Ducati Panigale 899 at Westhaven.
First ThoughtsI trundled over to the North Shore to the Cyclespot Ducati showroom where Richard had the 899 ready to go. The demo had just arrived, and had been out 3 times already today. I was curious after all the reading I had done, which suggested that the 899 performed very well and had a more 'usable' power.
Of course it started to rain... and I'll admit I wasn't about to test the traction control right away.
I rode for about an hour, with plenty of time in traffic to get the feel for using the bike everyday - which would be a requirement. I also tried all the modes - but the WET mode was not that different around town anyway.
The Sound is RightYes that Ducati sound is there - quite loud in fact, and when you give the throttle a bit of a wind ;-) it sounds awesome. That is with the stock exhaust - I'm sure the Termis would be better still. I captured a bit of video, but being there is much better!
Would I buy one?Yes, and there is one arriving in a couple of weeks. Need to get on Trademe and sell the other bikes to make space ;-)