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Overall it's very reliable. The only reason I'm posting here is because of one word: Commute.
If you haven't bought the 959 yet, then don't.
It's the worst commuting bike on the planet. It's terrible at slow speed for both maneuverability and wrist strain and is hot as H#LL in traffic. Of course, if you travel at 70mph on twisty back roads day and night with no traffic, then the 959 is amazing.
+1 with what DarR said. I've owned the bike for over a year, 1600 miles so far and it has been nothing but reliable. There's the weird weeping hole coolant leak (apparently normal based on a disclosure from Ducati) and I've once had the bike smell of gas after the first ride out of winter storage (which I think I've attributed to me overfilling the gas tank prior to storage).

My 959 serves as a weekend joy ride. I would try my best to avoid riding it in traffic or the city. The heat, the jerkiness at low speeds, and the aggressive seating position takes its toll on me. I've ridden 6 hours in one day and my hands, butt, and feet got numb. I had to take a break every hour or two. These are new issues to me coming from a 2008 CBR600RR. I'd still do it again, and there are ways to make it more comfortable. I wouldn't call the 959 the worst commuting bike on the planet though.

I love the bike despite those shortcomings, it's a blast to whip around in the backroads. I'm looking forward to a track day with this beast.


Did you have anything to contribute to the question that was asked by the original post?
Or are you just the voice of sensible reason?
People can have different opinions. Make your case and move on, there's no need to insult someone.
 

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New to the forum. I am also purchasing a 959 2017 is there anything I should look for as far as issues. I read on another forum that the 959 has trouble starting. Overall would you say the 959 is a reliable bike as I need to use it to commute.
I’ve used my 899 for commuting for the past 5 years. I’m just over 15,000 miles and the bike has never let me down. So yes, I would say it’s a reliable commuter. In traffic, yeah it’s probably not the best bike. Sometime my hand will get tired from the clutch and the bike does tend to get hot. As long as I have riding pants on, the heat isn’t much of a bother.

With commuting I was able to get 10,000 miles out of my tires. 12,000 out of my chain and sprocket. Nothing else was needed other than annual oil changes, and the required services at 600,7500,15000 miles.
 

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I would try my best to avoid riding it in traffic or the city. The heat, the jerkiness at low speeds, and the aggressive seating position takes its toll on me. I've ridden 6 hours in one day and my hands, butt, and feet got numb. I had to take a break every hour or two.
The Panigale can be made much more user friendly by having the fueling attended to and also throttle spacers, the 959 is a sweet bike compared to the larger displacement Panigale and can be used as a commuter. Riding loose and not tense, also helps to be fit and supple to enjoy as a commuter or tourer, there is nothing majorly wrong with this bike.
 

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The Panigale can be made much more user friendly by having the fueling attended to and also throttle spacers, the 959 is a sweet bike compared to the larger displacement Panigale and can be used as a commuter. Riding loose and not tense, also helps to be fit and supple to enjoy as a commuter or tourer, there is nothing majorly wrong with this bike.
Good point. I do have the throttle spacers, which have made a huge improvement already but the throttle can still be somewhat sensitive at low speeds. Some days I can hold the throttle steady at speeds below 50 mph while other days I can't seem to find a steady spot. I think with more experience I'll be able to control the throttle better. I haven't tinkered with fueling, since the complexity sounds daunting.

I've seen videos about posture and how to be loose on a bike. Wrist position matters a lot too. One thing I'm planning to buy to help me reduce weight on my wrist while riding is stompgrips. Using my lower body to hold some of my weight should help. Any additional tips on riding loose?
 

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Any additional tips on riding loose?
Your tense because because it's a pig without proper fueling, exhaust and air/fuel ratio modifications, It's what the Panigale range needs (and all that went before it) as you know they are setup from the factory to pass very strict laws. My opinion is the 959 is the sweetest of the range but can be even better I rode my 959 stock for a couple of months and enjoyed it but after a few changes found it much more pleasant to commute on, if your not physically or emotionally suited to a superbike then that's ok because no changes will remedy that.

Even the crankiest of the lot the 1199 was tamed with an aftermarket exhaust ,rapidbike evo ,seat and throttle spacers ended up being a pleasant ride (I still have it). I have a 2018 BMW R1200GS but nothing better than (to me) turning up to work (50 min ride) on a Pani so DarkR making a blanket statement.

"It's the worst commuting bike on the planet. It's terrible at slow speed for both manoeuvrability and wrist strain and is hot as H#LL in traffic"

Is not helping anyone, this is a Panigale forum and some of us own them, understand them and modify them, oh and also like and appreciate them for what they are. I know you said +1 to that dribble that DarkR above posted so good luck taking all this in.
 

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...I have a 2018 BMW R1200GS but nothing better than (to me) turning up to work (50 min ride) on a Pani so DarkR making a blanket statement.

"It's the worst commuting bike on the planet. It's terrible at slow speed for both manoeuvrability and wrist strain and is hot as H#LL in traffic"

Is not helping anyone, this is a Panigale forum and some of us own them, understand them and modify them, oh and also like and appreciate them for what they are. I know you said +1 to that dribble that DarkR above posted so good luck taking all this in.
I also mentioned in that same post #12 that you quote but omit:
"Of course, if you travel at 70mph on twisty back roads day and night with no traffic, then the 959 is amazing."
I love the 959. It's a fantastic mid-size track bike. All I'm suggesting is it's best used for what it has been designed for.
BTW, my internet name is DarR.
 

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So I saw someone say the 17 through 19s are the same, but no mention of the 16 in regards to it being the same as the '19. I assume that it is the same as well but figured I would ask to make sure. I was about to purchase a '19, however, someone in my area listed a '16 for $11k with 3000 miles and it seems like too good of a deal to pass up considering the cost of buying new, but wanted to make sure I'm not missing out on any new and fancy features that could have been released in the last 3 years.
 

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So I saw someone say the 17 through 19s are the same, but no mention of the 16 in regards to it being the same as the '19. I assume that it is the same as well but figured I would ask to make sure. I was about to purchase a '19, however, someone in my area listed a '16 for $11k with 3000 miles and it seems like too good of a deal to pass up considering the cost of buying new, but wanted to make sure I'm not missing out on any new and fancy features that could have been released in the last 3 years.
I bought a bone stock, like new, 2016 959 with 2200 miles a couple of months ago locally here in Tampa for $9500. You can find a deal if you work for it. I see the same bikes priced high and listed for a long time. 16-19 all the same, except the Corse Edition. Pricey used bikes are hard to sell, low loan rates for new vs higher for used. Cash is king if you can swing it.

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I picked up an 18’ new on the floor for $13k just about 3 months ago. It was right next to the 19’s at full price
 

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Gotcha. Yea I'm doing the same and may be picking up a white 2016 with 7800 miles tomorrow for $9600. 7500mi service conducted by the dealer and two brand new tires. Only mods being clear clutch cover and rear tidy.

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@SizzFlair - what part of the US r u in? that sounds like a great price!
Texas. I didn't pick her up though, mostly because I'm gonna be doing some traveling for a few months starting end of this month so it would be a waste of money during those times that it sits.

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