DUCATI PANIGALE V4 R

INTRODUCTION

DUCATI PANIGALE V4 R 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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GALLERY

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

998cc

MILEAGE

8-12km/l

POWER

217.1PS @ 15,250rpm

TORQUE

112N.m @ 11,500rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

Fuel Injection

WHEELBASE

1.471mm

REAR SUSPENSION

Single Shock

KERB WEIGHT

193kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1
DUCATI MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM
2
ADJUSTMENT BUTTONS
3
DUCATI POWER LAUNCH
4
ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION
5
BREMBO BRAKING SYSTEM
6
MULTIPLATE CLUTCH
7
LED LIGHTING
8
6 SPEED GEARBOX
9
TUBELESS TYRE
10
3-SPOKE WHEELS
11
SPARK IGNITION
12
CORNERING ABS, DTC

Full Specifications

Displacement 998cc
Bore for Stroke 81 x 48.4mm
Compression Ratio 14.0:1
Power 217.1PS @ 15,250rpm
Torque 112N.m @ 11,500rpm
Fuel Injection Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies with aerodynamic valves. Variable length intake system
Exhaust 4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes
Gearbox 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO
Primary Drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1
Ratio 1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24
Final Drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42
Clutch Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch
Frame Aluminum alloy "Front Frame" with optimized stiffnesses
Front Suspension Fully adjustable 43 mm Öhlins NPX pressurized fork with TiN treatment
Front Wheel 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 3.50" x 17"
Front Tyre Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Aluminium single-sided swingarm. Adjustable pivot position +/- 3 mm
Rear Wheel 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 6.00" x 17"
Rear Tyre Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
Wheel Travel (Front/Rear) 120 mm (4.7 in) - 130 mm (5.1 in)
Front Brake 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Rear Brake 245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Instrumentation Last generation digital unit with 5" TFT colour display
Dry Weight 172kg
Kerb Weight (KERB) 193kg
Seat Height 830mm
Wheelbase 1.471mm
Rake 24,5°
Front wheel Trail 100mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 16l
Number of Seat Single seat
Safety equipment Riding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration
Standard Equipment (KERB) Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), GPS module, Lap Timer EVO, PIT limiter, Ohlins steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Lithium-ion battery, Auto-off indicators, Marchesini aluminium forged wheels, Carbon fiber front mudguard, High-flow air filter
Additional equipment Machined mirror block-off plates, License plate mount removal plug, Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+)
Ready for Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and anti-theft
Safety equipment Riding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration
Standard equipment Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), GPS module, Lap Timer EVO, PIT limiter, Ohlins steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Lithium-ion battery, Auto-off indicators, Marchesini aluminium forged wheels, Carbon fiber front mudguard, High-flow air filter
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 6-9km/l
Highway 8-12km/l

DUCATI PANIGALE V4 R Videos

DUCATI PANIGALE V4 R 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 PANIGALE V4 R 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 PANIGALE V4 R 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 PANIGALE V4 R 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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