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Old May 16th 2019, 11:48 AM   #1
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1299 Superleggera @ Chuckwalla

Hey guys, so I was the 2nd person in the United States to get the 1299 Superleggera but I had not found time to ride it on track until last week so I decided to take it out for a little spin at Chuckwalla on a perfect Spring day, temp in the mid 80's with consistent sun!

My SL has limited modifications including handle bar switches and key re-location from Bike Sport Devlopments, Stomp Grip and Ducati Performance rearsets which require a small modification of the race exhaust carbon heat shield.

I ran stock tires, no warmers and was thoroughly impressed with the overall power, smoothness of delivery and INCREDIBLE brakes and the fact that the stock Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP street tires can be so good!

This truly is an expert only bike but quite manageable given it has 220 hp! The light weight of the machine means you can ride more laps with less effort!! I am 5'11", 190 lbs. I set rider sag at 40 mm front and 30 mm rear and static sag was in the expected range. I ran the stock tires at 33 front and 26 rear (cold) and checked to make sure after track use that the rear was set to 29 hot (don't go higher b/c they get greasy).

The bike was truly excellent and the fork provided great feedback and didn't blow through the stroke at all. I ended up with 10 mm of unused stroke after hard braking....I managed consistent 1:55s on street tires and had a blast without the added hassle of tire warmers/generator.

The bike IS narrow and the race rearsets made me feel a bit like a horse jockey but this SL is all about business and I LOVED it. I should have made time to ride it sooner! :-)
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Old May 16th 2019, 12:37 PM   #2
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That's awesome. Good to see that thing being used like it should!
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Old May 16th 2019, 05:57 PM   #3
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Sweeet!!! Love seeing this bike in its natural habitat. Hope to get mine on track one day.
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Old May 16th 2019, 07:05 PM   #4
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I saw a 1299SL being tracked in Australia. Rider was doing very well and was nice to see such a bike being used in anger.
Makes a difference from our local SL's which dont see day light
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Old May 17th 2019, 06:00 AM   #5
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Greatpics and congrats on getting that a amazing bike out on the track!!
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Old May 17th 2019, 01:32 PM   #6
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This is some good info. I am getting ready for a series of track days and thinking of taking my 1199 Superleggera to a couple of them. But I need new tires. Debating between Michelin Power RS and Pirelli Supercorsa SP.
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@Sherpa23, the stock SP V2 that came on your bike with 200/55 is an excellent tire and I had zero issues riding a pretty quick pace on the stock tires. Follow my recommendations on pressure and you will be very happy. I DO NOT recommend changing to other tires as this bike is really designed for Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP/SC tires. The new SP V3 is even better but will require a big change in setup. If you need help, lmk...
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Originally Posted by roadracerx View Post
@Sherpa23, the stock SP V2 that came on your bike with 200/55 is an excellent tire and I had zero issues riding a pretty quick pace on the stock tires. Follow my recommendations on pressure and you will be very happy. I DO NOT recommend changing to other tires as this bike is really designed for Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP/SC tires. The new SP V3 is even better but will require a big change in setup. If you need help, lmk...
Thanks, Brian. I just ordered another set of the Supercorsa SP's thanks to your recommendation. Hopefully they're on next week and I'll do a few track days over the following weeks. Hope to get 4 track days out of these tires and a two or three mountain rides.
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You're over there adding to your garage too I see. You too shall run out of signature room in the future just like KMY has!
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You're over there adding to your garage too I see. You too shall run out of signature room in the future just like KMY has!
Ha!

I have been adding a little but nowhere near the level that Kevin has. I think that my little collection of 9 is pretty good for an ordinary guy like me!
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