Ducati Announces the 899 Panigale for 2014
New bike. New Engine.
The new engine is an 898cc L-Twin—because it’s a Ducati—that puts out 148 HP at 10,5oo RPM, and 73 torques at 9,000. They call it the Superquadro, probably because they’ve beaten the variants of “Desmo” to death. But the whole Superquadro thing meets Ducati’s goal of “an engine calibration that optimally combines the high-performance delivery with regular operation achieved by reducing the cyclic dispersion of combustion”, whatever that means. All I got out of the description was that there are four of something and they’re really super.
Anyway, it’s got the 1199’s tranny, and a fly-by-wire throttle. It’s got a fully-adjustable suspension, and weighs 425 lbs. fueled up and ready to ride. Naturally, it has all the electronic wizardry that Ducati has at its disposal, with different riding and power modes, traction control, ABS brakes, etc., etc. It’s also really pretty.
Sure, the ergonomics will suck for daily riding, because it’s a street-legal racing bike. So what?
It’s a Ducati sportbike. What’s not to like?