Ducati Panigale V4 R is LEGO set 42107-1. It has a score of 91. This is good compared to all other sets. The set is recommended by 6 reviews, based on 3 scored reviews and 10 reviews total. It is ranked in the top 6.15% scored sets on Brick Insights. We know this set was released in 2020, and it is categorised in Technic.
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I just love how the finished bike looks on the shelf. The building process contains surprising amount of advanced techniques and challenging steps and the overall experience is in my opinion even more enjoyable and rewarding than of the contemporary larger vehicle sets (Land Rover, Bugatti, etc.). The rather large amount of stickers is a bummer, but I guess the price would rise considerably if they were all prints.
When we interviewed him back in May, LEGO Technic Senior Designer Aurélien Rouffiange told us that they “decided to develop 'shaping' elements" for this year's models, and the Ducati Panigale V4-R is a good example of that. Many new parts were specifically developed for this model and they make it look great. In addition to that, it is the very first LEGO Technic motorcycle to feature a gearbox. It has the looks, it has the functions: it's the best Technic bike ever made, and sets the bar quite high for future models.
I wouldn't have gone out and purchased this particular set, not because it's a bad set or looks iffy, but because it didn't really pip my interest. However, after building it, I must admit I quite enjoyed it, despite the lack of numbered bags and the final model looks quite cool.
Quite frankly, this is a great set and it contains some interesting solutions and mechanisms. It's a first when it comes to gearing on a LEGO Technic motorbike and it really captures the look of the Ducati Panigale V4 R.
It appears that this set has been easily overlooked by most of the LEGO community, but it derserves to be hailed amongst the best Technic sets of the year. If not for the steps taken improving the overall look of a Technic motorbike, then the sheer fact of a motorbike having a gearbox should put it in your top 5 of the year.
I shouldn't discount that this would be a must-have for any Ducati fan. Inexpensive Technic sets tend to lack heft and can be rather disappointing while exclusive sets are quite nice but fall outside of many people's budgets. This set has a bit of heft to it. So while this is one I may have passed up, at $69.99 the biggest takeaway is this feels like an almost-premium Technic set at a relatively affordable price.
It's a worthy addition to the Technic motorcycle stable but a flawed one. It's nice to know it has a gearbox inside but it's practically useless.