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Ducati 899 PANIGALE Sports Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ducati 899 Panigale (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,495
Dealer used prices
£11,290 (2014) - £12,310 (2014)
Private used prices
£10,160 (2014) - £11,080 (2014)
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Engine size 898 cc
Power 148 bhp
Top speed 170 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2013: Model launched

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Top speed 170 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 148 bhp
Max torque 73 ft-lb
Weight 169 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 898 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin
Frame Monocoque Aluminium
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable Showa 43BPF
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable Sachs
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 X 17
Rear tyre size 180/60X17

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