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Old Jun 17th 2014, 06:13 AM   #21
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The AKRA that comes on the SL is not the same as the AKRA that you and I buy.
The SL has stainless steel head pipes, then turns to titanium after that.
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Old Jun 17th 2014, 07:13 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by Akillya View Post
I am lucky enough to own each of the Panigale models. Out of the box the SL just works way way better in everything it does. Its dialled in like a race bike. The engine is better, it has gobs of mid range and the electronics are seemless! It's worth the money because it is basically better than a world superbike because it's much lighter and it's street legal with warranty! If you haven't ridden an SL you can't properly evaluated it's performance based on a spec sheet. It's the sum of the parts that makes it special. The thing is a jewel. Honestly.
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Old Jun 17th 2014, 07:54 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by Tom yfz View Post
The AKRA that comes on the SL is not the same as the AKRA that you and I buy.
The SL has stainless steel head pipes, then turns to titanium after that.
Thats terrible considering the cost of the bike. Why would they not supply you with the same "Off the shelf" customer Full Titanium system. STILL one hell of a bike for the money and would have one in a second if had the cash to blow on one.

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Old Jun 17th 2014, 09:39 AM   #24
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Material means less than shape does as far as power. My guess is it has to do with heat/durability issues.

Not sure I can agree with the OP, I saw several being uncrated with an R standing 10 feet away and I felt the attention to detail and components included on the SL were first trate.
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Old Jun 17th 2014, 11:00 AM   #25
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I honestly didn't feel great about the fairings, they looked cheap to me. Maybe it's just the 'race bike' look, but it didn't seem sturdy. Again, if 65k for a race bike is your thing, then do it.
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Old Jun 17th 2014, 11:45 AM   #26
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Saw a flat black 1199 and an SL near Meade Kansas of all places on my way to the FSAE competition in Nebraska. So bad ass! I really dig the color and that was the first time I'd heard the Akrapovič in person. Sounded wicked mean, I'm going to have to get that exhaust now. I was glad to see it was out on the road and not locked up in someone's garage.
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Old Jun 17th 2014, 07:29 PM   #27
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Old Jun 17th 2014, 07:49 PM   #28
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Saw a flat black 1199 and an SL near Meade Kansas of all places on my way to the FSAE competition in Nebraska. So bad ass! I really dig the color and that was the first time I'd heard the Akrapovič in person. Sounded wicked mean, I'm going to have to get that exhaust now. I was glad to see it was out on the road and not locked up in someone's garage.
Those guys where doing a 1200 mile trip from Arizona to Minnesota, they stopped by our store for an oil change on the SL and a few other goodies on their way.
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Old Jun 17th 2014, 10:53 PM   #29
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I'm glad I have just an S. It's nice, and I love the color (like really LOVE the color), but 65k for a bike without electronically adjustable suspension, fairings that while are carbon look kinda flimsy and cheap, and a gargantuan heatshield on bastardized for market akra pipes, I'll pass. To each their own, however
Have you ridden one?? I'm a bit like you in that I love the red on my R and also enjoy the convenience of the electronic clickers. I also have been curious as to if I would feel that the SL would, in my mind, be worth the relatively high asking price compared to say, the R. I've been fortunate enough to get to take one for a spin back to back with the R on the same stretch of road. I really love my R and was figuring the SL would be nice, but not too much different on the street. NOPE! Holy Mother of God! That SL lets you know right away what it's up to. It makes the R feel clunky and heavy. The reduction of mass is extremely noticeable with each input you give the bike. The engine is super smooth, pulls like the last thing it'll ever do, and sounds absolutely amazing! I tried to convince the wife that I needed one in our garage, and guess what, I rode home on my R lol. Oh, and for the guys that whine about the heat, that full Ti Akra radiates heat much more than the stainless Termi. At least the rear cylinder head covers are proper carbon though!
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Old Jun 17th 2014, 11:14 PM   #30
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Ditto. It has a different level of everything to it that most people won't believe until they've experienced it. You wouldn't think, given how many parts are common, and the common architecture, but its good. It also seems to run very cool compared to the R, like literally the coolant temp hangs about at like 153 when riding, compared to 170 running the same stretch on an R. It must have a very cold thermostat, and you don't notice much heat coming off it. It has no low-end torque, (only complaint), but it feels 899 smooth. You kind of ride it a gear lower everywhere due to the lack of low-end, but it's happy spinning up, and it doesn't have the big hole in the power curve over 5k, so as long as you keep it spun to 5k or better, it's game on. The R could run backroads between 4 and 5k, but then you get that hesitation between 5-6k that seems to stop you in your tracks.
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