DUCATI 1299 PANIGALE (2015-on) Review

Published: 30 April 2015

Monster power and torque, but now more user-friendly than ever

DUCATI 1299 PANIGALE  (2015-on)

Monster power and torque, but now more user-friendly than ever

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

In the 1299 Panigale, Ducati has produced a sublime road-going, twin cylinder superbike. It has monster power and torque but it’s also more user-friendly thanks to extremely clever electronic suspension and rider aids.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The electronic Öhlins suspension is really clever. In Race mode, compression and rebound damping is increased both front and rear, so too is the damping inside the electronic steering damper. In Race mode the 1299 feels like it's on rails; mid-corner, the chassis support and grip is immense. The 1299 gives so much confidence that despite the huge increase in power, it's much easier to ride than the old model.

The subtle ABS, combined with the clutchless, quickshifter gearchange, means all your concentration goes into your braking points and line selection. The brakes are super-strong, and in Sport mode you have the additional cornering ABS which reduces the risk of a low-side and makes braking virtually foolproof. 

Engine 5 out of 5

The power delivery is more linear and there's a 10% hike in both power and torque. The increase in torque comes lower in the revs and is more useable, so whereas before you almost had to wait for the power to kick in like a two-stroke, now it’s much more progressive. In Race mode the power is more aggressive, but it’s still a long way short of the violent smack-in-the-face the old bike was. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The old myth that Ducati's are unreliable just isn't true anymore - they're equally as dependable as their Japanese counterparts nowadays and running costs aren't sky high either.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

It may be expensive but as one of the most desirable bikes produced, the 1299 will hold its value.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The 1299 has a taller screen, comfy seat and grippier pegs – proof that Ducati hasn’t ignored the road rider. The electronics package is hugely sophisticated. It features EBD, (Engine Brake Control), DQS (Ducati Quick-Shift), DWC (Ducati Wheelie Control), DTC (Ducati Traction Control) with IMU (Internal Measurement Unit) and cornering ABS. 

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 1299 PANIGALE (2015-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI 1299 PANIGALE (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

Not for streets, only for tracks. Not for motorcyclists, only for riders.

13 April 2017 by 1299s

High price, high quality, high performance. The best in the track. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Light and small.
Engine
5 out of 5
205hp and 145nm are not enough?
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
R1m, rav4 rf, s1000rr, zx10r, gsxr1000r, cbr1000rr sp are amazing bikes but the 1299s has a better quality build.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
High price for high quality.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Ready to race.
5 out of 5

You know it makes sense

31 January 2016 by 1299stopbike

Every Day is a special day when you get her out of the garage, neighbours love it, as it sets off car alarms going out of street. Have had engineers look at her admiringly, spotting pieces of manufacturing that are "art" to them, it has that effect. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
Beautiful, syrupy power delivery, race mode manic
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Have a Ducati battery monitor on her, plug in once a week for a day, and no problems. Had the Ducati flat battery to thank for this.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Not reached first service yet, know my dealer will look after me though, great being part of a family.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Everything you would ever need
Buying experience

Through Ducati main dealer - could not be more complimentary to the experience, top staff.

5 out of 5

One of the Best Bikes and Best Rides ever

11 September 2015 by Grant John Neville

Excellent bike, you will never regret buying it, art form at its ultimate, the looks are fantastic, the sound is superb, the acceleration is exhilarating Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Solid as a rock on the straight and the corner, no fear of stopping on a dime in seconds.
Engine
5 out of 5
One of the most powerful production bikes around.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Extremely reliable with Excellent build quality, where Art meets Function at its very best.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Technology at its leading edge.
5 out of 5

Buy one, you won't regret it

30 June 2015 by Appierre1

Astounding, torque and power delivery and even comfortable, never mind the sound of the Akropovics Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Long distances no problem, with comfort seat option. Slow riding can place a little pressure on wrists. But slight weight transfer to feet alleviates this. Brakes faultless, ABS barely noticeable and no fade under hard riding and braking. Electronic dynamic and static (manual) set up options extensive and easy to use, though link to mobile device would be useful and could be even simpler
Engine
5 out of 5
Power and torque delivery superb, smooth and variable with engine braking options making a distinct difference along with a slipper clutch you never notice, this really is the bike the 1199 should have been
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems so far and if 899 was anything to go by over 7000 miles I don't expect any. Quality of finish looks very good. Design and styling, nothing else comes close.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Seem reasonable so far with greater service intervals than many new sports bikes
Equipment
5 out of 5
Comprehensive, love the up and down quickshift and the ability to change a selected setting , traction control, ABS, engine braking and wheelie control, whilst in Race mode. Would be good if you could change quickly between multiple set up options
Buying experience

Bought from Snells of Alton, excellent service everytime.

Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £16,695
Used price £13,000 to £19,000
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £350
Performance
Max power 196 bhp
Max torque 106.7 ft-lb
Top speed 178 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.41 secs
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 1285cc
Engine type 8v, V-twin
Frame type Monocoque aluminium
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 190kg
Front suspension Marzocchi 50mm pressurised and fully-adjustable USD forks with hard anodised aluminium lightweight sliders
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable Sachs unit
Front brake 2 x 330mm floating discs with radially-mounted Brembo monobloc 4-piston calipers with cornering ABS as standard
Rear brake 245mm disc with 2-piston caliper and cornering ABS as standard
Front tyre size 120/70-17
Rear tyre size 200/55-17

History & Versions

Model history

2015: Replaced the 1199 Panigale as Ducati's flagship superbike

Other versions

Higher-spec Ducati 1299 Panigale S version is available at £20,795. It features lighter forged wheels plus upgraded electronics and suspension.

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