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I have a 2014 with electronic suspension. I'm constantly changing this dependent on roads ridden and whether I'm touring with luggage or riding without. Brilliant addition to the bike and makes it simple to adapt without any aggro. I did also have it all set up by a specialist for my weight and it is now perfect for me.
 

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On my S1000R I found the ESA to be a complete gimmick, there was no perceptible change between the two modes (2017+ S1KR only have road and dynamic) but on my 2016 Multi S I really find there is a huge difference between the suspension in sport and touring modes (don't really use urban or enduro).

Can't speak directly to the 2013 "S" but I'm glad I have my 2016.
Hey fellow S1000Rer ... I bought a 2015 S as well but not to replace the S1000R. A 2016 and then a 2017 Tuono replaced the S1000R. MTS is my sport adventure touring mount.
 
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70k miles wow. I ride my bikes pretty hard I will prob go with the S. another question is do I need a 2013 or newer. I found a clean 2011 1200s. is it better to get a 2013 -15
Spring for the 2015+ DVT models. Better in all respects and more modern. I bought mine for 8k OTD.
 

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and even happier that he doesn't have to worry about replacing modules other electronics on the suspension. I had a 13 GT with skyhook and it was brilliant but long term I'd rather have traditional suspension for ease of keeping it maintained.

As to 2010 vs 2013. I had extensively test ridden a 2010 which was pretty lumpy in power delivery, the 13 with dual spark was just about the best fueled duc of any that I owned. As memory serves 2010=2011 were first bikes with the euro 3 mandated fueling/tune and they had issues with smoothness.
2015+ is even better, faster, smoother, more powerful and refined.
 

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'13 S Touring owner here, have had it since new. The S Touring had a few differences to the base other than Skyhook, including heated grips, center stand, LED headlight, and panniers (side bags); depending on your use, some of those things may actually be more important to you than the suspension, though they can be addressed with aftermarket parts if you get a base. I love my bike, but I would not hesitate to buy or suggest a base model instead. The Skyhook suspension is good, but not great, and could certainly be improved upon by a non-active, fixed damping suspension that is properly set up. Personally, unless you really need the ability to change damping and preload frequently and while on the run, I'd suggest the non-Skyhook suspension.
Best part about the 1200S is that you can set it to manual if needed. I don't have that on my Panigale 1299S
 
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