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Old Nov 22nd 2018, 12:47 AM   #1
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Is a new '17 1299 SL a good investment?

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Recently I've been converted to Ducati and I fell in love completely with the brand. I purchased recently a brand new V4 Speciale which I intend to use it on the road and on the track too.

Thing is, I find the V2s super-sports, a die-ing breed, and as Ducati brought on sale the FE, it's pretty clear we will most probably not see a V2 super sport ever again from Ducati, at least in the bigger cc class.

I love the FE but I find the 1299 SL much more special, and I saw some deals for brand new 0km bikes ranging from 70-80k Euro. I know they cost an arm and a leg and a kidney and even if I don't recall exactly how much were they sold from Ducati initially, I'm left wondering if those bikes will increase in value as time goes by, considering the rare aspect of those bikes and the above reasoning.

So would it be a good investment to get one and hold on to it for a few decades, especially if the bike is not ridden, fluids taken out and properly stored!?

And before you all go sacrilege on me, I know...it would be a heavy temptation not to ride it especially on track, but the thought alone of a chance of crashing the V4 Speciale scares the crap out of me, let alone a SL, would make me quickly reconsider and just use at as an art form, a pinnacle of what can be achieved with a V2 super sport.

Am I nuts? If so then shoot and talk be out of it, because I will have a freaking hard time justifying paying that price for a bike.
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Old Nov 22nd 2018, 02:05 AM   #2
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I personally could not buy such a bike than just store it and pray and hope that the value goes up.
Many better ways to get a return on your money.

If you brought it, babied it and enjoyed it occasionally you would at least get some enjoyment out of it. I doubt the value would be much different in a decade between the two options.

My suggestion is if you are a rider, then buy a nice used Panigale have the V2 and the V4 and just relax and enjoy yourself riding the two best bikes on the planet.

I could never buy a bike purely as an investment, I am a rider. That would be a torture for me.
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Old Nov 22nd 2018, 02:13 AM   #4
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Phl you should change your username to Brutally_honest 😂

I respect that!
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Old Nov 22nd 2018, 02:15 AM   #5
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I personally could not buy such a bike than just store it and pray and hope that the value goes up.
Many better ways to get a return on your money.

If you brought it, babied it and enjoyed it occasionally you would at least get some enjoyment out of it. I doubt the value would be much different in a decade between the two options.

My suggestion is if you are a rider, then buy a nice used Panigale have the V2 and the V4 and just relax and enjoy yourself riding the two best bikes on the planet.

I could never buy a bike purely as an investment, I am a rider. That would be a torture for me.
I agree it would be torture! I know a dealer, and yes I know he's a dealer and it's his job to sell and make profit, that has a SL in a showroom, raised high on a podium so that nobody can touch it, let alone jump on it, that's collecting it but willing to sell it for the right price! Ooooh the temptation!
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Investment?? Absolutely not. You might be able to sell it for more than you paid for it 20 years from now but once you factor in the opportunity cost on 70-80k euros you're almost guaranteed to be way in the red on that "investment".
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Buy 2: one that you ride and one to conserve. It might not pay out for you but does that matter?
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Old Nov 22nd 2018, 04:30 AM   #8
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Buy 2: one that you ride and one to conserve. It might not pay out for you but does that matter?
LMAOO

That is a good one! Buy 2 &#128514))
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I have a Superleggera. I've mentioned it here before but I bought it with 62 miles on it for about $30k off what the original owner paid. Other than the odometer reading, I would never have thought that it wasn't a brand new bike.

I have about 1200 miles on it now. It's an amazing bike to ride and I absolutely love having it as part of my collection. If I had to say anything that could be construed as "advice," I would say buy it because you love it and not because it's an investment.
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$80k, in return you get ear to ear grim under the helmet, priceless
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