‘ The 959 is just a bit more fun...’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test -

At a nor­mal, Sun­day road bike pace, the 959 is a more ap­pro­pri­ate bike than the 1299 S, de­spite lack­ing the bells and whis­tles. Its whip-crack steer­ing and more ac­ces­si­ble en­gine per­for­mance just win the day, let alone the price-sav­ing win­ning the monthly re­pay­ment bat­tle. The Mini­gale may not have pub brag­ging rights, but it’s ul­ti­mately just a bit more fun than the Pani­gale – which suf­fers from the same is­sues as all the litre sports­bikes: you have to be se­ri­ous about speed to get much back from them on the road. “That’s the one thing these two have in com­mon with the old Du­cati sports­bikes,” says James. “Peo­ple of­ten pre­ferred the baby ver­sions.” He’s right, they did – but, hav­ing said that, it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing the 959 is larger than the 916. And that shows how far Du­cati have come.

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