First Track Day and Comparison to 2015 S1000RR - Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
 4Likes
  • 4 Post By BPedersen
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 05-20-2015, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Northern New Jersey
Posts: 11
First Track Day and Comparison to 2015 S1000RR

I just completed two days at the California Superbike School with my 899 the first day and the school's 2015 BMW S1000RR on day two. I just bought the 899 and did not push too hard during the first 3 sessions but by the end of the day we had a fairly good pace.

Here are some things that I noticed: 1) the stock 899 suspension is not too bad but an upgrade is in order for future track days. 2) I passed plenty of BMW's on the 899. It is nimble and quick but the RPM's need to be 8,000+ to generate the thrust. 3) I used gears 2 - 5 on both bikes but did more shifting on the 899. 4) The BMW transmission is incredible. The auto downshifts are simple, smooth, and effective. 5) I have found no better way of improving my track and street skills than attending a track school. Everyone should do it. 5) The difference in straightaway speed was 140 for the 899 and close to 150 for the BMW.

The 899 is plenty fun for average Joe's like me (I also own a BMW S1000RR HP4 which is also great fun) however, any bike with the auto downshift could be my next purchase. It is that good. Looking forward to upgrading the exhaust and suspension prior to my next track day. Cheers everyone.
r1fdtres, vyruz, smcf and 1 others like this.
BPedersen is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 05-20-2015, 06:30 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Utah, USA
Posts: 565
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by BPedersen View Post

The 899 is plenty fun for average Joe's like me (I also own a BMW S1000RR HP4 which is also great fun) however, any bike with the auto downshift could be my next purchase. It is that good. Looking forward to upgrading the exhaust and suspension prior to my next track day. Cheers everyone.
Get in touch with @jarelj

He has an auto blip downshift aftermarket solution that can be fit to your 899.

Great review of two amazing motorcycles
rybo is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 05-21-2015, 07:40 AM
Senior Member
 
jkeown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 211
I took a 1 day csbk class at VIR earlier this month

Can't say enough good about their staff and program

Great experience plan to go again in august

Yep, that s1000rr is a fantastic bike
jkeown is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 5 Old 05-21-2015, 09:58 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Columbus,Ga
Posts: 85
I did my first track day with them in 2010 and have been hooked ever since. I bought an s1000rr but quickly learned it was too much bike for me so I got an 848 then upgraded to the 899. I bet the downshifting feature is the bomb!

Ducati MTS 1200GT 13, Piaggio BV350 13, 899(red) 14
craiger527 is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 05-22-2015, 10:39 AM
Senior Member
 
rjjr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 793
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by craiger527 View Post
I did my first track day with them in 2010 and have been hooked ever since. I bought an s1000rr but quickly learned it was too much bike for me so I got an 848 then upgraded to the 899. I bet the downshifting feature is the bomb!

The Blipbox downshifter is a great upgrade. It helps smooth up corner entry and frees up brain power to focus on more important things like corner entry speed and maintaining a smooth line. I never mastered blipping the throttle so I was feathering the clutch and braking at the same time. Just more complicated than using the downshifter.

2014 Arctic White Silk 899 Panigale
2015 Ducati Multistrada S
2014 Honda Grom
rjjr is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Ducati 899 Panigale Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I will finally get to go on a track day! monty1001972 899 Panigale General Discussion 11 12-05-2014 03:23 AM
got some supercorsa sp v2 for my first track day gandor Track Talk 4 12-01-2014 12:50 PM
First every track day Mubbles 899 Panigale General Discussion 3 08-08-2014 09:09 AM
Just a few track day photos. DonSanto 899 Panigale Pictures 0 05-29-2014 05:27 AM
Track day this saturday Tosh22 899 Panigale General Discussion 1 04-14-2014 12:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome