Had a chance to play with my Ducati 1199S Panigale on the track with a racer dude on his KTM 1290 Super Duke in the weekend.
He is curious on how the two bikes pull against each other.
Much fun were had!
My conclusion is that Panigale matches the Duke’s low-mid pull, but it keeps pulling past 160-180 kph where the Duke’s losing steam.
But around the track both bikes are just as good and as quick. Partly because the Duke guy has much more skill than me.
Changing the front brake caliper bolts on the Ducati Panigale 1199S saves almost 100 grams of unsprung weight.
Stock bolts: 186 grams (four bolts)
Titanium bolts: 90 grams (four bolts)
Panigale 1199S cooldown-ish lap around Hampton Downs track, New Zealand.
Camera on following CBR600RR.
Visual differences between 1199 and 1299
Track play at Pukekohe Raceway, Auckland, New Zealand.
On a beautiful summer day.
Little bikes can be very fun on the track!
Not me, but something I found on the interweb.
Looks very much fun!