Thanks @mattxrThis is the article from the MCN review.
wait so did you get a 899 or 1199?I'm glad to see that review. I was worried that I was being completely insane--swept away by that old Ducati magic (I've owned a M695 & an 848)--when I traded my Daytona 675R in on the white 899, which I pick up in the spring. "Completely insane" meaning that I could get a lot of track days with the money I paid on the difference to trade the D675R in on the 899. Both bikes are perfect, it's the rider (me) that needs the work. The problem for me is that 899 overpowered me and now she owns me (and I haven't even picked her up). I test rode an 1199 and that was it for me. What's a guy to do? She charmed me. She seduced me. She ravished me. I was her potter’s clay; I was molded to her will, her voracious appetite for higher things. She showed me the stars, the sun and the moon. She was my astronomer; but more, she was my astrologer: she showed me my destiny, my desire. Her appeal to depth was infinite & absolute. I could not resist. What red-blooded Ducatista could?
Sorry, I can see how that was not clear from my post. I got the 899; my insurance company would not insure the 1199 for me, and frankly I don't want or need 195 hp (at this point). Actually at the time I test drove the 1199, the 899 was not available. But I couldn't get that test drive off my mind. I loved the connection I felt with it (and it brought back feelings of being on the 848). About 1 month later the 899 became available and I checked with my insurance company and they would insure the 899. By the way, they would also insure the BMW S1000RR (which I test drove after the 1199 but it didn't do much for me--in fact, I preferred the Daytona--I'm sure its superb and my test was not on a race track, although neither was the 1199 test drive.). Why would the insurance company insure the BMW and not the Ducati (given they are both about the same hp and both have ABS, traction control, etc.)? The insurance agent wasn't sure but speculated that they simply would not insure a bike over 1000cc. And changing insurance company is not an option for me right now. I'll probably be paying under $900 for insurance on the 899 (for the year). Anyway, I'm glad it worked out that I could not purchase the 1199; I'm thrilled to be getting an 899--it's a stunning bike in all ways. I like the red and the white but prefer and ordered the white.I got the 899; my insurance company would not insure the 1199 for me, and frankly I don't want or need 195 hp.