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  1. #41
    Lovely machine, I had one a 1200s for about 10 weeks and I loved it.

    They're a very nice machine. Much more comfortable than I expected and capable of long run. I did a 500km day and it took it in its stride.

    The quick shift is so addictive, lovely pops and bangs on the overrun. Great handling, so good through the twisties.

    My only criticism was no cruise control, there's no excuse for not having it and I would have loved the option of adaptive damping.




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  2. #42
    Quote Originally Posted by Alfaguy View Post
    WOW - used it in sport mode for the first time today - don't think I will be going back to urban or touring modes ever again unless I get caught in a hurricane. Unlikely as I don't use the bikes in bad weather.
    I switched mine to Rain mode in a downpour on Tuesday, and didnt like it, was nearly stalling coming out of junctions, and then over-compensating - I reckon last thing you need in the rain is a different throttle map or feeling, I'd much rather know what to expect and be able to manage it, and make sure I'm focused on the conditions around me. Maybe it just takes a bit of getting used to, but first impression wasnt great.

  3. #43
    So being spoiled with the Triumph's gear indicator I was driving around on the ducati without ever knowing exactly what gear I was in. I remember what a pain this was in the Bandit but back then that was just the way things were - no gear indicators no matter what bike you got.
    So I am coaching myself to count the gears on the Ducati as I change up and down. I hope that by persevering and being a bit militaristic about this that over time this will come like second nature without ever needing to even think about it too much.

  4. #44
    New rubber front and rear - Pirelli Diablo Rosso II's


    Last edited by Alfaguy; 18-09-2017 at 08:52 PM.

  5. #45
    Any attempt to take the Ducati out of the garage lately is like flicking a switch for the rain to start. Today all I got to do was open the garage door and it started like clockwork. So I had to abandon my bike trip.

  6. #46
    Make sure to take it easy for a while with new tyres.

  7. #47
    Going to Dublin on the Ducati tomorrow. Just wondering what happens if I get a puncture? Never got a puncture on a motorbike and am unlikely to get one with brand new tyres but then what happens if it does happen?

  8. #48
    Have you got recovery with your insurance? I'd always banked on using that.

    I have been thinking about one of these DynaPlug kits to get out of an emergency, after watching Royal Jordanian use one

  9. #49
    Quote Originally Posted by Alfaguy View Post
    Going to Dublin on the Ducati tomorrow. Just wondering what happens if I get a puncture? Never got a puncture on a motorbike and am unlikely to get one with brand new tyres but then what happens if it does happen?
    Nothing you can do really. If you started thinking like that you'd never go anywhere on your bike. It's only ever happened to me once and I just rang my insurance recovery as I would in the car. Was a complete pain in the a$$ and a waste of half a day, not to mention a new tyre, but.... whaddya gonna do?

  10. #50
    Take an aerosol can of sealant. That'll seal and reinflate all but the worst punctures - get you home.

    Alternatively, get some of this type of stuff, fill and forget..

    http://www.tyrearmour.ie/motorbikes/

    Lidl used to do a version. I have it in the tyres on the Vrod. Bit more peace of mind when you start thinking about blow-outs/rapid deflation.

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