2016 Ducati 959 Panigale
The 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale saw engineers beef up bottom-end and mid-range by increasing piston stroke 3.6mm to 60.8mm, netting a 57cc displacement increase. New exhaust pipes, and associated fuel/ignition mapping complement the set-up, and also meet the stricter Euro 4 emission standards. The 959 claims 157 horsepower and nearly 80 lb-ft of torque at the crank. The chassis and suspension are the same as its 899 predecessor, but the body panels see a few aesthetic tweaks highlighted by a wider front snout, with bigger air intake scoops. The tail section and rear view mirrors were also re-shaped and the junior Panigale also benefits from a more grippy set of machined aluminum footpegs. Standard electronics include eight-way adjustable traction, three-way engine brake control, as well as multi-mode ABS. Pricing starts at $14,995 with the pictured Arctic White Silk 959 Panigale priced at $15,295.
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|Engine Type||L-Twin, eight-valve, Desmodromic|
|Bore Stroke||100.0 mm x 60.8 mm|
|Fuel System||4.5 gal.|
|Rake Trail||24° / 3.78 in.|
|Seat Height||32.48 in.|
|Front Suspension||Showa 43 mm inverted fork with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.72 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension||Sachs gas-charged shock with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 5.12 in. travel|
|Front Brake||320 mm discs with radial-mount Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers w/ ABS|
|Rear Brake||245 mm disc with single-piston caliper and ABS|
|Front Tire||Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 120/70-17|
|Rear Tire||Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 180/60-17|
|Dry Weight||440 lbs. (Wet) (Claimed)|