Ducati ups the game in the middleweight sportsbike segment with its larger, more powerful 959 Panigale. A day with it at an international race track was a great way to experience its prowess!
Sportsbikes have to be the purest form of the motorcycle. They were built with one single purpose, that of lapping a racetrack as quickly as possible. To someone addicted to speed and motorcycles, there has to be no joy greater than enjoying a thoroughbred supersport machine at a race track, perfecting corner after corner, lap after lap. The itch to do so is perennial, but unfortunately there’s not many opportunities I get, unlike motoring journalists abroad. So when Ducati invited us to Thailand to experience its all-new 959 Panigale, I barely bothered checking if I was free on the dates before packing in my race suit!
To give you a quick brief, the 959 Panigale is the 899 Panigale’s successor, which had replaced the 848 EVO. The point is, Ducati has been hiking displacement for what is essentially supposed to be a middleweight supersport. When you mention ‘middleweight’, what come to mind usually are 600cc motorcycles. Let’s admit it – the game has moved forward though, and bigger is definitely better in today’s world. Which is why manufacturers have blurred the lines between the 600cc and erstwhile 750cc sportsbike...read more »
June 6, 2016 By Team ZigWheels
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Tushar_VijayZigWheels ExpertPosts : 0Joined On : 11 Oct 2017
Ducati 959 Panigale is the replacement for the popular 899 Panigale. Although cosmetically there are no major changes except for the new exhaust system to bear with the new Euro 4 emissions, mechanical updates on the motorcycle are significant with more power, torque and better electronic package.