Ducati’s Panigale V2 Sport Bike Gives a Close to-Good Mix of Energy and Agility
Final week, we named three motorcycles that, in our view, characterize one of the best of sport bikes at this time. In that checklist sat one mannequin from Japan, one from Austria, and one from Borgo Panigale in Italy. The latter is Ducati’s Panigale V2—one which’s constantly missed amidst the hysteria of the Panigale V4 vary.
We’ve examined the Panigale V4 S, V4 R and Superleggera V4 over the earlier 12 months, but time on the household’s little brother, the V2, has eluded us—till now. It’s unfair to name the V2 “little,” contemplating it packs 959 cc from its V-twin motor, which produces a claimed 155 hp and 76 ft lbs of torque. Nonetheless, such is the sheer drive that comes with the V4 vary that the V2 could be very a lot the child of the bunch.
The V2 began life because the 899 again in 2013, morphing into the 959 and, as of this 12 months, now the V2. Engine capability is because it was in 959 type, though there’s new bodywork to match the V4 (minus the wings), and a brand new exhaust system that will get the motor beneath Euro5 emissions laws. Output has been elevated by 5 hp and peaks at 10,750 rpm.
The mannequin is graced with the identical chassis as earlier than, the monocoque that debuted on the first-generation Panigale of 2012, though entrance and rear suspension damping charges have been revised so as to add a lot wanted suppleness to the journey. Ducati has additionally fitted a single-sided swingarm to the mannequin for the primary time, emulating the V4.
As well as, Ducati has applied the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit for the primary time on the 899/959/V2 platform, opening up the electronics for the most recent Cornering ABS, traction management, wheelie management, up-and-down quickshift and engine-brake management algorithms.
The 441-pound V2 is the final word incarnation of the legendary 916, the motorbike that saved Ducati within the Nineties and put the corporate on the trail it enjoys at this time.
The V2 slices apexes like a samurai—there are only a few bikes within the above-900 cc phase that can take a nook like a V2. There’s much less reciprocating mass from the V2’s V-twin versus a V4, and with the improved electronics over the 959, the journey is as protected as can moderately be anticipated.
A phrase of warning: you’ll wish to keep away from the V2 when the temperature outdoors revs up. Identical to the outdated Panigale 1299, the bike runs highly regarded with the rear cylinder‘s exhaust blazing warmth proper beneath the rider. The journey place can also be fairly steep, so you possibly can count on slightly weight in your wrists, which will likely be off-putting for some, nevertheless it locations you within the good place to assault the subsequent nook you’re racing as much as.
Regardless of these qualms, the Ducati Panigale V2 affords a sterling journey expertise. It has the proper mixture of energy and agility, in addition to practically all of the required electronics (sadly, no cruise management) and, with no winglets, a traditional aesthetic that’ll by no means exit of favor. It’s a gorgeous machine you’ll wish to take out many times—simply not on sizzling days.
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