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So I was looking forward to owning a Ducati all my life - in 1995 I bought a Honda CBR600F3 and owned it until 2005 - did track days at Loudon and Pocono throughout those years. Wanted a 748, then a 916, then a 996 SPS and ultimately a Desmosedici RR. All have been pipe dreams.

A year ago I saw the 899 in white and had to have it, but I didn't pull the trigger. I was sad when I heard it wasn't going to be produced in 2016 (prepared to purchase before April) - then happy when I saw the 959! This one is it!!!

I'll probably walk into the dealer and talk numbers sometime in February - I'll take White please!
 

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That's a nice history of bikes that you come from.

I bet after seeing improvements made from the 899 to 959 you were happy to have not made the move originally!

But it might be a good idea to ride an 899 just to better feel the difference than relying strictly on specs.
 

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So I was looking forward to owning a Ducati all my life - in 1995 I bought a Honda CBR600F3 and owned it until 2005 - did track days at Loudon and Pocono throughout those years. Wanted a 748, then a 916, then a 996 SPS and ultimately a Desmosedici RR. All have been pipe dreams.

A year ago I saw the 899 in white and had to have it, but I didn't pull the trigger. I was sad when I heard it wasn't going to be produced in 2016 (prepared to purchase before April) - then happy when I saw the 959! This one is it!!!

I'll probably walk into the dealer and talk numbers sometime in February - I'll take White please!
welcome to the show!! if you're open to used you can probably scoop up an 899 for less the cost of a new Honda...
 

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I made a return to owning a motorcycle when I turned 65 back in July after a gap of 35 years. In my younger days I had spent 11 years racing bikes so I was surprised when I got back into it I didn't find it too hard and was soon "back in the groove" at my local track throwing my 2014 CBR1000RR around with no issues. After reading heaps of magazines based on sport bikes I thought the idea of swapping the Honda for something more exotic might be an idea. I test rode the R1, BMW S1000RR and a Ducati Panigale 899 and looked at the new Kawasaki ZX10R. Also considered the Aprilia RSV4. But I couldn't see myself going to the track more than a few times a year and I would be doing most of my rides on nice rural roads on my 25 km commute to work and back. Plus of course weekends jaunts. I don't need the 200 hp of some of those bikes.
So, I have plonked a deposit down on a new 959 which should arrive in first quarter of next year. I do have some misgivings I will admit. The Honda is smooth, quiet (no ear plugs needed and neighbours and wife happy), cheaper to maintain and it doesn't burn my inner thigh. It stills looks the beans despite being a 2008 bike to all intents. But it will soon be 2016 and I feel Honda have slipped behind the others. The Panigale should be lighter and handle better and it has a lot of electronic help. And it is exotic compared to the Honda. Like the car equivalent of a Ferrari maybe.
Time will tell.
 

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I made a return to owning a motorcycle when I turned 65 back in July after a gap of 35 years. In my younger days I had spent 11 years racing bikes so I was surprised when I got back into it I didn't find it too hard and was soon "back in the groove" at my local track throwing my 2014 CBR1000RR around with no issues. After reading heaps of magazines based on sport bikes I thought the idea of swapping the Honda for something more exotic might be an idea. I test rode the R1, BMW S1000RR and a Ducati Panigale 899 and looked at the new Kawasaki ZX10R. Also considered the Aprilia RSV4. But I couldn't see myself going to the track more than a few times a year and I would be doing most of my rides on nice rural roads on my 25 km commute to work and back. Plus of course weekends jaunts. I don't need the 200 hp of some of those bikes.
So, I have plonked a deposit down on a new 959 which should arrive in first quarter of next year. I do have some misgivings I will admit. The Honda is smooth, quiet (no ear plugs needed and neighbours and wife happy), cheaper to maintain and it doesn't burn my inner thigh. It stills looks the beans despite being a 2008 bike to all intents. But it will soon be 2016 and I feel Honda have slipped behind the others. The Panigale should be lighter and handle better and it has a lot of electronic help. And it is exotic compared to the Honda. Like the car equivalent of a Ferrari maybe.
Time will tell.
Great story, welcome to the boards and congrats!!!
 

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Welcome to the forum! What are you riding now while you wait for the 959?
Thanks for the warm welcome all!

I have my license but don't currently own a bike. Every now and then I ride a colleague's 2008 Suzuki 600 GSX-R that was once set up for the track. It's his first bike and isn't too keen on going over 7K RPM - I keep telling him he has no idea what the bike is like if he hasn't gone over 7K RPM!!! Hopefully one day he'll get there - I'm hoping he'll do track days with me when I get my 959.

I do plan on trying to test ride an 899, just to see how it goes, if there's still one around when I make it into the dealer. I've already let go of it mentally, and have embraced the 959. I looked for a used White 899 but I just can't do it! I need to have the experience I had when I bought the Honda way back then - seeing it in the crate, untouched, no miles, etc.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome all!

I have my license but don't currently own a bike. Every now and then I ride a colleague's 2008 Suzuki 600 GSX-R that was once set up for the track. It's his first bike and isn't too keen on going over 7K RPM - I keep telling him he has no idea what the bike is like if he hasn't gone over 7K RPM!!! Hopefully one day he'll get there - I'm hoping he'll do track days with me when I get my 959.

I do plan on trying to test ride an 899, just to see how it goes, if there's still one around when I make it into the dealer. I've already let go of it mentally, and have embraced the 959. I looked for a used White 899 but I just can't do it! I need to have the experience I had when I bought the Honda way back then - seeing it in the crate, untouched, no miles, etc.
Let's hope you can find again that feeling!! Great story, as said above! >:)
 

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Just put down a deposit for the 959 today!.. The long wait begins. Expected delivery date is in jun/jul 2016 :( out here.
Wow, so late!? In Spain we have received the red ones... But I'll be waiting until summer at least to go for one. Pls keep us updated if it arrives before! ;)
 

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I really hope the bike arrives much earlier!! the only plus point is all the 'bug's' if any on the bike will be taken care of by then. We here in india will receive the bike with the side exhaust just like the EU market! so I've been told. Has any one heard the new bike in person? if yes, is it significantly quieter than the 899?? :confused:
 

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I really hope the bike arrives much earlier!! the only plus point is all the 'bug's' if any on the bike will be taken care of by then. We here in india will receive the bike with the side exhaust just like the EU market! so I've been told. Has any one heard the new bike in person? if yes, is it significantly quieter than the 899?? :confused:
I haven't heard of anything about the new bike in person. Been following just about all you could online, seems like we're at a dead point right now.
 

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Not sure about the side exhaust for India as I can't seem to find any confirmation about it but if your dealer said that it's what they're doing for the 959's hitting the Indian market then they're probably right.
 

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I really hope the bike arrives much earlier!! the only plus point is all the 'bug's' if any on the bike will be taken care of by then. We here in india will receive the bike with the side exhaust just like the EU market! so I've been told. Has any one heard the new bike in person? if yes, is it significantly quieter than the 899?? :confused:
what are the taxes and fees like in India?? (welcome and congrats as well!)
 

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Pick mine up on Tuesday!
 
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