DUCATI 1199 PANIGALE R (2013 - 2015) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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…
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
The ultimate poser’s machine (aside from the Superleggera), but one that had a whopping £29k price tag when new.
The Panigale has it all. Electronic Ohlins suspension, datalogger, quick shifter, ABS, loads of carbon bling, traction control, you name it, it’s here…
|Engine type||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v desmo V-twin|
|Frame type||Die-cast aluminium monocoque|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|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||-|
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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
2013 new model
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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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.
Very rough driving. Very shaky and aggressive. Until you learn the gears and what rev you should and gear at what speed.
What you would expect from a 27,000 Euro bike.
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