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ducati899panigale0120131001DUCATI has taken the wraps off its new 899 Panigale, which the hallowed motorcycle company said provides a new way to access its exclusive range of superbikes, but rendered in a “supermid” scale. The new model strikes a balance between the thrill of an 1199 Panigale and the refined character of an everyday street bike.

Propelling the 899 Panigale is an L-twin Superquadro engine that has a revised bore and stroke for a broad power delivery, and the proprietary Desmodromic valve control system. It spins out a super-smooth 148 horsepower, and remains to be a fully stressed member of the innovative Panigale monocoque. With only 169 kilograms to carry around, the bike has an outstanding power-to-weight ratio and a ride-enhancing agility.

Underlined with an 1199 silhouette, the 899 Panigale gets Ducati DNA bits like the company’s quick-shift device and the fully integrated riding mode technologies of ride-by-wire, triple stage ABS, traction control and engine brake control.

The 899 Panigale is also equipped with a 43-millimeter Showa BPF forks that can be adjusted to suit a rider’s spring pre-load and compression, as well as rebound damping preferences. A fully adjustable Sachs unit resides in the rear, which holds a double-sided swing arm in place. Hauling the bike down from speed is a three-level Bosch ABS 9MP-controlled Brembo braking system.

As a Ducati, the 899 Panigale comes in traditional Ducati red with black wheels, or in a stunning arctic white paintjob with red wheels.


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