We let you on a little secret last July when we said the Ducati 899 Panigale would be just around the corner (see our story here) – and here it is. And what a beauty she is.
The looks are pure Panigale, aping the bigger bike in almost every respect. The one obvious omission is the single sided swingarm, replaced by the double swinger on the 899 – and reverting back to the controversy of the Pierre Terblance designed 999. But there shouldn’t be too many complaints here are the styling certainly doesn’t suffer.
Numbers-wise, you’re looking at the motor pumping out 148bhp and 73lb-ft of torque. With a dry weight of 169kg, these should combine to create one hell of a machine. If that’s not enough, you’ll get the Panigale electronics package too – meaning traction control, RBW, DQS shifter, and EBC engine braking control.
Ducati’s engineers have mirrored the Panigale’s Superquadro motor, but call the motor a Super-Mid. It uses the same gearbox of the 1199. The chassis also copies the big brother, while Showa BPF forks are introduced to Ducati for the first time. A Sachs shock is used at the rear. We’ll be on the launch at the start of October, and we’ll also be looking at the 899 in more depth on www.mortonsdirect.co.uk/fastbikes, but in the mean time just gawp at this beautiful creation.
Ducati 899 Specs
Type: Superquadro L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke: 100 x 57.2mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Power: 148hp (109kw) @ 10,750rpm
Torque: 73lb-ft (99Nm) @ 9,000rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Single injector per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust: 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers with alumimum outer sleeves
Clutch: Wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Frame: Monocoque aluminum
Wheelbase: 1,426mm (56.14in)
Trail: 96mm (3.78in)
Steering angle (total): 52°
Front suspension: Showa BFP 43mm fully adjustable usd fork
Front wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Progressive linkage Cast aluminum double-sided swingarm.
Rear wheel: 10 spoke light alloy 5.50″ x 17″
Rear tyre: 180/60 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Front brake: 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4-32 callipers with ABS
Rear brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston calliper
Fuel tank capacity: 17l (4.5 gallon US)
Dry weight: 169kg (372.5lb)
*Wet weight: 193kg (425.5lb)
Seat height: 830mm (32.48in)
Max height: 1100mm (43.31in)
Max length: 2075mm (81.69in)
Ducati electronics: DTC, DQS, EBC, Riding Modes
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage