Ducati Panigale 959 (2016-2020) Review and used buying guide


  • The baby Panigale lives on
  • Incredible performance and handling
  • A desirable used purchase

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £180
Power: 157 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (441 lbs / 200 kg)


New N/A
Used £8,500 - £13,500

Overall rating

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

The Ducati 959 Panigale was a sensational superbike designed to extend the 899 Panigale’s lifespan and meet tough Euro 4 noise and emissions laws.

Based on the Euro 3 compliant 899 Superquadro lump, the ‘stroked’ 955cc engine is more powerful, but Ducati has also breathed on the chassis, tweaked the styling and swallowed the bitter pill of fitting those controversial shotgun-style exhausts. It’s 7kg heavier, too.

But apart from the extra weight and slightly feeble brakes, all these changes adds up to a truly sensational sports bike – one of the best in any class. The 959 Panigale hasn’t moved the game on and that might sound like a backwards step, but what Ducati has actually done is saved the ‘baby’ Panigale from extinction.

And in 2020 the famous Italian firm did it again, replacing the 959 with the Ducati Panigale V2.

Listen to this bike in our Ducati Panigale 959 video review

Ride quality & brakes

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

Suspension, brakes and riding position are all carried over from the 899 Panigale, but Ducati has lowered the swingarm pivot by 4mm to improve traction on track and stability on the road. The shock is 2mm longer and the wheelbase is 5mm longer, but the 24° rake and 96mm trail remain the same.

The ride quality is excellent and there’s lots of spece and legroom to move around, even for taller riders. The joy of riding the 899 Panigale and now the new 959 quickly is to do all of your work in the corners and it has a sweet-handling chassis to oblige. Let go of the brakes early, roll through the turns as fast as you dare and watch brightly-painted apex kerbs flash by like strobes, like a big Moto3 racer.

Coming out of the bends, there’s so much feeling for grip that you can get the 959’s throttle to the stop pretty much the second you’ve lifted up it from full lean. But the bars can kick in your hands under hard acceleration, especially over bumps and during fast direction changes with its lower back end.

Like the 899 Panigale the unchanged Brembos don’t have the power and consistency you’d hope for and aren’t as strong as those fitted to the 1299. They never cause any scares, but could be better.

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

Power is up a claimed 9bhp to 157bhp and torque is increased by 6.2ftlb to 79.2ftlb over the 899 model. It’s the first of Ducati’s Superquadro motors to pass Euro 4 regulations, so expect the 1299 to follow next year. The 100mm bore remains the same, but the stroke is increased from 57.2mm to 60.8mm.

The reworked motor has ribbed aluminium cylinder heads (to reduce noise and increase strength), pistons with a reshaped crown, high-flow air-filter, upgraded lubrication system, a secondary shower injector above the throttle butterflies (which kicks in just below 9000rpm) and a quieter cam chain.

Gone are the 899’s sexy underslung exhausts and instead Ducati has fitted shotgun-style twin pipes to meet the tough Euro 4 noise and emissions laws. Pipe diameter is also up from 55mm to 60mm, the same as the 1299. Countries outside the EU will still get the old 899-style pipes.

A slipper clutch (the 899 didn’t have one) lets the 959 freewheel more into corners when you’re banging down through the gears. It's also servo-assisted to give a lighter lever action.

Reliability & build quality

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

Despite the 959’s extra capacity, power and torque, service intervals remain an impressive: 7500-miles for an interim service and 15,000-miles to check valve clearances. Build quality is up there with the best, as are the tasty satin metallic white and gloss red paintjobs.

Our Ducati Panigale 959 owners' reviews show no prevailing reliability concerns other than flimsy plastics on the mirrors, but expensive servicing is mentioned. This isn't unusual for a Ducati.

Value vs rivals

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

The 959 Panigale was priced on par with most Japanese and European V4 and inline four-cylinder superbikes, but it’s a lot cheaper than Ducati’s big 1299 Panigale range.

As a used purchase it holds its value incredibly well.

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5 out of 5 (5/5)

Just like the 899 Panigale before it, you get a lot of kit for your money like traction control, racing ABS, riding modes, a quickshifter, a multi-function dash, Brembos, Pirellis and fully-adjustable suspension.


Engine size 955cc
Engine type 8v, L-twin
Frame type Cast aluminium airbox
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 200kg
Front suspension 43mm Showa BPF forks, fully-adjustable.
Rear suspension Single rear Sachs shock, fully-adjustable.
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo calipers.
Rear brake 245mm single disc with twin-piston Brembo caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/60 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £180
New price -
Used price £8,500 - £13,500
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 157 bhp
Max torque 79.2 ft-lb
Top speed 175 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2013: Ducati launches 899 Panigale with a new Superquadro engine, airbox chassis and full electronics package.
  • 2016: 959 Panigale gets new engine and exhausts to meet Euro 4 noise and emissions rules. The motor is ‘stroked’ to give 955cc and features a host of internal mods, which gives an extra 9bhp and 6.2ftlb of torque. Weight is up 7kg, thanks to the new shotgun exhausts and sound-deadening in the motor and fairing panels. The ‘baby’ Panigale also has slipper clutch for the first time, 1299-style bodywork, Superleggera footpegs and a 4mm lower swingarm position.
  • 2020: 959 replaced by Ducati Panigale V2.

Other versions

Owners' reviews for the DUCATI 959 PANIGALE (2016 - 2020)

5 owners have reviewed their DUCATI 959 PANIGALE (2016 - 2020) 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 959 PANIGALE (2016 - 2020)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Equipment: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £180
4 out of 5 lovely bike but have a chiropractor on standby.
28 September 2023 by merlin1066

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £350

great on the go but agony in slow or static traffic.even as somebody who is in good nick and runs 5k on a regular basis and has a physical job 2 hours on this is enough for the day and you really do feel you have been hit with a plank later and into the next day but it was expected.a lot of people will buy this bike for its looks.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

brakes are actually one of the two big problems with this particular model.very ordinary and lacking initial bite and feeling.

Engine 5 out of 5

engine is its party piece but turn off the very intrusive engine braking which can really ruin the riding experience if engaged as part of the management system.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

quality of build is great which you would expect .everything feels sturdy.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

quick shifter is nice .no auto blipper remove the truly ugly standard pipes which ruin its looks and get the akropovic version or termigioni underslung can.

Buying experience: bought from a dealer 2nd hand with very low mileage.

5 out of 5 the perfect road bike.
12 September 2023 by shuggs.

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £230

more than enough power for the road.its beautiful to look at and handles as if on rails.late braking and powering out of corners is sublime.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

ride is surprisingly comfy for a full blown sportsbike but yes it helps if you are in decent nick yourself as its certainly not a sit up and beg machine.

Engine 5 out of 5

gorgeous engine with 3 riding modes.race is the crazy setting when things around you disappear in a blur.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

no problems so far its perfect.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

service intervals at 7500 miles which is generous for ducati.it is a piece of exotica afterall.

Equipment 4 out of 5

quickshifter is silky smooth.no auto blipper but not missed either really.removing the ugly eu reg cat 5 exhaust is a must i feel and the Akropovic replacement and ducati remap makes a hell of a difference and releases the performance this bike deserves.

Buying experience: easy and just run in when bought traded my aprilia tuono 1100 v4 and glad i did.

5 out of 5 could be the perfect road bike.
04 September 2023 by shuggs.

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £3

cannot find anything i do not like apart from its missing a fuel guage.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

this is its party piece.the handling is sublime and it turns like a housefly when pushed into corners.brakes are slightly down on power but still very good.

Engine 5 out of 5

wonderful v twin with power in abundance and a lovely torquey reponse throughout.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

all good to date.

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

all you need really.not bothered about a blipper.

Buying experience: bought 2nd hand with 3.000 miles on clock.

5 out of 5 959 panigale
14 December 2018 by Rob Hanrahan

Year: 2016

Absolutely love mine! More than enough “usable” power, paired with hugely confidence inspiring handling and feedback through a sublime chasssis!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes are fine, but could be better. Ride quality is exceptional for a sportsbike! Lovely wide bars are a massive help.

Engine 4 out of 5

If only it had a dry clutch and the lack of Euro4 rubbish...

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Mirror plastic is a bit naff, broken one by brushing past and catching my arm! Other than that, she’s been amazing!

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Get roughly 30 mpg (UK) when thrashing around Dorset’s finest A and B roads, and saw 52mpg on a run down to LeMans on a French motorway.

Equipment 5 out of 5

DTC has saved me a couple of times...

5 out of 5 Ducati Panigale 959 Review
19 April 2016 by monsterleerob

Version: 2016

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £150

I love this bike. It looks fantastic. Comfortable and easy to ride. Great safety features like traction control, adjustable ABS and engine breaking not forgetting the awesome quick shifter. I was not a fan of the shotgun exhausts but managed to find a complete 1299 system and fairings which the dealer fitted prior to collection.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Excellent ride quality that gives real grip confidence at all angles. The brakes are very good but not as good as the 1299.

Engine 5 out of 5

A great range of power that pulls from low down and fires out of corners.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build quality is excellent. No reliability issues.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

A standard service is around £150 for each of the first 2 years with a major service at 15,000 miles costing around £600. Shop around as it does vary.

Equipment 5 out of 5

More than enough toys for me with the ability to adjust everything (even on the move) dependant upon your style or location. My favourite accessory is Ventureshield coating which greatly reduces stone damage. The Pirelli tyres give excellent grip in the dry and good grip in the wet although by riding style means that i'm lucky to get 1800 miles from a rear tyre and 3000 from a front.

Buying experience: Purchased from Ducati Stoke (Simon) who made the whole experience really enjoyable. The Bike was £13025. I traded a 2014 899 and got the deal I had hoped for. The Service Manager (Paul) was really helpful on kept me informed of every step when changing the exhaust.

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