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Old Feb 24th 2019, 04:13 PM   #1
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I Ride: V4 Panigale Speciale / S1000RR
Am I crazy to ride this bike all the time?

Ok... so I had a guy today tell me I should have bought a Japanese bike if I plan to ride 1000+ miles per month... this has become my main ride and I enjoy it. I purchased the next 6 services in advance, and I also purchased a 72 month EXTENSION to the 2 year warranty.... The idea being I want to ride the crap out of this bike..

Am I crazy? Will this thing make it to 50-75K miles without major issues? Anyone else have Ducati sport bikes (likely V2) that are very high milage and run great?

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Old Feb 24th 2019, 05:15 PM   #2
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for these bikes, mileage is just a thing. i know i don't have the highest but i probably put way too many miles on my bike....just riding around, joy riding....all summer long. thousands and thousands, no warranty, no japanese bike.
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Old Feb 24th 2019, 05:35 PM   #3
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How many V4ís has the guy who gave you advice ridden to high mileage on?


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Old Feb 24th 2019, 05:44 PM   #4
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How many V4ís has the guy who gave you advice ridden to high mileage on?


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none.... but it is hard to argue with Japanese reliability.... and I told him I want to put a lot of miles on this bike..
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Old Feb 24th 2019, 06:06 PM   #5
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Putting his standing to give any sort of view to the side, we are probably living in one of the last generations to be able to legally experience the combustion engine on a motorcycle on the road.

In those circumstances isn't it incumbent on us to get the most enjoyable and most (in quantity) of miles out of them?

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Old Feb 24th 2019, 06:32 PM   #6
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NO! ride the crap out of that thing. Another member, 80shilling, put a crap ton of miles on his bike.
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Old Feb 25th 2019, 02:14 PM   #7
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How many V4ís has the guy who gave you advice ridden to high mileage on?


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Exactly, anyone thats ever asked me if my bikes unreliable has never owned a Duc before. I definitely wouldnt argue that this is the same as a jap bike but you also don't get the same felling and looks as a jap bike. Ive had jap bikes all my life and they were fun and all but riding a duc is a whole different experience imo. You've also got like 8 years of warranty so give'r lol
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Old Feb 26th 2019, 06:52 AM   #8
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I think the misnomer is the valve adjustment periods are shorter, which seems to suggest Ducati's are not as reliable as a Japanese motorcycle. This is not much of an issue anymore.

I fully expected the new V4 to have some growing pains (recalls). So far mine has been great (other then the delicate mirrors). I went to Barber, Road Atlanta, VIR South and NCBike last year. I've adjusted/cleaned the chain twice and changed the oil twice.

Now that I have a work manual I'm looking forward to the first valve clearance check. BTW my shop has all the parts in stock to complete every recall. The oil cooler is my primary concern

My three highest mileage bike were my 1982 CB650SC Nighthawk 28,000, my 1983 V45 Sabre 34,000, and my 1988 FZR1000 50,000 miles. I take very good care of every bike that I've owned. All of these bikes had their problems, most were charging system related.
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Old Feb 26th 2019, 12:44 PM   #9
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They are meant to be ridden. Props to you. The Ducati Starbucks click needs to go away. I buy my bikes to ride.
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Old Feb 27th 2019, 12:24 AM   #10
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I hope it's meant to be ridden, I planned a trip through the Alps end of May
2000 kilometers (or 1242 miles, for less accurate people ) in 4 days
Looking forward to this!
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