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Old Aug 24th 2017, 10:28 AM   #11
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not knowing your riding skills but if you are not a top of the A-group rider or racer, go with the S and not the R.


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Old Aug 24th 2017, 11:17 AM   #12
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don't let the professionals have all the fun...FE is your answer
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Old Aug 24th 2017, 12:50 PM   #13
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17S if you are only riding the street. Or the LE if you can afford it, but I personally wouldn't pay the extra money for it.

I would wait though and see what happens in the next few months. The riding season is almost over and the V4 is around the corner.
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The FE is an R model, gents.
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Old Aug 24th 2017, 01:09 PM   #15
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Why 17S? I don't believe it's any different than a 16S which you can get a better buy on if you are willing to travel a bit to get one. Either is best and definitely take a refresher riding course and be willing to spend extra for a sportbike (or even track) school to ride these machines properly even if you don't go to the track (which would be a shame). "I know how to ride a bike!" is NOT sufficient by any means especially on a bike like this.
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Old Aug 24th 2017, 01:52 PM   #16
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17S if you are only riding the street. Or the LE if you can afford it, but I personally wouldn't pay the extra money for it.

I would wait though and see what happens in the next few months. The riding season is almost over and the V4 is around the corner.
He's in Houston. Texas and Florida have year round riding season!
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Old Aug 24th 2017, 06:37 PM   #17
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If you are never going to take it the track then why pay for all the extra track features that are on a S and a R? Just get a base model. I did and I don't regret it at all. Save yourself the fact the bike won't appreciate in value for 20-30 years. If you think you will turn a profit in 10 years your kidding yourself. I question why people who don't plan to ever go to the track buy any model above base. Are they doing it because they just want to throw money at it and then baby the shit out of it. The S, R, SL, FE, Anniversary are track bikes with headlights. If you never do a track day you will never truly appreciate the amount of power and what this bike is capable of.

Base, FE, SL, S, R, Anniversary.... It doesn't really matter. The bike doesn't make the rider. The rider makes the bike.

That's my soap box. 😀 Whatever you choose ride safe man. And keep it on 1 wheel. Lol

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The main features on the S model are not only track-focused, that's a misconception. LED headlights are clearly not designed for the track. Good quality suspension has benefits for both street and track. Lighter wheels are the same, they benefit both. A lot of people see Ohlins and think "track", but it's not really like that. It's more of a cost-benefit decision between a base and an S, not a street vs. track decision.
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S for sure, for that matter there are some used 15-16S models popping up.
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Old Aug 25th 2017, 01:56 AM   #20
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'S' should stand for Street as it's by far the best choice for road riding and you can switch it to traditional suspension if needed when you go onto track. The active suspension is genius on the road and makes the bike friendly(ish) and useable on most surfaces whereas the base and R models need good quality surfaces to ride well.

Regarding the thread question my advice would be to take the above into account and think hard about what you ride. The R ( and hence the FE ) can be a real drag when you are not riding hard at the limit. If you are going at it then the engine in the FE will be the most amazing thing you can buy for less than 50k. The S does everything incredibly well and would be my choice if I could only have one bike and wanted to keep it long term to use for all types of riding. I'd love to have an Anniversario.
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