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Old Nov 23rd 2018, 04:51 PM   #1
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This has been a hellish 12 months. Last year at this time I had 5 bikes in the garage when I got the news I needed knee replacement. Major complications and 5 surgeries later I'm back on my feet. However my therapist told me after the first 2 surgeries I'd never ride again. The issue is with flexion in my knee. Since the last surgery I've really progressed. I'm at 125 degrees of flexion, so I'm close to where I need to be to be able to ride again. I'm 6'4" so even if I'm able to get to 135 degrees I won't be but so comfortable. That aside I'm going to ride again. All of my bikes were sold because for 8 months I couldn't bend the knee more than 85 degrees.

Now I'm looking again. I know the V4 and V2 are totally different. I won't be doing track anymore so I don't need the latest and greatest. I've seen a few V4 Speciale's for sale, and a couple of 1299 FE's. Obviously I can save a few bucks on the 1299. Those the have ridden both I'd be curious on your thoughts especially if your fairly tall. I've seen a video on Youtube that compares both bikes. Is the V4 just that much better? Thank you.

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Old Nov 23rd 2018, 07:38 PM   #2
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I haven't ridden either of those bikes, but certainly glad you're able to bet back in the saddle!
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Old Nov 23rd 2018, 07:57 PM   #3
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Yes shame you won't be tracking anymore, you seem to be giving that Pani a rite spanking.
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