Words by Ed Lim, Creative Director, EDOHAUS
Photos by Ducati
Like most men addicted to anything with wheels, I’m one of those who admire the beauty and engineering that goes in a superbike. Unlike any cars, a bike lets you be in tuned with nature, it moves with you. Imagine riding a horse, only that it is 100+ times more powerful.
One of the most revered superbike brands is Ducati. I refer to them as the Ferrari of the superbike world. Headquartered in Bologna, Italy, it is also famous for carrying the Italian red colour and at one point, also used the Cavallino Rampante or the Prancing Horse logo by its chief engineer Fabio Taglioni.
Their latest creation, the Panigale R uses the same engine as the 1299 Panigale but with smaller displacement and higher compression ratio. This gives 205 hp at 11,500 rpm and a maximum 136.2 Nm @ 10,250 rpm, providing top-end power.
Unlike the 1299, the R is dedicated for those who fancy having a road-legal bike but can go use it weekend trackdays, ergo a single seater.
Road-bumps are dealt using Öhlins NIX30 43mm with TiN at the front and fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 unit at the rear. It also went on a crash diet, loosing as much as 6kg when wet.
Other standard equipment includes: Riding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS, DTC, DQS up/down, DWC, EBC, Fully RbW, DDA+ with GPS and lean angle acquisition, Auto tyre calibration. Titanium connecting rods and valves, balanced crankshaft. Lithium-ion battery. Auxiliary adjustment buttons.
The Panigale R distinguishes itself by having aggressive white/brushed aluminium stripes that flows from front to the rear, a clear sign that this is bred for racing.
Price starts at $ 34,695.