Working on getting my 600 break in miles done and my first service before I install my full Akro exhaust.
My Thoughts on the bike so far: (Miles 350) all ridden on very curvy roads with some switch backs and major elevation changes. Austin, TX and the West Hills provide just that....
Suspension - The stock suspension works very well, almost shocking how good. I used the same settings as recommened in the 959 article from latest edition of Roadracing World.
Brakes - Stock 959 Brembo's feel and respond as good as my 1199S M50's did (On the track will be the true test). I use ABS setting 1.
Motor - Rev's very quickly for sure and faster than the 1199 did. A close comparison to the 1199R in the way it rev's up. I noticed a huge difference with how smooth the motor feels at very low RPM's (in town / traffic riding) not at all choppy like the 1199 was. The bike really starts to come alive and pull hard at around 5K-6K RPM's (Race Mode) and doesn't seem to stop until those rev limit lights dance on the dash... For those of you who like to pull wheelies coming out of corners you will really like this motor because even 2nd gear wheelies are easy with just simple technique and throttle. Blip the throttle and tap the clutch makes 3-4 gear wheelies a breeze!!!
Throttle - If you do any mod first it must be "Panigale Spacers" kit so it takes out any and all throttle play. Best mod for $20! I'm amazed at how smooth it makes the bike feel when opening the throttle coming out of a corner. No hurky jerky bike dance..
Handling - If I didn't know better or hadn't read the specs I would be shocked that the 959 wieghts more than the 1199/1299. It feels just as nimble as my 1199S did. But what makes this bike feel even more confident inspiring is that the motor makes the bike feel so much more planted and glued to the road. Keeping a line and hitting the apex is almost a after thought with the 959.
Power - Very usable and taking the trottle to the stops is much easier than my 1199 was. Fianly a Panigale that makes street riding almost as fun as track riding!