Ducati Panigale V4 Review


You’ve probably heard murmurings from last weekend’s Ducati Panigale V4 world press launch in Valencia, although you probably haven’t heard about a few of us taking some rental bikes (Valencia’s equivalent of Boris Bikes) and riding them down steps and swapping brake cables and basically imitating Mat Hoffman.

Anyway, I digress. Rarely has a brand-new motorcycle received such unanimous praise and consequent torrent of superlatives, and its sexy Italian lineage, £24,000 price tag and enough in the electronics suite to worry a high street store have nothing to do with it.

Honda’s original FireBlade. The 1998 Yamaha R1. Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 K5. The original BMW S 1000 RR. Every now and then, a bike will come along and raise the imaginary bar. Sure, the Panigale V4 still has two wheels and nothing truly innovative is mentioned in its tech spec, but there’s something intrinsically special about the Panigale V4, therefore deserving bar-raising status of the aforementioned quartet. Yes. It really is that special.

Does it boil your spuds like the 1299? Difficult to confirm, as we didn’t encounter any urban environments on the launch and my spuds felt all warm and lovely, but never seared. Hopefully we answered most of your questions in this video, although I get round to replying to some of the more obscure enquiries.

Sit back, relax and enjoy our Ducati Panigale V4 Review


  7 comments for “Ducati Panigale V4 Review

  1. January 28, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    When you walked towards bike in video I realised your heavily pregnant, should you be riding such rapid motorcycles in your condition?

    • Alastair Fagan
      January 28, 2018 at 8:18 pm

      Ha! Damn protein shakes

  2. Curtis Cathcart
    January 29, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Thanks for chucking so many Sue Perkins at it for us and giving it a proper flogging. At 1:45 was that you returning from mowing the infield?… no chores – no ride?
    Brilliant review and I can’t wait for the comparison testing to come. Maybe one day I can throw a leg over one. Great closing statement by Chris: “I like it”.

  3. Sean
    January 29, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    Does it have a cup holder?

  4. Brent
    February 1, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Does it have factory heated handgrips & cruise control ah la s1000rr?
    The two handiest little game changers…

  5. touristguy87
    February 14, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Does it have actual springs, still? I’ll bet it does.

  6. touristguy87
    February 14, 2018 at 12:10 am

    …and Ducati makes VVT also but that didn’t make it on the bike either

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