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Hello!

I've been reading/watching this forum for about a month now. I'd like to start by saying thank you to everyone. Your posts & reviews helped me make my decision. I picked up my Arctic White 899 this weekend.

Here's how I got to where I am today (Skip if you don't want the long winded answer).

I've been riding for the past 21 years. I started on a Honda 250 Rebel, progressed to a CBR F2 & then 2 Gixxer's during HS & College. For the past decade I've been riding a Harley. Last summer I stopped by a local dealer to see the 675 Daytona & ended up riding the S1000RR. I was in love. I started saving & planning to get one ASAP. I was such an advocate (without owning one lol) that my stepdad ended up buying a 2014 S1000RR this past Dec.

About a month ago I went & visited my family & rode his S1000RR around for the weekend. I've never been a reckless/crazy rider, but also don't consider myself super conservative. Needless to say I didn't enjoy riding around in 2nd gear on the streets (45MPH was 4K RPMs in 2nd gear on the S1000RR). I kept wanting to shift into third & coast. I still thought the bike was great but it just seemed to fast to ride on the streets. It took some of the wind out of my sails.

I went back to the drawing board & opened up my search again. My primary requirements were: ABS, TC & ride modes. I added the Daytona 675R back even though it lacked TC/Ride modes and found the 899 while surfing the web/Youtube. Originally I had considered the 1199 but I kept thinking about the saying (after riding the S1KRR): It's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow. (I'm not insinuating that the 899 is slow, it's just a little more in line with what I want on the street). Plus my price cap needed to be $18K or so. 3 weeks ago I went into a dealer & looked at the 899 in person.

I'm a sucker for white vehicles & immediately gravitated to the Arctic White. For the following week I watched as many videos as I could find, read as many reviews/forums as I could and set up a demo ride. I'm not an impulsive guy. I rode the bike but was very honest with the sales guy that I would need to think about it. It took me a day to decide. I weighted all of the pros & cons I had read. (It's a big purchase for me so I wanted to be sure).

When I was in HS the 716 was my dream bike, but felt so out of my grasp. I'm happy I've come full circle (It just took 20 yrs lol). I spent last week negotiating on the price & went in this past Saturday and rode home on my new Duc.

Saturday was sunny & in the low 60s. I left the dealer at 3pm & put 50 miles on the bike with a stop at my dads (He wanted to try it so we went out for a ride together w/ the Duc & his Vrod).

I'm really happy (No big ticket buyer's remorse) and can't wait for the weather to warm up (& dry up - It rained all day yesterday and is suppose to rain this week & weekend). I realize that you guys on the East Coast & Europe have worse weather so I'm grateful for the dry days in the 50s around here.

Ok I'm done. Thank you again for all of your help & I'm happy to be part of the 899 club.
 

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Welcome to the forum, a good choice you won't regret, the 899 is an awesome bike, much prefer it to the litre Jap bikes i've owned over the past few years, more usable power on the street.
 

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I got mine at Motor Cafe in Sunnyvale. The sales manager said that they've sold about 10 899's so far. The first five deposits had all been for Arctic white, but they have sold some red ones as well.

They had the 1 Arctic white one when I first went in 3 weeks ago. It sold the day before I went in to buy it this past weekend. Luckily another one came in the same day that they prepped & I ended up getting.

They said it would be a month or so before they saw another white one. This past weekend when I picked mine up they still had one red one & one red demo.

I have no idea how many are sent to the US or how long it takes. I would personally take any info with a grain of salt. I could be wrong but if I was in sales & someone expressed a solid interest in picking up a certain bike/color I would do everything I could to make that happen. They are in the business of selling motorcycles afterall.
 

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I got mine at Motor Cafe in Sunnyvale. The sales manager said that they've sold about 10 899's so far. The first five deposits had all been for Arctic white, but they have sold some red ones as well.

They had the 1 Arctic white one when I first went in 3 weeks ago. It sold the day before I went in to buy it this past weekend. Luckily another one came in the same day that they prepped & I ended up getting.

They said it would be a month or so before they saw another white one. This past weekend when I picked mine up they still had one red one & one red demo.

I have no idea how many are sent to the US or how long it takes. I would personally take any info with a grain of salt. I could be wrong but if I was in sales & someone expressed a solid interest in picking up a certain bike/color I would do everything I could to make that happen. They are in the business of selling motorcycles afterall.
I bought mine there as well! Great folks over at Motor Cafe.
 
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