Ducati North America has announced a safety recall for all 2020 through 2023 Panigale V2 motorcycles, citing a software error that could pose a potential hazard to riders.

  • The glitch may cause the headlight daylight position lamp (DRL) to activate while riding at night, compromising visibility and increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Similar incidents recorded in China, Spain, Japan, The US, and the UK.

Approximately 3,315 motorcycles are estimated to be affected by the recall, accounting for approximately five percent of the Panigale V2 population in North America. The recall covers units produced between December 4, 2019, and May 23, 2023. It is important to note that the affected motorcycles’ vehicle identification numbers (VINs) are not sequential, ranging from ZDMHAATW0LB000230 to ZDMHAATWXPB012777.

The issue first came to light in February 2023 when several Panigale V2 owners reported malfunctions with the instrument panel automatic light switch.

Ducati conducted an investigation following complaints from various global markets, including China, Spain, Japan, the US, and the UK. The company’s internal analysis revealed a software calibration error in a dashboard photodiode responsible for controlling the instrument panel backlight and DRLs.

To help owners identify if their motorcycle is affected, Ducati has programmed the photodiode to serve as a warning by changing the color of the dashboard backlight. Additionally, owners can manually switch on the low beam headlight using the left handlebar switchgear to ensure proper illumination during night riding.

Ducati North America is urging all owners of affected motorcycles to visit their local authorized Ducati dealer as soon as possible to rectify the issue. The recall service will be provided free of charge, including the necessary software recalibration.

Ducati has established itself as a pioneering force in the industry, introducing cutting-edge electronic systems that have become standard features on motorcycles across various segments.

  • Ducati has set a new benchmark in the two-wheel industry. 
  • Ducati’s journey of innovation began over a decade ago when they introduced the Traction Control system on the 1098R. 

Through constant investments in research and development, as well as the transfer of solutions and expertise from racing competitions, Ducati has become a technological benchmark in the motorcycle world.

The seamless blend of beauty and technology is evident in every Ducati model, from the Multistrada V4 to the Scrambler, and the Panigale V4. Each bike is meticulously designed to provide Ducatisti with unparalleled experiences, achieved through sophisticated electronic solutions tailored to different riding preferences.

Ducati’s journey of innovation began over a decade ago when they introduced the Traction Control system on the 1098R in 2008, revolutionizing the performance and safety standards of super sports bikes. Subsequent groundbreaking milestones include the world’s first LED headlight on the Streetfighter 1100 in 2009 and the introduction of Riding Modes on the Multistrada 1200 S in 2010.

The company has consistently pushed boundaries, presenting the motorcycle world with advancements like the TFT instrumentation on the Diavel in 2011 and the Full-LED light cluster and electronic engine brake management on the award-winning 1199 Panigale in 2012.

Ducati’s commitment to safety led to a collaboration with Dainese in 2014, resulting in the Multistrada 1200 Touring D|Air, the first motorcycle integrated with an airbag system capable of rapid activation during a crash or slide.

The year 2020 marked another significant milestone for Ducati as they became the first motorcycle manufacturer to incorporate radars into their bikes, paving the way for the implementation of Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Detection systems on the Multistrada V4.

In addition to introducing innovative technologies, Ducati focuses on enhancing existing models. Owners of the Multistrada V4, for example, received complimentary upgrades such as the Minimum Preload and Easy Lift systems, as well as navigation system enhancements.

Ducati’s approach to technological advancements involves developing most of its electronic contents internally, collaborating closely with suppliers like Pirelli, Brembo, and Bosch. This strategy allows Ducati to have complete control over the customization and application of technologies, creating a unique and tailored experience for their riders.

The company’s commitment to innovation extends to its working methods. Ducati has established internal laboratories, such as the Electrical & Electronic Testing facility, to conduct comprehensive tests on electrical and electronic components. These tests include extreme temperature simulations, endurance assessments, and functional verifications of the components under real-world conditions.

Ducati’s dedication to software development and connectivity is exemplified by its navigation systems, incorporating Phone Mirroring and Turn-by-Turn solutions that offer compatibility with various operating systems and continuous software updates for customers.

This unwavering commitment to innovation, combined with a focus on quality and a deep understanding of rider needs, has positioned Ducati as a leading force in the motorcycle industry. Year after year, Ducati continues to fulfill the dreams of Ducatisti by delivering exceptional bikes that embody the perfect harmony of technology and artistry.

With a rich history of world-first innovations and an unwavering dedication to pushing boundaries, Ducati is poised to shape the future of motorcycles, elevating the riding experience to new heights.

Ducati is set to captivate motorcycle enthusiasts with the introduction of a striking new color option for their iconic Panigale V2. The Italian manufacturer has unveiled the “Black on Black” edition for the 2024 model year, offering a fresh and captivating aesthetic alongside the classic Ducati Red.

  • the all-black colourway turns the Panigale V2 into a menacing machine. 
  • Powering the Panigale V2 is the powerful Superquadro twin-cylinder engine.

The Panigale V2’s sleek design is enhanced by its Dark Matt Grey bodywork, adorned with eye-catching red accents and glossy black elements that encompass the double-layer fairings, including the renowned LED headlights and air intakes. This combination creates a truly captivating visual appeal.

Underneath its stunning exterior, the Panigale V2 packs a powerful punch. Propelled by a Euro 5 compliant 955 cc Superquadro twin-cylinder engine, it generates an impressive 155 horsepower at 10,750 rpm and delivers torque of 104 Nm at 9,000 rpm.

The motorcycle boasts a Monocoque aluminum frame and is equipped with a fully adjustable Showa BPF 43 mm fork and Sachs rear shock. Brembo brakes with dual 320 mm front rotors and M4.32 four-pot calipers, along with a 245 mm rear rotor and two-pot caliper, ensure exceptional stopping power and control.

Weighing in at 200 kg, the Panigale V2 provides a dynamic riding experience with its 840 mm seat height and 17 L fuel tank. Safety and control are paramount, thanks to the advanced electronic equipment integrated into the bike. Utilizing a six-axis inertial platform, the Panigale V2 incorporates cutting-edge features such as ABS Cornering EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2, and Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO.

Ducati Malaysia has officially launched the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R with a recommended selling price of RM458,900.

  • The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R gets higher max rev at 16,500rpm.
  • DLC-coated piston and titanium conrod contributed to higher horsepower. 

On paper, the 2023 Panigale V4 R produces 218hp @ 15,500rpm but Ducati has increased the maximum revs to 16,500rpm at 6th-gear.

However, by adding a new racing exhaust combined with Shell-developed fuel, the new Panigale V4 R can hit a peak power of 240.5hp.

The additional power is boosted by the use of gun-drilled titanium connecting rods and DLC-coated pistons, which Ducati claimed is a first for a road bike even though the technology is common in MotoGP machines and Formula 1 race cars.

Thanks to a new piston geometry, Ducati also reduced the inertia significantly and the weight by 5g.

In addition, the 2023 V4 R gets new engine modes with ‘Full’ and ‘Low’ added to the existing package. As the name goes, the ‘Full’ mode unleashes the full power of the V4 R while ‘Low’ reduces the power to 160hp, allowing for a calmer riding experience on the road. But hey, who are we to tell you not to go full blast on public roads?

Ducati also revised the Ducati Quick Shift system to allow for a smoother shift during partial and full throttle.

The 2023 Panigale V4 R remains faithful with Ohlins suspension, but the travel in the NPX25/30 pressurised fork is increased by 5mm.

Ducati also increases agility thanks to a higher swingarm pivot position that raises the rear height by 20mm. Also new on the 2023MY is a bigger 17L fuel tank.

Finally, the 2023 Panigale V4 R will be a numbered model, with each bike verified by a plaque on the steering head.

Ducati, the Bologna-based manufacturer of premium motorcycles, has had a great start to 2023 with record deliveries in the first quarter of the year.

  • Ducati delivered 14,725 motorcycles to customers worldwide, marking a 9% increase compared to the same period in 2022.
  • The Multistrada V4 continue to be most popular model in the Ducati lineup.  

The CEO of Ducati, Claudio Domenicali, is very pleased with the company’s performance: “After closing our best year ever in 2022, we began 2023 with strong results that confirm a company strategy that is paying off with a great outcome.”

Italy, the home country of Ducati, leads the pack with 2,717 motorcycles delivered and a 7% increase compared to last year. The United States, the second-largest market for Ducati, saw a 21% increase in deliveries with 1,677 bikes. Germany follows closely with a 21% growth compared to the same period in 2022, delivering 1,666 motorcycles.

The Multistrada V4 remains the most successful motorcycle in the Ducati range with 2,668 models delivered worldwide in the first three months of 2023, followed by the Monster with 2,005 motorcycles. The third most popular model is the DesertX with 1,442 deliveries, reflecting the brand’s strategy to broaden its product range and enter new segments.

Ducati has a widespread sales network in over 90 countries with more than 800 dealers, and the company plans to open 55 new dealers in 2023. Some have already been inaugurated in the first quarter of the year, including the first Audi Ducati Retail integration dealership in Switzerland, which opened in Volketswil (Zurich) in March.

Ducati recently celebrated the success of taking home the 2022 MotoGP and WorldSBK world championships with two special Ducati Panigale V4 S series.

  • Ducati introduced two special series of the Ducati Panigale V4 to celebrate Bagnaia and Bautista world championship title at MotoGP and WorldSBK.
  • Only 260 unit for each series is made. 

Limited to just 260 units (each), the special edition Ducati Panigale V4 S was inspired by the Desmosedici GP and Panigale V4 R.

Now, Ducati found another reason to celebrate after successfully selling all 520 units of the race replica Panigale V4 S in just a few hours.

“2022 has been an incredible year for Ducati both on the track and in the market, confirming the integration and continuous transfer of technology and expertise between production and racing that is unparalleled in the world of motorcycling.

“We thought the best way to share the successes of 2022 with the most passionate Ducatisti was to provide them with exclusive, numbered bikes, individually signed by Pecco (Bagnaia) and Álvaro (Bautista).

“At this time, when our brand is as solid as ever and projected into the future, we also wanted to pay homage to our history, recalling with both replicas the founding of Ducati, which dates back to 1926,” said Francesco Milicia, VP Global Sales & After Sales Ducati.

Each race replica costs USD63,00 and features unique characteristics, including the signature of each rider and carbon fibre components.

Ducati Malaysia dengan rasminya melancarkan Ducati Panigale V4 2022 untuk pasaran tempatan.

Tampil dengan dua varian, Panigale V4 dan V4 S kedua-duanya ditawarkan pada harga RM148,900 dan RM188,900.

Bagi tahun 2022, terdapat beberapa penambahbaikan terbaru dilaksanakan terutamanya di bahagian enjin, chasis, panel badan dan pakej elektronik.

Pertamanya, bahagian panel badan kini telah dinaik taraf dengan pertambahan corong udara bagi memperbaiki tahap kepanasan enjin. Bukan itu sahaja, corong udara di bahawa sisi juga bertujuan menyejukkan quickshifter.

Sementara itu, Ducati juga menaik taraf nisbah gear juga telah diperkemas dengan gear 1, 2 dan 6 kini tampil dengan nisbah lebih panjang berbanding model 2021.

Nisbah gear yang lebih panjang itu bertujuan memastikan aliran kuasa enjin 1103cc V4 itu lebih terkawal terutamanya di RPM rendah.

Pada masa sama, enjin V4 itu kini menawarkan 215.5hp berbanding 214hp pada model terdahulu.

Namun jika mempunyai bajet lebih, pengguna boleh menaik taraf ke ekzos Akrapovic (full system) yang boleh meningkatkan kuasa kepada 225hp disamping 5kg lebih ringan berbanding ekzos standard.

Peningkatan kuasa itu berlaku disebabkan naik taraf yang dilakukan pada bahagian ‘underslung exhaust’ yang kini 18 peratus lebih besar di samping sistem penyejukan yang lebih efisien.

Sementara itu, bahagian tangki kini menawarkan kapasiti 17L naik 1L berbanding model sebelumnya. Ducati juga telah mereka semula bahagian tangki bagi memastikan ‘rider’ boleh meletakkan lengan di bahagian sisi tangki dengan lebih baik terutamanya ketika mengambil selekoh.

Bahagian kaki juga kini boleh mencengkam bahagian bawah tangki dengan lebih baik sewaktu melalukan brek mengejut bagi memastikan jentera masih berada dalam kawalan.

Ciri lain yang turut dipertingkat adalah rekaan winglet yang walaupun tampil lebih kecil namun masih lagi menghasilkan ‘downforce’ 37kg pada kelajuan 300km/j.

Ducati Panigale V4 S 2022 juga dinaik taraf dengan fork depan Ohlins NPX 25/30 boleh laras secara elektronik.

Fork depan itu juga menawarkan jarak pergerakan 5mm lebih panjang menjadi 125mm berbanding sebelum ini.

Pada masa sama, paparan skrin TFT juga telah direka semual dan kini hadir dengan dua lampu pertukaran gear LED di bahagian atas.

Bagi yang berminat untuk melihat Ducati Panigale V4 S dengan lebih dekat, diminta hadir ke pusat pameran Ducati Malaysia di Petaling Jaya.

Turn five of the Jerez Angel Nieto circuit is a tricky one, especially for first timers. A fast flowing corner that suddenly tightens to catch you off guard and then threatens to send you off into the kitty litter.

I will not confirm it but I might have soiled my pants a little the first time I rode into the corner. After a few laps, I figured out the trick is to turn later than your instincts tell you to, holding your nerve as the edge of the 35 year old circuit rushes at you.

This has led to new found respect for MotoGP riders who race on this very circuit. The track is tight, fast and daunting. In comparison, Sepang Circuit feels like a multi-lane Californian highway, while Jerez feels like you’re racing down one of those tight Spanish village roads.

Good thing then that Ducati gave us a good 10 minutes of “familiarisation” time during the international media test ride of the brand new Panigale V2.

Turn five may be tricky, but the V2 is nimble and obliging; I had already found “my line” by the third lap – however slow the lap may have been.

But it wasn’t the corner that surprised me, it was how placeable the Ducati Panigale V2 was and how it responded so easily to what I asked of it.

A little roll off the throttle, a little more lean, point it where I wanted to be, add some squirt, and voila, I was at the exit of turn five at the long back straight heading to turn six.

Now I’m no track junkie, and neither am I a hardcore speed demon who “backs it in” every chance I get. In fact I still am a little clumsy on track, just as I am with chopsticks. Don’t judge me.

But this is what makes the Ducati Panigale V2 so special – it is such a friendly machine that it suits almost every riding style. And it makes riders like me feel like absolute heroes.

Easy! Seriously easy!

The Ducati Panigale V2 is the successor to the popular 959. The entrée to the world of Ducati superbikes if I may say, lovingly called by some as the baby-Panigale while others hail it as the beginners Ducati superbike.

It may look like a watered down version of the V4, and I wouldn’t blame you for mistaking it for one at first. Enthusiasts eyes will spot the grey Showa front forks that are in place of the golden Ohlins on the V4. And I absolutely love the fact that the V2 now comes with a single-sided swingarm, a feature the 959 did not have.

The court of public opinion may differ about the role of single-siders, but I am of the opinion a true to form Ducati should come with one. So tip of the hat to Ducati on this one.

But as for its friendliness, don’t get me wrong. However friendly it may be, the Panigale V2 is a serious machine; one that lets you exploit it however you want but asks that you respect its abilities.

Forget lots of power, say hello to usable Power!

The Superquadro 90-degree twin engine is an evolution of the same 955cc engine as the 959. But as you would expect, further refined for more power, 5hp and 2Nm of torque more to be exact. It is also Euro 5 compliant now, which may not matter to most Malaysian bikers, but it makes the bike environmentally friendly.

It is a lovely sounding engine even with stock exhausts. It does however love to scream and makes all of its power at 10,750rpm, and it sounds beautiful at that rpm as the video below will show you:

MotoGP derived electronics makes it a very intelligent bike!

But what makes the V2 truly special is that it is a very clever motorcycle thanks to some trick electronics.

The EVO 2 traction control system for example is derived from Ducati’s MotoGP exploits. This system first made its debut on the top of the range Panigale V4R and has since trickled down to the rest of the Panigale range.

The new Traction Control system uses wider parameters than simply calculating wheel slip, and truly makes you feel like a hero.

The electronic brain of the bike, a six-axis Bosch IMU, sits at the centre of it all, and the package includes ABS Cornering EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, and lean-angle-sensitive Engine Brake Control, you guessed it, EVO.

What does EVO stand for? Evolution of course. And in this context it means it is the evolution of the previous systems – smarter to include more variables like cornering ABS, and quicker to calculate everything that is going on with the bike and to deliver the necessary measures such as ensuring you never run out of traction.

And yes, you can customize the sensitivity of each of these systems, not only by selectable ride modes (Race, Sport and Street) but by sensitivity settings. For example, there are eight levels to the Traction Control and four levels of Wheelie Control. And you can also opt to reduce total engine power as well. Did I say that the bike is incredibly smart? Yes? Well I’m saying it again, the V2 makes you feel like a f**king hero.

But how do you access all of these systems? Well, there is a smart phone sized 4.5-inch TFT screen, colourised of course. And you can also personalize the way all of that information is fed back to you, with different display modes that changes the way information appears on the screen.

Enough of the dry jargon, how does it actually feel?

Out of the pit lane and onto the circuit, as you can probably imagine, the Panigale feels familiar, almost like a 959 with its slim body and light weight.

The rear of the bike is about 5mm higher than the 959 while overall trail has been reduced. This gives the bike a more compliant character, one that follows your every move in the saddle.

This also puts more weight onto the front tyre, which gives you added confidence of tucking the front into the corner while the rear simply follows. Placeable is the word here.

And then there are the tyres – Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa 2 – sticky by design and when paired with the genius electronics, gives the V2 a ballistic feel out of corners. This also gives you confidence to drop the bike and pick it up again, ever more aggressively corner after corner.

The Ducati Quick Shifter is speed sensitive – the higher the speed, the quicker it shifts. And this just gives the V2 incredible acceleration from corner to corner.

And though the 955cc engine may not have the face morphing power of the V4, but it is still a very fast bike.

When it comes to shedding speed, all that speed is managed by twin M4.32 Brembo Monoblock calipers on 320mm discs which require just two-fingers to operate while the rear is kept in check by a 245mm disc.

As you can probably imagine, this is enough stopping power here to sate the most aggressive of riders. The only threat to Malaysian riders though will be securing the callipers from theft.

To buy or not to buy!

In typical Malaysian manner – “buyyyy broooo, still need to ask meh? The price already so good, what you want some more. RM109,900 only mah! Cheap la!”

It is difficult to truly judge the depth of a bike with just a few laps, but these few laps are good enough to tell me that the baby-Panigale has matured to be a true superbike.

Hardcore trackies might miss the ballistic nature of the V4 and the depth of adjustability the Ohlins shocks offer, but the V2 is honestly a good enough bike for all your needs. The seat is wider and more comfortable which gives it added comfort for daily rides to the office and such.

If you are looking for a bike that is easy to manage, won’t scare the crap out of you (well, at least not all the time) and will still look fantastic 10-20 years down the road – the Panigale V2 is the bike you want!

And now is the perfect time to buy the Panigale V2 as Ducati Malaysia has introduced its latest Ownership Enhancement Program – more info on it here!

  • A new Ducati Panigale 959 was spotted undergoing road tests recently.

  • The new bike retains a V-Twin engine instead of a V-Four.

  • The  test mule features a single-sided swingarm.

A new Ducati Panigale 959 was spotted undergoing road tests recently.

While all the ruckus and fanfare surround the Ducati Panigale V4, the Italian marque has not forgotten the baby Panigale 959.

It may sound like a broken record but updating the Panigale 959 is in time for Euro 5 which set to come into force in 2020. Spotting this test mule also confirms that Ducati is sticking with the 90o V-Twin (which Ducati calls it “L-Twin”) instead of a sleeved-down V-Four.

The current 959 is already a hoot to ride, given its 157 hp and 168 kg dry weight, so the new bike should be even more awesome. Rumours has it that the new Superquadro engine ought to produce in the regions of 170 hp.

Its styling mimics the V4’s, with a more rounded nose and larger “eyes.”

However, the most apparent update is the conventional swingarm being ditched for a single-sided one.

We noticed another interesting thing about this test mule, too. It’s running without exhaust silencers! Now, don’t get your knickers in a knot because the production bike must have silencers.

We should able to see the new Ducati Panigale 959 at Intermot or EICMA later this year.

Source and photo: Ride Apart

  • Motosikal Ducati Panigale V4 telah dinamakan motosikal lumba terlaris dunia pada tahun 2018.
  • 6,100 unit telah dijual daripada keseluruhan 9,700 unit Panigale.
  • Bagaimana pun, jualan keseluruhan Ducati telah jatuh sebanyak 5% akibat kemerosotan pasaran Amerika Syarikat.


  • The Ducati Panigale V4 was the world’s best-selling sportbike in 2018.

  • 6,100 units were sold out of a total of 9,700 Panigales.

  • However, Ducati’s overall sales dropped 5% due to the slump in the American market.

Forget about the naysayers, the Ducati Panigale V4 proved to be the world’s best-selling sportbike in 2018.

In fact, Ducati was the leading sportbike manufacturer through selling 9,700 Panigale models. That figure corresponds to a 70% increase over 2017. Of those, 6,100 were the new Panigale V4 models. That is remarkable, considering the price of the bikes!

2019 Ducati Panigale V4R

Hence, the Italian manufacturer now holds a 26% market share in the sportbike segment. Yes, 1 of 4 sportbikes is a Panigale.

On another hand, the Multistrada line-up also contributed to Ducati’s overall sales. 11,829 of the sport-tourers were sold in 2018. 6,569 of those were from the new Multistrada 1260 range – a 25% increase.

2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260S

Unfortunately, Ducati’s overall global sales dropped by 5% to 53,004, which ended an eight-year streak of record sales. The reduction was due to the precipitous 9% drop in American motorcycle sales.

As such, America is no longer Ducati’s biggest market; handing over that title to Italy (4.5% up).

Other growing markets are China (up 23%), Spain (up 8%), Switzerland (up 2.2%) and Japan (up 2%).

The Italian manufacturer has 9 new models in 2019, all equipped with IMU-based traction control and cornering ABS. They are hoping the new bikes will drive up sales for the year.

2019 Ducati Diavel 1260S


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