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Old Aug 21st 2017, 12:14 AM   #1
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Question for UK Ducati owners

Anyone in the SE area used MD racing before?

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I've only just come across them and I've thinking if they're any good I might get my servicing done there and also get them to check my suspension.

Anyone had any experience of them?

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Old Aug 21st 2017, 04:07 AM   #2
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Unfortunately not.

But for suspension, I know its a trek, but you can't beat Darren of MCT over at Stowmarket. Literally transformed my Panigale.
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Old Aug 21st 2017, 04:59 AM   #3
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Old Aug 21st 2017, 08:59 AM   #4
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Unfortunately not.

But for suspension, I know its a trek, but you can't beat Darren of MCT over at Stowmarket. Literally transformed my Panigale.
Hi, I would be interested to know what changed after the setup handling, etc wise? If it is worth while I might take mine to him as well now that I have updated the geometry of the bike.
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Old Aug 21st 2017, 03:46 PM   #5
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Try WM Snells at Alton, they race them and are good guys to talk to, very helpful.

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Old Aug 21st 2017, 10:35 PM   #6
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Hi, I would be interested to know what changed after the setup handling, etc wise? If it is worth while I might take mine to him as well now that I have updated the geometry of the bike.
I have the R so it may be different as it's mechanical suspension.

But basically, inside the forks the oil was black after barely 2000 miles. The fork springs were mass produced units and were poorly finished with grinder marks in the top, not just burr removal marks, I'm talking a good proper ding in one of them. So got shot of that, re-valved and re-sprung. While the rear shock set up had thrown me clean out of the seat more than once or twice.

So we had a chat, he asked me what I wanted, fast road, maybe 5 track days a year and personal details, weight etc. Rear spring was changed for my weight (78kg with gear), also back from 'flat' to 'progressive'.

First ride made me feel much more confident. Less rigid, less bumpy but far more sure footed. Because of that I turned the steering damper down a touch allowing the steering to feel much sharper too. I won't lie it is still firm, but far more manageable for someone of my skill level, not quite out of the seat anymore, but still retains good cornering speed without upsetting the bike at the level I will go to.
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Old Aug 22nd 2017, 01:40 AM   #7
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Thanks for the response.

Mine has a mechanical suspension too. I upgraded to an FGRT Ohlins in the front and to a TTX GP in the rear with newer springs suited to my weight of about 78kgs with gear. All these changes made a massive difference after I got it setup by an Ohlins specialist on a track day in Donnington Park but there was something missing which I could not figure out until I updated the geometry as well and all is good now.

I would like to play with it further hence I am asking questions and trying to get as much info as I could get from different people. The rear linkage is set to Flat for me and I have not had any problems with it throwing me off the seat!
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Old Aug 22nd 2017, 03:32 AM   #8
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MD Racing are quite close to me but I've never got around to popping down there as my bikes come from WM Snell in Alton who are excellent. I need to pop down and say hello to MD Racing sometime.

Once you have your initial suspension setup it's a long term relationship that is needed so I would highly recommend using someone who is close to you that you can see regularly as your riding changes. There's no ideal setup as it depends so much on how hard you ride or what your style is like and it constantly changes as your riding evolves.

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Old Aug 22nd 2017, 04:08 AM   #9
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Thanks Royal. I currently use WM Snell in Alton as its where I got my bike and get it serviced. They've been great. I didn't know they could also do tuning and suspension set up (I should have asked!). MD is a bit closer but happy to make the trip to Alton.
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NP WM Snell are super good at looking after customers and I 100% trust them. I make a point of travelling to them for servicing and anything I need to keep the relationship up with them. They also have a very good relationship with Ducati and have used it to help me out on many occasions. Paul Goodall of http://pgperformance.co.uk who used to be a mechanic at Snell and has now gone independent is often still used by them to work on suspension by the way. He's down in Southampton which might be too far but give me a pm and I can send you his number. His website seems to be down at the moment for some reason.
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