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Old Oct 14th 2017, 07:44 PM   #1
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Help with decision making before purchase

This would be my first purchase of a Ducati, and I'm trying to understand the basics of the following....

What is the difference between a 1299 R and a 1299s? Also the sales rep was talking to me about electronic suspension for an extra $5,000... Is it worth it? And how does it work?

Lastly, would you go with 2017 or wait it out for the 2018 model? I've owned two bikes GSXR 750 and a ZX6RR.

Any help would truly be appreciated. Wife gave me a thumbs up to do whatever I want. So it's either a 911 or a 1299. In my 50s and not sure if I'm losing my mind, mid life crisis or what.

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Old Oct 14th 2017, 08:27 PM   #2
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The S is basically the base model with upgraded Ohlins electronic suspension. The R is the WSBK racing homologation model. It has Ohlins NON electronic suspension and some upgraded internal engine parts.

The guys that have these bikes can speak more to the difference in how they ride and feel to the seat of your pants!, lol.
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Old Oct 14th 2017, 08:36 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by 2fast4u View Post
This would be my first purchase of a Ducati, and I'm trying to understand the basics of the following....

What is the difference between a 1299 R and a 1299s? Also the sales rep was talking to me about electronic suspension for an extra $5,000... Is it worth it? And how does it work?

Lastly, would you go with 2017 or wait it out for the 2018 model? I've owned two bikes GSXR 750 and a ZX6RR.

Any help would truly be appreciated. Wife gave me a thumbs up to do whatever I want. So it's either a 911 or a 1299. In my 50s and not sure if I'm losing my mind, mid life crisis or what.
911 all the way. BTW run away from that dealership where the sales guy is trying to sell you electronic suspensions for $5K extra.

1299S comes with electronic suspensions. The only 1299R is the FE that just came out, maybe you are talking about panigale R which is 1199 actually. There is tons of info on this forum. Would be helpful to mention which year you are looking at.
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I assume the R cost more vs the S? The 1299 I looked at I can't remember if he said it was an R or an S. It was about $20,000 and mentioned to get the electronic suspension was about $25,000. If electronic suspension which version is that?

Example the ZX6RR is ready to race, made for the track (which they no longer make and I owned) and the ZX6R is geared different, not so much for the track.
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Old Oct 14th 2017, 08:47 PM   #5
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@ crazyinp - I was looking at the 2017 model. The rep at the dealer said it was a 1299 but I can't remember which version it was $20,000 that I know. It was a Panigale. I'm also debating on going with a 911 vs the bike. Just trying to make a decision before I take the leap. I used to have a 930 and it was 750hp twin turbo slope nose. It was super fast!

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Old Oct 14th 2017, 08:56 PM   #6
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Base 1299 is $20k ish. S model with electronic ohlins suspension and lighter forged wheels is 25k ish. Panigale R is 34k. 1299R which is a 2018 model called the final edition is 40k. Very different bikes from one to the next. Aesthetically they are similar but that's where the buck stops.

Your sales rep needs to go back to training or assumes you know nothing about sportbikes. Either way, I'd find another rep or another dealer to deal with.
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Old Oct 15th 2017, 12:13 AM   #7
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Buy the bike. You can always get a 911 later, but you're time to ride properly hard is limited.
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Old Oct 15th 2017, 12:15 AM   #8
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With all due respect, sounds like you're a car guy to me. What's your experience with recent bikes in general if you don't mind me asking of course? Not just what you've had, more like riding for how many years and have you had a break from them?
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Old Oct 15th 2017, 08:03 AM   #9
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When I was younger, foolish, and felt that I was invisible, I'd push bikes to their limits. Anyone ever heard of the Gandy Bridge on a Friday/Saturday night back in the late 80s/90s? Yep! I was one of those guys that would race and catwalk the entire bridge down or until we were chased off by helicopters. We rode like there was no tomorrow and wouldn't stop for anything or anyone. You catch my drift.

A buddy of mine and I would even break down our bikes, do our own tune-ups and other things too! I'm by far no expert and never claimed to be. We just had the time of our lives.

I'm in my late 50s now and would never think of doing the things I used to do on bikes as I have a family that relies on me. Bikes can get you killed. It's not the bike, it's the idiots around you that forget you are there and lack of respect for bikes.

I love cars too! I love speed! So for me, I love them both. Heck, even my wife said to purchase both, but that's not practical. I'll get one of the two, just debating if I go with the 1299 which one to go with.

Thanks to everyone and anyone that can shine light on making the decision of which 1299 to go with? And why?

Oh... one last thing. Can the Final-Edition be purchased new during this year? And I assume this will be a limited production?

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