If you like motorcycles and you have a bit of time this weekend you can still go to the Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC, which is on until Sunday evening 25th November. There you can see new bikes just released to the market, some having their UK debut, including this Ducati Panigale V4R.
Ducati Racing Pedigree
Ducati describe the Panigale V4R as being '.. the maximum expression of Ducati’s racing DNA, more similar to a racing prototype than any other bike..' and it certainly looks the part as I saw when I visited the show last week.
The Panigale V4 R is said to be the technical starting point from which the official Ducati Superbike models in the 2019 racing season derive. The bike has the Desmosedici Stradale R engine and produces 221 HP increasing to 234HP if fitted with the full racing exhaust.
This video was released by Ducati showing the bike in action on a track.
You can see the differences in power, weight and power to weight ratio between the straight and racing kit versions of the Panigale here.
Poetry in Motion?
So what do you think? In order to race this bike Ducati has to conform to World Superbike homologation rules and produce at least 500 of it as an available to the public bike costing less than 40,000 Euros.
This bike is now the most powerful non-electric production road bike available, would you want one? The bodywork was drawing comments at the show concerning the gills on the side fairings, the silver rear of the tank, the white highlight lines and the larger, higher fairing at the front. There was also quite a lot of discussion about the carbon 'winglets' behind the headlights.
So what do you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.
(All photos my own)