Unleashed on the world for the 2015-model year, the Ducati 1299 Panigale was received with excitement but also reticence. Could a superbike really deliver noticeable improvements on the already shockingly fast 1198? If so, would anyone without the skills of a professional race pilot be capable of enjoying such a vehicle?
The numbers alone are more than a little intimidating: 205 horsepower at 10,500 rpm. There are cars on the road — cars with sporty nomenclature that says S and R and SVT— that haven’t got that kind of shove. It seems, however, that Ducati has performed a masterstroke with the 1299, by employing the latest technologies to transform what could easily have been a widow-maker into a stunning rendition of the state-of-the-art superbike.
To quote Sport Rider magazine, “The [Ducati Panigale] 1299 is the most elevated Panigale model they have built yet.” Systems such as electronically tunable suspension, dynamic traction control and even an eight-stage wheelie control system that monitors the angle of the front wheel in relation to the track have been implemented to bring a level of refinement to this bike. These systems allow persons other than Nikki Hayden to enjoy it.
That’s not to say that the 1299 is anything short of an absolute track machine. The bike is capable of speeds in excess of 185 miles-per-hour and delivers the responsive feedback one demands of a performance machine through its steering, shifter and suspension. It is truly a Ducati for the modern age.
Ducati 1299 Parts and Accessories
Even though the 1299 has only been on the market for a short while, we at Design Corse know the importance of having quality parts available to facilitate repairs and let owners create their dream bikes. Our selection of Ducati 1299 parts includes everything from shifter pegs and clutch covers to revised carbon-fiber bodywork that will bring out the character lines in the Panigale’s timeless shape.
In addition to the full complement of factory Ducati 1299 parts we stock direct from Italy, we carry a wide selection of the finest aftermarket upgrades and accessories for the 1299 Panigale. Check out our inventory!
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