DUCATI 899 PANIGALE (2013-on) Review

Published: 24 January 2014

A formidable track weapon

DUCATI 899 PANIGALE  (2013-on)

A formidable track weapon

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

A step forward from the 848, and littered in rider aids like traction control, ABS, EBC (Engine Brake Control) all as standard plus a quick-shifter. The ergonomics are more rider friendly than the 848, it’s easier and more forgiving and it looks stunning mirroring the line of the original Panigale. But, more importantly, the 899’s quicker and lighter than 848 too. Despite it being more rider friendly the 899 is still a formidable track weapon.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Ducati has shed 5kg over the 848 due to the lack of frame and other weight savings and it shows. The steering is light and accurate, apexes are hit with pin-point accuracy. The fully, multi-adjustable suspension (Showa front, Sachs rear) has a lovely plush feel and it works perfectly both on the road and track – really impressive.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Superquadra engine has a revised bore and stroke and, as like the big Panigale, is a stressed member forming part of the monocoque construction. Claimed power is 148bhp, 8 more than the old 848, with 73ftlb of torque. There’s a nice spread of power. It isn’t peaky like the 1198, pulls hard from 6000rpm right through to the redline at 10,700rpm

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Showa forks control the front, Sachs at the rear and Brembo (via Bosch ABS) the brakes. The standard of components used is high and so is the level of finish, as you’d expect from Ducati. Ducati's reliability issues are now a thing of the past, service intervals are much longer than in the old days.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

You get a lot for your money: it’s littered in rider aids and you’re buying into an exclusive brand. The 899 is good looking, sexy, exclusive and shouldn’t depreciate too quickly.

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

Equipment 4 out of 5

ABS is standard as is Ducati’s very clever DTC, traction control direct form the 1198. There’s also Ducati’s EBC (Engine Brake Control) which controls engine braking and prevents the rear wheel from locking up. Additionally, there are three rider modes: Race, Sport and Wet, plus a quickshifter, all as standard. Shame they’ve had to revert to a conventional swing-arm rather than a sexy single-sided item, though.

Owners' Reviews

7 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 899 PANIGALE (2013-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 899 PANIGALE (2013-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.1 out of 5
Equipment 4.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

A love affair

01 March 2016 by Adam

Absolutely love it. Best bike I have ever ridden or owned. Excellent fun, puts a huge smile on your face and makes you feel 'special'. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Great brakes, handles like a dream. I'm 6ft3 and have no issues.
Engine
5 out of 5
Loves being revved!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No issues, great finish.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Annual service is around 150-160 which I really don't think is bad for a Ducati.
Equipment
5 out of 5
What more do you need?
5 out of 5

22 February 2016 by Nate

Great bike. Can't see anything else on the road right now I would upgrade to. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Fantastic ride
Engine
5 out of 5
Perfect mid range for me.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Really think the battery could last a bit longer.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Totally class act from Ducati !!

25 November 2015 by Poucher

You just have to look at it to see its best feature... drop dead gorgeous!! Also fantastic to ride, sounds soo good past 8,000 revs! I thought the quickshifter would be overkill for a road bike but I wouldn't be without one now -... Read more brilliant! Tested back to back against a 2014 Fireblade and I just couldn't wait to get off the Blade, sounded like a washing machine on spin cycle! By comparison I did over 110 miles on the demo 899, didn't want to get off it, ordered a new one as soon as I got off !! This is the best bike I've had in over 30 years of biking.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are very good, progressive, with good feel. Ride quality is not bad for a sports bike, still gets a bit upset on very bumpy roads, but that's more due to the rubbish standards of the roads here than any fault with the bike. Its dead comfy for a sportsbike and I'm almost 6 foot tall, 1,000 mile weekends are no problem.
Engine
5 out of 5
You can't possibly need more, all my mates have Fireblades, BMW S1000rr's and its right in with them no problems, if you get left behind on one of these its your riding skills that are lacking, no shortcoming on the bikes behalf. If you do ride it it a half steady manner its amazingly economical too, I've seen as high as 54 mpg on the trip meter, also very easy to keep clean.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I've done almost 8,000 miles on it in one year, not a single problem..nothing at all, its been perfect. Ducati quality is second to none, all top quality parts used throughout the bike.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Ducati have put a lot of effort into servicing costs on this bike, chain driven cams etc. The service costs are visible on the workshop wall so you have no nasty surprises. Cheaper to run than the KTM I had before it.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Its what I call a "Complete" bike, its finished as it comes to you, you don't need to fork out for a exhaust pipe or a hugger, screen etc. I put some Evotech rad guards and tail tidy on and that's all it needs, a ventureshield paint protection kit is a good idea as well. It has quite an appetite for rear tyres, I put its 4th one on at 7,300 miles, the Pirelli Rosso Corsa's don't last more than 2,500 miles, so I'm trying some Michelin Supersports Evo's this time, fabulous grip from them! The 180/60 rear limits your choices somewhat.
5 out of 5

899, a truly amazing machine, to own and ride!

24 September 2015 by Martin

Its just a wonderful, beautiful machine. Does everything I need it to do. My first Ducati and wont be the last. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
You couldn't stop quicker if you crashed into a wall!
Engine
5 out of 5
Its a perfect amount of power. Don't buy one if you just want to drag race everyone as its not the fastest, but it wasnt built for that. You will mince most people on s1000rr round the corners.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Quality is proper good, more special than a jap bike.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
After first service, everything still spot on.
Equipment
5 out of 5
quickshifter is ace.
Buying experience

Ducati Glasgow were excellent.

2 out of 5

so glad i got rid of it

16 September 2015 by cuddy

no let down with bad dealer network Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
looks and brakes awesome but that's about it :(
Engine
2 out of 5
ran out of puff always felt you wanted more
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
mirrors went loose was told they had a fault. glue inside comes unstuck, messed me about over 12 weeks telling me parts on order and saying give us a ring again in 4 weeks, got me so down with dealer i took it and sold it before anything else went wrong never had any problems with any jap bikes ever never buy one again
Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
sound
Buying experience

from a dealer paid £13500 with extras never go to that norfolk dealer again

5 out of 5

Brilliant 899

06 August 2015 by Southcoast Duke

Having owned various bikes over a period of some 30+ years of riding, I traded in my 848 evo for a 2nd hand 899 Panigale. The 899 is a huge step change in handling, smoothness and overall rideability to the 848. Don't get me wrong - I loved the... Read more 848... I owned 2 of them! But the 899 is a bigger leap forward than the previous range of 848/1098/1198 was from the 749/999. People call this the 'baby' Panigale, but at 900cc it does everything.... and more that most mortals can use. Go for the bigger one if you want, but I reckon this is the best tool in the real world... for me at least.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excellent and oh-so-easy handling which is much easier than the 848. Bumps and undulations are absorbed much easier than the kick-in-the-backside of the 848. Lean it over and then lean it a bit more and it's super steady everywhere. ABS brakes are soo powerful - without upsetting the bike. They just seem to pull the bike down into the road in a very controlled and confidence-inspiring way.
Engine
5 out of 5
Loads of power. Very smooth and linear power delivery. Deceptively quick.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Quality looks excellent - apart from some slight corrosion on the brake connectors. Otherwise, the paint and finishing looks superb everywhere. Having said that I have had a Ventureshield covering applied to keep it looking good and chip-free.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Haven't owned it past a servicing interval yet. I understand that without belt changes it should be cheaper to service than the 848 - but that isn't really a consideration when buying one of these.
Equipment
5 out of 5
ABS, Traction control, Fly by wire throttle. All can be customised to suit in 3 different power settings. Quickshifter is brilliant. Has Pirellis as standard which in the dry are fine - I will probably change to Michelin Super Sports when they are worn.
Buying experience

Bought 2nd hand from a dealer. Great service. Paid £11500

5 out of 5

My 899

03 October 2014 by doug3426

Having put 2k miles on mine, I can honestly say its the best bike I've ever ridden. It makes you feel special, riding it is an utter joy, it has the perfect amount of power and the delivery is smooth. It sounds amazing, you get a nice little pop... Read more between shifts throught the excellent quick shifter and it burbles on the overrun, love it. The best thing about this bike I think is the handling and the brakes, both are as you would want it to be. Stops on a dime and its effortless to throw into a corner, at any speed. Well done Ducati, well done.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £12,795
Used price £9,000 to £11,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £190
Performance
Max power 148 bhp
Max torque 73 ft-lb
Top speed 170 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 151 miles
Specification
Engine size 898cc
Engine type 8v V-twin
Frame type Monocoque Aluminium
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 169kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable Showa 43BPF
Rear suspension Fully adjustable Sachs
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 X 17
Rear tyre size 180/60X17

History & Versions

Model history

2013: Model launched

Other versions

None

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