Monthly Archives: February 2014

Restricted to Death – The future of Ducati’s 1199 Panigale in SBK World Superbike

An article from August 2013, discussing the probable cause of Ducati’s non-performance in SBK: Restricted to Death – The future of Ducati’s 1199 Panigale in SBK World Superbike.

The previous 1198 Testastretta engine came stock with 63.9mm Throttle Bodies and was required byFIM rules to run 50mm intake restricters to reduce power. The new 1199 Superquadro engine has massive new 67mm Throttle Bodies are bigger than on most race car engines. But it still had to breath through the 50mm Restrictors at the start of the 2013 race season, on an engine designed to make its peak power 1,000 RPM higher. The new engine now needs 1000 rpm x 1198cc more air per minute pulled though those same tiny 50mm restrictor plates – that’s equivalent to 316.5 gallons of air more per minute!

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Ducati Panigale 1199S wet weight

OK, the press kit says Ducati Panigale dry weight is 165kg and the curb weight is 188kg. Being a skeptic, I did not believe it so I took mine onto the scale.

Wow, they were not lying. It is definitely correct, even to the front:rear weight distribution.

Note: in road trim, with no passenger footpegs.

2012 Ducati Panigale 1199S – A trackday experience

First time out on the track with the Panigale 1199S. Even with limping right leg (partly healed broken neck-of-femur) I ended up faster than my old record (done on the Ducati 848). And that’s without even trying hard at all.

The bike was just effortless to brake, turn, and accelerate out of the corner.

The ABS did not even kick in once, while the traction control effect was very seamless and unfelt (other than the TCS indicator light coming on). andthe handling is simply sublime, with the bike very confidently handle trail braking into the apex. the turn in is on par if not faster than 848, which is counter-intuitive considering the class difference.

Not my best bike control (especially the acceleration and the gearshift points), but hey that’s fast enough for now!

And here it is chasing a CBR600RR…

How to check radiator coolant level and top up – Ducati Panigale 1199S

One of the complaints about Ducati Panigale is that it is difficult to check the radiator coolant level and top up the coolant. this is mainly because, one, the radiator cap and reservoir bottle cap are right below the side of the front fairing. And two, the semi-transparent (more opaque) sight window inside the front part of the fairing (front wheel area) is difficult to look at.

Even when you can see the fluid, topping up is tricky. Most people are afraid that front fairing needs to be removed. Well, I’m telling you it is actually easy and front fairing does not need to come off.

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