RideFast December 2019

RobRidefast

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Down in power in comparison

to the others, and decidedly

bland in what could have been

an intriguing approach, the

Triumph Daytona Moto2 765

feels like far too little, far too

late, from Hinckley. The potential

for a Moto2 bike with lights is

certainly intriguing, but instead

we go the old Daytona with a

massaged motor and expensive

graphics.

This really leaves the MV

Agusta F3 800 to give the

Ducati Panigale V2 a run for its

money, and that is a formidable

opponent.

We rate the F3 800 as one of

our favorite bikes on the market,

with the 800cc three-cylinder

engine providing good power

and torque from a unique engine

package.

It doesn’t hurt that the MV

Agusta F3 800 is perhaps one

of the best looking motorcycles

produced in the past 20 years

as well.

Despite the R10k premium

the MV Agusta has over the

Ducati though, the F3 800 feels

like a less-refined package than

its Italian counterpart. The MV

Agusta F3 800 is more raw of

bike from the handlebars back,

which can be a positive contrast

to how subdued the Panigale

V2 feels.

But from the handlebars

forward, you can see the age of

the F3 lineup. Ducati continues

to set the standard when it

comes to human interface

design, and it shows in its

approachable dash, easy to

navigate menus, and precise

finger controls.

To put it simply, Ducati has

put into the Panigale V2 the level

of refinement expected at this

price point, where perhaps the

others have not. The price point

is something of an issue though.

At R255,000, the Ducati

Panigale V2 is not a cheap

motorcycle by any standard, but

it is however cheaper than the

current 959 Corse model.

Do you get more for your

money? Absolutely, and frankly,

I would expect only top-shelf

electronics from Ducati on a

motorcycle like the Panigale

V2, which does get a benefit in

safety and ridability from its sixaxis

IMU.

Noticeably, Ducati has left

enough breathing room in the

pricing distance to the Panigale

V4 for an up-spec Panigale

V2 S to find a home, perhaps

in 2021, which could feature

Öhlins suspension pieces and

Stylema calipers from Brembo

(R280 to R300k MSRP would be

my suggestion) – not that the

bike really needs those items,

of course.

Ducati has also left space

south of the Panigale V2 price

tag, and this is what intrigues

me the most.

The complaint I have with

the Ducati Panigale V2 – the

point that keeps me from really

loving this motorcycle – is that

this near-superbike motorcycle

comes with a near-superbike

price tag…and superbikes have

gotten properly expensive in the

past few years.

As such, Ducati has priced

a meaningful portion of its

younger superbike-loving

owners out of this motorcycle

(not to mention the insurance

costs that increase as the

displacement does), and it offers

them no alternative but to find a

home in rival brand Aprilia, with

its recently debuted its twincylinder

RS 660 sport bike.

Faultless, the Panigale V2

only really makes sense when

you see the whole board from

Ducati’s perspective, and if a

true high-revving middleweight

is also in the Italian brand’s

quiver of two-wheeled offerings,

then the Panigale V2 fills an

important spot in the lineup.

As it remains, the Ducati

Panigale V2 remains the only

v-twin superbike on the market,

and it is a superbike that you can

actually enjoy riding.

When you outgrow the

spec-sheet racing that comes

with the superbike bike class,

and the marketing hype of 200+

horsepower, Ducati has the

Panigale V2 waiting for you, and

it is truly a bike built to reward

two-wheeled enthusiasts.

The new V2 Panigale should

arrive in SA early 2020. We

suggest you call Ducati SA to

book yours now - 012 765 0600.

38 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE DECEMBER 2019

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