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2014 Ducati 899 Panigale First Ride Photo Gallery

We throw a leg over Ducati’s successor to its 848 EVO middleweight in the 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale First Ride.

The Panigale’s rider footpegs are some of the slickest (not a good thing) ever fit on a sportbike. When wet they make riding downright sketchy.
Only a keen eye will be able to spot the differences between the more affordable 899 and the bigger 1199 Superbike.
The 899’s powerband continues to be more top-end biased than the previous 848 generation bike.
The 899 Panigale sans bodywork. Note how the Engine serves as the physical link between the front and rear suspension.
The 899 Panigale’s cockpit is more open and isn’t nearly as demanding as the previous generation bike. Yet it’s still track ready, but a lot more comfortable.
The Panigale’s electronic rider aids made it easier to get up to speed on a wet, unfamiliar circuit.
Although the 899 Panigale isn’t eligible for compeition in World Supersport there’s a good chance it will be homologated into the American Daytona SportBike season for ’14.
The 899 Panigale gets a more conventional double sided swingarm fabricated from cast aluminum. This was done as a cost saving measure and to differentiate it from premium 1199.
The 899 Panigale uses a gas-charged shock sourced from Sachs. It seemed to perform well during our limited riding time on a wet track.
Although the 899 gets a pair of less expensive, but still monobloc-style Brembo calipers they performed without flaw. We are especially fond of the ABS system and the ability to disable it, if desired.
For racing in the rain, Pirelli makes its Diablo Rain tire. Unfortunately it is not a road-legal tire.
YouTube celebrity and die-hard motorcycle riding enthusiast Jamie Robinson takes a iPhone photo of Ducati’s new 898cc L-Twin engine.
A mysterious guest prepares to greet journalists at the launch of Ducati’s 899 Panigale in Italy.
Ta-da. The mysterious guest is none other than the mischievous four-time World Superbike champ Carl Fogarty.
Ducati hauled out its MotoGP hospitality unit to the Imola circuit in a show of force for the launch of its 899 Panigale.
Andrea Forni, Ducati’s Research and Design director introduces the 899 Panigale inside its MotoGP hospitality unit at the launch of the bike in Imola.
A few parts from the Panigale 899 including its steel fuel cell, Sachs shock and aluminum monocoque main frame.
Marco Sairu is in charge of engineering Ducati’s signature L-Twin engine’s. He works out of the company’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy.
Motorcycle press eagerly capture photos and videos of the mysterious Ducati 899 Panigale rider inside its MotoGP hospitality in Imola.