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Summer is slowly arriving. Due to the improving weather, we have been out on a number of rides. We have been to Whangamata with a small group and a couple of times round the loop.

All the rides have been fast. Twice now I’ve had the 999s out, once the 748R and once the 800ss. All the bikes ride really well, but the 999s is hands down the fastest of the three.

The more that I ride the bike, the more that I like it. The ‘looks’ are growing on me also. Compared to the other two bikes, the 999s is really flickable, the other two have to be muscled into the corners. All the bikes, once in the corner, are really, really stable and inspire a lot of confidence, a Ducati trait. The 999s is really quick steering, which takes a little getting used to.