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Cycle News 2020 Issue 06 February 11

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2020 DUC ATI PANIG ALE V4 S R I D E R E V I E W P78 Unless you knew where to look, you'd swear this was a V4 R. H A R D E R , F A S T E R I remember walking away from the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 S test in Valencia impressed. Very impressed. "Ducati has really, truly, created a landmark motorcycle with the new Panigale V4 S." That was what I wrote for Cycle News in January of 2018. I still believe this to be the case, especially when you consider the machine the V4 S replaced: the glorious but brutish, twin-cylinder 1299. Two years on from the launch, I've since ridden three more V4 S machines, all essentially the same as the bike I waxed lyrical about in Valencia. The last outing was at Laguna Seca in 2019 at the Pirelli track day following the WorldSBK round, and I'll admit to being a tad underwhelmed. To be fair, I had just completed my first laps on the stonking V4 R prior to riding the V4 S, but the V4 S felt sluggish in the steering compared to the R, not to mention cramped with about half the wind protection afforded by the V4 R. And then there was the extra ponies afforded to the V4 R over the S—it meant the V4 S didn't leave as great an impression on me it did in isolation that January day on the edge of Spain's Balearic Sea. THE DUCATI PANIGALE V4 S BROKE NEW GROUND FOR THE COMPANY WHEN IT WAS RELEASED IN 2018. NOW, TWO YEARS ON, WE SEE THE FIRST EVOLUTION OF THE SPECIES.

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