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2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R First Ride Photo Gallery

Ducati ups the ante in the Superbike class with latest R-spec sportbike. Is it worth the $29,995 asking price? Find out in the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R First Ride.

The Ducati changes direction without much effort and is one of the lighter feeling bikes in the Superbike class.
The Ducati 1199 R still lacks authentic wheelie control functionality which necessitates short shifts off the powerband to avoid excessive front wheel lift.
The Ducati 1199 R is the base the Italian firm uses in World Superbike competition. It can be yours to ride on the street for $29,995.
There’s no mistaking the Panigale at a stoplight. This is one of Ducati’s most brilliant and forward-thinking sportbike designs.
The 1199 R uses a TTX-generation Ohlins gas charged shock that can be adjusted electronically via buttons on the handlebar.
The position of the handlebar has been modified and is more open and accommodating of track use.
The 1199 R’s chassis is agile and predicable feeling from turn-in to lean.
The Brembo braking set-up is sharp but not overly so making it easier to modulate entering turns.
The Panigale’s electronics, including traction control respond more accurately to conditions and rider input than before.
The 1199 R gets a full racing-style exhaust from Termignoni. The pipes not only add character but boost mid-range and top-end engine performance, too.
Ducati’s latest brake pad/caliper set-up works fantastic offering the most degree of feel and ease of use from its Superbikes.
The taller R-spec windscreen improves aerodynamics and makes it easier to tuck behind out of wind blast.
The 1199 R’s engine revs much more quickly than before and truly approaches on modern four-cylinder levels of acceleration and power output.
Closer ratio final drive gearing along with the faster revving motor helps the Ducati leap off corners.
Although it won’t help you get around corners faster on the track the Panigale has one of the best headlights in terms of beam distance and intensity of any sportbike we’ve tested recently.
With its improved engine acceleration and lower final drive gearing the 1199 R drives off corners hard.