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View Poll Results: Following the first oil service, does your 1199 smoke occasionally on start-up?
It still smokes and I ran it in according to Ducati recommendations 15 25.42%
It still smokes and I used a more aggressive run in strategy 7 11.86%
It doesn't smoke and I ran it in according to Ducati recommendations 19 32.20%
It doesn't smoke and I used a more aggressive run in strategy 18 30.51%
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Old Jun 25th 2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Smoke on start-up and run-in, what's your experience?

So there seems to be a school of thought that 1199's that are run-in hard are less likely to smoke upon start up, but evidence is anecdotal and a little contradictory sometimes. The purpose of this poll is to gather some hard data. Please answer the poll once you've covered at least 600 miles and had your first oil service completed.

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Old Jun 25th 2012, 03:21 PM   #2
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300 miles smokes when I blip it on a cold start only
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Old Jun 26th 2012, 10:40 AM   #3
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Insteresting result so far. Too early to be certain, but it looks like 20% of bikes smoke no mattter how they are run in. Please vote, need more results to call it.
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Old Jun 26th 2012, 10:56 AM   #4
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This isnt rocket science. To gain horsepower Ducati did what drag race engine builders have done for years and used a very low tension piston ring set and a vacuum pump to keep negative pressure below the rings. What they did different than most engine builders is started the engines life on synthetic oil. We always started with Dino oil to break the engines in, because the synthetic is so slippery it makes seating the rings very difficult.
mine smoked like a two stroke on start up, no exageration at all. At 85 miles I took it to the track and rode it hard at a moderate pace coaching the intermediate group. The smoke was none existant in 2 sessions. You need to run the thing up thru the gears under a good load, and letting is slow on the engine braking helps too.
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Old Jun 30th 2012, 11:53 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by PaddockStand View Post
Insteresting result so far. Too early to be certain, but it looks like 20% of bikes smoke no mattter how they are run in. Please vote, need more results to call it.
Bought my Tri with 84 miles on it. Smoked like a two stroke
Went out for a 50 mile blast taking the bike up to the 6k rev ceiling as hard and fast as I could, now no smoke at all!

Looks to be the consensus on here! Hit the twisties as hard as you can with the 6k limit. Not easy but seems to work.......
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Old Jul 1st 2012, 03:07 AM   #6
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INteresting, the other day, I cranked up the bike and ran it for only a couple minutes to check engine temp as I'd changed coolant. Shut it down, started a little bit later and brief smoke, only time I've encountered this.
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Old Jul 1st 2012, 03:50 AM   #7
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Looks to be the consensus on here! Hit the twisties as hard as you can with the 6k limit. Not easy but seems to work.......
That is my plan; really a blend of all that has been said here really.
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Old Jul 1st 2012, 04:50 AM   #8
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Mine had slight smoke when I bought on the first two or three starts. It then hasn't smoked again, and continues not to smoke (1000 miles completed so far).
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Old Jul 6th 2012, 10:08 PM   #9
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1038 miles and still smokes on start up
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Old Jul 7th 2012, 12:24 AM   #10
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1038 miles and still smokes on start up
what run in method did you use ( as per the poll list )
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