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Old Aug 29th 2016, 07:50 AM   #1
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Differences between 1299 and 1299S

Forgive my ignorance, but I was 100% committed to the S model, but as I am still searching the 1299 base model is growing on me due to having dark/black front forks vs the gold in the S model. And, now I am seriously considering picking up the base model and maybe down the road swapping to S model lighter wheels. hoping to save money this way as well. What do you guys think?

What would be losing as far as features and, and satisfaction. Give me your opinion on this.
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 09:40 AM   #2
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In reality, nothing. On the other hand, if you are buying a Ducati, you probably want the extra "bells and whistles".

The S gets...
Carbon from fender
Ohlins forks
Ohlins shock
Ohlins damper
electronic suspension
March wheels
LED headlights
Aux buttons
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 10:37 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by kozumasbullitt View Post
In reality, nothing. On the other hand, if you are buying a Ducati, you probably want the extra "bells and whistles".

The S gets...
Carbon from fender
Ohlins forks
Ohlins shock
Ohlins damper
electronic suspension
March wheels
LED headlights
Aux buttons
what functions do the aux buttons have?
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 11:55 AM   #4
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I Ride: '15 Panigale 1299S, '15 Triumph 675R, '14 Honda Grom, '13 Aprilia RSV4, '10 Yamaha R6, '06 Yamaha R1
Street bike = base
Race bike = S
Track bike = base

The lighter wheels and Ohlins stuff is unnecessary on the street. Track days aren't competitions so it doesn't matter then either.

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Old Aug 29th 2016, 12:48 PM   #5
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Electronic suspension was the key deciding factor for me... The rest can be added to a base 1299 fairly easily.
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 12:52 PM   #6
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"S" has LED headlights...
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 01:03 PM   #7
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As far as LED headlights go, I can live without them. Wheels, I might eventually get, but ohlins suspension, I am in between still. However, I really dig the base fork's color, and to be honest, I don't think I will ever use the bike/suspension to its fullest, so the extra money in saving is a plus.
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 01:04 PM   #8
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Ocasional track day, here and there in the future, so maybe Chaotic is onto something .
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 02:37 PM   #9
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I Ride: '15 Panigale 1299S, '15 Triumph 675R, '14 Honda Grom, '13 Aprilia RSV4, '10 Yamaha R6, '06 Yamaha R1
Like I've said before, if I didn't race, i would have gotten the base.

Nobody needs Ohlins suspension on the street. I've toured the country spending time on some REALLY shitty roads, on conventional (right side up) forks that were severely undersprung, and they were just fine. The idea that anyone needs electronically controlled Ohlins suspension on the street is crazy.

Lighter wheels are a complete waste of money on the street (and at track days too). Nobody needs to be able to accelerate, brake, and change directions a little quicker just so they can get to the grocery store 1.2sec sooner.

In other words, the riding experience and enjoyment on the street will be exactly the same, regardless of what model you are riding.

If somebody just WANTS to get the S model for the street, by all means go or it. If that makes you happy, do it. But it is by no means necessary.
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 02:53 PM   #10
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Pfft...

I need all that shit for bike night and Starbucks.
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