The 899 aces the 50/50 test—from 50 feet away or at 50 mph, it's indistinguishable from the $17,995 1199. Look more closely, however, and you'll see many differences, the result of strategic cost cutting. What looks like a diecast aluminum subframe is actually a set of plastic covers concealing a steel trellis. The single-sided swingarm is gone, replaced by a conventional double arm. The engine cases share a part number with the 1199, but the clutch, valve, and sump covers are aluminum here, not magnesium. Major components have been downgraded, too. A common Showa Big Piston Fork and unmarked Sachs shock hold up either end, while everyday Brembo M4 calipers replace the 1199's monstrously strong M50s. The 899 still looks stunning—especially finished in Arctic White Silk finish with red wheels—but it lacks the high-end sheen of the 1199.