ON THE DYNO
AT THIS POINT, it’s worth reminding ourselves that the Ducati has an extra 10.5% capacity over the R1M, so it’s not comparing like for like. Nonetheless, try not to let your eye be drawn to the Ducati’s curve first.
Take a look at the R1M’s curve and note that, at 186bhp, it is a seriously powerful motorcycle. Then remember that there are only two tenths of a second between the two bikes’ lap times.
There is nothing dull or puny about the R1M, until you put the Panigale’s power and torque curves on to the same chart. Apart from a very brief moment at 8500rpm when the lines threaten to converge, there’s fresh air between the two curves.
Unsurprisingly, they also provide a very handy visual representation of what these two earth-shattering motorcycles are like to ride.