Ducati reveal 899 Panigale

Surprise! 148bhp, 193kg. Minigale billed as 'Your road to the track'

Posted: 9 September 2013
by Ben Cope
Ducati's new 899 Panigale
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DUCATI have revealed their new 899 Panigale which is visually very similar to the 1199 Panigale, except the 899 features a dual-sided conventional swingarm.

According to Ducati: "The brand new Superquadro engine features a revised bore and stroke for a broad power delivery, producing 148hp (109kW) with a torque of 73lb-ft (10.1kgm). The super-smooth power unit continues to be a fully stressed member of the innovative Panigale monocoque construction, achieving both an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and ride-enhancing agility with a dry weight of 169kg (372.5lb). An 1199 silhouette underlines the family DNA, while the fully integrated Riding Mode technology of Ride-by-Wire, triple stage ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC) continues the benchmark ingenuity introduced with the award-winning Panigale."

The 899 Panigale's bore and stroke is 100 x 57.2mm (as opposed to the 1199 Panigale's 112 x 60.8mm), it also features a wet clutch and front and rear ABS as standard. The wet weight is a claimed 193kg.

The new 899 Panigale features 43mm fully-adjustable Showa BPF front forks and a fully-adjustable Sachs rear shock and 10-spoke light allow wheels, 3.5" front and 5.5" rear. The tank size is quoted as being 17-litres.

Unlike the 1199, there is just one launch model and no Öhlins-clad S model or Tricolore. The 899 Panigale is available in red with black wheels or white with red wheels. Factory accessories include a Termignoni Ducati Corse race silencers, carbon fibre engine covers, shock guard, front mudguard, heel guards, clutch case, rear mudguard and sprocket guard - the traditional lashings of carbon fibre approach, so typical of Ducati.

There are also other accessories including a race fairing kit, larger screen, quickshifter, DDA and a Ducati Corse Superstock data acquisition kit.

Priced at £12,495 in the UK.



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Posted: 09/09/2013 at 20:37

it would be more accurate to quote the road to financial ruin and endless mechanical hassle,Yes folks roll up roll up its the latest financial nightmare on 2 wheels,for evidence check out the number of pain i gales for sale with bugger all miles on the clock.

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:36

Sorry to rain on your parade but if you go through the classified you'll see tons of big bikes with close to nothing mileage up for sale. Unfortunately there are plenty of internet/sofa motorcyclists with more money than sense that have jumped straight on the biggest and most powerful bike they could afford. Result: they scare themselves shitless and realize that these bikes are not designed for everyday commuting, they are uncomfortable and clucnky at low speed/revs and absolute bitches when you get to rev them. That is why bikes are going the same direction as cars in terms of adding as much technology as possible to build in some safety margins and attract buyers. Unfortunately they also create the perception that these biles should be safe and easy to ride. Easier probably but the difference in performance between the average 500cc used for tests and the average sport 600cc is astronomical... Imagine 180+ hp on a 200kg bike... Self preservation kicks in after a couple of slides and unaspected wheelies.

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 06:59

If I was in the market I would go for the MV Agusta F3 800 which offers the same power but at £1000 less and looks 100 times prettier.

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 09:44

I'll take the red one, please. :-)

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:31


Aki
Does anyone remember when Ducati's flagship model was only 17cc bigger than this? Would have stayed that way too if Ducati didn't own WSBK and keep upping the capacity to make sure they keep winning a victim of their own ideology in the end though? Maybe they should race this instead of the 1199?

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 12:49

Aki, I had similar thoughts when I wrote a 848 evo review


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 13:19

Triffic, another Ducati I don't wanna own..........

Posted: 10/09/2013 at 15:51

Not an Italian motorcycle. Owned and designed by Germans. Made on lines with German tooling and robots all under German management. Only thing Italian is the location of the factory and a few Italians in trim and assembly. If you want a new Italian bike buy a Moto-Morini, Moto-Guzzi, Aprilia or old model secound-hand Ducati and take your chances on reliability and availability of spares. You may need a lifetime warranty waiting for parts.

Posted: 11/09/2013 at 23:49

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