REVIEW: Ducati 1199 Panigale S - My Multiday Test - Comprehensive ImpressionsMileage on the Odo:
3500Total Test Miles:
375 (600 km)Ducati USA Link: http://www.ducatiusa.com/bikes/superbik ... s/index.doClick link to view image in higher-rez: http://bmwsuperbikes.com/Images/Panigale/panigale2.jpg
ONE LINE REVIEW: IN ITS ELEMENTS THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST INTOXICATING TWO WHEEL CREATIONS.
INSTRUCTIONS: Race Mode - Twisty Road - Ear Plugs OffPanigale Topics Covered:> Machine Overview> Full Technology Review> Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES)> Ducati Traction Control (DTC)> Engine Break Control (EBC)> Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS)> Engine Power Map> ABS> My Fully Personalized Riding Modes> German vs. Italian> Sidestand Envy> Ergonomics & Riding Position> Riding Impressions> Sights & Sounds> Is the '1199 Panigale S' the Demon of Borgo Panigale?> S1000RR vs the PanigaleMACHINE OVERVIEWDucati Suprbikes
are some of the most lust after machines in the world. Ever since the legendary designer Massimo Tamburini penned the iconic Ducati 916 back in 1994, the sport bike enthusiasts all over the world eagerly await the next incarnation of the ultimate Ducati. It really doesn't matter what they may have in the garage, whether it's a Beemer, or one from the Japan-4, the arrival of the newest Duc superbike is a highly anticipated event for the sport bike fans.
I love that Ducati is embracing ABS, plus all the other electronic goodies, such as Quick Shifter (DQS), Electronic Suspension Adjustment (DES), Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC). Although this is one of the most advanced motorcycles on the planet, it's also the most primal and emotionally charged.
I picked up the 1199 Panigale S on Saturday morning, with the temperature hovering in the mid 40s (6 c). I initially thought I might just ride it for a little while and take it out tomorrow for a "real" ride, since it's going to be in the 70s on Sunday (20 c). 6 hours, 140 miles, 66 images, 3 personalized riding modes and a fuel up later, I parked it next to my K1300S in the garage with a pretty good sense of what this machine is really about. Click link to view image in higher-rez: http://bmwsuperbikes.com/Images/Panigale/panigale1.jpg
After my very positive experience with the Ducati Diavel
, I couldn't wait to get on the 1199. I admit I have been really excited about the design of this bike and I haven't been exactly shy about expressing that on my community. The Panigale is drop dead gorgeous. Every angle, every panel, every detail invites your attention.SPECS
2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale SType
Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooledPower
195 hp (143 kw) @ 10750 rpmTorque
98.1 lb-ft (132 Nm) @ 9000 rpmDry weight
164 kg (361.5 lb)Ready to ride weight
188 kg (414.5 lb)Riding modes
Race, Sport and Wet (fully customizable)Traction Control
8 Settings plus OffABS
3 Settings plus Off. 1 for Race, front only. 2 for Sport and 3 for Wet.Suspension
Front and Rear Ohlins, Electronically Adjustable
Separate Settings for Front and Rear Compression and Rebound, each with 31 clicks electronically adjustable plus 0.
Ohlins Steering Damper, AdjustableSeat height
825 mm (32.48 in)Wheelbase
1437mm (56.6in) Technology
Riding Modes, Power Modes, ABS 9ME (available upon request +2.5 kg), DTC, DQS, EBC, DES, Full Ride by Wire, Full TFT displayMSRP:
US$22,995 (ABS is optional)THE TECHNOLOGY
As BMW riders we are no stranger to high-tech, but Ducati seems to be taking this a notch further. The 1199 Panigale S allows you to fully customize and personalize almost every aspect of your ride. For a tech junkie like myself, it doesn't get any better.
For example, the 1199 has 3 riding modes (Race, Sport and Wet), but each mode can be totally customized. Meaning if you want to, you can make the Wet to be Race and the Sport to be Wet and or any which way you desire.The Default Settings:
The 3 Riding Modes (Race, Sport and Wet) in default settings.
When you are in Race
, the engine power is 195HI, the traction is set to minimum interference and the ABS is in position 1 for front only (or can be set to off). Also your suspension settings are tighter. The Quick Shifter is On.
195HI, means, maximum power, fully sensitive throttle.
, the engine power is at 195LO, traction is set to be more intrusive, the ABS is on position 2, the Ducati Quick Shifter also on.
In 195LO, the bike still carries the full power, but quite smartly, Ducati takes away a bit of the eagerness in low rpms to make the bike launch smoother and be more manageable and less jerky in low rpm riding. I am not a fan of "modes," and I like all the power all the time, but I found the 195LO to work very well being caught in traffic on the way back.
Of course you can move through the 3 modes on the fly, and for some of the other settings, such as DES (Ducati Electronic Suspension) the bike needs to be stopped. Imagine trying to set your front compression from click number 8 to 19 while on the road, you'll rear-end a truck!
Yes, change the modes on the fly, but customize them when the bike is stationary--even at a red light. Wet
for wet roads or rain and in town, is the most docile in default setting. The power drops to 120
and the traction and ABS are set to the max interference and the suspension is softer still.
In addition to the above, you can set your color LCD screen to show Track or Road info. On Track, it shows the Track lap time as the prominent feature, with speed secondary. On Road your speed gets the top billing. The RPM is a bar graph in either settings.
Just like Traction and ABS, you can turn the Quick Shift off.SUSPENSION
An amazing 128 clicks electronically adjustable Ohlins suspension, which can be set differently for each riding mode for a total of 384 combinations.
This is a really an impressive feature. On the 1199 Panigale S, you can adjust the Ohlins suspension via a switch on the left grip in 32 clicks for each front and rear, compression and rebound. The ratings are from 0-31, with 31 being the softest.
As stated, although Ducati offers you a default setting for each of the 3 riding modes, it allows you to completely overwrite and change all the settings for each of the 3 modes and create your own, personal menu. Which I did.MY PERSONALIZED "CITY" MODE
None of the 3 modes at default, felt like they would create the ideal setting for when riding in town and in traffic. So, I decided to create one and the Panigale allows you that.
In riding mode Wet
I changed the engine power to 195LO, set the ABS and Traction to medium intrusion, kept the Quick Shifter On, because it's one of those features that once you start using you won't want to stop (as those of us who have this option on the K1300S and the S1000RR can attest to) and set suspension to soft or "comfort" in BMW lingo. Now when I am in town, I can change the mode to Wet
and I have a personalized "City" setting.
And in a couple of days, I reset the Wet
mode to "default" before returning the bike. Simple! Click link to view image in higher-rez: http://bmwsuperbikes.com/Images/Panigale/panigale3.jpgTo be continued...