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Twin Styled Shotgun Exhausts: Ducati 959 Panigale
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Twin Styled Shotgun Exhausts: Ducati 959 Panigale

The new Ducati 959 Panigale has a longer lifespan than its predecessor and it is more powerful with a 955 cc engine installed. The bike’s exhaust has been restyled to resemble the look of a shotgun. With all the additions to the chassis and style of this bike, the bike is almost seven kilograms heavier. Despite the extra weight and weaker brakes, the bike remains a sensational sports bike. This very bike could be the savior to the Panigale line of production that is almost extinct.  

Riding position, brakes, and suspension were unchanged in the 959 Panigale, except for the swingarm pivot which was lowered by 4 millimeters to provide better stability and traction on the road. The wheelbase is 5 millimeters longer and the shock is 2 millimeters. The ride quality is superb with lots of legroom and spaces to move around. The handling of the 959 Panigale is sweet around the corners. Early release of the brakes allows the bike to roll through turnings with agility and speed. Coming out of turnings, there is a strong grip on the throttle to lift the bike up. Bars designed on the 959 Panigale are specially made to slide in under riders’ hands especially over bumps and immediate redirection.

The 959 Panigale’s brake calipers do not have the consistency and power that riders expect in a sports bike. Despite the lack in brake power, there is nothing to be fearful about as the brakes are fully functional and reliable. The 959 Panigale has a new injector above the throttle butterflies, a new lubrication system, high airflow filters, new pistons, and new cylinder heads. Also, a new clutch allows the 959 Panigale to roam freely around corners better especially when switching gear as the clutch provides a lighter lever action. The 959 Panigale is truly a sight to behold especially on the road.

 

Source. Picture Courtesy of Motorcyclenews.

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