CHAR­LIE SAYS...

Fast Bikes - - CORE TEST -

You re­ally do have to shower the Du­cati with streams of plau­dits for its over­all abil­ity, style and ex­quis­ite level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion that of­fers even the new­est of rid­ers the Pani­gale ex­pe­ri­ence. Taken in iso­la­tion, it’s a per­fect bal­ance of power, pin­point pre­ci­sion and all-star qual­ity. It’s not un­til you ride in com­par­i­son to the MV that el­e­ments of the 959 seem al­most laboured, be­ing a lit­tle more ret­i­cent to flick around, but this is purely a symp­tom of how planted the Du­cati is. At speed this jour­ney- lovin’ weapon de­liv­ers in spades, though a stop-start town ride is an ut­ter ball- ache due to an in­her­ent hunger to be per­form­ing in the higher rev range. Still, I’ll hap­pily deal with such hang- ups be­cause its virtues far out­weigh its crit­i­cisms.

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