Pani­gale 959 gets big brother’s clothes and those PIG­GY­BACK ex­hausts

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The 2016 Pani­gale 959 gets a lot of emis­sions-friend­lier tweaks and touches but it’s go­ing to be the pig­gy­back ex­hausts that will likely be what the model is most re­mem­bered for.

Clau­dio Domeni­cali ex­plained the bike, say­ing: “On the road you don’t need the su­per ex­cess of horse­power, most riders like and pre­fer the bal­ance of the bike to be just right. With that in mind we wanted to pro­duce a bike that de­liv­ers the style and bal­ance of the Pani­gale.”

Du­cati says that the mid­size bike is 6% up in power to 157bhp and has 107.4nm of torque, which is 8% more than the pre­vi­ous model.

The body­work and mir­rors are from the 1299 Pani­gale, the pig­gy­back ex­haust is Euro 4 com­pli­ant. The bike also gets ma­chined alu­minium footrests from the higher-spec big­ger sib­ling, and a 4mm lower swingarm pivot.

USA, Canada, Mex­ico, Aus­tralia only will get the bike as stan­dard with the more usual un­der en­gine ex­haust – we in the UK will have the pig­gy­back de­sign (pic­tured) as stan­dard al­though a ho­molo­gated Ti­ta­nium un­der-en­gine ex­haust will be avail­able from the fac­tory.

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