But what’s it like to ride? Find out in the 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale First Ride Review.
- Like before the junior Panigale’s chassis is accurate and precise. It’s a fun machine that is relatively easy to ride hard.
- Racing and Ducati go hand-in-hand. But due to its 955cc engine capacity the Superquadro-equipped 959 Panigale isn’t eligible for competition in most top-level road racing series’ including World Supersport. Within the regional U.S. club road racing scene its eligible in Heavyweight and Twins race classes, as well as AFM’s 750 Production/Superbike categories. At this time, Ducati North America isn’t offering any racing contingency.
- Just two years after releasing the original 899 Panigale, Ducati gives its junior a Panigale another round of updates. Stay tune for the First Ride Video coming soon.
- More displacement, more power, yet the price of the 959 Panigale stays the same in the U.S. ($14,995 in white).
- Suspension and brakes are carry-over parts from the 899 but they get the job done without any drama on the 959 as well. Although more simple looking than the 1299’s full-color display, the monochrome set-up is easy to read while riding. Electronic adjustments however have to be made while the motorcycle is stationary.
- The added piston stroke and addition of the servo-assist slipper clutch added four pounds to the machine, you’d be hard pressed to feel the extra heft with the 959 Panigale carrying its weight well.
- The 959 Panigale is still a revver but the added stroke and addition fuel injectors boost mid-range power slightly helping the junior Panigale accelerate off turns.
- 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale
- The swingarm pivot point is lowered by 4mm. That along with a one-tooth smaller rear sprocket extends wheelbase by 5mm. The shape of the component is also slightly different to accommodate the dual muffler European-spec exhaust system. Pictured above is a U.S. machine.
- The 959 Panigale gets a few aesthetic tweaks including a updated tail section. An even more notable improvement is the fitment of high-grip machined aluminum footpegs for both rider and passenger.
- The nose of the 959 Panigale is wider and gets an additional pair of air intakes where the upper and and side fairings meet. The windscreen is taller as well.
- Ducati boosts the fun factor of its junior 959 Panigale Superbike. The 959 proves to be a fun big-little bike that’s exhilarating to flog out on track.