History was made today when Malaysia became the first South East Asian country to launch the much awaited Ducati 899 Panigale. The baby Panigale is priced at RM108,888 and is powered by a Superquadro, L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine. It produces 148hp at 10,750rpm and 99Nm of torque at 9,000rpm.
This is everything you need to know about the bike:
- If you don’t like the double-sided swing arm, you can fit the single-sided swing arm from the 1199. But it’s heavier, and will cost you your nutsack.
- The laptime difference between the previous 848 EVO and the new 899 Panigale is two seconds around Imola circuit.
- It’s heavier than the 1199. It weighs, 193kg, a full 5kg heavier than the standard 1199 Panigale. This is because some parts are made of aluminium and not magnesium. The tank is also made of steel but is somehow lighter than the plastic tank on the 848 EVO.
- It’s 11mm shorter than the standard Panigale.
- It comes with 8-level traction control, ABS, and a quick shifter.
- Three riding modes – RACE, SPORT, WET.
- RACE and SPORT give you maximum power but RACE is more brutal than SPORT.
- WET mode limits power to 100bhp.
- RACE mode allows you to slide the rear of the bike and offers front-only ABS.
- Safety and Performance features can be adjusted or switched off altogether.
- It uses a heavier steel trellis subframe instead of the 1199 Panigale’s diecast aluminium subframe.
- The suspension is fully-adjustable Shiowa BPF forks at the front, and fully-adjustable Sachs rear shock.
- LCD is a simpler version of the 1199’s full-colour display.
- No LED running lights.
- Just like the 1199 Panigale, it uses a Vacural-cast monocoque structure instead of a conventional frame. The airbox/headstock attaches directy to the cylinder heads.
- It uses a narrower 180-section rear tyre instead of the 200-section tyre on the 1199