There's no denying that sportbikes are among the coolest, fastest, and most head-turning vehicles on the street. It doesn't really matter whether you're rocking something entry-level like a KTM RC 390, or s top-shelf literbike like the BMW S 1000 RR, riding a sportbike really is a one-of-a-kind experience. As the name suggests, sportbikes are intended for sporting purposes, and are most at home on the race track. While most, if not all sportbikes can be ridden relatively easily on the street, their full potential can only be realized on a race track.
That being said, many people, especially beginner riders, or those with just a few years of riding experience under their belts dream of owning hypersport machines like the Ducati Panigale V4 S. However, even seasoned riders won't be able to maximize the performance of bikes like these, even on the track. As such, middleweight, twin-cylinder-powered machines tend to be the best bet when it comes to those looking to level up when it comes to riding on the track. Luckily, Ducati has a lean, mean, racing machine that fits the bill perfectly; the Panigale V2. Today, let's take a closer look at this beautiful and powerful machine, and determine why the Ducati Panigale V2 makes for the perfect intermediate sportbike.
While top-shelf, liter-class hypersport bikes produce upwards of 200 horsepower, the Ducati Panigale V2 dials things down a bit with 155 ponies on tap. Now, this may be a middleweight naked bike down in terms of outright performance, but 155 horsepower is still no joke. It is, however, a lot more manageable than the astronomical power figures we find in hypersport machines. Powering the Panigale V2 is a powerful 955cc Testastretta L-Twin with Ducati's signature Desmodromic Distribution. It's equipped with a throttle-by-wire system, and offers a range of safety features such as cornerning ABS, traction control, and riding modes.
For decades now, Ducati has become synonymous with racing. The legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer has built its entire reputation on the racing scene, and has cemented its name as a motorcycle manufacturer responsible for making some of the fastest bikes the world has ever seen. In many ways, the Ducati Panigale V2 is a middleweight culmination of all these years of racing technology, and has been tuned to suit street and sport riding, for both intermediate and veteran riders alike.
In essence, we find all of Ducati's race-bred tech in the Ducati Panigale V2—from its sophisticated electornics, to its powerful engine. Given the level of technology the Panigale V2 boasts, there's no denying that this machine will be an excellent tool in developing your riding skills, especially on the race track.
Value for money
The Ducati Panigale V2 retails for P1,190,000 for the classic Ducati Red color scheme, and P1,205,000 for the flashy white color scheme. While this is by no means a bargain price, the Panigale V2 has quite a lot going for itself in terms of outright value. For starters, there's no denying the prestige that comes along with the ownership of any Ducati motorcycle. Mind you, however, the Ducati badge isn't there just for show. As we discussed earlier, the Panigale V2 is arguably the most performance-oriented sub-1000cc sportbike out there. Given its technologically advanced engine and chassis, premium suspension, and sophisticated electronics, the Panigale V2 is sure to have you grinning from ear-to-ear, be it on the track, or the open road.