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Howdy, have put my deposit down on a 899, with delivery due around mid-April.

I test rode a 1199 last year, and was impressed by it, but like the S1000RR I also test rode, my thoughts were "this is too much of, and a waste of, bike for the street". However, with the introduction of the 899, I thought this will be a better road-bike, and the magazine tests seem to confirm my feelings.

That said, what is up with the pricing on Ducati parts?! I looked the dealer catalog, for folding levers, over $NZ400! I found a supplier online selling Brembo levers, the only difference is no "Ducati" logo on them, for around $NZ200 including shipping.
 

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Yeah, I'm pretty keen to get on the v-twin train, but I guess Ducati have underestimated the worldwide demand for this model.

Luckily, I still have my current bike to keep me amused through the coming months.
 

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Howdy, have put my deposit down on a 899, with delivery due around mid-April.

I test rode a 1199 last year, and was impressed by it, but like the S1000RR I also test rode, my thoughts were "this is too much of, and a waste of, bike for the street". However, with the introduction of the 899, I thought this will be a better road-bike, and the magazine tests seem to confirm my feelings.

That said, what is up with the pricing on Ducati parts?! I looked the dealer catalog, for folding levers, over $NZ400! I found a supplier online selling Brembo levers, the only difference is no "Ducati" logo on them, for around $NZ200 including shipping.
Welcome to the forum @OldManMike

Nothing like having power band that you can actually use right ;)
 

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Welcome! Your thoughts sound pretty familiar, almost identical to my reasoning when I chose this bike. I've only been out a few times as I've been waiting for the roads to thaw.

I'm actually headed to Auckland in a couple weeks and was thinking about renting a bike for a day or two. PM headed your way.

I'd bring my bike if I could, but despite her svelte figure, I think she would exceed the carry on allowance :) .

Hang in there, your bike will be worth it. And look into NZDOC, they seem like a great group of folks. Wish they were in Alaska.
 

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Well, ended up working out of town for the last 3-4 months, so deferred purchase until recently, so now the bike is in the crate and being shipped from Australia to New Zealand, for delivery in approx. 3 weeks.
 

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Picked her up from the dealer this afternoon, only got to ride it home through rush-hour traffic, but got a couple of clear spots, and oh my, I like it a lot! It's no litre bike for sure, but definitely has more than enough for the real world. I might enough have to stop riding with earplugs so I can hear that L-twin rumble better!
 
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