On the 1098 I wheelie out of every corner. I may not be the fastest around but when you are outside a bike that has front tire of the ground at apex you slow down. The 1098 is a prize fight I love it. It has spit me of every October, first cold pavement and tires since summer. You asked how it rides. Most folkse will never se the violence this thing can portrey. Giant fast hard in your face wheelies 1,2,3 zt about 500 rpm before rev limiter. There is more motor inside. I had the bike set to 111 and passed a car in second 80 to 90mph shifted to first acidently. The traction contron along with just that little Engine brake reduction 1. The bike3 slid out an in but felt like only a wobble. The sound was WTF...no GP shift yet. You can ride this bike to work and get home. No traffic though. Race ckutch and gearing. Faster to 130 in curves than the 1098, obviously the 1098s + race motor eats it alive but thats 60 more hp and lighter and almost no rev limiter. I would never spend the money on one of the new 200+ hp Ducatis. If you do all the 1098 is gone. It is for people with tiny hands that stand around alot.Beautiful bike and congrates! Iknow the handling is way better but How do you find the power on the 959 compared to the 1098s?
Verry well said it messes everything up. I have a couple thousand miles on the bike no early spring old rosso supercorse's. I love pirelli. Air down a bit say 24 rear and 29 front and even on 60 degree days on the street at your favorite street track (No mail boxes) you can get 140 F in the rear 70F with hard work and you might see 165...Found this on the site:
It sounds to me like it could be a combination of issues (more about that at the bottom)
I ran the 190/60 medium slick for a while and I liked it a lot. I did my quickest recorded times ever with that tire, it did slide a bit on me, but nothing compared to the Dunlops. I use to slide all over the place with the Dunlop 200 profile 16.5" AMA tires, its as if Dunlop purposely made the tire slide because the American's love that riding style.
I've probably put through 50 sets of 200 profile tires and 20 sets of 190's during my racing life. I will admit, the 200 profile on a 16.5" wheel, does make a difference, because the sidewall is so tall. The down side is, it totally messes up the bikes geometry including trail. So all of a sudden, what you gain from the grip in the back, you loose in the bikes ability to steer. When I switched back to 190's for 2010, I noticed how much easier the bike steered, it was night and day compared to running the 200's. I also felt I gained grip by simply going to a normal 17" tire size. "