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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.

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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.
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Only a keen eye will be able to spot the differences between the more affordable 899 and the bigger 1199 Superbike.
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The 899’s powerband continues to be more top-end biased than the previous 848 generation bike.
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The 899 Panigale sans bodywork. Note how the Engine serves as the physical link between the front and rear suspension.
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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.
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The Panigale’s electronic rider aids made it easier to get up to speed on a wet, unfamiliar circuit.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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For racing in the rain, Pirelli makes its Diablo Rain tire. Unfortunately it is not a road-legal tire.
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YouTube celebrity and die-hard motorcycle riding enthusiast Jamie Robinson takes a iPhone photo of Ducati’s new 898cc L-Twin engine.
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A mysterious guest prepares to greet journalists at the launch of Ducati’s 899 Panigale in Italy.
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Ta-da. The mysterious guest is none other than the mischievous four-time World Superbike champ Carl Fogarty.
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Ducati hauled out its MotoGP hospitality unit to the Imola circuit in a show of force for the launch of its 899 Panigale.
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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.
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A few parts from the Panigale 899 including its steel fuel cell, Sachs shock and aluminum monocoque main frame.
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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.
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Motorcycle press eagerly capture photos and videos of the mysterious Ducati 899 Panigale rider inside its MotoGP hospitality in Imola.