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Ducati 1199 Panigale S, test (characteristics and curiosities)
Ducati 1199 Panigale S, test (characteristics and curiosities)

First things first, so let's congratulate our friends Snorri and Adrianrastafari who have been the lucky winners of a cyber-gallifant for correcting the riddle I proposed to you on Friday, although not quite.

This week we bring you a very special test For two reasons, the first for being my first dynamic test as editor of Motorpasión Moto, and the second for being one of the most impressive and advanced models in the world motorcycle industry to date, the imposing Ducati 1199 Panigale S. To summarize it in a few words, we will say that it is an amazing technological compendium coupled with a stamp that can only come out of the minds of Italian designers. We already wanted it.

In today's installment we are going to do a small, or not so small, review of the technical characteristics of this motorcycle. There are few technological advances with which this little angel has, and it is that the thinking heads of Borgo Panigale have decided that this is the base product for swell to win championships with motorcycles derived from series. The Japanese have reason to tremble, and surely our Carlos Checa he will already be rubbing his hands and thinking "you are going to find out."

Ducati 1199 Panigale S: the hell of Charon

Ducati 1199 Panigale S

Long is the Ducati history in the world of production superbikes, being in fact the most awarded brand in the SBK World Championship, and this sporting heritage, together with the experience acquired in recent years in MotoGP, is directly reflected in its models street. This 1199 Panigale It is a turning point in the production of Ducati and they could not allow failures such as the criticisms after the 999/749 saga, but the turn of the screw that they have managed to give this time is tremendous.

This Ducati 1199 Panigale S it is not precisely a motorcycle discreetOn the contrary, it is the clear example of ostentation and obscenity that with that angular aesthetic and that precious deep red color recalls the Devil himself. It has an aura of undeniable evil and is aggressive No matter where you look at it, but be careful, because if you start to do it you will be duped and you will not be able to stop for a while contemplating every detail and every piece that, as if they were part of a set of a great goldsmith work, seem to have been set. with mastery.

Ducati 1199 Panigale S

Once you have spent the afternoon looking at each little corner and you stop to think about the 195cv of the most powerful series-built twin-cylinder engine, all the technological arsenal (DES, DTC, ABS, DQS, EBC), the innovative chassis and suspension solutions and the maximum centralization of the masses, you realize that the conventions have been put aside, and that when you start the engine you have to be prepared for what It is coming to you because, continuing with the thematic similes, it will be the closest thing to hearing the trumpets of hell.

The roar emanating from the V2 Superquadro It is surprising because of how loud it sounds even when idling, and if no one has looked at you when you got on it or if you have done it inside your garage where no one has been able to see you, I assure you that it will be at the moment of thundering this mighty twin when people turn their necks looking for the apocalypse in Italian. With the Termignoni how will it sound? Scared …

Ducati 1199 Panigale S

The cycle part does not detract from absolutely anything, and less on this Ducati 1199 Panigale S, with those suspensions Öhlins Black leg in a beautiful golden color with fully electronic regulation through the control panel with the advanced system DES, the shock absorber placed almost horizontally on the left side, a single-sided swingarm very long to improve traction and avoid weight transfer, Marchesinni forged aluminum rims, Brembo monobloc brakes and, of course, the special and revolutionary monocoque chassis on self-supporting engine. If I could, I would disassemble each of these pieces and scatter them around the house for decoration.

As to tires She is not exactly barefoot either, she leaves the factory with some sticky Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa developed specifically for this model increasing the width of the rear rubber from 190mm to 200mm to maximize the contact surface with the ground to transmit all the available power and to guarantee stability on supports with maximum lateral inclination.

Ducati 1199 Panigale S

The entire intention of the engineers has been reduce weight and centralize it to the maximum, and they have achieved this with a design that compacts the center of gravity around the engine as much as possible. The solution for the position of the shock absorber is really curious on the side of the engine, the exhausts change their traditional position under the tail to be on the keel, the tank is made entirely of aluminum, all the engine covers that have been made have been made. in magnesium and pollock has been reduced to a minimum.

Ducati 1199 Panigale S: instrumentation of the future for a futuristic motorcycle

Ducati 1199 Panigale S

The scorecard It has everything, and when I say everything I mean that it looks like an iPad and it just needs to have Angry Birds installed. Presentation and image quality are superb both day and night. As soon as you turn the key, the stylish Ducati logo welcomes you and welcomes you to a new world of technology on two wheels.

Then you find a lot of different sections that inform you of the current parameters of the electronic engine management depending on the map selector that you have selected between Wet, Sport and Race and two other sections that you can choose at will from the left pineapple between double trip, odometer, instantaneous and average consumption, travel time, engine temperature and ambient temperature.

Ducati 1199 Panigale S

The entire frame is surrounded by the red gearshift indicators that go off when you stretch the gears and warn you that it's time to kick the left pedal and that the DQS system take care of cutting on and very gently engage the next gear. I was positively surprised by the refinement of this system due to the absence of abruptness and the finesse of the gear change.

The indicators for flashing lights and other warnings come out on the sides, especially the one for reservation, which lights up more times than we would like, although as I was able to confirm with the person in charge of the Ducati dealership it is because the reserve is quite generous, about five liters.

Tomorrow we will get on what should be Charon's new boat.

To be continue…

We deeply appreciate the hospitality of Santiago Mangas at circuit FK1 and its facilities for the realization of photos and video shots, and the reception of Miguelón, track manager. I must also thank Mr. Morrillu for helping me with the photos and video.

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