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Hey everyone!

I'm stoked to report I'm now part of the 959 club! Picked her up in the weekend and just amazed at how awesome this bike is. I managed to get a good deal on the Akrapovic exhaust which sounds incredible. Pops and bangs all over the show :)

Previous bike was an '08 R6 which I loved but it was time for some life-preserving safety features, namely TC (I had to take 3 years off riding after I had a titanium rod put down my femur and then fractured it twice, so don't want to mess with it anymore if I can help it!).

A couple of observations so far;
- I noticed the front wheel wobble very slightly a few times. Not sure what's causing it. It's very slight and didn't notice it happen today when I rode to work so will have to keep an eye out for this happening again.
- It seemed like the front end was drifting off line slightly on corner entry. I'm not sure whether it was just because the tyres (tires) and road were a little cold. I haven't ridden DRCs before but I understand they're meant to be pretty decent (most recently used Dunlop Q3 which are *awesome* and Michelin Power One).

Seems a bit pointless posting photos of a stock 959 here but what the hey, here goes ;) I've got a tail tidy as well as frame/axle sliders, and bobbins ordered for the track. Putting this beauty down would be painful!

Anyway, fantastic to make your acquaintance and look forward to talking cod **** about 959s with everyone! :)

Dave
 

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Congrats on the new Pani and welcome to the party. I had an 08 R6 as well, until I high sided her. Anyway, enjoy and ride safe!
 

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Awesome stuff mate and welcome to the forum.
Now get on over to Rimutaka Hill and run her in. !:wink2:
 

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Welcome to the forums Dave and congrats on getting hitched to a new 959!

I noticed the front wheel wobble very slightly a few times. Not sure what's causing it. It's very slight and didn't notice it happen today when I rode to work so will have to keep an eye out for this happening again.
Was this traveling in a straight line or in a corner and also was this accelerating/coasting/decelerating?
 

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2016 959 for sale

Selling my 2016 959 Panigale. It is Artic Silk White with 3500 miles. Never wrecked. Only mods include a New Rage fender eliminator kit and a Ducati Performance Carbon Fiber tank protector. Always kept in a climate controlled garage when not being ridden. Located in North Carolina. I also have an AGV Ducati matte black helmet size M and a perforated leather jacket for sale.

Price is $13,500

Please share with anyone that may be interested.

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Thanks Kevin!

Congrats on the new Pani and welcome to the party. I had an 08 R6 as well, until I high sided her. Anyway, enjoy and ride safe!
Ouch! Hope you walked away in one piece! Fortunately avoided any high sides in the R6 though I had a big rear end slide at my last track outing which reinforced by desire for TC! A few low sides for good measure though ;)
 

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Awesome stuff mate and welcome to the forum.
Now get on over to Rimutaka Hill and run her in. !:wink2:
Thanks. Yeah, the Rimutaka Hill will be this weekend's excursion! Epic piece of road that! Have you been over here before?
 

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Welcome to the forums Dave and congrats on getting hitched to a new 959!

Was this traveling in a straight line or in a corner and also was this accelerating/coasting/decelerating?
I've probably noticed it four or five times. A couple of times when braking and the other times when coasting. It was quite windy when I noticed it while coasting so was wondering if there was some odd aerodynamics with the front wheel or front of the bike going on.
 

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Congrats on the bike and welcome! Not sure what to say about the front wheel wobble and such. A lot of variables there. We have a pretty good thread going on setup / feedback that you may find useful.
http://www.959panigale.net/forum/959-panigale-suspension-brakes/4722-settings-feedback.html
Thanks. I'll check that link out. I need to spend a little time getting the suspension setup for my weight. The rear felt a little bouncy a couple of times so probably needs a bit more rebound. With respect to the front wheel drifting off line slightly on turn in, this could be a setup issue with the front suspension. And possibly the front wheel wobble as well though I'm not so sure about that.
 

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Thanks. I'll check that link out. I need to spend a little time getting the suspension setup for my weight. The rear felt a little bouncy a couple of times so probably needs a bit more rebound. With respect to the front wheel drifting off line slightly on turn in, this could be a setup issue with the front suspension. And possibly the front wheel wobble as well though I'm not so sure about that.
Hard to say where the "wobble" is being introduced. May be as simple as a missing wheel weight. I've noticed when riding mine at an aggressive corner entry speed you have to hit your mark spot on or the bike will run wide on you fairly easily. Of course everyone's setup / style is different. Post up on the settings / feedback thread when you make some changes.
 

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I've noticed when riding mine at an aggressive corner entry speed you have to hit your mark spot on or the bike will run wide on you fairly easily.
Yeah, that sounds very similar, though not necessarily at very aggressive corner entry speeds. I'm pretty confident it can be improved with suspension tweaks and/or tyres. Note; it's still pretty cold here just coming into spring so that's going to be a small factor. Will report back in that other thread with any results.
 

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Thanks. Yeah, the Rimutaka Hill will be this weekend's excursion! Epic piece of road that! Have you been over here before?
I suppose the Rimutakas is just as busy?
We use to head up there on a Sunday........up one side down the other......back up to the top.......socialise at the cafe carpark......then do it all again!
The good old days....ha ha.
I was Born and breed a Wellingtonian!

Ducati was made for the Rimutakas...enjoy your time on the 959......it's an awesome bike.
 

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Seems a bit pointless posting photos of a stock 959 here but what the hey, here goes ;) I've got a tail tidy as well as frame/axle sliders, and bobbins ordered for the track. Putting this beauty down would be painful!

Anyway, fantastic to make your acquaintance and look forward to talking cod **** about 959s with everyone! :)

Dave
Welcome Dave! And congratulations on your new bike! I don't think anyone here ever tires at looking at pictures of the 959. It's such a beautiful bike. I have red, but white is gorgeous also.

BTW, if you really want to get the married experience, you can't just pay $15,000 or $20,000 for a motorcycle. You need to take out a $2 million loan so that you can keep paying long after you're divorced. J/k, the cost to be divorced is so worth it (for me). I don't ever want to be divorced from my 959! :)
 

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I suppose the Rimutakas is just as busy?
We use to head up there on a Sunday........up one side down the other......back up to the top.......socialise at the cafe carpark......then do it all again!
The good old days....ha ha.
I was Born and breed a Wellingtonian!

Ducati was made for the Rimutakas...enjoy your time on the 959......it's an awesome bike.
Yeah, the road does get quite busy so early morning is the best but still a little cold early morning at the moment. Should be great once the weather warms up and I'm sure the 959 will be epic climbing the hill!

BTW, there's no cafe at the top anymore which is a little sad as it was quite nice perched up the top of the hill!
 

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Welcome Dave! And congratulations on your new bike! I don't think anyone here ever tires at looking at pictures of the 959. It's such a beautiful bike. I have red, but white is gorgeous also.

BTW, if you really want to get the married experience, you can't just pay $15,000 or $20,000 for a motorcycle. You need to take out a $2 million loan so that you can keep paying long after you're divorced. J/k, the cost to be divorced is so worth it (for me). I don't ever want to be divorced from my 959! :)
Thanks. I can see this marriage lasting quite a while ;)
 

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Half the good corners have been straightend on the Rimutaka hill road now. I always likes Paekakariki hill. 4 years ago I was Kapiti based and used to shoot around on a VTR1000 which is where the love of twins took hold. I had the Q3 on a 2014 ZX10r, they're similar but the DRC doesn't have such stuff sidewalks and gives better feedback I think. You'd be splitting hairs to call one better than the other but for NZ the DRC would be my pick purely because you see more rain and the DRC trumps Q3 there if nowhere else IMO.

What did you pay for the Akra? This wasn't he bike I saw at the dealership in Lower Hutt on trade me was it? Listed as a $2.6 extra? If so, I called them and said I wanted the slip on ... They said oh, it's 2.6k with a bike as an option otherwise 5k :( doh
 

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Half the good corners have been straightend on the Rimutaka hill road now. I always likes Paekakariki hill. 4 years ago I was Kapiti based and used to shoot around on a VTR1000 which is where the love of twins took hold. I had the Q3 on a 2014 ZX10r, they're similar but the DRC doesn't have such stuff sidewalks and gives better feedback I think. You'd be splitting hairs to call one better than the other but for NZ the DRC would be my pick purely because you see more rain and the DRC trumps Q3 there if nowhere else IMO.

What did you pay for the Akra? This wasn't he bike I saw at the dealership in Lower Hutt on trade me was it? Listed as a $2.6 extra? If so, I called them and said I wanted the slip on ... They said oh, it's 2.6k with a bike as an option otherwise 5k :( doh
I don't think the Rimutaka hill has degraded that much. Some of the corners on the way up from the Hutt side have been widened and a couple of sections made less twisty but there are still a ton of epic corners and the road surface is the best you'll see anywhere. I live in Whitby so the Paekak hill road gets a lot of abuse from me. When I first started riding, I was working from home at the time so would jump on my CBR250RR twice a day and blast up and over the hill. Awesome way to learn how to ride a motorcycle :) Only problem with that road is the bumps!! Rimutaka hill is a much better road for bikes IMHO.

I won't argue the DRC is the better road tyre, particular in NZ. I'm predominantly going to be riding at the track and found the Q3 outstanding there. I'll hopefully get to the track soon so will see how the DRC go. Probably the better tyre for this time of year.

Yeah, the bike was the one listed on TradeMe (from Motormart). They told me the $2.6k was a typo and was meant to be $4.6k. I wasn't going to get the Akra exhaust but I guess they really didn't want to take it off and then have to sell it as used so they kept lowering the price until I couldn't say no. Only ended up paying an extra 1000 or so once it was all said and done :)
 
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