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Ducati’s 959 Panigale is the connoisseur’s sportsbike. Just like the still-brilliant Suzuki GSX-R750 it’s less about brute power and more about big corner speed.
With a relatively modest 148bhp at the crank and weighing more than its 1299 Panigale big brother, the standard 959 isn’t a brain-mashing, tyre shredding wheelie monster, but show it a clear piece of twisty road, or track and it’s every bit as fast as superbike and easier to ride. It’s well equipped, too, boasting Brembos, a full array of electronic rider aids and a quickshifter.
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