Ducati Panigale V2: Same Price, Other Options

What else can you get for Rs 17 lakh?

Ducati has finally introduced its first BS6 two-wheeler and it's price tag left our jaws on the floor. Yeah, the Panigale V2 is here and it costs an incredible Rs 16.99 lakh. That’s Rs 1.70 lakh more than the old 959. That just puts the entry-level Ducati sportbike precariously close to some litre-class superbikes. Here’s what else is available at the same price point:

BMW S 1000 RR: Rs 18.50 lakh
It might be hard to fathom that the 150PS-odd Panigale V2 costs just Rs 1.50 lakh less than the flagship sportbike from Bavaria. It might be the standard trim of the S 1000 RR without the electronic suspension or fancy carbon fibre wheels but it definitely makes more power from its 998cc inline four pot mill and is loaded to the brim with electronic aids. And if you show up for a track day at the BIC on the S 1000 RR, you are sure to set quicker lap times on the S 1000 RR.

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy 107: Rs 18.25 lakh
If chasing top speeds and hunting down apexes is not your cuppa coffee and much prefer riding at relatively sedate speeds and enjoying the highway experience, there are few bikes that are as good as the Fat Boy. This steamroller on two wheels is built for munching miles with that beautiful Milwaukee Eight 107 thrumming along between your legs.

Triumph Rocket 3: Rs 18 lakh
Forget 955cc, 998cc or even 1,868cc. How does a motorcycle with a 2.5 litre three-cylinder engine sound? Beastly, right? The Rocket 3 is just that. Delivering a gut-wrenching experience, the 221Nm produced is the maximum torque that one can find on a production motorcycle. And don’t worry about handling all of this torque, Triumph has equipped it with enough rider aids to keep the front end planted to the floor, that is if you want to.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin: Rs 16.10 lakh
Let’s face it, our roads aren’t fit to enjoy supersports or tarmac huggers at reasonable speeds. The state of our roads is nothing less than an adventure. And at this price, you can opt for the latest-spec Africa Twin with the DCT gearbox. The new Africa Twin is more powerful and as Honda has brought only the Adventure Sports version to India, it is also more adept at touring. That DCT gearbox, which Honda has been perfecting for over ten years is a great tool to have in your arsenal in daily riding situations. And if you are off-roading, you do not have to worry about stalling the bike and falling over.

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