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Old Mar 10th 2017, 01:24 PM   #1
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2017 Panigale 1299S Steering Damper

I took delivery of my brand new Ducati Panigale 1299 S last week (2017 UK March plate). When getting the bike up on the paddock stand in the garage I noticed the steering damper is completely not aligned with the center yoke/handlebars. Next morning I contacted the Ducati dealer to explain I just spent £22,000 surely this should be straight! The dealer informed me that this is common on Panigale's and not possible to fix. Not quite response I was expecting.

I then popped into two local dealerships and have yet to find a Panigale that has the same issue or anyone that's come by it on a new Panigale before.

So, situation is I'm still waiting to get this resolved by the dealer.

I know Ducati wouldn't release a £22k bike out like this.

Has anyone experienced same issue? I have feeling the dealership will try to string this out and go down the warranty route. I just need to get it resolved.

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Old Mar 10th 2017, 01:32 PM   #2
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1299S Steering Damper Alignment

Photo of steering damper alignment. Taken day of delivery!
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Old Mar 10th 2017, 01:41 PM   #3
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It's Normal.
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Old Mar 10th 2017, 01:47 PM   #4
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Thanks, I just have not come across it before. The other 2 dealerships were also confused!
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Old Mar 10th 2017, 01:54 PM   #5
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Yeah. Normal. Mine too.
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Old Mar 11th 2017, 05:36 AM   #6
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Yep same as mine. Don't sweat it.
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Old Mar 11th 2017, 07:12 AM   #7
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If it works and keeps you from tank slapping then its OK in my book!

Under heavy acceleration at the track this bike sends to have the front wheel just skimming the tarmac most of the time if not in a full wheelie.. it really NEEDS a steering damper.. I set mine pretty firm when on the track..

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Old Mar 12th 2017, 06:57 PM   #8
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when i look at my steer damper its straight..
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Old Mar 12th 2017, 11:31 PM   #9
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Gee thanks, now I have a wonky Panigale........ I can't unsee it
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Thanks, I just have not come across it before. The other 2 dealerships were also confused!
Something has changed because it was straight on the 1199. At least on my 2012 1199S model anyway.
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