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Old September 6th, 2019, 07:22 AM   #1
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Bike choice advice - 996/998 or 1098/1198

As I said in my intro... I am planning on buying another bike in the spring with my annual bonus, and like to fully research purchases. I'm looking at either a 996/998 or a 1098/1198, mostly for mountain runs, and a few track days. So, I came here for info and maybe a bit of advice. I like the classic 916 styling of the 996/8 bikes a little more, but not enough difference to be a deciding factor. Outright power isn't all that important, but response, tractability, and rideability are. I'm an older, bigger, used-to-be-pretty-fast guy. I'm spoiled on good suspension. Both the Strom and the Hawk have Penske double-clickers and reworked forks, and the TL is up for suspension work soon... so if either series has notably better suspension, that's important. I do have a $10-12k budget to work within, so any R models are gonna be a no-go. I've ridden a 916, 996, and a 1098... but not enough to really have a strong opinion either way. So... anyone who has done a good bit of riding on both series, please chime in.
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Old September 6th, 2019, 12:40 PM   #2

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Old September 11th, 2019, 04:53 PM   #3

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You might want to consider looking at the 999 series. You can probably pick up an S or R in your price range and get a whale of bike.
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Old September 12th, 2019, 11:58 AM   #4
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Old September 15th, 2019, 06:58 PM   #5

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Concur, especially if you can get a Corse for cheap. The TC, while rudimentary, helps bail you out on those mountain runs. The quicksilver is great. Throw a slipper on there and its great up/down.

Id like more power sometimes but right now enjoying flogging this bike.

Otherwise I always vote newer if you can afford it. There is always progress being made in usability, safety, performance, etc. Also one nice thing about the 848/1098/1198 chassis is it all very similar so there is a LOT of parts out there.

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Old November 9th, 2019, 07:51 PM   #6
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I bought my 1098s black with red frame, researched all models fairly heavily and recently bought my 996 as my second special bike. I only wanted under seat exhaust, single side swing arm and dry clutch 😋
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Old November 11th, 2019, 09:11 AM   #7
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+1 for a 1098S which comes with a few things you'd probably want anyway. Make sure the recall work has been done. It's a great handling bike with looks that I think will never go out of style, and I suppose the 1198 would be more powerful, the 1098 is enough for me. And just a small thing - that little bit of locked storage under the rear seat cowl is very convenient. A 1098R would probably out of your price range.

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