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Michael Neeves  says:

Ducati Panigale 1199R First Ride

We’re here at the new Circuit of the Americas MotoGP track in Austin, Texas, riding Ducati’s new £26,550 1199 Panigale R. Apart from dripping in sexy carbon fibre, a taller racing screen, racing seat, a Ducati Corse paintjob and ABS, race exhaust and a datalogger as standard, this homologation special has engine and chassis tweaks, specifically designed for racing. During testing...

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  • Posted 2 years ago (20 March 2013 09:50)

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Jan 13

Posts: 10

shamarone says:

(A2D) attention 2 detail

re: "This thing is twice the price of its japanese competition."

twice the engineering this.  the result of using only 1/2 the cylinders.  see, there IS an answer. 

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Feb 13

Posts: 30

azicat says:

To me this is a dream bike and finally a worthy successor to the 916.  Loved the video of the tour to Africa on the standard Panigale and seeing this model of bike in the context of real world riding.

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Oct 05

Posts: 530

evilamnesiac says:


If you check the review on this very website it's been given 5 stars, no mention of weave anywhere to be seen. As for it being 'what racing bikes do sometimes', does the competition? I must admit I haven't ridden them all but I have never experienced a high speed weave on any of the litre sports bikes I've ridden.

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Mar 13

Posts: 3

Bampy1 says:

Unfortunately there is a very big elephant in the room that was there when they launched the first version of this bike and unfortunately for Ducati it hasn't gone away. It us not as pretty but only costs £16800 in carbon trim, but it will take the new Ducati to the cleaners. Ladies and gentlemen the 2013 BMW HP4 Carbon the best sports bike you can buy. Bsfore you have a go I don't own a BMW, don't work for them and I don't even want one. The only reason you would buy the Ducati over the BMW is because you think you look good on it.

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Oct 05

Posts: 530

evilamnesiac says:


Haven't ridden the hp4 version but the BMW is too revy, the blade feels like it has a lot better mid range grunt, and it's 5k cheaper, and doesn't look like it was designed by a 12 year old schoolboy. if I were to get a BMW sports bike I always had a soft spot for the HP2 sport. But that's just personal opinion! BTW, does the hp4 come with the 'Ducati racing weave'? :p

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Sep 10

Posts: 1321

SatNavSteve says:

Good to see it has a nice touring screen and ABS. Now, where do you bolt the panniers?

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Aug 09

Posts: 11

Rumoy says:

So it's still not a great bike then! The Blade seems to be the much better street bike, the BMW outright the fastest, the ZX10 the nutter bike of choice, so what of the Gixer and the R1? Ducati's were always renowned as fast bikes that had more handling than grunt, it would appear the current big Duke has neither. Time to move to a V4 and back to a longer wheel base?

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