If a picture is worth one thousand words, a video’s gotta be worth millions of ’em, right?
We trust that you’ve already pored over every word in the Ducati 1299 Panigale’s First Ride Review that was delivered mere hours after returning from riding the Italian supermodel in Portimao, Portugal. The short recap of the latest Panigale is that it provides scintillating agility with unprecedented levels of power combined with a shrewd suite of electronic riders aids and an alluring and shapely appearance.
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When ridden on the tantalizing hills and curves of the Autodromo Internacional Algarve circuit, the 1285cc Duc was practically flawless. In this environment, the Duc’s biggest source of frustration was deploying its difficult-to-access sidestand. Refer to the review for the full story, including important chassis geometry changes and a comprehensive rundown of the improved and expanded range of electronics.
But first come take a ride with me in the video above where I give my fresh-outta-the-saddle impressions combined with a half-dozen different camera angles romping around the World Superbike Portimao racetrack.