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Old May 15th 2019, 01:45 AM   #11
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I use the V4 for commuting (sorry) after 20 years of R1. Its approx. 190 km way and forth.
Now I have 3000km, first maintenance is done and now I'm riding always in SPORT mode, even in rain. I was a little bit afraid regarding the tires in wet conditions, but they did just fine, I was really surprised.
After 45 minutes, I have my right hand "sleeping". Is it due to vibrations, due to my nerves in my wrist,...? I don't know. I didn't have this on all my R1's, but hey, I'm getting older ...
The engine brake is not what I expected. In 6th gear and above 7000 RPM and you close suddenly the throttle, it's like the V4 slides a little bit through and then (after 200 meters) you feel the engine brake working and then it brakes (slows down) significantly. Maybe I have to reset the EBC and put it on 1 or 0.
Sometimes in the morning I feel that the battery is a little weak, it seems to have difficulties to engage and to have ignition.
I also adjusted the high beam in height in order to be seen by the cars.
I also have the full AKRA exhaust and my average consumption lays around 7 liters/100 km.
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Old May 15th 2019, 02:09 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by alainV4 View Post
I use the V4 for commuting (sorry) after 20 years of R1. Its approx. 190 km way and forth.
Now I have 3000km, first maintenance is done and now I'm riding always in SPORT mode, even in rain. I was a little bit afraid regarding the tires in wet conditions, but they did just fine, I was really surprised.
After 45 minutes, I have my right hand "sleeping". Is it due to vibrations, due to my nerves in my wrist,...? I don't know. I didn't have this on all my R1's, but hey, I'm getting older ...
The engine brake is not what I expected. In 6th gear and above 7000 RPM and you close suddenly the throttle, it's like the V4 slides a little bit through and then (after 200 meters) you feel the engine brake working and then it brakes (slows down) significantly. Maybe I have to reset the EBC and put it on 1 or 0.
Sometimes in the morning I feel that the battery is a little weak, it seems to have difficulties to engage and to have ignition.
I also adjusted the high beam in height in order to be seen by the cars.
I also have the full AKRA exhaust and my average consumption lays around 7 liters/100 km.
Ducati Herzele, very pleased with Jackie and his team! I would recommend everybody to buy there
I am still below 6000rpm, and i do not have problems with my wrists. One day, i did 430km, no problems at all.
Do you fuel 98 or 95? I know the 98 gives problems for cold start. I always fuel 95.
My average consumption is 4,5 l/100km. Probably because I have to stay below 6000rpm. I've read other experiences here and above 3000rpm, the bike should be smooth.
Engine braking on 2 is as if you would have no braking from the engine at all. So, the sliding through the first moment is normal. It should be different in 1 or OFF. Maximum engine braking is when it is turned to OFF.

So far, I only used "street"
Maybe I should put it in "sport", but I was thinking, as lang as I am below 6000rpm, why bother changing settings
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Old May 15th 2019, 03:54 PM   #13
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After riding various big bikes (R1, GSX's, TLR's etc) for many years I've come from a 1199S to the V4S and hands down it is the best motorcycle I have owned.

When I say best I am talking about everything from fit to performance. I'm 6ft 1 and 90kgs and it is extremely comfortable to ride.

It is as fast as you want it to be but will cruise just as well. The only issue I, and most have, is the heat on my inner thighs.

I do agree with what others have said though, the mirrors are crap (I replaced mine with a set of folding moto science units) and the fuel consumption is very ordinary but I have never bought a bike or car base on fuel consumption.

It is a beast!
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Old May 16th 2019, 11:04 AM   #14
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After riding various big bikes (R1, GSX's, TLR's etc) for many years I've come from a 1199S to the V4S and hands down it is the best motorcycle I have owned.

When I say best I am talking about everything from fit to performance. I'm 6ft 1 and 90kgs and it is extremely comfortable to ride.

It is as fast as you want it to be but will cruise just as well. The only issue I, and most have, is the heat on my inner thighs.

I do agree with what others have said though, the mirrors are crap (I replaced mine with a set of folding moto science units) and the fuel consumption is very ordinary but I have never bought a bike or car base on fuel consumption.

It is a beast!


What are your thoughts on the Moro science mirrors?


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Old May 16th 2019, 07:55 PM   #15
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What are your thoughts on the Moro science mirrors?


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As far as quality goes they are par with OEM, read into that what you will

The most important thing for me was the ability to fold, which they do.

As far as being able to see in them, they do not vibrate at all which is a bonus but as with any sports bike I've owned you still need to move your arm to see in them.

Hope that helps

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Old May 17th 2019, 11:54 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by HFW003 View Post
As far as quality goes they are par with OEM, read into that what you will



The most important thing for me was the ability to fold, which they do.



As far as being able to see in them, they do not vibrate at all which is a bonus but as with any sports bike I've owned you still need to move your arm to see in them.



Hope that helps



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Thanks. Sounds like what I need and the quality from the pics was not high end so thanks for confirming that


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Old May 19th 2019, 10:20 PM   #17
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I love my 2018 S1000RR, but I am absolutely infatuated with my V4 Speciale... The BMW is fast, the V4 is crazy fast.. both bikes currently at about 3000 miles trouble free.
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Old Jun 6th 2019, 03:43 AM   #18
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I Ride: V4 S Corse '19
So, I returned after 4 days and 2200km in the French, Italian, Swiss and Austrian Alps.
It was great! No rain, beautiful locations and some very nice asphalt! Everybody stayed up, no crashes, lots of good food, good stories, ... I wish I was still there!

But how was the V4?
Well... On one side, it was superb, fantastic and breathtaking. The grip, the endless ground clearance, the sound, the looks (a lot of thumbs up from other riders and drivers!), the power, ... I love it!
On the other side, there were some remarks as well.
While I did a lot of kilometers with the bike, I had no problems with my back, legs, knees, ... But my wrists hurt like hell! I wish the clip ons would have been adjustable. Some wider clip ons could have been a relief! Even now, I still feel the pain in my wrists.
Day 2, when we went really pushing in the mountains, I had some brake fading! I could feel the lever getting softer and I had to push the brake lever further to have the same braking pressure. Unbelievable... For this amount of money, I expect better brakes!
My BMW K1300R from 2013 has better brakes.

Another issue was a false neutral between 5th and 6th gear. I've had this 3 times. I use the quick shifter all the time. Other gear changes had no problems.

So, all in all, I still love this bike, but things could have been better
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Old Jun 6th 2019, 10:04 AM   #19
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I had S1000R before buying a 2017 Tuono 1100 Fac. Ever since getting a Tuono, which I use for daily commute of 60 miles, mostly (currently bike has 16000 miles), I became a massive fan of a V4 layout. The noise, its power characteristics, lack of BMW buzz vibration and something intangible is what I love about V4 engines.

I added 2018 Duc V4S to my stable mainly for weekend rides and track. It is a technological marvel from top to bottom, hands down. Performance is on a whole different level and electronics, particularly properly exploited on the track are superb. Wheelie control, for example, is phenomenal. I just can't stop doing wheelies on this thing, Aprilia's system is not even close in terms of its performance. This is my first Ducati and I can't recommend this machine enough. Some folks report issues, but mine has been trouble free (7000 miles), some things can be upgraded, especially for the track, but overall package is awesome.

So far I did 11 track days on my V4S, and let me tell you I have not been passed once on any of the straights

Since you ride supersports already, no reasons to discuss comfort.
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Old Jun 6th 2019, 10:07 AM   #20
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oh, and I envy your location. I visited Western Australia twice and once stayed in Perth for 2 months as a short work assignment. So beautiful.. and Phillip Island.. your traffic laws though, holy crap
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