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