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View Poll Results: Which would you choose?
New 1299 Final Edition 27 39.13%
Used 1199 Superleggera 42 60.87%
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 09:08 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Blade Runner View Post
Hands down the SL. That is a very special bike.

I'd agree with you 100% on a 2017 SL. The 14 isn't that special for the price tag IMHO. What more do you really get more over the FE, besides CF bodywork, and Mag wheels that aren't that great looking. ??
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 09:25 AM   #22
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I'll say this:

I own an 1199SL that I have put close to 1k miles on. I have never ridden the Final Edition. I am sure that it's a beast of a bike. Does it put out a few more hp than the SL? It should because it's a bigger motor. Would that be the decision maker in which is better for someone? I can't speak for others but for me, it absolutely would not.

When I ride the SL, there are all kinds of very special things about it: the lightness (which you feel everywhere), the special materials and feel and touch that certain parts and controls have. It has gobs of power. I have never, ever one time wanted more power with that bike. Not once have I ever thought to myself that I hope they make a bike with more power. In fact, I think that it has a little too much power and it takes something away from the special feel and lightweight nature of the bike. The light weight is what really transforms that bike and it is readily apparent every time you throw a leg over it and wherever you go with it. I love the bike and in my opinion, it is the absolute high point of the panigale line, even over the 1299SL.

That said, I think that next best bike in the line is the Final Edition. It's not as light as the SL and I know that you would feel it. Also, I don't like the euro 4 crap on it but that will be solved in time. So it goes back to what I said that maybe the only real solution is to have one of each.
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 10:24 AM   #23
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I don't know that I can live with the financial hit of both although that's the easy answer. Sherpa, you bought yours right but that was the exception and painful for the original owner. Yeah, you're right - lightness has more benefits than horsepower. The magnesium wheels not giving you any problems - no slow leaks? More difficult to change tires on?
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 10:25 AM   #24
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I have both SL,s and the FE the 1199 SL is hands down way better in every way get the SL
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 10:30 AM   #25
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Powerful statement from someone who has it all......thanks.
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 10:53 AM   #26
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No problem just my honest opinion BTW i have 22 Bikes 10 of them are Ducatis Out by Palm Springs lots of mountain roads to wing out my scoots plus a track day nut
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 11:01 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by SuperDuc29 View Post
I don't know that I can live with the financial hit of both although that's the easy answer. Sherpa, you bought yours right but that was the exception and painful for the original owner. Yeah, you're right - lightness has more benefits than horsepower. The magnesium wheels not giving you any problems - no slow leaks? More difficult to change tires on?
No problems with the wheels or anything. Do debate possibly getting BST's and putting the stock ones in bubble wrap on shelves in the basement but not out of fear that they're not good enough.

About price: yes, I bought it right. However, thats the advantage that anyone buying one today can do, and I believe that is the conversation that we are having. Be patient and talk to the sellers and see what happens. I wasn't going to be a player at $72k or whatever it was that the first owner of my bike paid.

What happens in two years when R/FE bikes are $30k with under 500 miles? I would be happy to buy one then and I would say that if 1199SL prices are mid $40's for a comparable bike, that's the right differential. Of course, I have no crystal ball with this stuff so it's just my worthless opinion based on my ownership experience over the years.
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 11:25 AM   #28
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When i put new SP tires on the 1199SL took a weight with the new tire on the Mag. wheel when i got home with the 1299SL took a weight talking about the rear wheel with the tire rear wheel 7 miles someone at GP motorcycles had some fun yee haw the difference in weight was less than half a pound man those Mag. wheels are way lite
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 11:29 AM   #29
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I Ride: 1199 SL, 1199S Tri, 1299S Anni, MV Agusta F4 750, M1200S, M696, Husaberg FS650e, Petronas FP1
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I hate riding the Anni, it's a sick mule compared to the SL.
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Old Oct 5th 2017, 12:03 PM   #30
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I second that motion yee haw when i put the race exhaust on the Anni. got the App. head-pipes from GP motorcycles in San Diego Ca. had them install the up-map seemed to pull harder maybe cause its so much louder my friends that have ridden the SL,s thats all they talk about when were on rides those SL,s just ruins people yee haw
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