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Picked my 959 Up This Morning

Here's a few of my initial impressions after about 110 miles this morning.

Under seat exhaust heat is a non-issue for me, at least at 75 F. A couple times I felt some heat, mainly on the underside of my left thigh but not a big deal. This summer might be different.

Exhaust is LOUD, no need for a Termignoni here, it's deafening even at idle. I don't know how they get these things through inspection. It's got a nice, deep throaty roar under acceleration...glorious!

The bike started easily hot or cold. The starter does turn quite slowly but it lit off without issue each time and settled down into that off beat big twin idle.

I made it home, then geared up to go back out for a ride in the twisties. When I restarted the bike, an orange ABS and warning icon begin flashing on the MFD......aargh! I had to call the Ducati service department and a tech told me this is the ABS initializing and it goes out as soon as you start rolling. He was right and I calmed back down....lol!

Fit and finish is first rate, the bike is drop dead gorgeous.

The switch gear is a little different in tactile feel compared to the Japanese stuff, not bad, just a different feel.

Mirrors are fixed and essentially useless. If I pull in my right elbow and lean forward and down a bit I can see enough of both lanes behind me to move over. It just takes a bit of getting used to.

Rider ergonomics are decent, maybe a little more pressure on my wrists than my other bikes but almost a Japanese feel overall.

Power, I'm keeping it between 4,000 and 6,000 rpm during break in, redline is 12,000 rpm, a lot for a twin, so there's power there but it needs to spin. I'd say the power at 6000 is decent but not overwhelming. I'll have more to say once I finish the break in and unleash the full payload of ponies. I'm guessing it will slot in perfectly between my ZX-6R and my CBR 1000RR. Early dyno reports are showing 130 rear wheel HP, ZX-6R is 110 rear wheel and my CBR is about 150 at the rear tire so it splits the difference nicely. By the way,
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 22nd, 2016, 8:58 pm
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Looks awesome! The Termi's would just piss off the neighbors...like mine do. But I love 'em.

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That is one FINE looking machine!

I would expect, however, that you would have the same expression as on your avatar!

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Sweet ride!

Gotta love those Italian mistresses
Keep the rubber side down..


Present: 08 S4RS Tricolore/#239/400 ..Always wanted something Italian & exotic!
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Past: 77 Harley Davidson..Awsome bike, misse it
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