DUCATI 899 PANIGALE (2013-on) Review

Published: 24 January 2014

Junior' Panigale replaces old 848 and is a formidable track weapon

DUCATI 899 PANIGALE  (2013-on)

Junior' Panigale replaces old 848 and is a formidable track weapon

  • At a glance
  • 898cc  -  148 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  151 miles range
  • Medium seat height (830mm)
  • £12,495

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

A step forward from the old 848, now littered in rider aids like traction control, ABS, EBC (Engine brake Control) all as standard quick-shifter. The ergonomics are more rider friendly, 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 the old bike, 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 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 all-new 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 up to 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, it pulls hard from 6000rpm right through to the redline at 10,700rpm

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

At £12,495 it’s a pricey way to join the Panigale club and is considerably more than a Japanese 1000cc sports bike, for example.  But you do 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

ABS comes as standard as does 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 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

1 owner has 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.

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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 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £12,495
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
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

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