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Hovering on the fence on purchasing an 899 and would be my first Italian lady :D. I have been digging for information for months since the release. I was very close in the fall purchasing an 848 but heard the new model was coming so held off. I sure did like that 848 EVO Corse SE 2013. I have kept up on pros and cons of other Ducati models over the years because I am a fan of all manufacturers. I had a few questions from the current owners or persons with any info.

1. Does the 899 have heat issues like the 1199?

2. Haven't owned a bike with the exhaust near the pegs does it run too hot to wear tennis shoes? I have even worn a pair of Keens sandals on short rides in the heat of the summer. Was worried about BBQing my feet without riding boots.

3. I guess lastly are you happy with it? No major mechanical or electronic failures yet?

Thanks for the read/responses
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Firstly, welcome to the forum :)

The 899 does have heat issues like the 1199 but not to the same extent although it is pretty marginal.
Any under seat exhaust is going to make you sterile so have kids whilst you can now.

I imagine the heat won't be too bad around your feet as the exhaust is below but I really wouldn't know as I love my feet where they are and how they look so don't wear anything to skimpy.

Very happy with the bike and on the home page I have done a review of the bike (street riding) and have tried to give a fair appraisal.
I am doing a track review tonight that will give some other insights into teh bikes performance on the track.

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I urge you to read Quo Vadas's review of the bike. I pretty much agree word for word with what he has said.

I myself never ride without protective boots as the ONE and only time i did i broke my foot in an accident so will never do it again.
 
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The 899 has a couple heat mitigation measures implemented over the old 1199 design. A new heat cover on the side the upper cylinder head right under your crotch, and an updated exhaust cover under the seat from what I have read. Both have been also put on the newer 1199.

I have ridden mine in 87 degree temperature (yes I'm lucky here in CA) and didn't think heat to be an issue as all. Sure it's a little warm, but all bikes are. I find it not much warmer than my 848 aside from more heat around my ankles from the new exhaust location.

I'm very happy with mine. No mechanical or electrical issues anywhere I have read about aside from the carbon canister sometimes causing difficult hot starts for some. I have not had this issue and someone posted that their dealer just told them a fix from Ducati was just released.

I wrote a fairly lengthy review on Ducati.ms and I would take an 899 over any 848 in the blink of and eye having owned both.
 

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Can't say I've noticed any under seat heat issues yet, however it is brass monkey weather here in the UK at the moment....I'm with the others re the feet thing, ever since ripping my Achilles' tendon whilst riding in trainers on a short ride to work I only ever ride in boots now.
I have had a minor problem with mine which looks like the gear position sensor, looks like the same problem occurred on a few 1199's too, I'm waiting for the dealer to replace it.
Not got many miles on yet due to the bad weather here, but love it, it's a fantastic bike.
 

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Yeah shure, choose a bike to ride with tennisshoes and specially sandals on a bike.... Nice when you crash even at 10 km p h. Like buying a car and ask the dealer....... i want to drive it naked.... will i catch my dick between the cardoor will taking a seat in it? I would never get on a bike without the proper clothing..... and anyone who does seems an idiot to me....
 

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The 899 has a couple heat mitigation measures implemented over the old 1199 design. A new heat cover on the side the upper cylinder head right under your crotch, and an updated exhaust cover under the seat from what I have read. Both have been also put on the newer 1199.
I removed the covers that lay over the upper cylinders and I think it is a bit cooler around my nether regions. A bit more air flow goes across the cylinders and the heat doesn't get trapped in the plastic cases.
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I removed the covers that lay over the upper cylinders and I think it is a bit cooler around my nether regions. A bit more air flow goes across the cylinders and the heat doesn't get trapped in the plastic cases.
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I don't think there is anyone that doesnt love their 899
there are a few reviews that mention that they would rather have the 899 over the 1199

Don't hover! Go for it! You wont regret it.
 

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Let me put it this way. I haven't heard of people regretting buying the 899 Panigale and even though the heat issue might be bothersome, I hardly think that it is reason enough to decide against the bike. I mean we are a biased audience here, but collectively our forum would recommend you buy.
 

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I crossed the 900 mile mark yesterday and I freakin love every minute of it! No issues yet, and can't say about the heat, cause all riding has been 75 degrees or below.
 

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as other said it does get toasty on hot days but nothing overwhelming. ive worn tennis shoes and didnt have a problem. dont have any experience with sandals. have enjoyed every second of it so far.
 

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I appreciate the information and opinions on the upcoming purchase. I like to research everything before I buy any product. Traits rubbed off from my Dad. I am excited about the move to a Ducati I have buddies who have owned them but never ridden or owned one myself. My second choice don't shoot me would have been a BMWF800GT in a completely different league than the baby Panigale. I think my wife would have preferred me move to that but I feel that's settling down to old age and I'm in my 30s still.
At Devill66's response I appreciate the honesty and I would agree with you about wearing little to no protective gear is idiotic. I have been riding off and on for close to 20 years started on Dirt Bikes. I think personally if i wanted to stay safe all the time I would have joined a service for girls like the Army, Navy or Air Force and not the US Marines. I think we all wish we were Saints and wore protective gear every time we sat down but have on occasion broken my own rules. Thats why the exhaust at the foot pegs made me curious about heat. I do own full protective gear and boots and mainly ride safe. Luckily for me my work is a 10 minute ride in a 30mph zone.

Thanks again all,
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... Luckily for me my work is a 10 minute ride in a 30mph zone.

Thanks again all,
SEMPER FI-PointmanUSMC-
First, and foremost, thank you for your service. That last statement is a bit bothersome, and I couldn't help but respond. There were about 100 yards between my tent and the tech inspection area last summer when I hit a wet/oily patch and put my bike down doing about 5mph. Not only did I hit my head (thank god for the helmet), but my foot got caught up in the shifter and I wound up sidelined for about a month with a badly sprained ankle. I was wearing a pair of hiking boots at the time. We all love risk, which is the allure of riding, but manage it and you'll find yourself having a lot more time to do the things you love. Watch the movie Rush about F1. Nikki Lauda's philosophy is pretty spot on.
 
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