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Old Aug 8th 2018, 09:07 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by able duc View Post
Healesville Josh, nice part of the world.

If I had money to spend.

FE, paint the wheels and put a nice race exhaust on it.

If money is no object, because in Australia it will be another $40,000 1299SL also with a killer exhaust. Job done
Agree, you could even put gold magnesium on it. But if you were going to keep it as a collectable then you need to keep it OEM or at least keep the OEM parts if you are ever going to sell it.
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Old Aug 8th 2018, 09:08 PM   #12
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Sl for the win :-)

No bias there LOL.
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Old Aug 9th 2018, 09:24 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by Big Block View Post
To answer your questions about the difference between the 1299 SL engine and the one of the FE.
There are only two differences.

1) The SL features a sand cast engine housing, while the FE has a "standard" housing.

2) The SL comes with AL cylinder liners, while the FE has steel cylinder liners.
All the rest is exactly the same.

Although Ducati claims 209 BHP for the FE and 215 BHP for the SL, the real output is the same for both, because the 215 BHP of the SL were measured in a different way (and, in Germany at least, the SL shows only 209 BHP in the official registration documents).

If you watch the Ducati World Premire of the SL on youtube you can see at 3:43 that the power curve ends at 209 BHP, while the text says 215.



I own a FE and did not regret the purchase, as this is the very final model of the V2 and riding it is so demanding and enjoyable.

My Opinion: The only bike who can beat the FE would be the 1299 SL, for twice the price.
AND, I do like the design of the FE. When you see it in real, you will understand what I mean.
The 1299SL is 368lbs wet weight. Is the FE even close to that??
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Old Aug 9th 2018, 12:56 PM   #14
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Ducati claims 370 lbs dry weight for the FE.

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Old Aug 10th 2018, 06:19 AM   #15
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I also own a FE. Have to be honest, when Ducati first released photos of it, I disliked the appearance of it. I personally feel the red wheels are just too much and make it look like a clown 🤡 mobile. I took off the red wheels and added carbon wheels before I took delivery of it.
After starting with a 748, 1098, 1199R, now the FE. And several FZRís, ZX7ís before the Ducís. I have NO regrets buying it. Itís an unbelievable bike in every sense. Will I own a 1299SL?? would I own one...... id say, itís just a matter of time yes! Do I need one? Helllll no! Canít ride the FE to half of itís abilities, but as MOST of us, we own them because they are mechanical works of art.






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Old Aug 11th 2018, 10:42 PM   #16
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Thanks all.
Dad decided to get the FE with exhaust. Which I think might be the last new one available in Australia. We will pick it up next week.
Works well as the whole thing that attracted him was getting something to keep to say goodbye to the twin Superbike and the 1299sl is way out of the budget so think it’s the right choice.
Thanks everyone and can’t wait to pick it up with him and have a ride.
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Originally Posted by Big Block View Post
To answer your questions about the difference between the 1299 SL engine and the one of the FE.
There are only two differences.

1) The SL features a sand cast engine housing, while the FE has a "standard" housing.

2) The SL comes with AL cylinder liners, while the FE has steel cylinder liners.
All the rest is exactly the same.

Although Ducati claims 209 BHP for the FE and 215 BHP for the SL, the real output is the same for both, because the 215 BHP of the SL were measured in a different way (and, in Germany at least, the SL shows only 209 BHP in the official registration documents).

If you watch the Ducati World Premire of the SL on youtube you can see at 3:43 that the power curve ends at 209 BHP, while the text says 215.



I own a FE and did not regret the purchase, as this is the very final model of the V2 and riding it is so demanding and enjoyable.

My Opinion: The only bike who can beat the FE would be the 1299 SL, for twice the price.
AND, I do like the design of the FE. When you see it in real, you will understand what I mean.
Thanks for the clarification. I also own a FE and it is amazing. Such a beautiful bike! I had t he pleasure of tracking it last week and going to continue to do so.
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Old Aug 26th 2018, 05:15 AM   #18
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I was in the same boat but ended with the FE as well. I painted the wheels anniversario gold and was pleased with the results. I originally was going to get the exhaust for it as pricey as it was but turned my reservation on it to someone else because I didn't want to cough up the additional $5K and my ears/declining hearing appreciated it.
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