Ducati 1299 Panigale S

At some point I will probably come to terms with the fact that I'm spending the summer on one the most brutal, over-the-top and brilliantly pointless motorcycles ever built. But right now I'm managing my adrenalin, trying to staying calm and looking for destinations where I might actually be able to use it. Spa? Salzburg? Space? 

Long term update: 'I got away with it'

Long term update: 'I got away with it'

Suddenly the rural roads of East Northamptonshire fell quiet. Dogs out for a morning walk no longer threw themselves to the pavement as it passed. The man in beige slacks with the caravan on his drive...

Long term update: Sublime come slime time

Long term update: Sublime come slime time

Suddenly my favourite road has disappeared under a carpet of rotting leaves and November slime. I’m wearing fat-finger gloves, and through the small window of visor that isn’t misted up I can see...

Long term update: Add petrol and enjoy

Long term update: Add petrol and enjoy

My whole Panigale experience has been about riding: mainly in shortish clattering bursts of intensity that often leave my hands shaking; sometimes in lazy, torque fuelled canters across country that,...

Long term update: Does tech help on track?

Long term update: Does tech help on track?

I’ve fallen for the 1299 S and grudgingly accept part of its brilliance is the way its mad, clattering V-twin and suspension are moderated and managed for me by gyros and sensors and a very smart ECU.

MCN Fleet: The Panigale by numbers

MCN Fleet: The Panigale by numbers

So far the most miles travelled in a day is 275. With its roomy seating and electronically controlled ride, the 1299 S is proving not half bad at being a normal bike. The only blot is an instantaneous...

Long term update: Panigale's changing me

Long term update: Panigale's changing me

Nine hundred miles into the 1299 Panigale S experience and I get my first full Saturday afternoon with the new bike. I need it. This is the first time a fancy-pancy Ducati has lived in my garage, and...

Long term update: Rubbish at going slow

Long term update: Rubbish at going slow

An early Panigale moment. I’m heading north on the A1, just south of Stamford. My exit’s approaching fast and I’m still in the outside lane, still cruising past traffic. The ‘III’ countdown board...