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We left the nondescript highways and began to drive along conventional roads, and now suddenly it's not hot anymore. You are focused on enjoying the technical marvel what is this motorcycle and you realize how things evolve. One of the first Yamaha R6 carburettors with its meager 100 horsepower was more difficult to carry than this Ducati 1199 Panigale S which produced almost twice as much.
In matters of sportsmanship I find it hard to find buts On this bike, the acceleration and recovery are brutal, the braking capacity more of the same, and the chassis behaves in a tremendously docile way, aided by the Öhlins steering damper. Luckily for me, I did not have the opportunity for the ABS performance to enter, but the combined brakingIt works great, so much so that it does not seem to be working, but in reality what it does is prevent an excessive transfer of weights at the time of anchoring.
Ducati 1199 Panigale S: enough of prejudice
The long straights are twisting, and as we begin to head for the port of La Cruz Verde we pass through the port of Galapagar where the wide curves at its beginning give us the opportunity to know the poise and confidence what this bike brings. Draw decisively maintaining open gas fist It is quite an orgasmic experience, and the engine does not end even being a twin. The prejudice that two-cylinder engines do not stretch is a thing of the past, it is clear that they do not reach up to the zillions of revolutions of the four in line but, in an engine that pushes with determination with such a wide useful range of revolutions, What difference does it make that you have to change to 10,500 rpm?.
We are talking like I said before the engine twin cylinder mass produced most powerful ever, but the work they have done in Borgo Panigale goes beyond producing a ton of horsepower without the cranks coming off in the attempt. The electronic injection works imperceptibly and the accelerator transmits your wishes to the rear wheel as if it were working by telekinesis. The abruptness at the exit of the curves does not exist unless you look for it deliberately and as you wrinkle your ear with decision to this Ducati 1199 Panigale S You better have space ahead or very clear what you are doing because it shoots forward like a dragster.
A little later we come across some very hardcore clubs in which we have to stop decisively without the motorcycle breaking down the slightest. It has left me ojiplático what little stubborn which is when you go into corners with the brakes still on and attack the apex, it just falls inward and allows you to keep putting pressure on the brakes. The agility with which you travel from the beginning of the curve until you exit is shocking, you can move it as if you were mounted on a broomstick, and it lacks great inertia that push you to be such a high displacement engine. Another myth debunked, twins are not clumsy.
We finished the first port and briefly entered the town. Now it is really hot after sweating at the controls of this brown beast and having to make a couple of stops in the city with the engine at 100 degrees Celsius, you feel your blood evaporate and you think about finding the damn engineer who decided that it exhaust orientation it was appropriate. It's a lie, it's not, maybe in winter it is a point in its favor, but considering that this motorcycle is for what it is and not to go around doing little things around there, it's not cool that you have a dragon breathing fire on each ankle. Let's get out of here, I get bored doing highlights.
Ducati 1199 Panigale S: give me more
But hey, we go back up the climb and you realize the power of the engine to be able to go in third without having to change except in very tight corners. Stretching above the 8,000 laps You are already exceeding the legal limits by far, so there is plenty of engine. In case of reaching very tight curves and you spend lowering gears, do not worry, the anti-rebound clutch works great and if you are not used to the retention of big two cylinder engines don't worry you can adjust the EBC (Engine Brake Control) in the computer that regulates the opening of the retention flaps to mitigate the engine brake.
You will only find a disturbance in your zen state enjoying over this Ducati 1199 Panigale S, the dreaded potholes that will return you to harsh reality and you can only think that I wish you could enter a circuit with this motorcycle, which is where the corduroy starts. We get to the top of the Green Cross faster than expected, people come back to the bike while you go for an Aquarius and you stand there looking like it is the most beautiful woman you have ever seen. And now that you've invited her, you've managed to have a date with her, you've invited her to dinner and she's gotten into your car, it's time to go in for the kill. In your circuit or in mine babe?
A beautiful, black and rough smooth asphalt is all that this bike needs to make you enjoy like never before. All your ills disappear and the two of you are alone, together, dancing to the sound of the curves that make up the score of the track. You accelerate hard and you better not count "one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three" before braking because you come very fast to the next curve thanks to how soon this ducatona and its perfectly studied geometries with that very long swingarm that does not let all the available traction escape for a moment.
When we got to the hard braking we went from braking with one finger as on the road, to braking with two and not saving more margin than necessary so as not to destroy this beautiful Italian. Notes like the fork makes all its way of form very soft and the horizontally positioned shock absorber keeps the swingarm stuck to the ground as if it were a car it is Scalextric. The chassis is so noble and behaves in such a neutral way that you can touch the knee even going very slowly, but in reality in fast corners it does not force you to look for a third point of support unless you want to show off, because it has a capacity Incline so steadily that fast corners can be traced bareback, just hanging down a bit and letting her do the dirty work.
When it is time to reopen gas we continue to discover the goodness of the whole, they have achieved what is surely the best set-up for a sports series bike that I have ever seen. The weight distribution is balanced 50% between front and rear, but having the center of gravity so close to the engine and it being so far forward it seems that you are riding on the front wheel and that it obeys any wish that passes through your mind without question. The changes of direction are almost immediate and without any startle except when excessive momentum causes the front wheel and the steering damper to lighten Öhlins take action.
Evidently your wrists will suffer on the tight demi-handlebars so it's time to kick back and do a few stretches. You have to be in shape to be able to apply on these motorcycles.
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.