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Going to the Long Beach motorcycle show on Saturday to take a look at and sit on the 939 SS. I'll take some pictures and share my thoughts with you guys afterwards.
 

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That would be extremely appreciated. I want to see more real-life shots rather than glamour shots that people edit and do a whole bunch of funky stuff to.

If you could even take some pictures of you sitting on it so we could get a feel of position and measurements and what not, that would be great !!
 

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Saw the bike today. It's beautiful. Comfortable to sit on. Good leg room for me (6'1"). Foot pegs are slippery and will need to be switched out. No steering damper (but available as an accessory). Clutch pull wasn't heavy. Front LED daytime lights look sweet. Fit and finish is typical Ducati.
Of course the jury is still out until I can test ride it; sometime in April.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Here are some pictures (for whatever reason I can only upload one picture at a time).
 

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Saw the bike today. It's beautiful. Comfortable to sit on. Good leg room for me (6'1"). Foot pegs are slippery and will need to be switched out. No steering damper (but available as an accessory). Clutch pull wasn't heavy. Front LED daytime lights look sweet. Fit and finish is typical Ducati.
Of course the jury is still out until I can test ride it; sometime in April.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Here are some pictures (for whatever reason I can only upload one picture at a time).
Hey Mike,
I got a question. I'm about the same height as you (6'2" probably the last time I measured it 20 years ago). The only deal breaker for me that I could imaging would be the forward lean angle of the rider.

Other sport-tourers like the Ninja 1000 or the Suzuki equivalent have it about right at around 13 degrees. Moto-ergo shows the 2006 Supersport 1000DS was 35 degrees. That's way to aggressive for me on something to ride for 6-8 hours a day.

So my question is how did you find the forward lean angle when sitting on the bike? Still toward the position of a typical sports bike, or just moderate like a typical sport-tourer. Appreciate your thoughts.
 

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Hey Mike,
I got a question. I'm about the same height as you (6'2" probably the last time I measured it 20 years ago). The only deal breaker for me that I could imaging would be the forward lean angle of the rider.

Other sport-tourers like the Ninja 1000 or the Suzuki equivalent have it about right at around 13 degrees. Moto-ergo shows the 2006 Supersport 1000DS was 35 degrees. That's way to aggressive for me on something to ride for 6-8 hours a day.

So my question is how did you find the forward lean angle when sitting on the bike? Still toward the position of a typical sports bike, or just moderate like a typical sport-tourer. Appreciate your thoughts.
Hi John. I would say the lean is between a sports bike and a sport tourer. It has raised clip on's, not handlebars. It's similar to the lean of a Monster.
I ride a Panigale 959 and I'm looking for a more upright lean but not too much. I think this bike would be perfect for me on the street and the 959 for track duties. Best way to know is to take one on a test ride when they come out next year.
 

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Hi John. I would say the lean is between a sports bike and a sport tourer. It has raised clip on's, not handlebars. It's similar to the lean of a Monster.
I ride a Panigale 959 and I'm looking for a more upright lean but not too much. I think this bike would be perfect for me on the street and the 959 for track duties. Best way to know is to take one on a test ride when they come out next year.
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If its similar to a Monster that's good. Moto- ergo shows for me that would be similar to say a BMW R1200RS.

I actually rang the biggest Ducati dealer in Sydney to day to see if they were getting one in for a show. But alas, unless I fly to Melbourne, no cigar. So looks like I'll just have to wait. But its good to know its not super aggressive otherwise I'd have to go to plan B. But actually there is no plan B.

Am I weird in thinking no manufacturer is currently producing a high spec, light, comfortable, good looking sport-tourer with an emphasis on 'sport'. Like the BMW RS is 240 Kg that's 30 kg heavier than this Ducati. If the new supersport has a comfortable riding position I reckon it'll walk out the door in spades.
 

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If its similar to a Monster that's good. Moto- ergo shows for me that would be similar to say a BMW R1200RS.

I actually rang the biggest Ducati dealer in Sydney to day to see if they were getting one in for a show. But alas, unless I fly to Melbourne, no cigar. So looks like I'll just have to wait. But its good to know its not super aggressive otherwise I'd have to go to plan B. But actually there is no plan B.

Am I weird in thinking no manufacturer is currently producing a high spec, light, comfortable, good looking sport-tourer with an emphasis on 'sport'. Like the BMW RS is 240 Kg that's 30 kg heavier than this Ducati. If the new supersport has a comfortable riding position I reckon it'll walk out the door in spades.
I also ride a 2013 Monster 1100evo and say that ego lean is pretty close to the SS. The Monster has handle bars but the way Ducati has the SS raised clip on's above the triple tree, they both feel pretty close to the same.
 

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Thanks,
If its similar to a Monster that's good. Moto- ergo shows for me that would be similar to say a BMW R1200RS.

I actually rang the biggest Ducati dealer in Sydney to day to see if they were getting one in for a show. But alas, unless I fly to Melbourne, no cigar. So looks like I'll just have to wait. But its good to know its not super aggressive otherwise I'd have to go to plan B. But actually there is no plan B.

Am I weird in thinking no manufacturer is currently producing a high spec, light, comfortable, good looking sport-tourer with an emphasis on 'sport'. Like the BMW RS is 240 Kg that's 30 kg heavier than this Ducati. If the new supersport has a comfortable riding position I reckon it'll walk out the door in spades.
The manufacturers think everyone who thinks sport bikes are too uncomfortable wants an "adventure" bike, preferably with a beak in front. Hopefully, bikes like this SS and the BMW RS will prove them wrong by selling in good numbers.
 
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