Even with aids like these and more, the Panigale is still a demanding and challenging motorcycle to ride. It’s fast. Incredibly freaking fast, actually, but also stiff and sensitive to inputs, so extracting its true potential requires your utmost attention and for you to ride hard enough to load the chassis like it was designed to be loaded, lest the bike doesn’t work as well. The reward is, of course, well worth the effort. Especially so on the 1299, which is noticeably more flexible than the 1199 thanks to that added midrange torque, and thus, wider power band. Off-corner performance depends ever so slightly on the selected riding mode (we tested Sport, which has slightly less push below 5000 rpm, and Race), but in either mode you can feel the bike jump off the corner with more aggression than the 1199.