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Hi all from Perth,

After about 7 years of not riding much, I pulled the old girl (1992 FZR1000) out of cobwebs and started commuting on the bike again this year. I had forgotten how much I loved it.

One mid-life crisis thing led to another and I now have a red 959 sitting next to the FZR in the shed. It was a choice in the end between an F3 800 and the Panigale. It's splitting hairs between the two in the handling department, but I couldn't go past the V-Twin.

Here's a pic on pick-up day.

All I've done so far is Ventureshield paint protection and Evotech upper and lower radiator guards from Hurtlegear!

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Welcome to the forum! Do you have any other mods planned yet?
 

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Congrats and welcome to the forum. I'm also from Perth and I have just finished the run in period!!! I can tell you from now, this thing is waaay different once you go over the 6000 RPM!

I'm just giving you something to look forward too lol :grin2:
 

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Welcome to the forum from up there on the other side. Very nice choice from a plethora of outstanding bikes out there.
Until late last year, my short list included the following bikes ranked more or less in order of preference:
S1000RR
Panigale 899
Brutale 800 Dragster RR
Tuono 1100RR
Monster 1200S

My heart wasn't really into a line 4 and I was concerned with the gorgeous 899's pulling power down low. The 959 changed all that and easily moved-up to number one.
 

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Thanks guys.

The only other mod planned at the moment is throttle spacers which should arrive soon.

I'm definitely looking forward to giving it some gas after run in period.

The Monster 1200s was on my short list too, as well as the standard Brutale 800. In fact there was a brand new 1200s in the shop for only $1000 more than the 959, because there is a special for 2015 build plates.

Already having an inline 4 meant I didn't want a second one at the same time. I thought I would like a naked bike more beacause I am now old and thought sitting more upright would suit me better. But I was mistaken and found the sport bikes comfortable enough. That MV Agusta 800 is one sweet motor, no matter which model it is in. I rode a fully run in demo F3 800 as well as a Brutale, so was able to see how lively they really are. The Ducati motor won me over in the end though.
 

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The Monster 1200s was on my short list too, as well as the standard Brutale 800.
I'm already working on my short list for a second bike next year to complement my Panigale 959. The Monster 1200S/R is my fist choice as a sport cruiser. As a matter of fact, it's my only choice right now as I can't think of anything comparable. In a field of dreams, a stroked Brutale Dragster 1200 triple (if it existed) would be my sport cruiser of choice.:D
 
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I can relate. My last bike was a Brutale 1090r. I thought I was old and ready for something a little more upright but it wasn't long before I was longing for sportbike again.

I found there were a lot of little things about owning a MV that annoyed me. Their dash\electronics are horrible -- something as simple as resetting the trip meter after getting gas is an exercise in frustration. I think the Brutale was particularly bad for this but I've heard similar complaints about other models. On the Brutale there is a little light on the dash that no one, not even the dealer, knows what it means. /boggle. Getting aftermarket parts can also a challenge and for a lot of things you have to go to Italy or the UK, and there are far fewer manufacturers making parts for MVs. There also isn't much of a support network in terms of dealers and other riders.

In the end though -- it was the engine that pulled me back to Ducati. I missed the growl. :)
 

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I found there were a lot of little things about owning a MV that annoyed me. Their dash\electronics are horrible -- something as simple as resetting the trip meter after getting gas is an exercise in frustration.
The very first difference I noticed between the MV's and Panigale was the dash. It is SO much better and easier for my eyes to see on the Panigale.

I just dropped my bike off to have the final bits of Ventureshield applied. There was a brand new Kawasaki H2 waiting to be done too. It is the latest acquisition for a 65 year old gentleman. I guess you are never too old for a sport bike as long as your body is ok. I feel young again now :rolleyes:
 

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a lot of little things about owning a MV that annoyed me
I guess you are never too old for a sport bike as long as your body is ok. I feel young again now
Go with your instinct and first choice as they say. Monster it is for a 2nd bike next year. Thanks for the input guys. Btw, I'm 58 and looking forward to riding my Paniglale for a long time.
 
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Congrats on the 959!

Looking forward to seeing the changes you plan on making as time goes on. Keep us posted, maybe even get a build thread going on.
 
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