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So after an agonising wait (and a second test, ****ing British laws) I have my new 959 in red.

No one tells you how much more good looking and precious it becomes because it has your name on.

I bought the bike with a DP oversized racing tinted screen and a seat cowl, and it just transforms the bike. It looks truly awesome with little details like that. Coming off a Suzuki sv650s I was a bit wary about the power hike, but until you reach 7000 onwards it's just as friendly. However, once you pass it, it's a whole new world of smiles and adrenaline! I bought this bike last Tuesday and due to being in the forces, I have been posted over to Germany, so a fitting time to run in and test the comfort! I found the comfort to be alright actually, the clip Ons were more of an issue than the seat softness, but I'm only 5'6 (and a half) so most bikes are bigger.

Now that exhaust.
Firstly, it sounds good. Not fantastic, but not really different to the 899. It's just some of the rattle sounds from the engine itself are dulled marginally. Again, once the bike is "singing" it just sounds ace. That's not to say I won't be replacing it, I'm looking at the SC slip on I posted a few months back. I'm on goodies ban from the wife though, moving is expensive.
 

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So after an agonising wait (and a second test, ****ing British laws) I have my new 959 in red.

No one tells you how much more good looking and precious it becomes because it has your name on.

I bought the bike with a DP oversized racing tinted screen and a seat cowl, and it just transforms the bike. It looks truly awesome with little details like that. Coming off a Suzuki sv650s I was a bit wary about the power hike, but until you reach 7000 onwards it's just as friendly. However, once you pass it, it's a whole new world of smiles and adrenaline! I bought this bike last Tuesday and due to being in the forces, I have been posted over to Germany, so a fitting time to run in and test the comfort! I found the comfort to be alright actually, the clip Ons were more of an issue than the seat softness, but I'm only 5'6 (and a half) so most bikes are bigger.

Now that exhaust.
Firstly, it sounds good. Not fantastic, but not really different to the 899. It's just some of the rattle sounds from the engine itself are dulled marginally. Again, once the bike is "singing" it just sounds ace. That's not to say I won't be replacing it, I'm looking at the SC slip on I posted a few months back. I'm on goodies ban from the wife though, moving is expensive.
Thanks for posting. I pick mine up on Friday. I too purchased the rear cowl and may get the taller wind screen. My dealer told me that the stock one is taller than on previous models so I'm going to wait until I take delivery to decide on replacing that. The exhaust is the one big item I'm worried about. I couldn't get myself to shell out the big $$ for the Akropovic slip-ons out of the gate, so I'm hoping something else reasonable comes available soon. Or at least a 959 map for the 1299 systems. They say the sound with the stock cans is quite robust, but I don't think it will be what I'm looking for. I will soon find out.
 

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Congratulations! The rear seat cowl is a must have. It looks so much better with it on. I'm definitely going to do a tinted oversize windscreen at some point.
 

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I'm in the UK and put the Akrapovic side cans on. Having said that the stock cans sound good and look better 'in the flesh' than they might in photos. I don't think the Akrapovic cans add any power but they are lighter + smaller. I'm sure other companies will be releasing alternatives pretty soon.

The seat cowls look fit, will you be removing the pillion pegs as well? I think Evotech + R&G offer exhaust hangers to allow peg removal and still support the exhaust. This will hopefully be my next mod.
 

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I am waiting to see what SC Project bring out before I make a commitment in relation to pipes. I have found the stock to be a nice sound and to be honest, the looks were never an issue for me. I actually like the Austin can, but as I said, I will wait on SC's.


I never liked the pillion pegs, so will at some point fit the hanger so I can remove the pegs. Once the pillion pegs are removed, it's a seat cowl to be fitted.


Other than that, I think it's a fantastic bike. Yes, if you are loaded with extra cash, may be play with the suspension, but for me and how I use the bike, stock is fine.


Forgot to mention, I ordered one of the throttle spacers from America, hasn't arrived yet.
 

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I'm in the UK and put the Akrapovic side cans on. Having said that the stock cans sound good and look better 'in the flesh' than they might in photos. I don't think the Akrapovic cans add any power but they are lighter + smaller. I'm sure other companies will be releasing alternatives pretty soon.

The seat cowls look fit, will you be removing the pillion pegs as well? I think Evotech + R&G offer exhaust hangers to allow peg removal and still support the exhaust. This will hopefully be my next mod.
Yeah they do look much better in the flesh and they don't contrast as much on the red bike as they do on the White.

The pegs are here to stay unfortunately, the wife is quite insistent on coming on the back. I guess it's better for her to enjoy than hate it and work against me. So hangers are staying, but I thing the evotech tail tidy is the next port of call.
Saying that, I've been told today that I might have to swap the headlight unit in mine to a German (left hand drive) unit. If that's the case, which I hope it isn't, then I'm gonna go straight for the 1299 LED unit and kill to birds with one stone so to speak.
 

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Congrats Canibal! I'll keep looking out for you at Squires (if the weather ever improves!) unless your move to Germany comes off.
 

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Congrats Canibal! I'll keep looking out for you at Squires (if the weather ever improves!) unless your move to Germany comes off.
Cheers mate. Yeah I'm already in Germany now, but I'll be in the uk for 3-4 weeks in mid May to start of June, maybe see you out? Never been to squires so I'll go check it out. If you're out round that time, let me know.
 
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