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Hi everyone, I am yet to purchase a 959 but have been keenly following this forum and the internet for opinions and reviews. My only concern is the the heat issue and how severe it really is. Only a test ride will sway me either way but im still interested in others opinions and experiences, especially those from fellow Australians. There is a thread elsewhere about the "four letter word" that i will watch with a lot of interest.

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Hey mate, I'm in Melbourne also. Look, no beating around the bush, they get hot, so does an 899, 848 and 1098. Any suspersport for that matter. I actually find the right hand engine case the hottest, I've also tested the theory but it isn't radiant heat like the exhaust.
 

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I would not worry too much about the heat if you are riding a mix of open road and urban commute. I did a 90km ride to a racetrack (marshalling, not racing) this morning and home again and although the outside air temp was about 25 deg C the heat was only there for a couple of short parts of the ride as I negotiated slow traffic and it wasn't too bad. I noted the temp on my display got to 100 deg C but once I got moving up to 80-100 kph the temp dropped fairly quick to 82 deg and I didn't feel anything.
 

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With an engine this big, it is bound to get hot. Try to ride on the days where it isn't so hot. I'm not sure if there are really any options in order to insulate the heat.
 

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With an engine this big, it is bound to get hot. Try to ride on the days where it isn't so hot. I'm not sure if there are really any options in order to insulate the heat.
Using the shift-tech carbon fibre sub frame covers apparently helps a great deal.
 

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Thanks for your input gents. I found some time to take a 959 for a test ride today. I didn't want to get off the **** thing. I loved the power, the handling and that quick shifter is so much fun! It was around 25 degree Celsius today so not too hot. I specifically wore my riding jeans so i could evaluate the heat I have read so much about. Although not overly intrusive on a mild day like today the heat was there and definitely noticeable. The seat was quite warm at the end of my ride. Now I have the job of deciding if this is the bike i can live with long term...:grin2::grin2:

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If it helps I have had my 959 since beginning of March and ridden longish trips on the motorway up to 90km out and 90km back. I have commuted to work and back for about 3 weeks now which includes country and urban riding. Not once have I thought the heat is too much and need to move to something else. The other attributes far out weigh any heat issue. Its quick and it handles like a racer. Just love it to bits.
 

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Heat only really becomes an issue in 30 degree weather plus and when you're moving slow. The other night coming back through the hills, the heat was welcomed considering it was 15 degrees!
 

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It's hot and supposed to be

Hi I'm in Sydney, Australia and I have had my 959 for just under a month so still in the running in period. We are still having a hot summer here even though it's supposed to be autumn. The bike is hot under the seat but once you are running it's ok. In stop start traffic the temperature rises and I have noticed 104 degrees celcius waiting at a stop light. I gather these machines are not for stop start and unless you are fully engaged down the asphalt you will be hotter you want to be. It's much better with leather than jeans so either sweat it out or wait until it get's cooler in the arvo. Cheers
 
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