Feature: Rocketship

Okay, I may have gotten a little carried away, I didn’t really scrape my elbows. But had I grown big enough gonads to do that, I could have – it’s the sort of a big bike that instills a lot of self-confidence, persistently urging you to push your limits on a race track. It’s not just the most powerful Ducati, but at 211bhp, it certainly is the most powerful production sportsbike worth your money, and despite that, it still handles like a dreamy 800cc supersport.

Wondering how that’s possible? Well, alongside all those class-leading power figures, there lies a web of best-in-class tech wizardry that works overtime to make life easier in that surprisingly comfortable saddle. You heard it right, the Panigale V4 is a lot more forgiving compared to most of its litre-class rivals and that sort of reassurance isn’t easy to come by.