DUCATI 959 PANIGALE

INTRODUCTION

DUCATI 959 PANIGALE is an updated version of CB Unicorn 150 with major changes in all most aspects. So what are those major tweaks at an expense of extra 6000 – 7000 rupees ?. Unicorn 150 is losing grip in the market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So does Unicorn 160 perform the role of successor quite well? Time to inspect.

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KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

1262cc

MILEAGE

13-18km/l

POWER

154.2PS @ 9500rpm

TORQUE

126N.m @ 5000rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

Fuel Injection

WHEELBASE

1615mm

REAR SUSPENSION

Single Shock

KERB WEIGHT

247kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1
DUCATI MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM
2
DUCATI TRACTION CONTROL
3
SIDED SWINGARM
4
ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
5
BREMBO BRAKING SYSTEM
6
BACKLIT HANDLEBAR
7
LED LIGHTING
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6 SPEED GEARBOX
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TUBELESS TYRE
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LIGHT ALLOY WHEELS
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SPARK IGNITION
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CORNERING ABS, DTC

Full Specifications

Displacement 1262cc
Bore for Stroke 106 x 71,5mm
Compression Ratio 13:1
Power 154.2PS @ 9500rpm
Torque 126N.m @ 5000rpm
Fuel Injection Bosch fuel injection system, Full ride-by-wire system, Øeq 56mm oval throttle bodies
Exhaust Stainless steel exhaust and muffler with dual oval exits, Catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
Gearbox 6 speeds
Primary Drive 1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Final Drive Belt, Front sprocket Z28, Rear sprocket Z80
Clutch Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Frame Tubular steel trellis frame
Front Suspension Adjustable Ø 50 mm
Front Wheel Light alloy, Cast, 3,5"x17"
Front Tyre Pirelli Diablo Rosso II, 120/70 ZR17
Rear Suspension Single shock absorber, Adjustable preload and rebound, Remote reservoir, Single sided swingarm, Cast/trellis frame
Rear Wheel Light alloy, Cast, 8,00" x 17"
Rear Tyre Pirelli Diablo Rosso II 240/45 ZR17
Wheel Travel (Front/Rear) 120 mm/110 mm
Front Brake 2 x 320mm semifloating discs, Radial Brembo monobloc 4-piston M4-32 callipers and radial master cylinder, Bosch cornering ABS as standard equipment
Rear Brake 265mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper, Bosch cornering ABS as standard equipment
Instrumentation 3,5" TFT colour display and dedicated warning light display
Dry Weight 220kg
Kerb Weight (KERB) 247kg
Seat Height 755mm
Wheelbase 1615mm
Rake 30°
Trail 130mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 18l
Number of Seat Dual seat
Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS Bosch, Ducati Traction control DTC), Riding Mode, Power Mode
Standard Equipment (KERB) DPL (Ducati Power Launch), RbW, Cruise control, Hands-free, Full-led lighting*, Backlit handlebar switches
Additional Equipment Backrest, Pillion comfort seat
Ready for Anti-theft-system, DMS Ducati Multimedia System
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Yes
Tripmeter Yes
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator Yes
Start Type Electric / Kick
Kill Switch Yes
Clock Yes
Pass Light Yes
ABS Yes
Stand Alarm No
City 7-12km/l
Highway 13-18km/l

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DUCATI 959 PANIGALE TEST RIDE & REVIEW

FORMAL DESIGN WITH BIT OF AGGRESSION

My first words while seeing this motorcycle will be like this – formal design with a bit of aggression but having modern and refreshed looks. Now let’s go through each word. DUCATI 959 PANIGALE has a formal design because lines and bendings are in low amounts. A little bit of aggression and feel is present by the presence of large trapezoidal headlight flanked by the small black windscreen giving the front section a bold look.

The side profiles are neat enough with shrouds underneath the tank being a distinctive one. Fully blacked out engine is simply superb and is a welcome move from HMSI in terms of design. The multi-coloured front forks and mudguard bring X-factor to the design. In rear side, everything is fine with H-shaped tail light and a well-designed exhaust being notable ones. So as a commuter motorcycle overall styling is strictly conservative while as a performance motorcycle it will disappoint you for sure. Build quality is noteworthy with no issues whatsoever for paint, panels and switchgear.

SUPERB UNICORN ENGINE

This is exactly Honda CB Unicorn 150 engine but with longer stroke, lightweight, better heat dissipation, tweaked exhaust note and no compromise in unicorn’s renowned refinement. An added counter balancer does iron out extra vibrations from reaching to the handlebars and rest of the area within the motorcycle. So overall this 162.71cc, four-stroke, carbureted motor does a great job isn’t it? Now to the numbers. This one pumps out 14PS of raw power @ 8,000rpm and 13.92Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm. In the low and mid rev range engine is torquey enough and does city dwelling duties superbly. In high revs up to 8,000rpm power delivery is smooth and after that power is more linear and slightly stressed. Gearbox is smooth enough – typical Honda trait and initial gear ratios are short ones while high-end ones are long enough to accommodate highway riding. Honda Eco Technology (HET), viscous paper for filter along with smooth refined engine does give a mileage of around 51-56km/l.

PURE COMMUTER ERGONOMICS

While talking about ergonomics of DUCATI 959 PANIGALE this one is meant for those who need a quick ride to their homes or offices. Ride quality is spot on for city conditions with comfortable seats, soft suspension setup with wide and cushioned seats for extra comfort. This one does its job for long rides due to the above-mentioned factors. While softer suspension setup spoils the party around the corners and series of bends. The handlebar is wide and foot controls are set in the middle having upright riding posture. Combined Braking System (CBS) for 240mm front disc along with 130mm rear drum brakes does not offer great bite individually but together it does perform. MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres do bring more harm as they are not having enough grip and feedback which is not a great thing.

LOADED WITH ENOUGH FEATURES

CBS with equaliser does come to rescue here in braking duties with all digital instrument console loaded with all needed data and values like speed, rpm, two tripmeters, odometer, fuel and gear indicator. Kill switch for engine is missing which is a serious one. Large fuel reservoir, mono shock suspension, elegant muffler does bring added punch to features package.

DUCATI 959 PANIGALE VERDICT

Honda CB Unicorn 160 is a value for money motorcycle and is without doubt clear successor to CB Unicorn 150. It is definitely eye catching for conservative commuters and irritating for performance, stylish oriented riders. Honda has revamped this motorcycle in all segments and clearly lies in the portfolio in between Hornet 160R and Unicorn 150 with pride.

PROS

  • Combi brake system
  • Excellent engine
  • Superb performance

CONS

  • No engine kill switch
  • Conservative design
  • Tyres not that great

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