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Old Oct 27th 2018, 04:27 PM   #1
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My first 20km on my Speciale

Hi folks,

Wanted to share my initial impressions regarding my brand new Speciale.

First and foremost this is my first v4. My first Ducati too. I still have and love my tractor BMW k1300r.

So first things first: ofc immediately the position is totally different but it is expected from a super sport. I remembered quickly how it feels to have fatigue in the arms due to the stiffness forced by the position.

I immediately saw the clutch bites very early (high) in the travel. Which doesnít really bother me if only the slipping portion wouldnít be so narrow. It feels more like and on/off switch. And this makes it jerk a bit in super slow traffic when you need to slip the clutch. Speaking of super slow traffic, like others pointed out this bike doesnít like slow traffic. The clutch alone and the v4 vibrations make it rough on such traffic. Then comes the heat. Oh wow, at 20 C, you can feel it good. Donít wanna think how it is in 35 in city traffic.

Also whatís up with the mirrors. Are they fixed or smth? Tried to adjust them slightly and would not move. Later found out that it wouldnít matter much because of the vibrations you canít see shit in them on less then perfect roads.

A positive side (not the only one but I barely ridden it) is that engine. Wow! What an engine. Even from low revs it moves effortlessly! Was not expecting that. Not in the same class but I dare say it on low speeds low revs it was on par with my bmw 1300 engine, which has like 140ish NM. Alas the bike is much much much lighter than my fat bmw.

Looking forward to riding the bike some more at least till the weather is still good.

Oh PS: needless to say the bike is a stunner and a look magnet. Tomorrow Iím off to applying some clear 3m style protections to the fairing because God damn the paint scratches so easily. Already saw fine lines in the tail from just very slightly touching the tail while getting on the bike.
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Old Oct 27th 2018, 04:58 PM   #2
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If this is your first Duke, it must be a a bit of a shock, hang in there though. You already realise it is not a German bike so we Ducati traffics call the idiosyncrasies as “character”.

I have been riding And racing Ducati’s for decades and still have a shed full, so for me I just had to have a desmocedici stradale V4.

I also had the 3 m film fitted immediately to my Speciale by a company that tailor made the fitment, greta job. I also had the radiator guards fitted when they had the fairings off for the first service. They also put all the Rizoma bits, the race screen and the exhaust at the same time.

You are right about the mirrors, they are appalling. My right hand one just broke on my second ride, you should have seen the questions Ducati wanted me to answer to get a replacement. This would be the only things right now that needs to be fixed, hopefully something will come out.

Take your time with it, there is so much to learn, but it will be an experience for sure. I have my first track day booked in and Inwill take the day just to experiment and get to understand it as it’s limits are way beyond whatever you could do on the road.

Welcome to Ducati, and best of luck, you certainly jumped in the deep end!
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Old Oct 31st 2018, 03:34 AM   #3
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If this is your first Duke, it must be a a bit of a shock, hang in there though. You already realise it is not a German bike so we Ducati traffics call the idiosyncrasies as ďcharacterĒ.

I have been riding And racing Ducatiís for decades and still have a shed full, so for me I just had to have a desmocedici stradale V4.

I also had the 3 m film fitted immediately to my Speciale by a company that tailor made the fitment, greta job. I also had the radiator guards fitted when they had the fairings off for the first service. They also put all the Rizoma bits, the race screen and the exhaust at the same time.

You are right about the mirrors, they are appalling. My right hand one just broke on my second ride, you should have seen the questions Ducati wanted me to answer to get a replacement. This would be the only things right now that needs to be fixed, hopefully something will come out.

Take your time with it, there is so much to learn, but it will be an experience for sure. I have my first track day booked in and Inwill take the day just to experiment and get to understand it as itís limits are way beyond whatever you could do on the road.

Welcome to Ducati, and best of luck, you certainly jumped in the deep end!
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The same thing the dealer told me. He's a die hard half italian, Ducati die hard lover and he said those are handmade bikes, and they are purposefully made with character by the inherent engineering applied. Didn't know that one guy does the engine and just another one assembles the whole thing.

This Sunday I applied the Eazi-Guard protection, but not that perfect as I didn't manage to properly apply it without any bubbles whatsoever. Anyhow, I'm glad that it's somewhat protected.

Thing is that kit didn't come with tank protection. You know, the middle white section that gets scratched so easily by zippers. Because as for the side I think I'm gonna go with the clear Stompgrip TRACTION pads. Do any of you guys know of a clear protection for the crotch section of the tank? I feel like putting the carbon protection spoils the Speciale theme a bit.

As for the learn curve, sure! I agree completely! I'm respecting the bike and in some doses even fear it, and decided to ride it on the street for what's left of this season, and only in spring 2019 to have a go on track and patiently learn more about the bike there, because it's clear you need to track it if you're gonna learn things that you simply can't learn on the streets with traffic, potholes, debris etc.

PS: Yesterday I jumped back on my BMW K1300R to give it a spin and a quick wash, wow! Compared to the Duc, it's almost crusier like. Seat is plush, and a joy for the buttocks lol, clutch is smooth and has plenty of travel, and the lack of vibrations (ahem, excuse me, character 😃 ) makes it so docile and smooth. Still this morning jumped back on the Panigale!
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Congrats on your new ride. Maybe get as much time on it as possible before summer starts!
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Old Oct 31st 2018, 12:37 PM   #5
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I had the same thoughts about the tank protector, but in the end put the Ducati black one on with the red V4 on it, actually looks good and not out of place. Be careful putting it on though it has to be in the right place

I have the 3 mfilm on the tank only where my knees go.
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I had the same thoughts about the tank protector, but in the end put the Ducati black one on with the red V4 on it, actually looks good and not out of place. Be careful putting it on though it has to be in the right place

I have the 3 mfilm on the tank only where my knees go.
Did you actually apply the protection yourself?

Care to share a pic of the tank protection, rider's perspective and maybe sides?
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