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I love my 1198 and she has treated me well through the years, but the Panis look more and more appealing. Who has made the switch, what made you switch, and are you glad you did it?

I think the biggest feature for me is the quickshifter. Test rode an 899 today (didn't have the 1199 or 1299 available for test rides) and that quickshifter sold me.

Is it worth the upgrade?

(Also, do all model years of the 1199 have the quickshifter, or did that start in a certain year?)

P.S. sorry if this has been discussed before. Did a quick search but didn't find anything of use
 

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I love my 1198 and she has treated me well through the years, but the Panis look more and more appealing. Who has made the switch, what made you switch, and are you glad you did it?

I think the biggest feature for me is the quickshifter. Test rode an 899 today (didn't have the 1199 or 1299 available for test rides) and that quickshifter sold me.

Is it worth the upgrade?

(Also, do all model years of the 1199 have the quickshifter, or did that start in a certain year?)

P.S. sorry if this has been discussed before. Did a quick search but didn't find anything of use

You can install a quick shifter onto your 1198
 

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The only way to truly know is through a test ride.. let it be known that there are differences between both generations.

Naturally that doesn't mean one is better than the other, but haven't heard of many guys selling their 1199's to jump back on a 1X98 again.
 

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The only way to truly know is through a test ride.. let it be known that there are differences between both generations.

Naturally that doesn't mean one is better than the other, but haven't heard of many guys selling their 1199's to jump back on a 1X98 again.
I was able to test ride an 899 just to get a feel of seating position and such. Unfortunately the dealership I went to didn't have any 1199 or 1299s they would send out for test rides. Might have to broaden my search...
 

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I hope it's not because of the QS only because you can put one on the 1198 for like $200-$300. You can also put a slipper clutch on it, a TC system, and other stuff too. But in the end, go with what you like more. The 899 is the same as the 1199/1299 but less power, so if you like the way it felt, the way it handled, then its big brother will be pretty much the same. Everyone I talked to who made the switch, says the Panigale is a better bike overall. Easier to ride and handles better out of the box without having to modify much.

The electronics package on the Panigale (especially the new 1299) is impressive for sure. Most of that stuff you definitely can't have on an 1198. Like for example, the auto-blipper with QS. So you can upshift AND downshift without ever using the clutch, and it's really quick and smooth. That's something you can never add to an 1198 because it needs to have ride-by-wire throttle, which the previous generations don't have. I'm hoping to test-ride a 1299 at the track this weekend, and I'm excited to try out that feature.
 
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Hey Boosted. I can't speak to owning an 1198, but I do ride the 1199S and it is without question, the best and easiest bike to ride quick that I have ever had. I've been riding sport bikes since 1984 and have had them all, it seems. The 1098 model just didn't do it for me aesthetically. It's looks resembled the Honda CBR a bit too much for my tastes.

I jumped from the 999R to the Panigale and everything about it is smoother, more powerful, and sexier. The electronics, the suspension, the horsepower and braking, and reliability are incredible. The 1299 looks to be an evolution of the model. They just get better and better!
We are living in a new Golden Age for sportbikes!
 

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Thanks for the responses y'all. Currently in talks for an 1199. As tempting as the 1299 is, it will be a few years down the road yet.

I probably didn't word my op as well as I had hoped. Of course I am not buying an all new bike for one single feature that I could add to my current bike. I was simply saying that is one of my favorite features on the bike, but the whole package is amazing all together.

Still gunna be hard when it comes time to sell my 1198. Haven't owned many vehicles I've grown as attached to as I did it.
 

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Funny that when I got my 1198, one of the reasons I went with the Ducati is because it DIDN'T resemble any of the japanese bikes :)
 
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I own a 1098 and have spent a decent amount of time on the 899, 1199, and 1299. they're alot more refined IMO which I didn't like as much. I like the rawness of the 1x98. If that doesn't bother you, they felt pretty damned amazing to me. Also the heat from the rear exhaust pipe is almost unbearable unless you're really moving around alot. On the 1299 it was actually so distracting I had a hard time focusing on the ride. It seriously felt like it was going to blister the back of my legs.

OH ya, the 1299 in race mode will lift the front at 140 if you're not carefull.. scared the crap outa me.
 

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Corse To Tricolore

I must admit that this was one of the toughest choices I've made on my bike stables!
Had a super tricked out Limited Edition 1198s Corse w extremely low miles and upgrades which I had a total blast riding- especially with all the awesome low end grunt known from the older model Superbikes.

Had the ability to obtain the new 1199s Tricolore at my usual price - cost, and didn't have much as far as offers went on sale of the Corse for a long while. About as soon as I decided to keep the Corse with its beautiful raw aluminum tank, I received a full pop offer on it from a guy in LA who was the middle man for some rich dude in Thailand who wanted a hot bike over there!

Did the deal and ended up dumping approximately 8-10k into the Tri right away with everything that was pretty much available on the market at that time. Unfortunately, the poor bike doesn't get ridden as it should due to my personal disabilities and barely has 1200 miles on it now!

In the end I do love the looks and high tech features of the 1199, but though I went up in the rear sprocket and all it still doesn't put out that wheelie machine capability as the 1198 did. So if asked if I regret the move, I truly don't know what to say. :(

Have a lot hotter pics of a more tricked out 1199 but not on cell where I'm typing this now.
In a perfect world I'd have both but my world is anything but perfect! For what it's worth I'm very content w the move and after owning two of the previous style Superbikes I can personally state that their heat issues were twice as bad as what others claim the 1199 puts out with the first year w an exhaust down below! I personally don't see it anywhere as bad as what's claimed and everyone who owned the previous platform should be able to attest to this- I've actually read it both ways though. I will say this- the riding position is ALOT more comfortable to me anyway and I can spend much more time riding the Tri than Corse! But that's just me. ;)

So there ya have my opinion!
 

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I must admit that this was one of the toughest choices I've made on my bike stables!
You definitely have the best looking 1199s Tri around.

BTW was that your 944SS as well? ..awesome bike!
 
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The Panigale is a siren....it calls to me in my sleep, luring me to look, touch, dream of riding her....

What I really want is to race one....I've been drooling for a few weeks now....oh that wonderful Panigale gearbox...
 

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Just went to a 2012 1199 from a 2013 848 I love the styling of the 2012 1199 with the single sway arm !! still not sold on the newer ones with out it ! So much power it unreal, not so comfy to ride but a beast on the road ! cant wait to get full termis on it !!
 
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