ayrton Senna. This special edition marks the 20th anniversary of the death of former Formula One G Brazilian rider.

The new 1199 Panigale S Senna made its debut at the Sao Paulo Motorcycle Show and it will be available in only 161 units. This number represents the total number of Formula One Grands Prix that Senna raced in. It is also worthy of being mentioned that this special edition will be available only on the Brazilian market.

The motorcycle features a grey and red color scheme which is the same color combination used for the motorcycles ridden by Ayrton Senna during its collaboration with the Italian company.

The motorcycle will be offered for sale from June 2014 and will be fitted with a racing exhaust system and serial number engraved on the top clamp. For the moment we don’t have any details about the price.

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Ducati teases its new 1199 Panigale R Superleggera

Ducati teases its new 1199 Panigale R Superleggera

Ducati has prepared a nice surprise for us. Its new project has been kept under an aura of secrecy for a while, but now the first details are starting to emerge.

The Italian company has prepared a very special version of its already special Ducati 1199 Panigale R. The new model is super light and super strong and will be offered in only 500 units. The motorcycle uses materials such as magnesium, carbon fiber and titanium, which help it loose around 40 lbs (18 kg).

It is called the Ducati 1199 Panigale R Superleggera (Italian for ultra-lighweight) and will be available for a group of Ducati fans that were especially selected by the company.

Ducati has also launched a special websitededicated to its new motorcycle that has received the codename “1201”.

For the moment, we don’t have any details about the Sperleggera’s price but you can expect it to be in the $6,000 – $70,000 range.

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Ducati 1199 Terracorsa by MotoCorsa

Ducati 1199 Terracorsa by MotoCorsa

The Ducati 1199 is one of the fastest motorcycles from the tracks. Its power and agility can’t be rivaled by many models in its class and for many riders it represents the ultimate sports machine.

But it seems like the guys from MotoCorsa weren’t satisfy with the racy character of the stock Ducati 1199 and decided to give it a touch of…dirt.

Their take on the Ducati 1199 Panigale bears the name Terracorsa and is basically an off-road super sport motorcycle equipped with rugged tires and covered with a desert-inspired paint scheme.

The idea behind this project started when Bossman Arun Sharma from MotoCorsa and Ducati North America’s Quentin Wilson were preparing for their trip to Eastern Oregon and they decided to let their creativity go crazy to make the trip more interesting.

You have all the rights to believe that a job like this is pure blasphemy, but at least the motorcycle used by MotoCorsa was already wracked, so we won’t judge them too harsh.

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2014 Ducati 899 Panigale

2014 Ducati 899 Panigale

Ducati has revealed the all-new 899 Panigale at the IAA Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany. The fresh 899 Panigale shares a lot of common features with the 1199 model so you can expect to first class riding performances.

The motorcycle weighs only 169 kg and is built on a modern monocoque frame that uses the Superquatro engine as a stressed member. In terms of power, the L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled unit delivers a maximum output of 109 kW 148 hp @ 10.750 rpm and 99 Nm (73 lb-ft) of torque at 9.000 rpm.

As far as technologies are concerned, the new Ducati 988 Panigale features triple stage ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Engine Brake Control and ride-by-wire throttle. You also get Ducati’s Quick Shift, fully-integrated riding modes that can be switched using the handlebar mounted buttons.

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2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

The Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale represents the epitome of Ducati’s sport motorcycles and its excellent performances are hardly equaled by its rivals.

The 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale features a magnetic personality which is enhanced by its sporty design and the advanced technologies.

Compared to the previous generation, the 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale is a 10 kg lighter and 25 HP stronger, two key upgrades which helps it deliver first class performances. At the heart of the bike lies Ducati’s Superquadro L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine which puts out 195hp (143kW) @ 10750rpm and 132Nm of torque @ 9000rpm.

On the styling side of things, the Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale comes with a tasty headlamp which disappears into the air scoops, LEDs for position lights and an aggressive fuel tank design.

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2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

The 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore is offered with a Tricolor paintjob to celebrate "Made in Borgo Panigale" technological excellence.

Among the modern features offered by the motorcycle you’ll find a modern exhaust, LEDs, ABS and the all new telemetry housed in the latest-generation DDA+, which also utilizes GPS signals.

Compared to the previous generation, the 2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore is 10 kg lighter and 25 hp stronger. Needless to say that this results in improved handling and increased overall performances.

The motorcycle is powered by the Superquadro unit which is the most powerful twin-cylinder engine on the planet. Its power has been increased up to 195 HP@10,750 rpm, while torque has been increased to 13.5 kgm@9,000 rpm. You also get the Riding Mode options, which helps you modulate power delivery based on riding style and road conditions.

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2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale R

2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale R

The 1199 Panigale is one of the most wanted supersport models in its class. The motorcycle is especially appreciated for its top notch driving dynamics, the strong engine and its state of the art technologies. Though, Ducati thought that its bike is still not as capable as they want, so they went on and upgraded it.

As a result, the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R is 10 kg lighter and 25 hp stronger than the previous generation. Power comes from the strong Superquadro which is the most powerful twin-cylinder engine on the planet. The engine’s power has been increased up to 195 HP@10,750 rpm, while torque has been increased as well, to 13.5 kgm@9,000 rpm. Moreover the 1199 Panigale R is also offered with the Riding Mode options, which let you modulate power delivery based on riding style and road conditions.


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2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S Tricolore

To celebrate Ducati’s "Made in Borgo Panigale" techological excellence, the 1199 Panigale S is now offered with a tasty Tricolour paint job.

One of the unique features offered by the Ducati 1199 Panigale S is its unique engine that has been designed as the structural element of the frame. The engine was also especially developed to offer a proper weight distribution between the front and rear thus improving the bike’s balance at high speeds.

The engine is paired with a six speed gearbox which features an advanced clutch that’s similar with the one found at the Multistrada and Diavel models.

To increase performances even more, the layout of the exhaust manifolds is 2 into 1 into 2 with twin tailpipe under the sump and three chambers for the reflection silencers. What’s even interesting, the engine features three different Power Modes that can be selected by the rider to adapt the level of power and its delivery to riding style and road conditions.

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2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

2013 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

The Ducati 1199 Panigale is one of the sportiest models built by the company. For the starters it comes with a sharp design which betrays its racer spirit. Power comes from a strong Superquadro 1198 cc engine with the cylinders angled at a 90 degree angle. The unit delivers a maximum output of 195 hp @ 10,750 rpm and 132 Nm of torque @ 9,000 rpm.

The 1199 Panigale’s chassis features a monocoque structure which uses the Superquadro engine as a structural element reducing the bike’s total weight by 5 kg. The monocoque frame is fixed directly to the cylinder head, and at front are two aluminium bushings inserted with the steering tube bearings.

There are three versions available for the 1199 Panigale, namely the base, S and R models. The base model features LEDs for position lights and lamps for the headlights, while the S and R versions have full LED lighting.

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Video: Porsche 911 GT2 RS vs Ducati 1199 Panigale

Video: Porsche 911 GT2 RS vs Ducati 1199 Panigale

Chris Harris has shot another incredible video: he put aPorsche 911 GT2 RS and a Ducati 1199 Panigale in a drag race. A similar video was shot during the summer and the Porsche was actually destroyed. This second video was made to provide the Porsche with an opportunity to exact its revenge.

They went to a 2 mile runway to see what happens when you let a GT2 RS stretch beyond 150 mph, but the question is, what happened? Check out the video for the answer!

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS delivers an impressive 620 HP and sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. The Ducati 1199 Paningale, on the other hand, delivers a total of 195 HP, leaving the RS with a huge advantage. Will it help?

No bikers or drivers were hurt in the making of this film.

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2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S

2012 Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S

It goes without saying that Ducati is in a class of its own as far as super bikes are concerned; this has been proven time and again.

Does it come as a surprise then that the new Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S is about as awesome a super bike as we’ve seen in a while? Not that it means a whole lot considering that we’re dealing with Ducati here, but man, this bike is gorgeous beyond reproach.

Credit the Italian bike maker for that. This bike comes with an assertive design that has been enhanced by full LED headlights and a front carbon fiber mudguard. The sleek, low-lying stance of the 1199 Panigale S also adds to the imposing profile of the bike, as do the Marchesini machine-finished wheels, the electronically-controlled suspension, and the adjustable Ohlins steering damper.

The evolution of the 1199 Panigale S came to be when Ducati wanted to create a bike that was not only powerful, but also lighter than its super bike brethren. So, they set out and fitted the bike with the most powerful twin-cylinder engine on the planet, the Superquadro. The 1.2-liter engine hits at an incredible 195 horsepower at 10,750 RPM with 13.5 kgm of torque at 9,000 rpm. The power from the engine courses through six-speed gearbox shafts.

Suffice to say, the Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale S is, without question, a cut above the rest of its peers.

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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale

Ducati has finally unveiled at this week’s EICMA Show in Milan the much-anticipated 1199 Panigale superbike. The new model finds its roots in the Borgo Panigale (pronounced "Pan-ee-gah-lee") area of Bologna - an Italian territory known as "Motor Valley". The new model will go on sale in early in 2012 in three different versions: Panigale $17,995, Panigale S - $22,995, Panigale S equipped with ABS $23,995(USD) and Panigale S Tricolore $27,995.

The new 1199 Panigale weights only 418 lbs and is powered by a re-designed V-twin engine with an output of 195 HP and 361.5lb of torque. This output will transform the Panigale into the most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet.

The bike will be offered with the latest-generation sports ABS system, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES),
Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s new race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW).

"Throughout our long and successful twin-cylinder history of racing, Ducati has never built a sportbike as advanced as the 1199 Panigale," said Claudio Domenicali during the official presentation. "We are moving into a new generation with a ’revolution’ of the species that establishes new limits for the category. Its Desmodromic heart, the new Superquadro engine, is the most powerful twin-cylinder ever produced and represents the base of a new concept of frame and engine integration."

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