For riders looking to compete in World Superbike competition, the 2016 Ducati Panigale R is an impressive choice of mount. Using the WSBK-legal 1198cc Superquadro motor that puts out a startling 205 horsepower in street-legal trim, the Panigale R is truly a race bike in light disguise.In addition to the potent powerplant, the Panigale R has top-shelf Öhlins suspension, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber, a curb weight just north of 400 pounds (dry, it’s just 357 pounds), a full titanium Akrapović exhaust system that features carbon fiber end caps, carbon fiber galore, and an astounding array of electronic wizardry.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!