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New Panigale: More tech, easier to ride, ready for the track

LEANING TOWARDS PERFECTION: The 2020 Ducati Panigale.  Image: Ducati

BORGO PANIGALE, Italy – Further improved, easier to ride, more intuitive, less tiring, and even faster… just a few promises for 2020 from Ducati, one of the world’s most glamorous motor-cycle builders

It’s the Panigale V4 and it’s said to be ready for the track.

After being confirmed for the second consecutive year, ”the world’s best-selling supersports” is now available from Ducati dealers in countries other than South Africa. Shame…

SPECIAL FRONT AERO: All part of the deal for the new Ducati Panigale 4. Image: Ducati

Since 2018, the date of its arrival on the market, the Panigale V4 has established benchmarks in the supersports bike segment where, for a second consecutive year, it has been the best-selling motorcycle in the world.

‘EASIER TO RIDE’

Production is said to be in full swing. Around 450 have been delivered to European and US dealers and in coming weeks will also reach the other markets in the world in which Ducati is present.

Ducati reports that feedback and data from customers and biking magazines were collected and analysed in Borgo Panigale. ”This,” the bikemakers says, ”allowed Ducati to make a Panigale V4 that’s easier to ride, less fatiguing, and more intuitive to ride even for less-experienced riders.”

The bikes have content from the V4 R: for example, the aerodynamic package through-air (aerofoils, Plexiglas screen, nose fairing and larger lateral fairings, more efficient lateral vents for the radiator), to enhance airflow protection and improve overall vehicle stability.”

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Further, the update was completed by a Front Frame chassis with modified stiffness to give better front-end ”feel” at extreme lean angles.

”What’s more,” Djucati adds, ”the bike includes a new ‘predictive’ control strategy using traction control, to improve out-of-the-corner power control. Gearshifts are faster to allow sportier high-rev shifts (over 10 000rpm) and boosting shift stability during aggressive acceleration and cornering.

”The bike also has a ‘ride by wire’ system mappings with several torque delivery control logics.”

THEY’RE ALL LINED UP! Go talk to your local Ducati dealer. Image: Ducati

The Panigale V4 is powered by a 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale (banked 42° back from horizontal), a MotoGP-derived 90° V4 with Desmodromic timing.

Ducati adds: ”It’s a one-of-a-kind engine featuring a counter-rotating crankshaft and Twin Pulse firing order. The engine can deliver 160kW at 13 000rpm for awesome road riding.”

There are only two accredited Ducati dealers in South Africa, should you wish to test-ride when the new bikes arrive.

World of Motorcycles, 146 Akkerboom Street, Centurion (012) 765-0600 (who are also the SA distributors).
Superbike Solutions, 75 Victoria Street, Somerset West (021) 851-5538

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