Du­cati 959 Pani­gale Corse

THE FACTS O 147.5bhp @10,500rpm 197.5kg (kerb) Seat height 830mm

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2017 Motorcycle Live -

HIGH­LIGHTS

Öh­lins sus­pen­sion front and rear Ti­ta­nium Akrapovic si­lencers Öh­lins ad­justable steer­ing damper It’s funny how a few choice parts can el­e­vate a bike from be­ing rather nice, to re­ally rather spe­cial – and this new 959 Pani­gale Corse is def­i­nitely the lat­ter.

The beau­ti­ful paintjob makes it in­stantly iden­ti­fi­able, then you no­tice the flashes of gold from the sus­pen­sion, and the be­guil­ing twin Akrapovic ti­ta­nium si­lencers grace­fully slid­ing up the right­hand side.

The Öh­lins treat­ment com­prises a TTX46 rear shock that sits hor­i­zon­tally on the left of the bike, with the fat ad­justers fac­ing up­ward, and al­most cer­tainly nig­gling your left thigh at traf­fic lights. But who cares about such mi­nor grum­bles? Up the pointy end is a 43mm NIX30 fork that’s sure to be re­as­sur­ingly firm, but plush. The 959 didn’t re­ally need bet­ter sus­pen­sion, but it sure looks good on board.

A lithium ion bat­tery com­pletes the trans­for­ma­tion, and 2.5kg weight loss.

Form an or­derly queue (be­hind us).

Pure class, and all the power you could ever need on the road

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