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Old Nov 27th 2018, 12:12 PM   #1
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Need more input! (Buying bike between now and spring)

I owned a Superbike 999 for several years and LOVED it. Had to sell it to finance a move and Iím in the market for a new red headed mistress.

Iím looking at a new (but might be pursuaded to look recently used if you guys think thereís another option I should consider) 959 or V4 base. The V4 is at the absolute maximum of my budget.

I assume that the 959 displacement is close to the 998ci of my old 999 with full Termi exhaust so I assume the sound and feel of the 959 would be similar to it. Man, I loved that sound and the feel of the grumpy twin under me.

I have loved the Desmosedici since the first time I saw one and MAN! The sound that angry machine made... with full exhaust, can a V4 production engine with a full exhaust come close to that Desmo that I fell in love with?

Part of me wanted to consider a 1299 but honestly I think thatís more bike than Iíd want/use. And this would be my only bike for many years (no selling/trading) so buying new has advantages for me.

Iíll be demoing both the 959 and V4 soon, but itís hard to judge that soul moving resonance Iím hoping for with bikes that have factory base model exhaust.

Thanks for your time and canít wait to see what insights you guys can give me!
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Old Nov 27th 2018, 12:16 PM   #2
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I Ride: V4 S Corse (ordered)
had the same problem
test-drived the V4
bought one


i also believed it would be too much for me, but believe me, once you have ridden it...
it makes you feel like Rossi, while you know you are not even Simeon
I had to stretch my budget as well, but who cares.. you only live once
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Old Nov 27th 2018, 12:37 PM   #3
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100% agree. And Iíll spend to stir my soul. Just wanted to make sure the V4 will give me the same feeling my old 2cyl 999 gave me.

When you test rode your V4, did you test anything else or once you touched the V4 you werenít interested in trying another?
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Old Nov 27th 2018, 12:50 PM   #4
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I Ride: V4 S Corse (ordered)
well, i test-drove the Kawasaki ZX-10R and the KTM 1290 super duke r as well.
Especially the kawa was disappointing.. All hp at the very end of the RPM's, so not interesting for me. It seemed to have no torque. Mind, I own a K1300R, which has plenty of torque
The KTM was fun, but was too similar to my BMW.

The V4 had it all, very usable, torque at low RPM, plenty of hp at high RPM
Kept smiling for hours
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Old Nov 27th 2018, 01:11 PM   #5
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The 1299 is too much but the V4 is not?
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Old Nov 27th 2018, 01:46 PM   #6
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The V4 is easier to ride than the 1299
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Old Nov 27th 2018, 02:57 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by jjsC6 View Post
The 1299 is too much but the V4 is not?


200CCs less. I was always fine on liter bikes but things like the Hayabusa always made me nervous when I rode. The 999 was my first Duc so I honestly only have that as a reference point.

There is a LOT of data and info on these bikes... but none really comparing the options that Iím looking at and from my perspective. Initially itís why I picked the 959 over a 1299 before I knew the 1299 was discontinued and I was researching.

I donít know how to fit the V4 into the hierarchy to be honest until I test ride. Iím just hoping you guys can help me with what to look out for and consider as I start seriously considering my bike purchase
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Old Nov 27th 2018, 08:03 PM   #8
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The V4 is easier to ride than the 1299
The V4 is easier to ride than the 959, and this is coming from an slow B pace rider who owned both. I couldn't notice suspension changes until October and when I first took the V4 to the track, I noticed right away how easy it was to swing the bike and how relaxed my shoulders were.
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Old Nov 28th 2018, 05:29 AM   #9
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The counter rotating crank on the V4 really helps out on steering. That's why Motogp bikes have been that way for a while now.
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Old Nov 28th 2018, 06:13 AM   #10
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If it is the 999 you miss, buy a 999.
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