It looks like I'm in the market. I've currently got a 2011 SFS but am also going to get a sport bike. I've got a few months before the cash is there to purchase, and really I was thinking maybe Pani 899S. So anyway I went to Pro Italia today to start getting info. They have a Pearl White S and an R. The R is awesome but I'm not getting that. So I rolled out the S into some open space and took a seat. After getting on and off a few times, just checking it all out, I realized it was just fine and needed very little adjustment to fit me. It fit surprisingly well. EXCEPT that the suspension did not move AT ALL. (And the seat was totally hard) I weigh 165lbs. Okay, I do know the Pani has high level suspension, and I figured that it was very adjustable. Cool. I may just spring for the 1199S. THEN across the aisle they have an Aprilia R and APRC. I went and sat on the APRC. The suspension sank about an inch, like butter, and as I moved around on the bike to adjust my feet or lean into a tuck, the suspension moved with me. Light, lively as I rocked front to back, supple yet quick to rebound. Holy cow. That first inch or two was like floating on air. Now the APRC ergos were not as good for me so I prefer the 1199S for that reason too, but I have NEVER sat on suspension like that, and could immediately tell it would be awesome to ride. The last piece of this puzzle is that it took a while for my SFS suspension to loosen up.
So my question is, from the get go, can the Pani 1199S suspension be softened up and made very supple and lively like that APRC or is there a break in period, or is it just designed to be stiffer in the set-up?