959 Panigale
Price: 633.900.000 VND

The perfect balance

Fitted with a new, more powerful engine with slipper clutch, ready to unbridle a racing attitude. Built on an improved chassis integrating a monocoque frame, together with fully adjustable suspension. Poised between road and track, between pure performance, technology and effortless handling, the 959 Panigale sports a breathtaking design. The ideal adrenaline-booster in the form of a Ducati superbike.

Technical specification

Engine

 

Type
Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement
955 cc
Bore x Stroke
100 x 60,8 mm
Compression ratio
12.5:1
Power
115.5 kW (157 hp) @ 10,500 rpm
Torque
107.4 Nm (79.2 lb-ft) @ 9,000 rpm
 
The power values indicated above are measured using a chassis
dynamometer. Homologated power data, as quoted in the Bike Registration Document, are measured using an
engine dynamometer according to the homologation regulation. The two power values may differ because of the
different measurement equipments.
Fuel injection
Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full
Ride-by-Wire
elliptical throttle bodies
Exhaust
2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Stainless steel pre-silencer +
twin
aluminium side mufflers

Transmission

Gearbox
6 speed with DQS Ducati Quick Shift
Primary drive
Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.77:1
Ratio
1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24
Final drive
Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43
Clutch
Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control

Chassis

Frame
Monocoque Aluminium
Front suspension
Fully adjustable Showa BPF fork. 43 mm chromed inner tubes
Front wheel
10-spoke light alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Front Tyre
120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Rear suspension
Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Aluminum double-sided swingarm
Rear wheel
10 spokes light alloy 5,50”x17”
Rear tyre
180/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Front wheel travel
130mm (5.12in)
Rear wheel travel
130mm (5.12in)
Front brake
2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 4-piston callipers
ABS
as standard equipment
Rear brake
245mm disc, 2-piston calliper ABS as standard equipment
Instrumentation
Full LCD Display

Dimensions and weight

Dry weight
176 kg (387.2 lb)
 
Weight data refers to the dry weight of the motorcycle without
battery, lubricants and coolants for liquid-cooled models.
Wet weight
(KERB)
200 kg (440 lb)
 
Kerb weights indicate total bike weight with all operating
consumable
liquids and a fuel tank filled to 90% of capacity (as per EC standard 93/93).
Seat height
810mm
Wheelbase
1,431 mm (56.34 in)
Rake
24°
Trail
96mm (3.78in)
Fuel tank capacity
17l – 4.5 gallon (US)
Number of seats
Dual seat

Equipments

Standard Equipment
Riding Modes, Power Modes, ABS, DTC, DQS, EBC, Fully RbW, Steering damper, DDA+ Ready.

Warranty

Warranty
24 months unlimited mileage
Maintenance service intervals
12.000 km (7,500m)/12 months
Valve clearance check
24.000km (15,000m)

Emissions and Consumption

Standard
Euro 4 (Europe) – USA: follows the US Federal Regulation
Consumption
5,6 l/100 km – CO2 = 133 g/km

Architecture

The engine has been designed as a structural element of the frame. As such, its architecture has been completely reviewed to ensure the best design in terms of structure, weight distribution and robustness.

The cylinders, at a 90° angle to each other, are mounted on the crankcase to produce a 21° angle between the front cylinder and the horizontal plane. This allows the engine to sit forward, optimizing the distribution of weight between the front and rear ends and achieving the perfect position of the fastening points of the cylinder heads into the monocoque chassis of the 959
Panigale.

Essential Desmo

During the Superquadro’s development the need to control large valves with the extremely precise Desmodromic system prompted engineers to replace the belt drive of previous Superbikes, mounted on the first Ducati Pantah in 1979, with a configuration mixing both chain and gears. This chain drive efficiently synchronizes the crankshaft and camshaft, and thanks to an automatic tensioner, ensures constant reliability and a reduction in routine maintenance costs.

Flawless Performance

The Superquadro is the most potent twin-cylinder engine on the planet, and in the 959 Panigale it produces a fantastic 157 hp* @10,500 rpm, and 107.4 N-m of torque @9,000 rpm. And thanks to the sweet nature of the L-twin, and Riding Mode options, the rider is able to easily modulate this tremendous power and tailor it to his riding style and road conditions.

*The power values indicated above are measured using a chassis dynamometer. Homologated power data, as quoted in the Bike Registration Document, are measured using an engine dynamometer according to the homologation regulation. The two power values may differ because of the different measurement equipments.

Transmission

The 959 Panigale features an advanced six-speed transmission with large diameter gears for superior strength. Perfectly controlling the power put to the ground is a hydraulically actuated multi-plate wet clutch, which has back-torque limiting “slipper” functionality to prevent hopping of the rear wheel during aggressive downshifts. With smooth engagement, superb feel, and light effort at the lever, the 959’s clutch helps keep the bike in perfect balance on the street and the track.

Full Ride-by-Wire

The opening and closing of the throttle bodies on the Superquadro are controlled electronically in a system called Ride by Wire. The absence of a mechanical connection between the twistgrip and the throttle bodies allows the engine ECU to regulate the power delivery by acting upon the throttle’s opening angle; Ride by Wire makes it possible to have different power and delivery based on the selected Riding Mode (Power Modes), and also to manage engine braking (EBC), as well as allowing the implementation of traction control (DTC).

Superquadro Breathing

After achieving the goal of improving engine “breathing”, the Superquadro engineers turned their attention to the next challenge: to attain an engine calibration that optimally combines the high-performance delivery with regular operation achieved by reducing the cyclic dispersion of combustion. To obtain this, Ducati introduced a system of secondary air injection that completes oxidisation of the unburnt hydrocarbons, effectively reducing the levels of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide (CO).

The system is controlled by an electronic valve commanded by the engine control unit and is activated according to the specific condition of engine operation. This valve makes it possible to let in the exhaust pipe of each cylinder head (in a position slightly downstream of the exhaust valve) a flow of clean air originating directly from the airbox. A second reed valve located in the engine head makes this flow unidirectional. The controlled inlet of oxygen makes it possible to complete the combustion of outgoing hot gases, eliminating eventual fractions of unburnt fuel which in certain conditions can reach the exhaust.

Decompresso

At the extremity of the exhaust camshaft of each cylinder head is a centrifugal decompressor. On start-up, the device allows the profile of the cam opening lobe to be modified, resulting in a slight lift of the valve that discharges part of the mix contained in the combustion chamber during the engine’s compression phase. This effect makes it possible to reduce the resistance to the motion of the piston in the compression phase. Once the engine is started, the increase in rpms and the relative centrifugal force modify the configuration of the device, cancelling the effect of the valve lift and bringing the engine back to normal operating conditions. This ingenious device facilitates the starting of the Superquadro engine without having to use a more powerful battery and a large starting motor, in turn making it possible to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle by 3.3 kg. The system further underlines the synergistic strength achieved by engineers and designers in the intense effort to reduce the bike’s weight.

Extreme Bore/Stoke Ratio

The 959 Panigale’s extremely oversquare bore/stroke ratio of 1.64:1 (100 mm bore/60.8 mm stroke) allows for reliably high rpm thanks to the ultra-short stroke of the crankshaft, while the large surface of the pistons allows for large valve diameters (41.8mm intake, 34mm exhaust) to let the engine breathe freely.

Monocoque Technology

The 959 Panigale’s chassis follows the innovative Monoscocca concept: different components have been integrated to give shape to a single compact and lightweight element. This monocoque structure in cast aluminium for increased strength uses the Superquadro engine as a structural element, forming the motorcycle’s lightweight core.

The rear of the monocoque frame is fixed directly to the cylinder head, and at its front is the steering tube. In addition to performing the traditional function of a frame,the monocoque also acts as an airbox. Housed inside it, in addition to the air filter, are the throttle bodies and fuel circuit complete with injectors; and the bottom of the steel tank becomes its cover when mounted in place.

Innovative Suspension

As on the 1299 Panigale, the 959 Panigale’s fork legs are set at a distance between centres typical of racing bikes in the Superbike World Championship. Thanks to this detail, the brake discs have space to allow optimal cooling even during the hardest use.

The 959 Panigale features a 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork, which provides damping under lower-pressure conditions as compared to a traditional fork. This gives optimal front-end feeling to enter corners with the utmost precision, with high resistance to diving when the brakes are applied. The rear suspension consists of a fully adjustable Sachs rear monoshock, laterally mounted for ease of adjustment access and connected via progressive linkage for the best rear suspension response under road and track conditions.

Braking systems

The 959 Panigale is equipped with staggeringly powerful – yet not overwhelming – Brembo Monobloc M4.32 front brakes operating on 320 mm front rotors, which come standard with the latest-generation Bosch 9MP Antilock Braking System. This enables the shortest possible braking distances even in wet or dirty road conditions, while also controlling rear wheel lift to provide maximum braking stability. Specifically calibrated for sport riding, the system features 3 intervention levels, each associated with a Riding Mode. In Race Mode, the system operates only on the front discs to allow advanced race-braking techniques on the track. 

Ergonomics

The 959 Panigale has been ergonomically designed for a perfect integration between rider and motorcycle. A comfortable seat, narrow width, grippy machined footpegs, and carefully placed handlebar location provide the perfect position from which to command the bike with confidence and precise control, on the track or the street.

Weight Distribution

The 959 Panigale features a weight distribution equivalent to 52% at the front and 48% at the rear without the rider or fuel. Fully fueled and with the rider, this becomes a perfect 50:50 balance to guarantee absolute stability and handling. To achieve this distribution, placement of the engine, exhaust, and rider were carefully evaluated and determined.

Exhaust system

The 959 Panigale features a new, lateral “cannon” style exhaust with twin aluminium silencers, which complies fully with Euro 4 regulations. A stainless steel pre-silencer sits under the engine, keeping the weight of the catalyzer close to the bike’s central axis for optimal handling. 

ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) 9MP

The Bosch 9MP ABS standard on the 959 Panigale is a latest-generation system with two channels that performs combined braking with control of rear wheel lifting to guarantee not only shorter braking distances, but also the greatest stability during braking. Specifically intended for sport use, the 9MP ABS offers three levels of operation, each associated with a Riding Mode; in the Race mode, the system works only on front discs to allow advanced track braking techniques for expert riders.

Full LCD Instrument Panel

The instrument panel on the 959 Panigale is an advanced multifunctional LCD unit, with layout derived from Ducati Corse’s experience in World Superbike and MotoGP. Showing a vast array of information in a format highly visible even when tucked behind the windscreen at maximum velocity, the dash also changes its display according to the riding mode selected – ensuring that the rider always has the most important information for each use, available at a glance.

Ducati Traction Control (DTC)

The Ducati Traction Control (DTC) monitors control of the slipping of the rear tyre and operates on the basis of eight different levels of interaction, each of which has been programmed to respond to a different tolerance to rear slipping. Each Riding Mode is assigned a pre-set level of activation.

Level 8 indicates an activation of the system at the detection of the slightest slipping, while Level 1, reserved for very expert riders, has a higher tolerance and thus a less invasive intervention of the system.

Riding Modes

The available Riding Modes are the result of the combination of highly advanced dedicated technologies. The rider atop the 959 Panigale can choose among three different pre-set Modes – Race, Sport, and Wet – to adapt to his riding style or the riding conditions. The Riding Modes instantly modify the power delivered by the engine (Power Mode), ABS activation level, DTC, DQS and EBC, as well as the graphics on the instrument panel.  Additionally, each Riding Mode is fully customisable in all parameters, for a truly personalised setting.

Ducati Quick Shift (DQS)

The Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) is the electronic system that manages the gearbox and is used in competitions. It allows the gear to be engaged on acceleration without the use of the clutch and while maintaining the throttle open. The feature enables the rider to gain precious fractions of seconds, helping to considerably reduce lap times.

Rims

The 959 Panigale uses black 10-spoke wheels, 3.5 inches wide in the front and 5.5 inches wide in the rear, which due to their light weight allow rapid changes in  direction and excellent performance both during acceleration and braking. 

Tyres

The 959 Panigale features Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, in 120/70 (front) and 180/60 (rear) sizes. The Diablo Rosso Corsa is a reference in the segment of hypersport tyres, developed directly from World Superbike technologies and featuring an optimised contact patch as well as advanced 3-compound construction to ensure quick warm-up, long life, and above all maximum traction available in every circumstance. 

DDA+ Ready

The DDA+ (an option on the 959 Panigale, 1299 Panigale, and 1299 Panigale S; standard on the Panigale R) is the latest generation of the Ducati Data Analyzer, which integrates a GPS signal to create a “virtual finish line”. The system automatically detects, without any intervention by the rider, the conclusion of the lap and stops the chronometric time. Integration with the GPS signal also provides visualisation on the circuit map of the trajectories ridden and the main parameters of the vehicle: throttle opening, speed, rpm, gear engaged, engine temperature, and DTC activation.

Transform & Perform

The 959 Panigale features a new, lateral “cannon” style exhaust with twin aluminium silencers, which complies fully with Euro 4 regulations. A stainless steel pre-silencer sits under the engine, keeping the weight of the catalyzer close to the bike’s central axis for optimal handling. 

Sport pack

Unleash the power. Make every detail count in terms of performance. Benefit from ultimate technologies in this selection of race-bred accessories. Maximise your experience with specially conceived, ultralight componentry and design elements which enhance the streamlined looks.

The package includes carbon fibre covers for the ignition switch and rear shock absorber, an adhesive carbon tank protector, a carbon sprocket cover kit, carbon heel guards for the rider footpegs, an aluminium fuel cap and a carbon and aluminium alloy number plate holder. Black handlebar weights are also included.

Touring pack

Unleash the power. Make every detail count in terms of performance. Benefit from ultimate technologies in this selection of race-bred accessories. Maximise your experience with specially conceived, ultralight componentry and design elements which enhance the streamlined looks.

The package includes carbon fibre covers for the ignition switch and rear shock absorber, an adhesive carbon tank protector, a carbon sprocket cover kit, carbon heel guards for the rider footpegs, an aluminium fuel cap and a carbon and aluminium alloy number plate holder. Black handlebar weights are also included.

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