DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE R (2013 - 2015) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 195 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.5 in / 825 mm)
Weight: Medium (417 lbs / 189 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £14,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

This is a bike for two types of people: the well-healed Ducati collector or a race team owner. Acceleration is slightly more urgent out of the corners, but essentially the Panigale R feels and handles the same as the base model, S or Tricolore.  It’s not like SP or R-model Ducati superbikes of old, where you’d get a much higher level of spec than the cooking models, but it is still one of the most capable superbikes ever built.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The R handles the same as the ‘lesser’ Panigale models. It’s garnished with the best parts money can buy and makes all other bikes seem invisible when it is parked next to them. Yes it’s the ultimate poser bike, but it is also a homologation special and that’s why it has an adjustable swingarm pivot. Other Panigale models feel ballistic on track, but they are not the easiest bikes to jump on and ride fast. But does that matter? To collectors the R is the ultimate Panigale and anyway, you don’t buy a Ferrari based on lap times…

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Panigale R is an assault on your senses, whether you are in second or fourth gear, the R never lacks acceleration. It punches you hard in the stomach each time you dare to wind the throttle back to the stop – it’s all wheelies and crackling traction control, set to a snarling, ear-splitting Termignoni soundtrack. The R has shortened gearing when compared to the standard Panigale, a lighter flywheel, titanium rods and revised engine mapping. Do you really need more acceleration on a 195bhp V-twin? 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The finish is what you would expect from a bike costing almost £27,000 new – outstanding. Although the carbon is a little lightweight.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The ultimate poser’s machine (aside from the Superleggera), but one that had a whopping £29k price tag when new.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Panigale has it all. Electronic Ohlins suspension, datalogger, quick shifter, ABS, loads of carbon bling, traction control, you name it, it’s here…

Specs

Engine size 1198cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v desmo V-twin
Frame type Die-cast aluminium monocoque
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 189kg
Front suspension Ohlins 43mm inverted forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Ohlins fully adjustable rear shock
Front brake 2x330mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial monobloc calipers
Rear brake 1x245mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 200/55ZR17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 30 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price £14,000
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 195 bhp
Max torque 98 ft-lb
Top speed 180 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 120 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2013 new model

Other versions

There is a Standard, S and Superleggera Panigale as well as the 899 Panigale.

Owners' reviews for the DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE R (2013 - 2015)

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE R (2013 - 2015) 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 1199 PANIGALE R (2013 - 2015)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 3 out of 5 (3/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
4 out of 5 My red love story
22 July 2016 by ELFADELI Ash

Year: 2014

Great pleasure to drive. The bikes get too much attention. On high revs and high speed the bike is at peace. Very easy for cornering due to the light weight and suspension. Would not recommend it to a beginner.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Very rough driving. Very shaky and aggressive. Until you learn the gears and what rev you should and gear at what speed.

Engine 5 out of 5

Beast

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

What you would expect from a 27,000 Euro bike.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Top notch

Buying experience: It`s an absolute beast. I used to own a BMW S1000RR that was completely in love with. One day a friend who didn't speak Japanese asked me if I could help and translate so he can buy a motorbike. At the shop suddenly I have noticed the Panigale 1199R. Before even starting the engine. The way it stands has so much character, the finish, the parts & equipment, the whole thing. Then I did the mistake of my life. While negotiating my friends bike and filling some paper work, I have asked the owner to start the engine. I was blown away at the roaring of the machine. They didn't let me test drive it because the machine didnt have plates. So I just relied on Google and ended up buying it and selling my brand new S1000RR

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