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Hey everyone, had the pleasure to recently pick up my very own White 959 from a brilliant Ducati dealer in Sunnyvale, CA. I just recently moved to SF Bay Area and picked up a 2015 Yamaha R3 for daily commuting and now the 959 for weekend fun. And what a fun bike it is, love everything about it!














Oh and yeah I'm Polish hence the sticker and will be installing Ducati Corse stickers today and a clear clutch cover soon.

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the bike! I still have to wait until April to pick up mine. how you liking the white colour?
 

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Honestly absolutely love it. Ever since I saw one in a picture I knew it's the one for me, and it's the right choice. The paint isn't as glossy and it's almost matte which makes it stand out. I went to the dealership the other day for something and looked at some red ones and the paint makes them look cheap. Like glossy plastic panels cheap. The white is so much nicer and it doesn't attract as much attention (although it total deserves it, since I actually haven't seen a white one on the road yet) so it might be better in terms of security. Picked up white and never looked back. Will do my first cleaning of it today after work but it should be pretty straight forward with just water and some matte protection. Will never buy a red Ducati after this for sure :}
 

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Honestly absolutely love it. Ever since I saw one in a picture I knew it's the one for me, and it's the right choice. The paint isn't as glossy and it's almost matte which makes it stand out. I went to the dealership the other day for something and looked at some red ones and the paint makes them look cheap. Like glossy plastic panels cheap. The white is so much nicer and it doesn't attract as much attention (although it total deserves it, since I actually haven't seen a white one on the road yet) so it might be better in terms of security. Picked up white and never looked back. Will do my first cleaning of it today after work but it should be pretty straight forward with just water and some matte protection. Will never buy a red Ducati after this for sure :}
i feel the same way hence why i picked up a white one for myself. How do you plan on cleaning it? I was looking at jetseal matte by chemical guys and was thinking it might be a good way to protect the paint. Any thoughts?
 

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I think white motorcycles are for squids. They look cheap and unrefined to me. I'm also pretty sure that matte paint makes the bike slower. I calculated it out actually;

CD= Matte White/q A V(2) /2 {2x} = slower than red.


But whatever man, nice bike I suppose, kinda. Welcome to the forum.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Congrats on the new bike.
 

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i feel the same way hence why i picked up a white one for myself. How do you plan on cleaning it? I was looking at jetseal matte by chemical guys and was thinking it might be a good way to protect the paint. Any thoughts?
I just cleaned it yesterday. Water spray, microfiber towels and this:


There was some stubborn dirt or grease on the tail but it took 5 seconds with just spraying it with water and letting it sit and then wiping it off. Then applying the detailer and wiping it off. No streaks, no problems and the bike looks like it's been sitting on the showroom floor.





I think white motorcycles are for squids. They look cheap and unrefined to me. I'm also pretty sure that matte paint makes the bike slower. I calculated it out actually;

CD= Matte White/q A V(2) /2 {2x} = slower than red.


But whatever man, nice bike I suppose, kinda. Welcome to the forum.
Oh man I wish I'd done the math sooner. DAMMIT :D
 

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I just picked up some of that Matte Detailer. Thanks!

I also use WD-40 on the red rims to remove chain grease and dirt. Works like a charm.

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I just picked up some of that Matte Detailer. Thanks!

I also use WD-40 on the red rims to remove chain grease and dirt. Works like a charm.

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Good call, i just sprayed with water and wiped, but will try WD-40 if they get too dirty :}
 

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WOW - I can't believe you use WD40 to CLEAN your anything!!! If I were you I'd get some of this Honda cleaner/polish for everything except the matte paint - it's the absolute best.
You don't know the many uses of wd40 then. Its more than just squeeky doors haha. I have used it to clean oil in my driveway before. It is a great degreaser. It says removes and protects right on the bottle.
 

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baylajner959 Welcome to the forum and I must say I like your color choice on the 959...!!! Cheers.
 

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Fellow R3 owner here. It's Raven and badly needs an Arctic White Silk garage buddy!

I love the R3 every-which-way, and it's perfectly at home commuting in city traffic. Will I like the Italian beast nearly as well on my ride to work? Can I flick her around as well as the R3? Does she get hot in traffic? Bend you over too much to see what's going on a few cars up?

I have a feeling I won't care, for god, she is beautiful. But if you have any observations between the two I would love to hear them.
 

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Fellow R3 owner here. It's Raven and badly needs an Arctic White Silk garage buddy!

I love the R3 every-which-way, and it's perfectly at home commuting in city traffic. Will I like the Italian beast nearly as well on my ride to work? Can I flick her around as well as the R3? Does she get hot in traffic? Bend you over too much to see what's going on a few cars up?

I have a feeling I won't care, for god, she is beautiful. But if you have any observations between the two I would love to hear them.
Ducati is a whole another world even when doing mundane commuting. The R3 is naturally lighter and a smaller bike so it might seem like it's easier to flick about at first, especially after your first ride on the Ducati and then getting back to R3. Once you get used to the Ducati, you will feel 100% more comfortable with leaning, splitting and generally enjoying the bike. It's a lot more planted and just as easy to move about in traffic. The heat issue is there, but it's usually just nice while the weather is coldish here in the bay. I will have to see about how it gets in the summer, although I never felt like I was uncomfortable with the heat, but you do notice it. The riding position on the Ducati is a lot more aggressive and you will feel incredible relieved as soon as you get back on the R3, but you will miss the Ducati and after you get used to it, you will prefer it. Once you get used to the rapid braking and properly manage to cling to the tank instead of putting your weight on the wrists you will be fine.

I have said that i will never take the Ducati to work or shopping runs while I have the R3.. but I find myself skipping the R3 because the Ducati is so much more enjoyable.

You will absolutely love everything from the speed to the tech, through the looks to the braking and handling and everything else. Im keeping the R3 for work as much as I can, but you should absolutely get the Ducati as then you get the best of both worlds with that and the R3.

 

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Most excellent, and exactly the story I wanted to hear. I doubt I'll stop loving the R3 to pieces -- the thing just zings to engine speeds I'll rarely see on a bigger bike, and never ever feels anything but dialed in. Still, 4x the HP from a sexy L-twin has to be a helluva nice contrast under the right circumstances.

What I don't want to find out is that I'm miserable on some high-strung poser machine, and you have allayed that concern. I read you loud and clear ... viva la vroom ...
 

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Most excellent, and exactly the story I wanted to hear. I doubt I'll stop loving the R3 to pieces -- the thing just zings to engine speeds I'll rarely see on a bigger bike, and never ever feels anything but dialed in. Still, 4x the HP from a sexy L-twin has to be a helluva nice contrast under the right circumstances.

What I don't want to find out is that I'm miserable on some high-strung poser machine, and you have allayed that concern. I read you loud and clear ... viva la vroom ...
Glad I could help! By all means, go test-ride one before you buy, but I can honestly say I'm seriously considering letting go of the R3 cause the 959 is so good in any environment.. :}
 

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Glad I could help! By all means, go test-ride one before you buy, but I can honestly say I'm seriously considering letting go of the R3 cause the 959 is so good in any environment.. :}
Understood. But I'm one of those guys who keeps a salt of the earth Wrangler in his arsenal to compare against a too-perfect Audi, just to enjoy both ends of the yin yang :).
 
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