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Thread: Ducati 959 Panigale Review!

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    Default Ducati 959 Panigale Review!

    How wonderful a feeling it is to remember your roots and pay homage to it with your flagship product. That is exactly what Ducati did with the Panigale when they named their superbikes lineup after the Borgo Panigale region in which the Ducati HQ is located. The first in the series was the 1199 which replaced the 1198. The 848 was replaced by the 899 which we rode in China in 2014.

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    However now it was time to ride the 959 which will replace the 899 Panigale, but this time in Thailand. So the journey starts with bumping into Ravi Avalur, CEO Ducati India at Bangkok Airport:

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    David James, the man behind a lot of great stuff that happens with Ducati APAC, I personally owe him a lot!

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    Signing the indemnity bond, in case I crashed and ruined the nice paint job. Actually no, they just wanted me to be safe.

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    The 959 ride was clubbed with DRE (Ducati Riding Experience) which is a great way to get on a Ducati and learn riding skills from some of the best out there. My trainer was Manuel Poggiali, the man who beat Jorge Lorenzo to take the top spot on the podium as the world champion in 2001 (125CC, now Moto3 on a Gilera) and 2002 (250CC, now Moto2 on an Aprilia)! And he is from a country called San Marino which is in Italy. Other instructors included people like Alessandro Valia who is the lead tester at Ducati.

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    We were then transferred to a the city of Buriram with a connecting flight and then another bus (phew). Buriram literally means city of happiness. Damn well it was going to be, considering the machines that we were about to ride. I was actually asked by a couple of locals if I was going to Buriram for football. It was then that I did a quick search to find that it is the home of Buriram United Football Club which competes at the Thai national level. The city is also known for the i Mobile stadium. However for us petrolheads the area of interest was the Buriram United International Circuit (BRIC) also known as Chang International Circuit, the construction of which started in March 2013 and it was opened in October 2014.

    The track is the first FIA Grade I certified circuit and also the first FIM Grade A circuit in Thailand. It also hosted a Japanese Super GT round in 2014. Other racetracks are being planned, such as a motocross circuit.

    On March 22 2015, the first ever Thailand round of the World Superbike Championship was held at the circuit. Both of the Superbike races were won by UK rider Jonathan Rea and the World Supersport race was won by Thai rider Rathapark Wilairot, much to the delight of the Thai spectators.

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    I should not be stating the obvious. The bike is gorgeous, as all Ducatis are, with the exception of a rare few (most notably the DS1000). Have a look below! The only request I have from my end to Ducati is to have more visual demarcations between the smaller and larger capacity Panigale.

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    Buriram is a great wide flowing world class track. The 959 Panigale in Sport mode had just the right amount of settings to allow me to get used to the bike and the track. The last two sessions were ridden in Race mode where the rear ABS was disengaged completely and the traction control was intruding less to the extent of letting the bike slip and slide on hard acceleration in the corners. Of course if it was someone like Alessandro Valia he would have made it look classy unlike me which was more to do with correcting the lines.

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    Default Re: Ducati 959 Panigale Review!

    Damm! I'm struck on those pictures...
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    Default Re: Ducati 959 Panigale Review!

    Brilliant read and some stunning pictures!
    Every Motorcycle has a tale to be told and there is no greater privilage in the life of a rider than to have truly understood what his Motorcycle stands to tell. Some of the greatest stories in the world are not written, they are experienced.

    One of the many reasons they say, "Four Wheels Move the Body, Two Wheels Move the Soul"

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    Default BS IV vs Euro 3

    (In 13 major cities, Bharat stage IV emission norms were put in place since April 2010.)

    I wonder as how Ducati India is selling motorbikes compliant with Eoro 3, where as the requirement is BS IV. For example, Diavel models are Euro 4 compliant as seen in site but not Monsters. Monster 821 for example is Euro 3 compliant.

    Guys any clues to understand this ??

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    Default Re: BS IV vs Euro 3

    Quote Originally Posted by mknaidu11 View Post
    (In 13 major cities, Bharat stage IV emission norms were put in place since April 2010.)

    I wonder as how Ducati India is selling motorbikes compliant with Eoro 3, where as the requirement is BS IV. For example, Diavel models are Euro 4 compliant as seen in site but not Monsters. Monster 821 for example is Euro 3 compliant.

    Guys any clues to understand this ??
    It was for 4 wheelers.

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    Default Re: BS IV vs Euro 3

    Quote Originally Posted by SIDDHARTH SINGH View Post
    It was for 4 wheelers.

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    Not only for 4 wheeler I see this is applicable for two Wheeler as well.



    Table 3
    BS IV emission standards for 2-wheel gasoline vehicles, g/km
    Date* Stage Class CO NOx HC+NOx
    SHED ≤ 2 g SHED ≤ 6 g
    2016.04 BS IV Class 1 & 2-1 1.403 0.39 0.79 0.59
    Class 2-2 1.970 0.34 0.67 0.47
    Class 3-1 & 3-2 1.970 0.20 0.40 0.20
    * New type approvalsall models one year later.
    The limit depends on the result of the evaporative emission test (SHED).


    https://www.dieselnet.com/standards/in/2wheel.php

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    Default Re: BS IV vs Euro 3

    Quote Originally Posted by mknaidu11 View Post
    Not only for 4 wheeler I see this is applicable for two Wheeler as well.



    Table 3
    BS IV emission standards for 2-wheel gasoline vehicles, g/km
    Date* Stage Class CO NOx HC+NOx
    SHED ≤ 2 g SHED ≤ 6 g
    2016.04 BS IV Class 1 & 2-1 1.403 0.39 0.79 0.59
    Class 2-2 1.970 0.34 0.67 0.47
    Class 3-1 & 3-2 1.970 0.20 0.40 0.20
    * New type approvalsall models one year later.
    The limit depends on the result of the evaporative emission test (SHED).


    https://www.dieselnet.com/standards/in/2wheel.php
    According to the article it was adopted in 2014 ....but it will be implemented from 1April2017AFAIK.

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    Default Re: Ducati 959 Panigale Review!

    A nice and comprehensive review!

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