2014 Ducati 899 Panigale Breaks Cover

09/09/2013 @ 9:23 pm, by Jensen Beeler29 COMMENTS

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Confirming rumors that Borgo Panigale has been working on a smaller-displacement version of its namesake superbike, and that the machine would have a double-sided swingarm, Ducati debuted today its new “supermid” superbike, the 2014 Ducati 899 Panigale.

Showcased ahead of the IAA International Motor Show, where Ducati will preview its 2014 motorcycle line, the Ducati 899 Panigale features an 898cc Superquadro motor that produces 148hp (73 lbs•ft of torque), a monocoque “frameless” chassis design (372.5 lbs dry), and a bevy of electronics (DQS, DTC, RbW, EBC, & ABS).

Priced at $14,995 (red model) & $15,295 (white model), Ducati hopes that the 899 Panigale will create a more affordable entry for motorcyclists that want to own a Ducati superbike.

Clearly ineligible for any supersport racing class, Ducati’s “supermid” sales pitch is not too dissimilar from the line of reasoning behind the MV Agusta F3 800 — a lightweight, yet stout, sport bike package that street and track riders alike can enjoy.

Claiming more horsepower, less weight, and just as many rider aids, the v-twin Ducati 899 Panigale ticks the right boxes when compared against the three-cylindered MV Agusta F3 800, though the verdict is still out on the bike’s double-sided swingarm, and what that will mean for Ducatisti.

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Source: Ducati

Comment:

  1. Front Toward Enemy says:

    I must be the only guy on the planet who isn’t a fan of single sided swing arms. Love the new 899.

  2. BBQdog says:

    That’s 168.9 kg dry (Jensen there are some european readers :-)
    Not bad !

  3. Red says:

    Should I trade this with my 848 evo? Think I should give a try

  4. Mariani says:

    At which point should we start comparing this ‘supersport’ with the similarly [lower] priced litre bikes?

    Anyway, it is an interesting package, but for my money I’d have it without any electronic nonsense.
    Lighter, cheaper and pure. I can only wish.

  5. ML says:

    The biggest turn off for me is the lack of SSS and lack of LED lights (the LED’s on the S are the best headlights I’ve had on a bike by a mile. It’s even better than most cars). Glad I got my 1199 S.

  6. Rossopuro says:

    @BBQdog also consider, that weight is with standard ABS! Not bad at all.

  7. smiler says:

    Why would you buy an Japanese Audi?

    http://www.mvagusta.it/en/f3/f3-800

    and it is even cheaper.

    If Ducati were wantng to save money then why go to the significant expense of designing, tooling for and adding a regular swing arm. When they have an item they can take off the shelf. One answer – Audi because a SS is illogical.

  8. TheBrain says:

    Not trading in my 848.

    BBQ, you can turn off all the systems.

    Will observe how this generation develops.

    Glad Ducati made this product

  9. AC says:

    Interesting that the 899 doesn’t have the revised heat shield that the 1199 has. Surely the engine puts out as much heat. That was my only real complaint about the 1199; when you’re stopped you are being cooked.

    Contemplating picking one up, but at $15K it’s dangerously close to a lightly used 2012 base 1199!

  10. Jeram says:

    Wow, you can get an Aprilia RSV4 R APRC for that price, more hp, more torque, perfect handling and only 10kg heavier.

  11. Faust says:

    Buying one. No doubt.

  12. BBQdog says:

    @Rossopuro: indeed, ABS adds about 5 kg to the weight of a motorcycle.

  13. MikeG81 says:

    That’s a nice motorcycle.

  14. Damo says:

    I think the bike looks amazing and the double sided swing was integrated into the lines perfectly. I personally prefer a 180 profile rear tire for quicker turn ins, I rarely (note: never) take 140 mph banked turns.

    Any one dissing on the electronics package and ABS has probably never ridden a bike with either. The Ducati TC system is totally invisible when placed on the correct setting. Also I don’t care if you are Nicky Hayden and Jorge Lorenzo’s love child, you can beat ABS, no matter how awesome you think you ride.

    @smiler

    The reason people wouldn’t buy and MV despite the fact that they are nice looking high performance bikes, is that MV dealer network and customer service support in North America is laughable at best and regularly horrific. Several folks I have chatted with from the UK express the same opinion, maybe you live next to an MV dealer I don’t know. I have yet to see anything made by MV that would hold up to the volume of riding I do per year. The Japanese Audi comment is just plain ignorant and unintelligent.

  15. smiler says:

    Any dealer worth his salt will supply a 180 section tire. If you need one.
    Do you know it is the same TC system, and why does anyone need ABS on a bike with 148BHP? Still easily crash with ABS. Better to be a good rider.
    I have had an MV for 3 yeras. First service for free. All very good.

    As for your ignorant comment about MV milage. I would love to see you do extensive milage on a Panigale, if nothing else becausde of the riding position. And how does 20k miles per annum.

    The 899 looks like something that the Japanese would make, no real distinguishing features – bland. Asd for ignorant. I have been riding for 25 years, on both Japanese and Italian bikes, so I think I have a valid opinion!!!! Ducati you have just been Audi’ed.

  16. SquidleyMcSquidson says:

    Smiler, nothing you say makes sense. What does BHP have to do with braking? Are you trying to suggest that with 148hp it’s not possible to enter a braking zone fast enough to benefit from abs? Because you’d be wrong. Nobody has ever said that rider aids replace rider skill, but they do help. Just because you’ve been riding “for years” doesn’t make the things you say make sense. There would be zero reason to buy an F3 800 over this bike other than to get a bike that looks the same as an F4 did in 1999. Yeah, really innovative MV. Maybe Ducati should just remake the 916 with a new frame and engine every few years and keep the body work.

  17. Shawn says:

    I don’t care one ounce that it doesn’t have an SSS. This bike looks beautiful and is mechanically just as good or better than the if it had an SSS.

  18. Grimey Benson says:

    @Smiler

    Yeah, I am going to go ahead and call you out for your claim of 2ok miles a year on your MV. You were just in another thread saying you only had 8,000 kilometers (4971 miles) on your bike the other day.

  19. Spiffster says:

    Leave to the Italians… Hot-damn that thing is gorgeous.

  20. Variable says:

    If Honda came out with a bike that had these same exact performance numbers, same swing arm, same electronics package and was at the same price point with an RC name…. People would hail it as the second coming. The fact that people have so much negativity bias towards this bike is hard to understand. This bike is a solid package. Haters gonna hate.

  21. Scott says:

    I like what they’ve done with the bike for the most part. I even think the double-sided swingarm was done very nicely. Sure, it’s not as exotic looking as the 1199, but that’s okay if you are going for mass market appeal. Going to the Showa BPF is cool, that system has a great reputation. The new seat looks much better than the terrible stock one on the 1199, and the change to the brakes shouldn’t cause any harm.

    Really the only things I don’t like are the change to the display, and the rear suspension. The shock looks awfully cheap, and making the linkage progressive-only doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. The 1199 is better in flat-rate configuration by far, especially for track or fast road riding. I’ve been riding one since December, so I have experience with both configurations. That is also the general consensus on the 1199 forums.

    The big issue is have with the 899 is the price versus the number of spec reductions. $15k seems like a big ask versus the base 1199 at $18k. If they had kept it at $14k, it would be more attractive. At $13k, I bet they would fly out the door.

  22. Norm G. says:

    Q: “why does anyone need ABS on a bike with 148BHP?”

    BETTER Q: why does a CBR250 need ABS?

    A: because of a forthcoming euro mandate in like 2015/2016.

  23. Norm G. says:

    re: “If they had kept it at $14k, it would be more attractive.”

    to whom…?

    re: “At $13k, I bet they would fly out the door.”

    yep, along with all the cash used to pay worker’s wages, process warranty claims, keep the lights on at your local dealership, upgrade computer systems, float crates across an ocean, develop new product so you may be yet again dazzled in the future, etc.

    where do you think the money (ie. fuel) to perpetuate this cycle comes from…? lets just say, it ain’t bank loans…?! it comes from YOU.

    no free lunch.

  24. Scott says:

    re: “no free lunch”

    I’m speaking from the perspective from someone who bought an 1199, I’m not looking for a free lunch. I also understand economics, and that Ducati needs the bike to be profitable. I’m just saying that with only a $3k price difference between the two bikes, it’s not a terribly attractive value proposition with all of the component downgrades on the 899. By all means, if you still want an 899 at $15k over a used 1199 at about the same or a new one at $18k, buy one! It’ll probably be brilliant.

  25. Aaron says:

    @Scott:

    Scott, I have to agree with you; it is ridiculous that the display and rear suspension linkage are not being offered from the 1199 and I thought this as soon as the pics were released, especially when there is only 3K price difference. In additional to those two items you will be conceding a more expensive single sided swing arm, a larger displacement engine, and brakes. All of the latter items and more that I did not list are understandable.
    As a perspective buyer, that is my position.

    With that being said, I am looking forward to the ride reviews of this beautiful motorcycle. I believe that this bike is definitely built for the road and seems as though it should be a road friendly Ducati; given the fact that it is comes with a 180 section rear tire, an aggressive 44 tooth rear sprocket, a more comfortable seat, and a progressive rear suspension setting. I hope that they are not compensating for a fueling/throttle response issue with the 44 tooth rear sprocket.

  26. Rawdzll says:

    Without the SSS or LED lights it has definitely lost some style points.
    Kinda Looks like an R6 and a 954 fireblade got drunk one night and 9 months later…

  27. Fed-up says:

    I’ve been a Ducati owner for 14 years. What pieces of junk they are building since the 998 series.

  28. Damo says:

    @Fed-up

    Yeah gods forbid they make more reliable bikes, with longer service intervals and new technology.

  29. mikeylikesit says:

    The 15k price point vs. 14k or 13k has to be because the 899 has a fuel gauge. Am I the only one who thinks the lack of fuel gauge on the 1199 is ridiculadunk? Reminds me of years ago when the gas gauge on my VW went out and I was constantly checking the trip meter.