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For those of you have already gotten you 899 can you give us your impressions?

How are the ergonomics? Painful, tolerable or awesome?

What do you think of lower rpm performance. Is the torque good at lower rpms like previous Ducati's or do you need to rev it to the stratosphere to bet good power.

What about the heat issue.

Overall how do you like riding the 899. Is it more user friendly and easier to ride on the street?
 
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I'd love it if someone would answer your questions. I'm picking up my 899 Panigale in the spring. I traded in my 2011 Triumph Daytona 675R on the 899. I had an 848 before the Triumph, but it was stolen. I'm curious how the torque of the 899 compares to the 848 (and the Triumph). On a hot day in the city the 848 was very hot--the heat came off the pipes from the side--and it was a mistake to wear synthetics with that heat (my right leg got toasted on those occasions--I had a Dainese summer synthetic riding suit). I should have had the pipes wrapped. I had replaced the 848 silencers with Termi carbon fibre cans and I'm sure that helped. The 848's riding position could get a tad uncomfortable but, again, that would be more in the city with a backpack on--obviously that's not the way it was meant to be ridden. But I could only have one bike to do everything: road, track and commute and I was happy to put up with the inconveniences for the pure exhilaration of the 848 on the track or a winding country road but also just the joy of being on that bike, even going to work.
 

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I suspect when people get their 899 they're spending a lot more time riding and less time on the internet. Can't say as I blame them though.
 

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Just be patient for now and wait till @Chrisj picks his up and I am sure he will be happy to answer our questions and give us some feedback... when he's done riding it ;)
 
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Just be patient for now and wait till @Chrisj picks his up and I am sure he will be happy to answer our questions and give us some feedback... when he's done riding it ;)
4 long months to go till he takes his 899 home from the dealer! Too bad he didn't live in the south where it's always warm enough to ride. At least he can go visit her when ever he wants to from now till then.
 

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If it were me, I'd bring my pickup with ramps and a cover and lug her back home in the living room.

That is sometime to wait... :(
 

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Having only managed to get 400 odd miles on my 899 since I picked it up on 25th October in the wet and cold.

I find it to be more forgiving bike than my ktm rc8. A lot more agile, easier to ride than 1199s...
Feels very at home on the bendy roads no real effort required.
Although I am still running it in so haven't been on full throttle. The roads are damp with leaves all over not the best
I have felt the heated seat but it takes a bbit longer to heat up than the 1199s.this cpuld also be down to the fact that our air temp is no longer double figures!..
As soon as the sun shines again and the grit is washed away I will once again be out to play!
Looking forward to hearing more from other owners too... :)
Stay safe
 

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If it's too cold when I get mine I'm going to throw it in the trailer and head south.
 
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For those of you have already gotten you 899 can you give us your impressions?

How are the ergonomics? Painful, tolerable or awesome?

What do you think of lower rpm performance. Is the torque good at lower rpms like previous Ducati's or do you need to rev it to the stratosphere to bet good power.

What about the heat issue.

Overall how do you like riding the 899. Is it more user friendly and easier to ride on the street?
I'll do my best to answer your questions. I picked up mine last Thursday night and I have about 400 miles on it.

Ergonomics are awesome. I'm not sure how I can elaborate on this so I won't for now.

The low end torque is great... I was commuting on a monster 696 before and it did not take long to adjust. I have actually been riding in the Low power mode the past few days because its fun to actually be able to grab a handful of throttle and rev out the engine without obliterating the speed limit. Even in the low power mode at 'street speeds' the bike doesn't buck around and I am not forced to slip the clutch that often. So ya its good

The bike does get hot. If you have to sit in really bad stop / go traffic it can be uncomfortable.
 

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Draggin, thank-you! It's going to be a long winter! I'm so excited about being back on a Duke. I test drove an 1199 and that was it: I felt this connection to the bike that made my heart pump. It brought back the best of my experience on the 848--the feeling of it on the track--and then some. My insurance company wouldn't cover the 1199 but would cover the 899. Given my track skill set, the 899 is more than enough bike for me on the track. Given member name, have you ever ridden with a pair of Draggin' jeans? They're pretty nice casual riding pants and they have the great Youtube video of someone being dragged behind a bike with a ski rope with Draggin jeans on.
 

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For those of you have already gotten you 899 can you give us your impressions?

How are the ergonomics? Painful, tolerable or awesome?

What do you think of lower rpm performance. Is the torque good at lower rpms like previous Ducati's or do you need to rev it to the stratosphere to bet good power.

What about the heat issue.

Overall how do you like riding the 899. Is it more user friendly and easier to ride on the street?
I have only had mine for two days now, but i think the ergonomics are great!
I feel more comfortable than om my streetfighter.
The lower rpm performance is also a whole lot better than the sf.
Regarding the heat issue, it is only 8 degrees here, so it is only mildly heat on the seat and legs.
 

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Got my fist ride in. I have no experience whatsoever with Ducati's. What a difference in power delivery and sound vs the inline 4. Ergonomics are pretty good. Not as comfy as my 2012 CBR1000rr or my 2012 Suzuki GsxR 750. Handling wise it's very agile, feels so light and nimble. The sound is phenomenal for stock. As for heat it's going to be a very hot bike in summer. I thought my 1000rr got warm. This beast
bakes the legs and butt. It's nice right now at 5 degrees so I assume 30 degrees is going to be almost unbearable. Suspension is stiff, I'll play with that in spring as I'm sure the factory setting lean more to track use. Overall I'm happy with it. It's definitely a head turner machine.

 

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Having only managed to get 400 odd miles on my 899 since I picked it up on 25th October in the wet and cold.

I find it to be more forgiving bike than my ktm rc8. A lot more agile, easier to ride than 1199s...
Feels very at home on the bendy roads no real effort required.
Although I am still running it in so haven't been on full throttle. The roads are damp with leaves all over not the best
I have felt the heated seat but it takes a bbit longer to heat up than the 1199s.this cpuld also be down to the fact that our air temp is no longer double figures!..
As soon as the sun shines again and the grit is washed away I will once again be out to play!
Looking forward to hearing more from other owners too... :)
Stay safe
good to hear this, when did you ride an 1199?
would you get it over the 899 if you had the option?
 

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good to hear this, when did you ride an 1199?
would you get it over the 899 if you had the option?
Hi there,

the other half has the 1199 S & R. I have been out to play on both, I prefer the S to the R. But even the S has power there that I will never need nor use.
I had the option and chose to get the 899, as this is the bike i wanted to chuck around and have a blast on, get the knee down with. So far I have not been disappointed with the 899 at all..
Both of the 1199 in this house are way more than i need, however, if and when i get the urge there are there to play on.

I also have the KTM RC8 to go out and have some fun with on the scottish roads...

If I did not have his two 1199's to choose from would I have still went for the 899? Yes, I have rode the 848 evo and loved it! I feel the 899 though is a lot easier to ride and more forgiving than the 848evo.

But then each person is different... ;)
 

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For those of you have already gotten you 899 can you give us your impressions?

How are the ergonomics? Painful, tolerable or awesome?

What do you think of lower rpm performance. Is the torque good at lower rpms like previous Ducati's or do you need to rev it to the stratosphere to bet good power.

What about the heat issue.

Overall how do you like riding the 899. Is it more user friendly and easier to ride on the street?
Having owned a 916, 848 ,R1 ,Blade and zxr I would say the power is still definately a Ducati as is the styling but it feels much more Jap-like to ride. Way more comfortable and incredible handling.
As im still running my in (200 miles covered) ive only taken it up to 6000 rpm but it pulls well and doesnt feel like my old 848evo as in not happy being below 5000rpm.
So far heat not too bad and I have been caught up in traffic with the engine temp running up to 104 but then again it is only 8 degrees during the day in the UK at the momment.
 

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I really want to buy this, but the summer C temps in Qld, Australia reach the 40's.

Not sure if this is the bike for me yet...
 

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If it's too cold when I get mine I'm going to throw it in the trailer and head south.
:D Good call that is probabaly the only way to egt some seat time the way the weather is looking.
 
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