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Hello, I'm new to Ducati and am looking hard at a new 959 and have a few questions.


Suspension: I have the BPF fork on a 2009 ZX-6R, 2011 ZX-10R and a 2012 CBR1000RR and generally like the forks on those machines but have no experience with the Sachs rear shock. How does this shock work on the 959?


Paint: Have not decided on the Ducati Red or Artic Silk White yet. I have heard reports that the paint scratches easily on both and does not hold up well over the long haul. Does the matte white get dingy over time and how do the red wheels hold up? What about the Red?


Fueling: Early test reports show a bit of glitchiness in on-off throttle conditions while in Race mode, anyone notice this sensitivity?


Servicing: I have been a mechanic all of my life and prefer to perform my own maintenance. Is this a problem? What about the service light?


Parts availability: The closest Ducati dealer to me is in Plano, TX about 1/2 hour away. Is there any issues getting spare parts in a timely fashion?


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Hello, I'm new to Ducati and am looking hard at a new 959 and have a few questions.


Suspension: I have the BPF fork on a 2009 ZX-6R, 2011 ZX-10R and a 2012 CBR1000RR and generally like the forks on those machines but have no experience with the Sachs rear shock. How does this shock work on the 959?


Paint: Have not decided on the Ducati Red or Artic Silk White yet. I have heard reports that the paint scratches easily on both and does not hold up well over the long haul. Does the matte white get dingy over time and how do the red wheels hold up? What about the Red?


Fueling: Early test reports show a bit of glitchiness in on-off throttle conditions while in Race mode, anyone notice this sensitivity?


Servicing: I have been a mechanic all of my life and prefer to perform my own maintenance. Is this a problem? What about the service light?


Parts availability: The closest Ducati dealer to me is in Plano, TX about 1/2 hour away. Is there any issues getting spare parts in a timely fashion?


Thanks!
Welcome! I think you have to have the dealer turn off the service light for the 600 mile service. I have kept mine in sport mode, so I can't comment on race mode. That will come later for me. I'd say test ride one, put it in all modes and see for yourself. I got red and got a coating called opti-coat pro plus (pictures attached from right before I picked it up). The dealer took it directly to the paint shop. They charged me a total of $350 for it. The last picture is from this morning after I installed the fender eliminator kit from NRC (which I think is a must).
 

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Beautiful machine!


 
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Have both red (1299s) and white (899) and no issues with paint either way. Stone (rock) chips can be an issue with both, same as any bike. Look at protective film if you are worried about that sh1t. >:)
 

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I do think the fueling is a tad abrupt in Race mode. Sport mode is great for average daily driving although I spend 90% of my time in Race. I do occasionally think it's behaving a tad harshly in Race but it's entirely manageable. I've found the reviews to be very accurate.
 

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Have both red (1299s) and white (899) and no issues with paint either way. Stone (rock) chips can be an issue with both, same as any bike. Look at protective film if you are worried about that sh1t. >:)

That's what I 'm thinking, the paint is probably OK but like anything else it will scratch and get a few dings or paint chips with time.
 

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I do think the fueling is a tad abrupt in Race mode. Sport mode is great for average daily driving although I spend 90% of my time in Race. I do occasionally think it's behaving a tad harshly in Race but it's entirely manageable. I've found the reviews to be very accurate.

I'm thinking a Power Commander and remap would help here. If I get one of these I 'm guessing I'll leave it in Race mode, as long as it's not too abrupt on throttle pickup.
 

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I'm thinking a Power Commander and remap would help here. If I get one of these I 'm guessing I'll leave it in Race mode, as long as it's not too abrupt on throttle pickup.
It's not bad. Honestly, you'd get used to it very quickly and manage just fine.
 

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Having come from a long line of prior ducs I can tell you to invest / download the DucatiDiag software and purchase the require piggy back cables. This will help you reset the service lights and even conduct the TBP calibration in case you want to swap out you exhaust and add a new ECU. These days SW is free and can be sourced many places on the web. It is also good to see that the major $$$$ dollar services for the Duc have now been pushed back to 15K when I owned my 1198 SP it was the 7K get bent over service for belts and valves.


Some things don't change... parts are a PIA to get, service is expensive and anything that goes on a Ducati no matte how simple or trivial is expensive... On my Aprilia RSV4 Factory and RF I can get parts at a fraction of the cost of the Ducati's The quality of the bolts and fasteners on the Ducs suck ***... they strip easy and tend to cross thread just by looking at them. One thing that I have found funny in my return (been away fro Ducati for 3 years) is how they have stinged on stuff like the owners manual. Mine looks like it was printer by a gorilla... some pages the text is faded and on others partial sentences did not print... The fit and finish on the bikes is good but it's nothing like it was on my 848's, 1098S and 1198 SP. The paint? not what it use to be either... then again they have to cut cost and that is how they do it... funny part the bikes still are expensive....


Like a buddy of mine once told me if you have ask how much does the service cost... you cant afford it... LOL... Welcome to the Dark Side...
 

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It's not bad. Honestly, you'd get used to it very quickly and manage just fine.
That's what I heard from a few riders that apparently do this quite often with daily riding in the city and on highways commuting to the city. Might just depend on past experience of the rider partly.
 

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Having come from a long line of prior ducs I can tell you to invest / download the DucatiDiag software and purchase the require piggy back cables. This will help you reset the service lights and even conduct the TBP calibration in case you want to swap out you exhaust and add a new ECU. These days SW is free and can be sourced many places on the web. It is also good to see that the major $$$$ dollar services for the Duc have now been pushed back to 15K when I owned my 1198 SP it was the 7K get bent over service for belts and valves.


Some things don't change... parts are a PIA to get, service is expensive and anything that goes on a Ducati no matte how simple or trivial is expensive... On my Aprilia RSV4 Factory and RF I can get parts at a fraction of the cost of the Ducati's The quality of the bolts and fasteners on the Ducs suck ***... they strip easy and tend to cross thread just by looking at them. One thing that I have found funny in my return (been away fro Ducati for 3 years) is how they have stinged on stuff like the owners manual. Mine looks like it was printer by a gorilla... some pages the text is faded and on others partial sentences did not print... The fit and finish on the bikes is good but it's nothing like it was on my 848's, 1098S and 1198 SP. The paint? not what it use to be either... then again they have to cut cost and that is how they do it... funny part the bikes still are expensive....


Like a buddy of mine once told me if you have ask how much does the service cost... you cant afford it... LOL... Welcome to the Dark Side...

Hmmm....interesting discussion and good information to know.:surprise:
 
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