Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Lebanon, MO, USA
Never owned both so take this however you like.
959: newer, electronic aids, maintenance less often, warranty, probably more comfortable.
1098S: better (Ohlins) components, less depreciation downside, more torque, more tire choices, almost the top of the range behind the R.
If you are not in the US or Australia, the 959 also has an ugly exhaust whereas the 1098S I see for sale almost always have a nice loud aftermarket already on them. Looks are subjective, to me the 959 looks better.
Last edited by sburns2421; Jan 11th, 2017 at 6:02 pm.