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Old Jun 15th 2017, 12:13 AM   #1
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Panigale R Novice question

Hello All,
I'm still looking into the specs/reviews of the Panigale R and thinking of buying one, if its worth owning.

I wanted to know if there were any changes that were made in the recent Panigale R compared to the older models. Can someone throw some light here?

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Old Jun 15th 2017, 05:16 AM   #2
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great bike - no changes from 2015 to 2017 - any bike of this caliber is worth ownership for sure - like your impression of the rsv4, you will be (should be), even more impressed with 2017 1199R's almost 50lb weight difference

i had the 2013...& went to the 2015 as there were changes from that model year range (ducati always offers just enough change to make you want one )..you get an amped up motor, 2 ring piston design, more titanium(con-rods & both intake and exhaust valves), and some electronic doo-dads....upgraded software, up/down shift, & a nifty lean angle sensor which is hard to keep your eyes off while on your favorite roads....also helps to maintain the bike level when checking your oil

all this goodness comes at a price of course, and if finances permit, it will be a rewarding experience - however, there is no substitute for support, and having a dedicated knowledgeable dealer is important...lacking that you may be opening the door to unneeded frustration as the occasions certainly do arise when they are needed, well past being able to fix things yourself

it is also worth mentioning that the newer upgraded 2 ring piston motor is quite a jewel - it has however been known to push an over filled crankcase contents (aka OIL!) out thru the crankcase breather into the air box and down the drain tube under the bike - not a very nice thing...so a catch bottle of some type is note worthy, as is that ever important dealer support

i'd upgrade to a 2017 myself but the rumored 4cyl is coming, so i hit the pause button for the moment

good luck with your decision....

here is my suggestion:

buy it, ride it...come back and tell us your impression
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Old Jun 15th 2017, 06:51 AM   #3
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buy it, you won't regret it
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Old Jun 15th 2017, 07:37 AM   #4
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Yup, IMO the R feels the most exotic of the bunch compared with my F4. It handles like a feather, singular in its purpose, a modern dream bike for anyone following superbike technology. It is not the most comfortable however, but it is ideal for special uses, track, occasional street, bike night, etc. As a dedicated track toy, as a second or third stablemate, it is perfect. YMMV
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having owned a few different panigales and luckily having some friends that have the other current crop of modern superbikes. To me the Panigale R is raw, its lighter, feels more on edge and just goes like hell. Compared to everything else it just feels like a racebike. The experience you get from riding it will leave you speechless every time. Buy the bike and ride it, you can't go wrong.
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Old Jun 15th 2017, 10:06 AM   #6
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The 13/14 models are worth owning if the 15-17s are a little rich on your budget.
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Old Jun 15th 2017, 02:25 PM   #7
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The 2015 on 1199R is much of a finished R model than the earlier so well worth going for if you can. Both can be pretty savage if the suspension isn't set up well for the rider so don't be too quick to judge if you test ride and it doesn't feel right. The engine is incredible, even at 120mph plus it corners as well as most bike do at 50mph as there's so little mass to the engine.
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Old Jun 15th 2017, 06:08 PM   #8
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The 13/14 models are worth owning if the 15-17s are a little rich on your budget.
Worth owning, yes I agree, but save for the 15 onwards. It is such a different machine, the engine is just amazing
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Old Jun 15th 2017, 09:08 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone for their inputs!!

Where can I find a 2015+ crate motor, in case I'll have to build a track bike, ground up? They stopped selling Panigale R here in India.
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Old Jun 16th 2017, 12:55 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by manjunathbs View Post
Thanks everyone for their inputs!!

Where can I find a 2015+ crate motor, in case I'll have to build a track bike, ground up? They stopped selling Panigale R here in India.
Just buy a 17 Bike and what will the bike be used for and do you currently race as you are asking about wsbk builds and sstk builds and you don't even know the capabilities of the current R.

Don't mean to be rude but also don't like people wasting their time

but to answer your question the 13R and 15R are different animals the latter model just being better in every dept and the engine pulls very very hard once it spools up, but set up is key and you have to ride the bike hard to really get the best out of it as it doesn't respond particularly well when driven at pedestrian speeds.
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