Take it from a noob that purchased a 2015 Panigale 899 1.5mo ago. The bike was in really good condition and had 7,400mi on it. I took it for a test ride the first time and it felt way too aggressive. It definitely has power, so I was feeling a little shook. Came back and my wife told me, “Actually go and test ride it. Spend 15min on it and just get a feel for it.” So, I did and my mind changed instantly. I got more comfortable with the ride position and I was able to get comfortable with the throttle.
Fast fwd to now. I upgraded the OEM clutch master cylinder to an Oberon. Stock clutch lever felt way too hard to hold onto on streets. And this aftermarket one has made it effortless. That was $125.
I had to do the 7,500 Desmo service. I contacted 2 local Ducati authorized service spots. The closest one charged me about $1k and didn’t really mention what would be done. Then, the 2nd one I happened to stumble upon. Longs story short, it was recommended and came to find out he shop had been in business for years. Almost a 5 star rating on yelp. Mechanic charged me $180 for the service and told me what was entailed. And even installed the aftermarket master cylinder as part of the service.
I commute 45mi one way to work and have taken the bike more frequently. Getting the proper gear is key to a more comfortable ride. And I have to agree with others, there have been no other repairs needed. I even asked about prior history of repairs and there was none, only service/maintenance done.
I still have far to go, but I’ve put on 1k miles on it already. It’s been a great bike this far
1. Seems like a common issue but when you put Neutral, it doesn’t always show as such. It’ll say 1st gear.
2. I haven’t researched this, but bike will turn off after a minute if it’s in idle. Not sure if this is intentional, or not. Mechanic said he didn’t find any issue. So not sure if other owners can chime in on this.
3. Seat could be more comfy. Someone said front brake can be squishy, but I’ve experienced the opposite. It brakes hard, so you gotta be gentle. Anyways, when you have to break hard at a high speed, your nuts kind of fly into the tank and that **** hurts. Lol you can’t just pull over on the freeway and yell “OWWWW!!!!” while you grab em
Take the test ride. You more than likely will be cursed to WANT the bike.