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Found some info about the 899 Panigale that I didn't know before so I thought I would share it with everyone. Feel free to add to the list if you know something you think other people don't as well.

- The 899 Panigale beat the 848 Evo by ~2 second at the Imola race track.



- Ducati says that a fully-set-up and sorted version of the 899 Panigale should improve bhp from 148 bhp to 155 bhp.

- The 899 Panigale has a double-sided swing are, whereas the 1199 Panigale has a single-sided swing arm. Despite this, the 899's swing arm weighs less than the 1199's. Furthermore, if you want to spend the money and don't care about the weight difference, you can fit the 1199's single-sided swing arm onto the 899 Panigale.



- The 899 Panigale is heavier than the 1199 Panigale. This is due to certain parts like the clutch cover, sump and cylinder heads made of aluminum instead of magnesium. The 899 weighs 193 kg, 5kg more than the 1199 Panigale which weighs 188 kg.

- Here are some more differences between the 899 and 1199 Panigale. The bore and stroke differ, along with the intake and exhaust valves which are smaller. The 899's wheelbase is shorter and its suspension is fully-adjustable Shiowa BLF forks at the front and fully-adjustable Sachs rear shock. The LED display is simpler on the 899 Panigale. The 899 does not get any daytime running lights.
 

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5kg is really nothing

They are both very similar in weight.

899 is just a less HP 1199

I don't consider it a little 1199 at all. Its good enough to stand as its own model.
 

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The 899 also has a steel tank vs the 1199 alum. Tank,

899 gets a steel subframe versus the 1199 cast aluminium subframe,

But really 5kg heavier is nothing
 

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I'd expect the engine is capable of more than only a 7-8bhp increase. It's only the very first iteration of a brand new engine design and I'm sure it has room to grow. I'd think you could squeeze upwards of 15-20 or perhaps 22 more bhp via bolt-ons and tuning before going further by doing internal mods.
 

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That's certainly news, didn't think any alterations could be made to the 899.

If I was to change anything on the 899 it would be the double sided swing arm. Single sided swing arm is the trademark of the ducati. But how expensive would it be to get that done?


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That's certainly news, didn't think any alterations could be made to the 899.

If I was to change anything on the 899 it would be the double sided swing arm. Single sided swing arm is the trademark of the ducati. But how expensive would it be to get that done?


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About 18,000 of your US dollars ;)

That'll get you a base model 1199. But who wants one of those?!
 

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Another interesting fact: despite it being slightly heavier and less powerful, due to its gearing the 899 is actually quite a bit faster off the line than the 1199.

0-60 time for the 899: 2.5s
0-60 time for the 1199: 2.8s

However, the torque on the upper end of the 1199 allows it to catch up and make it slightly faster at the 1/4 mile marker.

1/4 mile time for the 899: 10.1s
1/4 mile time for the 1199: 9.9s

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With the shorter wheel base, the tires are also smaller. Its a 180/60 compared to a 200/55 on the 1199. I think these two things are what make the handling characteristics freindlier.

As far as lightness goes you can buy a magnesium clutch basket and cover for the 899 for around 600 I think. I'm also curious if you can swap the lighter rear subframe from an 1199.
 
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