Any Ducati sportbike ending in “R” is something special, and the Panigale R, as we say, is no exception. Titanium connecting rods and a ti Akrapovic exhaust are just a couple of items designed to get this 205-hp, 1199cc V-Twin as quickly around a closed course as possible. Along with its Monoscocca chassis, Ohlins suspension, top-line Brembo brakes and the rest of it – all from just $34,995.

The ultimate Panigale would be the carbon-fiber monocoque’d 1299 Superleggera, but they were only making 500 of them for 2017 and if you weren’t on the Ducati VIP invite list to buy one, Paco, well… keep an eye on Craigslist. Its list price was reportedly around $80,000, so you should be able to lowball one at about $3,000 in a couple years. C’mon, that’s a joke. Lighten up.

2013 Exotic Superbike Shootout: Track

Ducati Panigale Superleggera Quick Ride Review

  • faztang

    Where is Motus? MST MSRP: $30,975, MSTR MSRP $36,975

    • DickRuble

      Motus is in a different top 10; the most expensive joke.

      • TheMarvelous1310

        I could understand if the bike sucked, but the MSTs are almost universally respected as a great bike. Yeah it’s expensive, but every single part is specifically designed for the bike, even the screws and adhesives. Do you complain about the Ronin 47 or the Arch or the Confederate Hellcat? Premium bikes for premium money.

        • c w

          Perhaps I am alone, but I don’t consider the MST unduly expensive given that is a truly fresh, original design. Will I be buying one? No. If I was in the position to consider I high-buck bike, I would be giving MST a call.

          I feel like, for the same bike, the “custom” bike builders would be charging upwards of $50K.

          • TheMarvelous1310

            That’s fair, but I feel like if Buell had made it it would have been under 20 grand.

            Of course, if Buell made it it probably wouldn’t have been good looking or comfortable…

          • c w

            With HD’s economy of scale, one would think Buell could produce it for less. However, I wonder how the R&D costs between the two motors would compare…aside from the unlikelihood of the V4 budget getting approval from the Parent Company.

            I think a better question might be how much would the MST be if Can-Am or Polaris built it.

          • TheMarvelous1310

            If Can-Am built it, it would have reliability issues. If it was Polaris, it would have been a cruiser.


        How do you figure that DR? Because you don’t own one? Because you have never swung a leg over one much less actually rode one? Looks like the Motus is in some good company. In fact in this list it looks like a bargain. Or do you just want to shit on Motus just because?
        I do question some of these as actually being called “production” bikes. What qualified building more than one?

    • Kevin Duke

      Hmm, forgot about that one! An edit is in the works.

  • Starmag

    Just a quick note to Keanu: that Hesketh is a LOT cooler than the feet forward cruiser you and you buddy are making. Everybody and their brother does feet forward V twin customs. Just an opinion.

    From my lowly point of view, Confederate appears to have lost their minds. What do I know though? They’re making it work.

    • TheMarvelous1310

      The Arch was specifically designed to handle just as good if not better with forward controls as it does with mids, that’s the whole point of its existence. Think of it as a more exclusive xDiavel.

      Yes, there are plenty of hardcore riders who prefer cruiser ergos, deal with it.

      • Starmag

        Maybe you missed this-” Just an opinion.” You haven’t changed it. Race bikes are obviously designed specifically for fine handling and ground clearance. There are none with forward controls for a reason.

        • TheMarvelous1310

          I think legendary racer Dan Gurney could dispute that.

          • Starmag

            Sure he can, when he wins his first race on it. Given it’s wobbly performance on a demo lap on a track by itself, you’ll excuse me if I don’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen. Ol’ Dan must not have thought that much of it himself- he put it up for sale in 2014.


    • Russell Hammer

      I get bagged on for riding a Honda CTX700n. It’s fun and comfortable. Looks about like a $78,000 Arch at 5% the cost.

  • Jon Jones

    I rather have a fleet of nice used bikes than spend a fortune on one.

  • Douglas

    Not to be nitpicky, but the dealbreaker for me on the Suter is lack of a centerstand and no CD player.

    • DickRuble

      MO staff won’t test it on the account that it lacks cruise control.

      • Douglas

        Well, yeah, that, and self-cnxl turn signals….maybe a small rack, too…..

    • Tinwoods

      A CD player? Is this 1997 or 2017? “Nitpicky” is too kind.

      • Douglas

        Tell ya what, I’ll split the difference with ya…….2007. I still have lotsa CD’s….they still work. In fact, I still have a bunch of cassettes that I’ve made over the yrs (as far back as ’72….the whole original “Switched On Bach” & “The Well-tempered Synthesizer”, before Walter Carlos turned into Wendy) that still sound good….and besides, I wuz bein’ sarcastically cute/ironic. So there.

        • Mark

          what, no 8-track?

          • Douglas

            Well, understand, that in their day, 8 tracks were the best thing since…..night baseball.


    40K for a 2 cylinder you really want my answer!!! Nice show bike thats it.

  • frod

    No mention of the Midual Type 1? Limited but still a production run, reported to start at around $185,000…

  • TheMarvelous1310
  • spiff

    Looking at the bottom of the list I think while expensive they are doable. So take the Norton and Ducati. Which would you rather have. I would want the Norton.

  • Sean

    Anyone know if they’re stillmaking Vyrus bikes?
    I recall those being quite expensive.


    The most expensive motorcycle in the world is the one that is owned but never ridden.

  • JerryMander

    I can get 2 very nice Japanese bikes and a very nice Certified Pre Owned toyota for the price of that Augusta and still have some money left for insurance

  • Allen Nelson

    If I won the lottery today I wouldn’t buy any of them….! Pure and simple however I would buy a MOTUS in a heart beat.. YEA….!!!

  • Gary Taylor

    No Ducati 1299 Superleggera? £73K?

  • Tim

    no Superleggera?

  • wolzybk

    I think the BMW and the Motus are the only ones on this list that could make a reasonable claim to be worth the money they cost. (And indeed, I am seriously looking at buying a Motus.)

    All of the sportbikes are at a point of diminishing returns, where making any actual improvements is prohibitively expensive, and could only be considered worthwhile if you are actually racing it competitively. Other than that, it’s a lot of money for “benchracing rights”.

    The cruisers and customs, you’re paying for exclusivity, not for anything the bike can actually do much better than many much cheaper alternatives.

  • David Philpott

    MOTUS, FTW! I’ll take that in a heartbeat, thanks.