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I'm going to pick up my 899 (Red) in Atlanta today! I'll have pics and a full review within the next week or so. I've been riding about 15 years and am coming off a Honda CBR600RR. I do a mix of street and track so I really can't wait to put the 899 through it's paces. More info to follow. This is the most excited I've ever been to get a new bike.
 

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Congrats :D
U are not sleeping tonight lol

Pics and do u trade ?
Also what was the final $ ?

Thanks for the info
 

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Awesome. Anxiously waiting for your impressions.
 

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LOL, oh man, i know someone will not sleep tonight, especially if the weather is nice where you're located. Can't wait to see pictures!
 

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Just rode off the lot! I love it. Price out the door with the absurd GA taxes was a little over 17k. I got it at BMW Husqvarna Ducati of Atlanta but it was the only one they had. I'm going to have to spend some time familiarizing myself with the electronics package, but it's not too hard to operate.
 

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I'm on the phone right now, but I'll toss up pics tomorrow night, Monday at the latest
 

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Just rode off the lot! I love it. Price out the door with the absurd GA taxes was a little over 17k. I got it at BMW Husqvarna Ducati of Atlanta but it was the only one they had. I'm going to have to spend some time familiarizing myself with the electronics package, but it's not too hard to operate.
Congrats!

That is what I ended up paying for in NYC. Although we pay near 9% on sales tax ;)

That said, I don't know where my bike is!
 

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I'm on the phone right now, but I'll toss up pics tomorrow night, Monday at the latest

What do you think of the power band. Does it have a good amount of torque at lower rpm range?
 

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Ok so a day (and 180 miles) later and I'm loving it. Here's my initial impressions.

The good:
Power delivery is fantastic. I played around with the different power modes a bit. You can specify high low or med power delivery in any mode. It still provides max HP but changes how sharply it's delivered. IN wet of course it cuts power to 100HP and the delivery is in low mode and it's really mild. I spent all day in sport mode and did a mix of city stop and go, highway and back roads. I'm taking it kind of easy during the break in but managed to average 46mpg through the first 180 miles which is way better than I thought it would. Ergos are also great and it felt no less comfortable than the CBR I just came off. The quickshifter works great and allows rapid upshifts with no hesitation at all. The Showa forks and Sachs shock are just fine on the road and handled varied road surfaces just fine. The front feels completely planted and the steering action is fast and easy. My previous Ducati experience is on the 748S (which I didn't like) and the 1198 (which I loved). It is easier to point and shoot than the 1198 is with way less steering effort required.

The bad:
That exhaust heat is no joke, I'm going to need to try and do something about it. Ducati has continued their habit of putting pegs on that have absolutely no grip at all. That's it.

Overall I'm really happy with this bike, its a huge upgrade from a Japanese 600 that's for sure. It's plenty quick, is oozing with technology and the build quality is typical Ducati. I love it! Is it more money than a CBR1000 or R1 without being faster? Yup, but do I care? Not at all. It's definitely a superbike that you can live with day to day and that's exactly what I was looking for. As those who would claim it's underpowered....it's lighter than an 1198 with 30 more hp than a 916. What more could you want?
 

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Ok so a day (and 180 miles) later and I'm loving it. Here's my initial impressions.

The good:
Power delivery is fantastic. I played around with the different power modes a bit. You can specify high low or med power delivery in any mode. It still provides max HP but changes how sharply it's delivered. IN wet of course it cuts power to 100HP and the delivery is in low mode and it's really mild. I spent all day in sport mode and did a mix of city stop and go, highway and back roads. I'm taking it kind of easy during the break in but managed to average 46mpg through the first 180 miles which is way better than I thought it would. Ergos are also great and it felt no less comfortable than the CBR I just came off. The quickshifter works great and allows rapid upshifts with no hesitation at all. The Showa forks and Sachs shock are just fine on the road and handled varied road surfaces just fine. The front feels completely planted and the steering action is fast and easy. My previous Ducati experience is on the 748S (which I didn't like) and the 1198 (which I loved). It is easier to point and shoot than the 1198 is with way less steering effort required.

The bad:
That exhaust heat is no joke, I'm going to need to try and do something about it. Ducati has continued their habit of putting pegs on that have absolutely no grip at all. That's it.

Overall I'm really happy with this bike, its a huge upgrade from a Japanese 600 that's for sure. It's plenty quick, is oozing with technology and the build quality is typical Ducati. I love it! Is it more money than a CBR1000 or R1 without being faster? Yup, but do I care? Not at all. It's definitely a superbike that you can live with day to day and that's exactly what I was looking for. As those who would claim it's underpowered....it's lighter than an 1198 with 30 more hp than a 916. What more could you want?

Sorry to hear that heat is still an issue. What do you plan to do to help eliminate it. I wonder if insulating the pipe with fiberglass wrap would help.
 

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I'm going to pick up my 899 (Red) in Atlanta today! I'll have pics and a full review within the next week or so. I've been riding about 15 years and am coming off a Honda CBR600RR. I do a mix of street and track so I really can't wait to put the 899 through it's paces. More info to follow. This is the most excited I've ever been to get a new bike.
Congrats!!
 

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Just rode off the lot! I love it. Price out the door with the absurd GA taxes was a little over 17k. I got it at BMW Husqvarna Ducati of Atlanta but it was the only one they had. I'm going to have to spend some time familiarizing myself with the electronics package, but it's not too hard to operate.
That's interesting-

I'm over in Athens and NPR has them at 16,700 otd. What is the tax rate over there? 6.5 here.
 

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That's interesting-

I'm over in Athens and NPR has them at 16,700 otd. What is the tax rate over there? 6.5 here.
I'm here in the military, and due to an issue with residency I was forced to pay a flat rate of 8% based on a county rate for the area I am stationed (Fort Benning).
 

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@Evolution - did the black front guard come as standard?
I've seen pics of both the red and black guard front guard.
 

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Nice bike, ordering mine next week and hoping to get it before Christmas. Do you get the Termi cans thrown in the deal in the USA?
 

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The black fender with the ducati logo on it is stock. Also no Termis. I wish we were getting a deal like that here in the US, but no luck. I will probably put them on this summer, but honestly the stock exhaust is so loud I'm going to worry about other stuff first (rear sets, case covers, etc).
 

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Yeah guys unfortunately the deal on apply for the guys in UK nothing for us in the states :(
 
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