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2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Project Bike Photo Gallery

It’s hard to evaluate a motorcycle in one ride so we go for a couple in this long-term review of the 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Project Bike.

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale S - $22,995.
With over 160 horsepower at the rear tire the Panigale literally eats its Pirelli SP rear tire offering a life of less than 2000 miles. Add in a track day and mileage is further reduced.
The S model’s electronic suspension is simple to adjust but we wish the menu system was a little faster and the buttons had a better tactile feel.
Tire pressure is one of the most important settings to check before heading out on track.
The 1199 Panigale is the most versatile Superbike Ducati has ever made. Here it is at this summer’s MotoGP race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
As you can see the 1199 Superquadro engine loses low-end torque for high rpm horsepower. While we like it during track maneuvers the powerband isn’t as rider-friendly on the street.
The 1199 Panigale continues to carry that lively, exciting and slightly wild Superbike experience that we’ve come to love from Ducati.
The only mechanical issue we had with our Panigale was the sidestand bolt coming lose. It was a simple five-minute fix.
The Ducati’s electronics help make it an easier motorcycle to ride however it still with its obscene power-to-weight ratio it is one of the more aggressive sportbikes made today.
In stock form the rear end of the Panigale doesn’t have enough free sag equating to a harsh ride. We took out ½ turn of preload giving it a lower and plusher feel.
Fork preload can be adjusted after removing the electronic plug-in atop the fork leg. We would up maxing out the setting on track.
The Panigale has the brightest and most functional head lamps of any liter-bike for night riding.
Fitting a zip-tie on the fork leg allows you to monitor how much travel the front suspension is using.
We swapped out the well-worn Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires for SC1-compound slicks.
Add fuel and race slicks and the Panigale is a potent and highly entertaining track bike.