2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale First Ride Review + Video

I was happy to lean on Ducati’s rider aids, including adjustable Engine Brake Control and the new quickshifter function that makes the clutch lever superfluous after leaving pit lane. It was initially quite odd to tap down on a gearshift lever without manipulating the clutch, but its seamless performance made for easy adaptation. Machined footrests with a knurled surface from the Superleggera replace the frustratingly slippery pegs of the 1199. Keen eyes might notice the 1299’s new tailsection that splits the sides and increases the size of the flow-through air gaps.