By Troy Siahaan
The phrase “Super-Mid” is about as meaningless as they come in motorcycling, but nonetheless, Ducati has used it to label its smaller displacement sportbike; in this case the Panigale V2. Essentially the previous Panigale 959 with a facelift and V4-level electronics, this odd-displacement sportbike not only has a weird engine size – 955cc – but it’s a V-Twin to boot (and no need to “correct” me about not calling it an L-Twin, because even Ducati calls it a V2 now), putting it in a distinguished field of outliers in the sportbike class, joining the Suzuki GSX-R750, Kawasaki ZX-6R and its 636cc engine, and the now-discontinued Triumph Daytona 675. We’re not counting the Triumph Street Triple 765 since it’s not really a sportbike.
Without question, the Panigale V2 is the most advanced bike in this class, and after riding it at its press launch at the Jerez circuit in Spain, I came back with a smile over just how fun a motorcycle it is to ride. We’ve recently had a chance to get our hands on one on home soil, and after putting a couple miles on it both on the street and the track, here are five things you need to know about the Ducati Panigale V2.
I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but does this bike not look good? The slight facelift to align it more with its V4 sibling was a step in the right direction. Even better, at least for Europeans who might be reading this, the V2 exhaust is Euro5 compliant, meaning you don’t need to stick on two giant cans to the end of the exhaust like you did with the previous 959 to meet regulations. Not only is the new nose section more attractive, the intake funnels are …read more