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2019 Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse

Let Me Be Clear: This Is Not A Poser Machine

Ducati expands its Panigale lineup and replaces its “1299” with a new model that’s meant to take over as the new apex-predator – the Panigale V4 – and the new Panigale V4 S Corse builds on that platform with a race-worthy package. Not only does it closely resemble the MotoGP version with much the same look and equipment, it doubles down with the factory race team’s unmistakable colors in its unique livery. Lest there be any confusion on this point, let me be clear; this is not a wannabe/poser machine. It doesn’t waste any weight on the road-legal gear that’s rather superfluous on a racebike, and it’s intended for the closed-circuit and proper road-courses only. However, no expense was spared in the ride-control electronics department, and the robust suite makes this a veritable marvel on two wheels.

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2017 - 2019 Ducati 1299 Panigale R FE

2017 - 2019 Ducati 1299 Panigale R FE

It’s The Last Hurrah For The Twin-Cylinder Superleggera-Derived Superquadro Engine

Ducati released the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition in 2017 with much celebration. This last edition of the 1299 Panigale R superbike comes laden with top-shelf electronics and racing livery in a finale for the twin-cylinder Superleggera-derived Superquadro engine.

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2019 Ducati 959 Panigale / 959 Panigale Corse

2019 Ducati 959 Panigale / 959 Panigale Corse

The 959 Comes Loaded With Race DNA And A Host Of Electronic Gadgetry

Like all the major players on the world stage, Ducati offers (relatively) street-friendly models in the 959 Panigale and 959 Panigale Corse for 2019. This pair showcases the Italian giant’s performance chops from the brushed-up stressed-skin structure all the way down to the newly-tuned innards of the 955 cc engine to compete against the other top-shelf, racebike-like offerings. Top-shelf electronics finish off the package to give them all the rider aids and safety systems you can reasonably expect at almost any price point, so you have a chance of keeping it dirty-side down while you raise your riding game.

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2018 - 2019 Ducati Panigale V4

2018 - 2019 Ducati Panigale V4

With An Engine Derived Directly From The MotoGP Desmosedici

Ducati continued its Panigale legacy in 2018 with the 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 isn’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. This is a weapon of mass seduction that is drawing down on the general riding public rather than an elite (read: rich) few.

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2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R

Features Include An Aero Pack Designed By Ducati Corse

If you’re into street-legal machines that would be equally comfortable on a closed-circuit track, Ducati has some good news for you in 2019 in the form of its top-drawer Panigale V4 R. The “V4 R” builds on the “V4 S” with a host of tweaks and improvements that were requested by none other than Ducati Corse, the factory’s own racing team. Additionally, steps were taken to conform to WSBK requirements with a new powerplant, among other things, so you could actually use the V4 R as a proper race bike. Even the electronics were on the receiving end of a tuneup to bring them more in line with the demands of professional riders to make this a truly special machine

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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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If Ducati makes a mid-weight SuperSport, this is how it will look

If Ducati makes a mid-weight SuperSport, this is how it will look

OBIBOI gives us this rendering tickling our brains

The history of Ducati is driven by a unique engineering talent that has always generated motorcycles of unmistakable design and most profound sporting spirit. Throughout their 90 years, the Bologna firm has created machines showcasing passion, emotions, and excellence. Be it their Panigales’, Scramblers’ or the very recent SuperSport 939. But the Italian maker hasn’t had any footfall in the mid-segment supersport arena because they pretty much did not give a damn.

But imagining them do it is going to bring a lot of sleepless nights to the Japanese players who have taken the top slots to the throne in the 600cc-800cc segment. There are no official word or snippets from anywhere suggesting this might happen, but this did not stop our friend Oberdan Bezzi to sketch this potent machine that can come out of the Borgo Panigale factory gates.

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2018 Ducati 939 SuperSport

2018 Ducati 939 SuperSport

A Panigale with toned down feistiness

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.

When it comes to sports bikes with full fairings, there are not many chaps in the world who make them better than these Italians. The Panigale, for instance, is the most coveted superbike for the way it looks, handles and rides. It is one of those Italian Exotics that can sweep you off your feet every time you get yourself near it. And if you do ride one, you know what a fearless machine it is, always wanting to break your spine due to the insanity, unless you tame it.

The current generations of Panigale is a bit intimidating and out-of-reach for a majority of buyers, due to its big and powerful engine and large denominations, in particular for riders who are new to the big bike world. It seems that Ducati has understood this fact, which is why it has come up with the all-new Supersport series, the re-entry of the brand into the family of Ducati. It takes in the 937 Testastretta motor and gets bolted on a relaxed sports bike trellis frame and gets the power lower in the rev range.

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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 new V-4 Superbike gets snapped testing.

Ducati’s new V-4 Superbike gets snapped testing.

The first images are here and we cannot stop grinning about them.

When it comes to sports bikes with full fairings, there are not many chaps in the world who make them better than these Italians. The Panigale, for instance, is the most coveted superbike for the way it looks, handles and rides. It is one of those Italian Exotics that can sweep you off your feet every time you get yourself near it. And if you do ride one, you know what a fearless machine it is, always wanting to break your spine due to the insanity, unless you tame it.

But now, that superbike is seeing its last leg with Ducati teasing the ’final’ Panigale to come out of the Borgo gates. It will be the last L-twin superbike made by Ducati since it is ever so difficult for Ducati to adhere to the rules package in most of the World Superbike Championships the Panigale is currently in competition, its v-twin superbikes will soon lose out to the four-cylinder counterparts. Luckily, the Italian company is also churning out a new V-4 superbike as we speak. And the first images are out here as seen on Maxxmoto.

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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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2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera

2017 Ducati 1299 Superleggera

Limited Edition StupidFast

Ducati raises the bar for semi-production race bikes with its limited-edition 1299 Superleggera. A space-age, carbon-fiber frame, swingarm and wheels carry Ducati’s most powerful twin-cylinder mill to date with 215 horsepower on tap to push a mere 368 pounds. Yeah, that’s right. The good news is that Ducati installed everything it could as far as electronic features go to help riders control all that power and keep the thing dirty-side down. I’m talking a veritable alphabet soup of gadgetry here, so let’s dig in and start deciphering it.

Continue reading for my review of the Ducati 1299 Superleggera.

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Riders For Health Offering Two-Seater Ducati Ride At Silverstone

Riders For Health Offering Two-Seater Ducati Ride At Silverstone

Have any of you ever fancied the thought of riding a MotoGP bike as it goes all-out on a legitimate racing circuit? If you answered yes, you’re in luck because MotoGP’s Riders for Health charity organization is offering interested participants a just to experience just that.

The caveat, of course, is that you actually won’t be riding the MotoGP bike, in this case the Ducati Desmosedici, by yourself. You’re going to have be accompanied by a professional rider in a two-seater version of Ducati’s MotoGP-prepped racing horse.

The ride-along will take place during the Silverstone leg of the MotoGP calendar on the weekend of August 30, 2015. More importantly, MotoGP racer Randy Mamola and Ducati test rider Franco Battaini will both be in attendance, ready to offer a rider to anybody willing enough to experience the frenetic feeling of riding a real MotoGP race bike.

The rides will make use of a specially modified version of the Desmosedici, complete with a reinforced suspension system and rear subframe, stronger spring with improved compression braking, and higher preload to accommodate the extra weight of another full-sized adult riding shotgun on the bike.

There’s still no word on how much the ride-along is going to cost, but with the involvement of Riders for Health, you can be sure that whatever that amount is will go to the charity organization to help with its mission of supplying motorcycles and maintenance for health workers in African countries.

Continue reading to read more about Riders For Health’s Ducati Two-Seater Ride promotion.

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Ducati Loses Concessions in MotoGP Beginning In 2016 Season

Ducati Loses Concessions in MotoGP Beginning In 2016 Season

By its own standards, Ducati has had a pretty successful season. It’s been competitive in all of the races and for a large majority of the first few legs of the season, it’s been the most consistent with six podium finishes in eight races. But the team’s impressive run this season will have its downside beginning next year when it losses all of its concessions for the 2016 MotoGP season, putting in under the same rules as Yamaha and Honda. Welcome to the wacky and sometimes confusing world of MotoGP.

As per the current rules Yamaha and Honda fall under, Ducati will begin the 2016 season with a similar set of rules, one that includes a limit of seven engines per season, no in-season development, and a restriction on testing using factory riders. It’s a far cry from the rules Ducati currently enjoys, including the allowance for 12 engines per season, which they are free to develop during the year, and unlimited testing.

Unfortunately for Ducati, the success they’ve enjoyed this season comes with a price. The Desmosedici GP15 has also proved to be a capable and competitive bike in the series, despite it still being a young project compared to what Yamaha and Honda have at their disposals.

The Grand Prix Commission’s decision to strip Ducati of its concessions was expected by those who saw how competitive the team has been this season. That said, the timing of the announcement was a little surprising since the season has not concluded yet. But according to numerous reports, the GPC decided to act earlier to give Ducati time to prepare ahead of what could be a dramatically different 2016 season for the team.

Once the changes are put in place, Ducati will receive the same concessions as Yamaha and Honda. In addition to what I already mentioned, some of these other concessions include the same amount of fuel, same spec electronics, and same allocation of tires.

It’s the price Ducati will soon pay for the success it’s been having this season. It seems a little weird for the MotoGP novice to have these rules in place, but that’s the series’ way of balancing the playing field for all participating teams, something I wish Formula One would do at some point in the future.

Continue reading to read more about Ducati losing its MotoGP concessions beginning in the 2016 season.

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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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Marc Marquez Tabs Yamaha As Biggest MotoGP Threat

Marc Marquez Tabs Yamaha As Biggest MotoGP Threat

Trash-talking normally doesn’t happen in MotoGP, at least not to the extent that NASCAR does it. But MotoGP is still a popular sport with a global audience and the media plays its part in drumming up interest leading up to a race.

Even riders, whether consciously or not, contribute to the increasing media mileage by saying things that can be misconstrued as trash-talking. Take for example reigning MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez’s recent comments about which team he thinks is a real threat and which team he thinks is more of a pretender than anything else.

Speaking to MotoGP.com, Marquez busted out some bulletin board material by calling Yamaha as Honda’s biggest rival to the title and dropping the mike on Ducati as a “non-threat” to the championship, despite the team’s impressive showing in pre-season test sessions.

Apparently, the two-time defending champ isn’t ready to consider Ducati a real rival, telling the series’ official website that the Italian racing team essentially has a habit of shooting itself in the foot at crucial times in the season. Whether you agree with his statement or not is a whole different topic for another day but it does remind you of two words commonly said when a comment like this hits the wire.

Shots fired!

His words won’t sit well with the folks over at Ducati, that much I can tell you. The opening round of the 2015 MotoGP season will begin this weekend as Marquez begins his campaign to win the title for a third consecutive year at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

For now, though, let the trash-talking begin.

Continue reading to read more about Marc Marquez’s comments about who he thinks is his real competition .

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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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Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Delayed Ahead of First MotoGP Testing Session

Ducati Desmosedici GP15 Delayed Ahead of First MotoGP Testing Session

The Ducati Desmosedici GP15 is still knee-deep in development so if you were looking forward to seeing the all-new racing bike in time for the first testing session of the upcoming MotoGP season, prepare yourself for some bad news. According to MotoMatters, the development of the bike is still underway and unless something dramatic happens, the GP15 won’t make to the series’ first test run in Sepang, Malaysia this coming February 2015.

Instead, Ducati Corse boss Luigi Dall’Igna said that Ducati’s MotoGP racing team will be bringing an improved version of last year’s bike, called the GP14.3. Apparently, Ducati wants to cover all of its bases with the development of the new GP15, refusing to leave any stones unturned. The GP15 is, after all, a completely new bike, developed from the ground up with a new engine, or at least an upgraded version of the team’s desmodromic V4 layout engine. There have been no specific details on how powerful the engine will be, but all signs seem to point to a shorter engine with a modified gearbox to make the drivetrain lighter and more compact. The bike maker is also reportedly looking at using a heavier crankshaft in an effort to improve the throttle response of the bike ahead of its maiden season in MotoGP.

So cool of on the excitement a little bit. The GP15 is still scheduled to compete in the 2015 season of MotoGP. It just won’t make it to the first testing session at Sepang. The earliest it can make its testing debut will likely be on the second Sepang test later next month, but he safest bet might be the Qatar test session in the middle of March 2015.

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2015 Ducati Superbike Panigale R

2015 Ducati Superbike Panigale R

The word “ultimate” is thrown around loosely these days. Often times, it doesn’t do justice to what it’s describing. But in rare instances, the adjective definitely applies. Take the Ducati Panigale R, for example. In so many words, it’s the ultimate superbike. Actually, it’s THE ultimate super bike. That’s how incredible this machine is, which is why if you’re thinking of getting one, it’s probably best to check with a doctor first just to be sure you have the stomach to handle it.

Ducati decided to build the Panigale R in large part because it wanted to homologate Ducati’s World Superbike race machine and turn it into the flagship 1199. It’s race-bred, from start-to-finish, which is all the clues you need to know how fast and powerful this superbike really is.

In a lot of ways, the Panigale R is the ultimate Ducati. See, there’s that word again. It’s a bike that’s born to race so put on that helmet and strap on that racing suit. The Ducati Panigale R has arrived and it’s ready to become the superbike we’ve all had dreams of owning at one point in our lives.

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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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