Tuesday 14 February 2012 | Ben Cope @ Visor Down
I’M SURE you won’t have any sympathy when I tell you I could have done with more time on Ducati’s new 1199 Panigale S at the Yas Marina F1 circuit in Abu Dhabi. That’s not to say I didn’t have enough time to review the Panigale in the four sessions we had but with each session under my belt the Panigale just felt better and better. In the spirit of past Ducati superbikes, this is a proper rider’s bike.
Before we go into how the bike rides, I want to run you through some of the technology involved because, even though electronics aren’t widely accepted as being a good thing, they play a vital part in how this bike feels. First there’s DTC which is Ducati’s Traction Control. Don’t get this confused with the DTC of old, this new iteration is so much smoother the the last. Then there’s DQS, which is Ducati’s Quick Shift, it helps you feel in gears with such speed you wonder whether it’s actually cheating. Then there’s EBC, which is Ducati’s Engine Brake Control, designed to help keep the rear wheel behaving on rapid downshifts. EBC wasn’t my cup of tea but it definitely contributes to the bike’s feel.