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LaneSpiltter review is up on Jalopnik. Found this bit intriguing...

Ride Review: The 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale Is The Sportbike I Would Buy Today

What We’d Change

If I were buying the 959 Panigale, there is very little I would change. The shape of the tank felt great in the turns, but I had a hard time bracing myself against it under the heavy braking required coming into turn one and I’d probably add some grip pads to the sides of the tank if I were going to track it often.

Not that this is something the owner can change, but I would like to see Ducati update their ABS system a bit. We spent the first session of the day with TC and ABS enabled and the ABS system interpreted the bumps going into turn one as the front wheel locking and threw the pads off the calipers dramatically. The system isn’t nearly as refined as others we’ve tested, and I’d love to see the babygale get some more advanced binders.

The quickshifter is nice, but the 959 really needs a better version that goes both up and down and has an auto-blip function. Seems like a massive oversight to claim something is designed for track/race use and not include something like that on a bike with this much prowess.

Race mode brought some of the normal fueling twitchyness, and a power commander would be well worth the money if this were in my garage permanently.
 

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I found this graph to be quite useful in visualizing the differences between the 959 and the 899.

The 955 cc 90-degree V-twin Superquadro engine now makes 157 horsepower and 79 pound-feet of torque, a six and eight percent bump over the 899. It gets new head and case covers, as well as a new timing chain, gears, and guides so it can meet Euro 4 emissions and sound requirements.

The extra displacement comes from an increase in stroke which, while it normally adds top end power on most bikes, actually contributes to beefening the low and middle range thanks to the addition of “showerhead” style fuel injectors. It also gets a slipper clutch, high-flow filter, and the exhaust system from the 1299 which increases to 60 mm in diameter.
 

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The actual cutout for the headlights looks like they are using the same parts. This is just a guest since its a lot cheaper to retain this part the same for cost effective production.

The did not do a completely new bike so i don't see why they would change this.
 

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The actual cutout for the headlights looks like they are using the same parts. This is just a guest since its a lot cheaper to retain this part the same for cost effective production.

The did not do a completely new bike so i don't see why they would change this.
I'm thinking this as well, was just wondering if you've seen it confirmed for sure!
 
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