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Old Apr 12th 2019, 02:39 PM   #1
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A few quick questions regarding the 1299S

Hello Everyone. I am currently new to the forum and currently in the process of purchasing a new 1299S. I have a few questions regarding this motorcycle since this is the first Italian motorcycle I have every owned. First off, when does the 2 year warranty on the motorcycles begin? At the date of your purchase or the date the dealer purchased the motorcycle from the factory. Second, I currently own a 2009 R1 which has been perfect for me on reliability, what are some the quirks this bike has that I should be looking for? Third, What is a ideal break-in procedure for this bike?. Lastly, anyone have a good suspension setting for a 155lb rider? Thanks for all your help and wish me luck!
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Old Apr 12th 2019, 02:46 PM   #2
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Warranty begins when you buy it. I have a 2016 Base model which I put Badass Race and Track Ohlins on sprung for my weight. I bought it from dealer August 2017 my warranty is to August 2019. Could not pass it up gonna have badass wheels soon also and I have not even spent 23000K total yet. I think I'll have less than 25K in the bike when I'm done


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Old Apr 13th 2019, 06:39 AM   #3
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While Iíll say this. Itís a good cycle overall, but not without its faults.

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At 155 you are probably too light and suspension will be stiff so set your sag to the upper range and try to switch to progressive rate for the spring. Iím 170 and I find the suspension stiff but Iíve not switched to progressive just yet.
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Warranty - starts when you buy the bike. Quirks - fluffy throttle respose with the OEM muffler and mapping can make getting the bike off the line intersting. OEM seat is rubbish - very slippery. If your legs are long enough get a Ducati comfort seat or race seat (adds about an inch to the seat height but is much better). Suspension - stiff! I weigh 140 lbs and I have left the springs alone. Adjust the sag until front and back move the same. I have left the Race settings as standard. I have set Sport up with maximum engine power and softer damping. I find it ok on all but the bumpiest roads. On smooth tarmac it is sublime. Its a great bike. I’ve done 15,000 miles on mine.

Break-in procedure? What? Are you trying to start another war? :-)
There are those who follow the instructions in the user manual (max 6k rpm for first 600 miles) and there are those that take a bike to the track, do a couple of sessions, change the oil and consider the job done. Take your pick. I rode mine hard for the first few hundred miles, but generally kept to the recommended revs ceiling.

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Old Apr 15th 2019, 05:46 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by AmpForE View Post
While Iíll say this. Itís a good cycle overall, but not without its faults.

Suspension
At 155 you are probably too light and suspension will be stiff so set your sag to the upper range and try to switch to progressive rate for the spring. Iím 170 and I find the suspension stiff but Iíve not switched to progressive just yet.
Thanks bro for the info. My R1 is set up pretty stiff so I am used to it.
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Old Apr 15th 2019, 05:48 PM   #6
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Warranty - starts when you buy the bike. Quirks - fluffy throttle respose with the OEM muffler and mapping can make getting the bike off the line intersting. OEM seat is rubbish - very slippery. If your legs are long enough get a Ducati comfort seat or race seat (adds about an inch to the seat height but is much better). Suspension - stiff! I weigh 140 lbs and I have left the springs alone. Adjust the sag until front and back move the same. I have left the Race settings as standard. I have set Sport up with maximum engine power and softer damping. I find it ok on all but the bumpiest roads. On smooth tarmac it is sublime. Its a great bike. Iíve done 15,000 miles on mine.

Break-in procedure? What? Are you trying to start another war? :-)
There are those who follow the instructions in the user manual (max 6k rpm for first 600 miles) and there are those that take a bike to the track, do a couple of sessions, change the oil and consider the job done. Take your pick. I rode mine hard for the first few hundred miles, but generally kept to the recommended revs ceiling.
Thanks for the feedback. I never worn in a V-twin type of motor so I was unsure if there was a certain way it has to be done to get the best performance out of this engine. Those are some pretty huge pistons in that motor (4.5 inches+!). That is huge!
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Congrats! I’m in the same boat as you, taking delivery of mine very soon...
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