2012 Panigale S ABS, 3,744 miles,
$19,995 plus tax and registration. SALE PRICE $17,295.00 plus
Fully wrapped exhaust, Termi full system, new tires, knee sliders.
A mould-breaking motorcycle. Apart from the colour and the noise it makes, the Panigale has nothing in common with Ducati superbikes of old. The chassis is ‘frameless’, there’s a new-generation ‘superquadro’ L-twin engine and it comes with the very latest electronic rider aids, which work. Producing a claimed 195bhp and weighing 188kg, wet, it has a fearsome power-to-weight ratio, but is remarkably easy to ride. Gone is the out-going 1198’s excess of almost uncontrollable torque and in is a smooth power curve and a searing top end. Like Ducatis of old its super-stable in fast corners, but now it steers as fast as a Japanese superbike. It’s a very clever motorcycle and very, very good.
The riding position is completely different to Ducati superbikes of old and there’s a far shorter stretch to the bars than before, which keeps you more in control. It’s incredibly light and has the kind of Fireblade-like stability the 1198 could only dream of. With the S model’s electronic riding modes, you can alter the electronic suspension’s settings, power, throttle response, engine braking and traction control on the move. This lets you have the Panigale smooth, docile and comfortable on motorways, or sharp, responsive and fiery on your favourite road, or track. New Brembo monobloc brakes (with discs spaced out 15mm to catch the cooling airflow) are incredible and can be used to the max, thanks to the stability of the new chassis design.
This S model comes with a bewildering array of equipment as standard. It has Ohlins electronic suspension (the standard model has 50mm Marzocchi forks and a Sachs rear shock), an adjustable rear suspension link, Brembo monobloc brakes, traction control, riding modes, electronic engine braking control, a slipper clutch, a quickshifter, magnesium and titanium engine parts, a Thin Film Transistor mult-function dash, optional racing ABS and new Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa tyres with a 200/55 section rear.
Forget the old myth that Ducatis are unreliable, because they just aren’t anymore. Modern-day Ducatis are as dependable as Japanese bikes and don’t cost a fortune to service. With the Panigale’s engine now using chains instead of belts, major services has doubled from 7500-miles to 15,000. Build-quality is superb.
|Top speed||186 mph|
|Max power||195 bhp|
|Max torque||98.1 ft-lb|
|Seat height||825 mm|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|Average fuel consumption||mpg|
|Annual road tax|
|Insurance group||17 of 17|
|Engine size||1198 cc|
|Engine specification||8v, ‘Superquadro’ L-twin|
|Frame||Cast ali airbox frame – engine stressed member. Single-sided aluminium swingarm|
|Front suspension adjustment||Electronically-adjustable Ohlins 43mm upside down forks|
|Rear suspension adjustment||Electronically-adjustable Ohlins TTX shock|
|Front brakes||2 x 330mm discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc radial calipers|
|Rear brake||245mm single disc with twin-piston Brembo caliper|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||200/55 x 17|