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Old Nov 2nd 2018, 11:31 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Mick1976 View Post
With your EVR did they supply a 1.6mm clutch plate? My EVR slipper came with a 1.6mm plate to replace the only 2.0mm plate on the OEM slipper all the rest are 1.6 so wondering if your EVR is a older version? Who did you order it from? Mine came from Bellissi less then 6 months and dropped right in on my 16R no problems but do remember the bottom of the drum looked like yours so trying to figure out why yours had to be modified.
Heya Mick! I bought mine from MotoWheels in June 2017. These mods happened quite some time back, but because I have pictures and apparently too much time to spare, I thought I'd post chronologically I got in touch with EVR in June 2017 as well, so I wonder if they've since added a new plate to address this issue. Guess I was a bit of a guinea pig then!

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Well, good news is that you made a instant profit when you got the R. Bad news is that it will be expensive to get another.
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Which Rotors are those? 330?
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oh and thank you for the post with detailed descriptions and pics. Parts numbers shown on pictures are great too as I like to order them in the future.
Haha yeah mate. It's kinda like the whole housing market thing. People get all excited their house has appreciated not realizing that so has everyone elses' so you won't see gains selling and buying (unless you time it right I suppose!)

The rotors are 330mm Brembo Supersport discs. When they're done, I think I'll give the T-drives a go

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Love the nickel finish on the callipers. Fantastic bling. Always loved the look. You have to tell us if you feel much difference. I have nothing to compare, I have always thought the brakes on my 2012S are fantastic. I have nothing but my BMW 1300S to compare to though.

Very much appreciate the detailed pics and specifications.
Heya Brad mate. Hope you're enjoying that parcel I sent to you from Singapore a while back. You have to post a pic or two at some point. Or at least email them to me

It's hard to say how much the GP4-RX calipers are doing on their own as I changed the master, lines and calipers at one go. Braking power feels significantly better, but more importantly feel is up as well. I like how smooth the brakes have become, and I think that's partly the CNC master and also the CNC (and therefore more precise) interior of the nickel calipers. This is helping me stay on the brakes later so I can trail them in a little more. I'm still a ways away from trailing to the apex or thereabouts, but I'm certainly more confident staying on the brakes as I tip in.
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Old Nov 2nd 2018, 11:56 PM   #32
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More Sepang and more parts

My second Sepang outing felt largely similar to the first – I was more familiar with my markers but the bike had changed so I just wanted to get more laps under my belt. Everything worked perfectly:
1. Brakes: The CNC billet master felt silky smooth, which was necessary because the sort of switch-like action of the 19x20 meant I had a lot of brakes at the initial lever squeeze. Very confidence inspiring to begin with. While it saves work to get all components changed at once like I did, it is hard to tell which mod is doing the most work. I suspect the master is doing a lot of work, but the smoothness and feel must also be the result of more precisely CNC-ed calipers.

2. Fueling: Improved fueling from the RapidBike Evo made it much easier to get back on the gas mid corner.

3. EVR slipper: The EVR slipper has six springs vs three on the stock unit, so clutch action was immediately heavier. It will be annoying on the street (a 30mm slave might be necessary to offset this) but it was solid on track. It had a granite-tough feel (like you could abuse it and it’d just take it). Bike felt planted and had no trouble with me banging down the gears at the end of the two long straights.
As always, after going on track, I justify to myself that more mods to the bike are deserved As she goes back to the workshop straight from the track, the following new bits are waiting for her:
1. Ducati Performance billet clutch cover: I liked how this is closely based on the unit Chaz has on his WSBK bike. After installing the CNC billet alternator guard on the left side, the old carbon DP clutch guard just didn’t look like it’d do the job it was meant to.

2. CNC oil cap: I had a cheap eBay unit before and it was quickly showing its age.

3. 520 chain conversion: I went with the DID ERV3 chain, a new AEM rear sprocket in 520 pitch and front sprocket in standard R config (15/41)








Up next, proper photos of the mods installed.
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Congratulations and welcome to the R family. They are awesome to ride on the track.
Some nice mods so far and thanks for all the pics.
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Old Nov 3rd 2018, 09:38 PM   #34
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Another photo-op

I picked up the bike from the workshop with its new bits, including some new Podium Racing titanium bolts (swingarm pivot bolts, clutch slave bolts and gear casing bolts). Some other changes were necessary to fit the bits I already had, e.g. the Ducabike start switch had to be replaced with a BSD one as the clamp style of the Ducabike did not fit the CNC master, and new Venhill lines were installed to better fit the GP4-RX calipers.

After a bit of cleaning, it was photo time. She’s starting to feel and look like my bike (as opposed to someone else’s bike that I bought ).































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Old Nov 3rd 2018, 09:41 PM   #35
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Now wire up those caliper bolts
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Old Nov 3rd 2018, 11:23 PM   #36
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Very nice photos. Love those callipers
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Old Nov 6th 2018, 06:40 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by Twistedracer View Post
Now wire up those caliper bolts
Good call!

Before the next trackday, the bike had the following things done:

1. Safety wired caliper bolts. We added a small rubber hose over the wire to prevent the wire from scratching up the nickel finish on the caliper.

2. DP GP shift kit. I couldn't find the linkage for the DP rearsets that would convert it to GP shift, so I went with this kit. I like the machined knuckle bit on this kit.

3. New Brembo Z04 pads. These things were a revelation. I try not to exaggerate where I can, but these things may well be the best brake mod I've done to date. Unbelievable power, super progressive as well. Now Al Fagan's review of these pads here make total sense.

4. R&G pad. I cut a strip from an old R&G pad and applied it to the shifter area after noticing scratches on the fairing. Not sure if it's the boot or the inner surface of the shifter.













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Old Nov 6th 2018, 07:15 PM   #38
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Good to see you enjoying her on the track. That bike really loves the track.
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Heat? What heat?

The next thing I wanted to tackle was the heat (what heat?).

We joke about the heat, but in the Singapore/Malaysia heat and humidity, these bikes heat up way too quickly. The old 899 would get to the fan-on temperature and not go much higher. The R just kept going up. Even on track, it ran hot.

This forum was a great resource for options for a new radiator. I wanted to keep the fan for street use, so this limited my options. I ended up going with Mac Radiators’s street kit.

Pros: There was a decent drop in temperatures when I was moving. Where it would’ve stayed around the 98C/208F range even when moving (and quickly rising to 110C/230F or higher if stopped), I saw about a 3-5C/37-41F drop when moving. It would still go up at a stop (can't get around this as it needs airflow), but the rate of increase and the max values were much lower than stock. Also the parts looked well made.

Cons: Dealing with Mac (aka Aurelian) is not great. It was all Facebook messaging, which was okay but his responses were delayed. Payment was by bank transfer only – unnerving when you have no idea if he’ll actually ship the item and there was no accountability. It took more like 5 weeks to ship instead of the 2 weeks he estimated. After the items ships, it can be all but impossible to get a hold of him. Also the parts didn’t go on easy – my workshop spent quite a few hours getting the bits to fit.

I also had the exhaust headers (which had quite a bit of surface corrosion since they were steel units even on the R) ceramic coated. I chose a titanium colour hoping it would match the stock pipes but unfortunately they came out lighter than expected. This wouldn’t be a problem for too long.













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The Big Haul - Part 2(a)

With some time to spare until the next trackday, it was time for more parts. If you're wondering what is motivating these mods:
(i) modding is fun and informative,
(ii) it's nice to address little issues and make the bike a little better, and
(iii) moving up from the R - say to an 1199SL or a V4R - will cost an unreasonable amount of money here (way more than it costs to do so in the US or Australia for example), so it becomes mentally easier to spend on improving the bike you have than to spring for a new one.
To go on are:

1. Race Seats and carbon tank extension - At my height (6'), the R's rider triangle felt great for the street but on track I felt like I had too much room and was moving too much front-to-back. I also thought I could do with a better surface to hang off from. I wanted to keep the bike looking stock-ish so I decided I'd have the extension painted to match the R tank. This was purchased directly from Race Seats, and I had the logo embroided in black for an incognito look.

2. MCET billet triple clamp - If you hadn't noticed, Ducati reserves machined billet triple clamps for its limited run Panigales (SL, Anniversario, FE). I thought my bike was special enough to deserve one too. I went with one from Germany via MCET (link). They have an almost identical look to the SL/Anni/FE clamp but without the webbed portion where the limited number would be laser-engraved. I liked that it looked OEM.













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