Sport rider has recently released a review of the 959 Ducati Panigale and contrary to what other reviews have said about the brakes lacking in initial bite, Tom Montano thought the calipers and discs were outstanding in performance.
It could be that those who say the 959 Panigale's brakes are lacking initial bite aren’t taking into account the option to adjust the EBC to suit their intended use and preferences. The 959 is willing to barrel into a corner with added apex speed and less engine braking which means the Brembo calipers gets more of a workout but this can be adjusted. Riders have the option to select the level of engine braking from 3 levels; race, sport and wet.
Equipped with the Brembo M4.32 monoblock calipers and 320mm discs, Tom was able to trail-brake deep into the corner without problems. He had set the EBC to Level 1 for the least engine braking, allowing the rider “to step out just enough while hammering downshifts to aid but not interfere with corner entry.”
For anyone who has taken the 959 onto the track already, or maybe even the older 899, what do you think of the brakes? Also, how will you adjust the riding modes and settings to suit your braking needs?