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Hello everyone I've been poking around for a couple weeks and decided to register hoping to get some help and maybe I can contribute to the forums as well.

I had been looking at getting a monster 796 but when i saw the 899 panigale I forgot all about the monster. I have a few questions and hopefully someone has some input.

First thing is I have only ever rode cruisers and want to know is the power on the 899 gonna be to much for me or is it doable in wet mode for someone who has never ridden a sport bike? I'm 31 years old and I am not gonna say I won't speed but when starting out I will have the restraint to take it easy.

I live in Jacksonville Arkansas so every dealer is at least 300 miles away and was hoping to get some suggestions on good dealers to go to? My dad lives in Dallas Texas so I'm hoping at least one of the three dealers in Texas are great. So what is the input on European Cycle Sports LTD, Eurosport Cycle, and Advanced Motorsports Ducati Dallas?

My final question involves the first two questions. I am 5'4" with a 30" inseam and was wandering how is the height on the 889 for a short person? I live too far away to drive to a dealer just to sit on one so I will have to wait till I visit my dad to sit on one. I have sat on a Ninja 650 which has a 31.7 inch seat height and with boots on I was on the balls of both feet with being close to putting the heels down. I don't know how narrow or wide the 889 seat is compared to the Ninja 650. I know the 899 seat height is a little taller and having never ridden a sport bike I am kinda scared of dropping a brand new 15k motorcycle.

Thanks for any input you can provide.
 

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Hello everyone I've been poking around for a couple weeks and decided to register hoping to get some help and maybe I can contribute to the forums as well.

I had been looking at getting a monster 796 but when i saw the 899 panigale I forgot all about the monster. I have a few questions and hopefully someone has some input.

First thing is I have only ever rode cruisers and want to know is the power on the 899 gonna be to much for me or is it doable in wet mode for someone who has never ridden a sport bike? I'm 31 years old and I am not gonna say I won't speed but when starting out I will have the restraint to take it easy.

I live in Jacksonville Arkansas so every dealer is at least 300 miles away and was hoping to get some suggestions on good dealers to go to? My dad lives in Dallas Texas so I'm hoping at least one of the three dealers in Texas are great. So what is the input on European Cycle Sports LTD, Eurosport Cycle, and Advanced Motorsports Ducati Dallas?

My final question involves the first two questions. I am 5'4" with a 30" inseam and was wandering how is the height on the 889 for a short person? I live too far away to drive to a dealer just to sit on one so I will have to wait till I visit my dad to sit on one. I have sat on a Ninja 650 which has a 31.7 inch seat height and with boots on I was on the balls of both feet with being close to putting the heels down. I don't know how narrow or wide the 889 seat is compared to the Ninja 650. I know the 899 seat height is a little taller and having never ridden a sport bike I am kinda scared of dropping a brand new 15k motorcycle.

Thanks for any input you can provide.
You'll be fine with the power. Keep it in wet mode at first then go from there. Really nothing to be worried about.

Your height is going to be a problem. I'm 5' 6" and was standing on my tip toes. It's a bit taller than the 1199. You do have some options to address the issue. I shaved my seat down about 1" and it made a big difference. I'm only riding on the track so you may sacrifice some comfort if riding on the street. Honestly I don't notice a difference but I always ride with full leathers. The second option is to do the 1199 to 899 suspension swap. That gives you an additional 2" to play with and get it just right. I posted a thread about this and I'll add new information when I get it completed. To bad you're so far away, Ducati of Omaha is an excellent dealer.
 

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Hi Krazt! I am a current 795 (Asian variant of 796 with a double-sided swingarm) owner and I'll be upgrading to the 899 in the coming months.

The Monster is a great street bike but I am keen on going for a sportsbike hence the 899. I am also of the same height as you are and yes, with a full-length boot you are going to have a bit of a problem. On flat grounds I am able to tip-toe on both feet and still balance the bike. Perhaps the only qualm is on uneven grounds. Other than that I didn't find the 899 of any problem for those with a shorter inseam.

You just have to learn how to balance and control the bike, knowing which leg to drop when you're at a stand-still and also tilt ur body more to one side to allow more ground for ur feet. You have to build your confidence if you're looking to own a bike which u have to tip-toe on. You may lower the bike but that will affect the geometry and handling. Don't let the height of the bike get in your way.

Hope it helps ! and looking forward to more of your sharings!
 

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Hi! I bought my Arctic White 899 right before Christmas from European Cycle Sport in Plano, and those guys are top notch! Working with Sean and Elvis was a breeze and I was in and out very fast (no pun intended!)

If you decide to pull the trigger, head down to see them and tell them Jason sent you! You won't be sorry! ImageUploadedByMotorcycle1389642906.496419.jpg


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Hi Jasber,

I was just wondering, did European Cycle Sports gave you any special deal or any free accessories with the 899??

Cheers,
CJ

Hi! I bought my Arctic White 899 right before Christmas from European Cycle Sport in Plano, and those guys are top notch! Working with Sean and Elvis was a breeze and I was in and out very fast (no pun intended!)

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I agree with most of the comments above, power wont be an issue for you. if you are starting out new try the sports mode by turning down the engine power delivery to LOW setting and you should be good to go,, i not necesssarily go with the wet mode as it takes the traction control to the higest level(which is not ideal for all riding conditions),,but its just me( you can try playing with them all). I live in South east oklahoma and Advance Motorsports Ducati Dallas was around 220+ miles for me,, i never test drove the 899 before taking the plunge,,but i did all the research and knew what i wanted and i am very very happy with the purchase.
hope this helps with your decision making.

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CJ.
 

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Thanks everyone for your input so far. I will definately have to hit up European Cycle when it comes time to buy. I hope I can get the fees taken off as well cause thats probably $1000 or more right there. Jasber do they have any demos there cause I want to see the 2 colors up close? I am really loving the look of the matte white but I want to see what the red and white look like in person.
 

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+1 for Euro Cycle Sports in Plano. I'm on some military duty At Sheppard AFB and really like the atmosphere and the guys that worked there when I visited them.

Ohh, and congrats on wanting to switch to a REAL motorcycle ;)
 

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Thanks everyone for your input so far. I will definately have to hit up European Cycle when it comes time to buy. I hope I can get the fees taken off as well cause thats probably $1000 or more right there. Jasber do they have any demos there cause I want to see the 2 colors up close? I am really loving the look of the matte white but I want to see what the red and white look like in person.
I'm not sure what they have in stock right now. I got the last white one they had at the end of December (that was all I needed to see!)

Check their site or give them a call. The way these beauties are selling, I'm not sure if they can keep them in stock! :)


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