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Old Mar 3rd 2018, 03:40 PM   #1
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Looks like motocorsa in Portland just got their first v4s to a customer. Let's hear some USA rider feedback!
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Can't wait til this buzz dies completely about the V4. Way too many threads about this bike.
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Old Mar 3rd 2018, 04:34 PM   #3
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Can't wait til this buzz dies completely about the V4. Way too many threads about this bike.
Problem is it's winter and half of us can't ride so we have nothing better to do lol.
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Old Mar 3rd 2018, 04:42 PM   #4
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Problem is it's winter and half of us can't ride so we have nothing better to do lol.
Start talking about the SL's, much more interesting to a lot of us.

Not bashing the 4 just love the twin and will be keeping mine because it just does everything I need so well. If I was in the USA I'd have an 1199SL or 13R but in OZ I just can't justify or come to terms with the prices.

I just put a replacement mirror on mine and started it just to here those melodies, I know I shouldn't start it without riding it but couldn't help myself.
Sill I know.

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more the few where delivered in NorCal over the past week. There are few norcal ducati facebook group and people posted their reviews already. Here is copy and paste from one of the members who got his:

"2018 Ducati Panigale V4S First Impressions:
Between the break-in on the dyno and first oil change, I was only able to get about 50 miles on the clock today. I haven't even tried to tinker with any of the host of rider aid settings. I just select the Sport riding mode and starting riding. No mechanical adjustments to preload or any changes to the default settings on the electronic suspension.
First impressions are overwhelmingly positive. When I first decided to get this bike, I was expecting something that was very uncompromising and track-focused. Something that would feel out of place on the street. I was wrong. While it's not as comfortable as my Tuono or Super Duke 1290, it's considerably more agreeable than my RSV4. The first time you hope on it and lean it from side to side with your feet on the ground, you realize just how low the center of gravity is. The big feels very light. Subjectively, all my other bikes feel considerably heavier. The Ducati is also very narrow around your thighs which improves comfort.
But we don't enjoy bikes when they are standing still so lets move on. Start the bike and it sounds very similar to a 1299 but with a touch more richness to the note. Rev the engine in neutral and it responds like an electric motor. Instantaneous a eager to please. Getting rolling and the first thing that came to my mind is how smooth the transmission and engine is. Everything feels delicate and free of harshness or chatter.
The engine is a gem. More free revving and "lighter" feeling than the v4 in the Tuono or RSV4. Not gruff or barky like the Aprilias which is neither good or bad. Both sound awesome in their own way. If I had to put it in automative terms, it feels like a Mazda rotary in how it revs so freely with no harshness or vibration. It's so pleasant to ride casually or aggressively which is something that I couldn't say about the RSV4 which, by comparison, was only in its element when riding the snot out of it on the nice smooth roads. The Duc, in comparison, has a wider breadth of capabilities no doubt due to the semi active Ohlins. It handles rough and bump roads in a way that I have not experienced before in a superbike. In this respect, it's more similar to my KTM Super Duke but without the general sense of softness.
Power is off the charts. I'm still breaking in the engine so I haven't spent too much time at WOT. But the short bursts I did here and there were nothing short of awe-inspiring. Electronics are invisible. If it wasn't for the yellow light on the dash lighting up, I wouldn't have known the wheel control system was active. The front wheel just lifts off the ground ever-so-slightly through 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear. I'm sure it would have done the same through 4th but I ran out of road.
Riding somewhat aggressively through my favorite back road that connects Livermore to Danville, the Duc turns into corners with more conviction than any larger displacement bike I've ever ridden. Also surprising is you easy you can dial in more or less lean while already mid-corner. Doesn't seem to require any deliberate counter-steer. It's nearly telepathic in that respect. You look to where you want to go and the bike follows. It's a very easy bike to ride. And the throttle mapping is so nice that the engine never seems to overpower the chassis.
I haven't come close to pushing the bike hard yet. Not something I make a habit of doing when riding solo on the road. I'm sure I'l have more to say once I take it to my next track day on the 12th. I don't think I've ever been so excited about a new bike before. It's a very special motorcycle. And if I'm already impressed by it on the street, it's going to be so much better when i get to ride it in its element on the track.
The burning question: How does it compare to the RSV4? The Duc's electronics seem to be much more sophisticated and transparent to the seat of my pants. In terms of power, there is no comparison. The Duc makes more power everywhere. And it feels more effortless when doing so. The Duc is also more nimble and adjustable mid corner. It also seems much more refined which is something I wasn't expected. What stood out the most is that the V4S isn't an extreme track-only bike that sucks on the road. It isn't an RSV4 turned up to 11. Instead, it's something that is oddly use-able even during mundane rides through traffic. While the back of your right thigh will feel some heat in stop and go traffic, it's nothing compared to the nut roasting you get in an 899/1199/1299. And the seating position is really nice for my 6' tall frame. Whereas on an RSV4, it felt that I was sitting so high and reaching downward to the clip-ons, I feel more comfortable on the Duc with it's more conventional riding position. As for as value goes, is the V4S worth the ~$5k premium over the RSV4 RF? It depends. For a bike which sees a good bit of street use, yes definitely. The Duc is more accessible and comfortable. For a dedicated track bike, the jury is still I have not taken it to the track yet.
That's it for now. I'm sure I'll have more to blab about after some more riding. Thanks for reading!
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Originally Posted by able duc View Post
Start talking about the SL's, much more interesting to a lot of us.

Not bashing the 4 just love the twin and will be keeping mine because it just does everything I need so well. If I was in the USA I'd have an 1199SL or 13R but in OZ I just can't justify or come to terms with the prices.

I just put a replacement mirror on mine and started it just to here those melodies, I know I shouldn't start it without riding it but couldn't help myself.
Sill I know.
Installing paint protection film on the SL now. Pain in the ass since there isn't a kit that fits the SL so I'm having to customize it. Taking hours to do.
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Installing paint protection film on the SL now. Pain in the ass since there isn't a kit that fits the SL so I'm having to customize it. Taking hours to do.
Can't you do any better than that?
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Installing paint protection film on the SL now. Pain in the ass since there isn't a kit that fits the SL so I'm having to customize it. Taking hours to do.
What's different between a standard 1199 and an SL?

There are precut kits available for the 1199's. I've got one for my 1199 that was $130.
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Old Mar 3rd 2018, 10:04 PM   #9
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What's different between a standard 1199 and an SL?

There are precut kits available for the 1199's. I've got one for my 1199 that was $130.
The fairings are different. Didn't really notice all the subtle differences until I tried to use an 1199 kit. For starters the side panels are a one piece not two. Only thing I haven't had to modify was the gas tank.
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Old Mar 4th 2018, 08:03 AM   #10
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Usa arrival

Saw a couple at Ducati of Winchester in VA (Ducpond) yesterday. The staff were test riding their demo bike and all of them were coming back with big shit-eating grins on their faces.
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