Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R is now officially the most lust-worthy bike in the world

2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R
2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R
The 2013 Ducati Panigale R. Words are simply not enough...

To keep one step ahead of machines like the BMW HP4 and Aprilia RSV4 Factory, Ducati have unleashed the 1199 Panigale R for 2013, with the bike being unveiled at the EICMA in Milan. This is the bike that Ducati are homologating for World Superbikes and the R gets an updated engine management system and recalibrated ride-by-wire throttle. There’s also a new set of Titanium con-rods, a lighter crankshaft flywheel and DLC-coated rocker-arms, all of which allow the Panigale R’s Superquadro L-twin to rev even quicker, all the way to its 12,000rpm redline.

The Panigale R’s race kit consists of a racing screen, fairing mirror caps in machined alloy and a full Termignoni exhaust system with dedicated ECU mapping (for track use only). Ducati claim that the Termignoni system provides a power increase of 3% at the top of the rev-range and 15% in the mid-range, which is further amplified by the R’s acceleration-enhancing 15-41 final drive ratio. The Panigale R also features a 4-point adjustable swingarm pivot, which is designed to enable riders to personalize bike set-up by changing levels of pro- or anti-squat, to optimize traction on corner exit.

The Panigale R also gets a fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber, GPS-enhanced Ducati data acquisition system and circuit map-linked data, and a host of carbonfibre bits, including rear hugger, rear suspension guard, heel guards, ignition switch surround and top fairing inner panels, and protectors for the single-sided swingarm and clutch cover. The R weighs just 165kg dry and is available only in red, with brushed aluminium on the fuel tank and lightweight forged alloy wheels from Marchesini, in black.

We love the Panigale R so much, we have no words to describe how we feel about this motorcycle. The only thing is, it costs 31,990 euros and that's a bit more than we have in the bank right now. How we wish we’d done a bit more with our lives and earned more money, so we could have bought one of these…






2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R
2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R
2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R








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