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Old Aug 29th 2018, 04:31 AM   #1
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I Ride: Monster S4R, Buell XB12s, Yamaha FZS 600, Yamaha Virago XV1100, Honda VLX 600, Vespa 150 + sidecar
Buying advice please - 2014 'gale 1199 - base

Gidday

Back in the day my dream bike was a 748S now I can afford one I heard that they're helluva uncomfy plus I'm applying Jeremy Clarkson's rule of never buy your dream car - it will never live up to your childhood expectations. So I bought a Monster S4R last year and love it!

And then along comes a chance to pickup a base model Panigale 1199 with just 14000km / 8700 miles. Bloody Sod's Law - but I figure I deserve it Plus it's the new and improved 'childhood dream' and by all accounts, it shouldn't disappoint

So I wondered if people had some thoughts on what to check for when buying used and any recommended mods?

I'm 95 kgs (210 lbs), 5 ft 9 (175 cms) - so it's fair to say the 1199 will happily hurtle along with me on it and I shouldn't have the discomfort issues of some of the taller riders?

Will the stock suspension handle my weight happily?

I'm not a speed-demon so don't need to have the best performance - let's be honest, most modern bikes are far beyond my capabilities! I'll use the S4R and my Buell for daily riding so the Panigale will just be for some 'spirited' weekend rides. Ok, with a bike like that, there may (will) be some poser rides around the local social scene too!

Here in New Zealand the speed limits are 50 kph (30 mph) for city / urban and 100 kph (60 mph) for highway so I'm thinking a 14t front and 43t rear cogs will be a definite change to increase the revs and smooth out the ride and let the stock pipes sing. Probably cheaper than a remap too.

Seller is an engineer and has done the valve check and had the butterfly / flapper valve removed from the exhaust.
I know that 2014 models fixed the issues with fork seals and fogging dash but not sure if these also suffer the infamous dodgey Duc HT lead issues that need to be upgraded to protect stator and rectifier?

Would really appreciate people's advice / recommendations on any other mods and specifically what should I check for before buying?

Thanks in advance
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