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Old Mar 16th 2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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Running-in

Ok, so your new Panigale will be arriving soon and if like me you want to get as much track time on the bike as possible before winter comes (assuming Northern hemisphere) then you're going to have to think about running-in.

I believe someone told me that Ducati set the shift lights to 6500 rpm for the first 600 miles, but unlike the S1000rr there is no rev limiter at 6.5k. Did I get this right? If so what happens after 600 miles and the first service? I assume there's a longer period at a higher rev limit? Anyone know what this limit is and for how long?

Does the ECU store transgressions for later warranty denial?

I'm well read on the 'run them in hard' theory, but tend to go with manufacurers recommendations, it's not just about the cylinder bores. Anyone with knowledge about how critical running-in is for Ducati twins and is this the first Ducati with Nikasil liners?

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Old Mar 19th 2012, 01:51 PM   #2
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I think i can answer some my own questions...

Looks like the 1199 is the first Ducati engine to employ Nikasil wet liners. This is good news, because it means the coolant is in much closer proximty to the cylinder walls and the bike will run cooler. Nikasil coatings are also good for the durability of the engine as they're both light and hard. It looks like Ducati have also used quite a bit of DLC coating (diamond like carbon) through the engine and gearbox. This results in very hard metal to metal contact surfaces that are also very low friction. Again this translates to better durability, but also less drive train losses for more rwhp vs. crank hp. I've seen 187 rwhp quoted in stock trim, but I'll like to see the dyno plot before I believe this.

Initial run-in is definately 600 miles, but its variably reported as between 6000 and 8500 rpm with no enforced rev limiter. I can't find any details of what happens after 600 miles and I guess we'll need to wait for the owners manual for this - its still not on the Ducati site at time of writing.
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AFAIK, ECU doesn't register anything about the rev limit. And, all Ducati have an initial runn-in at the factory, the hard way, so you don't have to worry.

The first 600 miles are mostly a check-in to see that everything works fine in the real world, especially that everything hold in place and that the gear are working right.
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I'm gonna bed in my tyres and pads, then gonna just start using the thing in a "sympathetic" way.

With all that power on tap, I can't see myself needing to mercilessly ring the poor things neck too much...... well not within the first few weeks
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Yeah, just follow what's being written on the handbook and you'll be safe.
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Can anyone answer these questions?

1. Were all the 1199's run in at the Abu Dhabi launch or straight out the box?

2. Where do they all end up after the test launch?

Just wondered, as all the comments regarding run in period etc and warranty, they didn't seen to worry at that launch as the bikes were getting thrashed around the track!
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Can anyone answer these questions?

1. Were all the 1199's run in at the Abu Dhabi launch or straight out the box?

2. Where do they all end up after the test launch?

Just wondered, as all the comments regarding run in period etc and warranty, they didn't seen to worry at that launch as the bikes were getting thrashed around the track!
Who knows bud!!

I would guess the following:

1. Run and extra QC checked. Would be stupid not to.

2. I would say stripped down to check the effects of press hammering.
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Worth considering that we're only playing with 75bhp at running in rpm.

With another 4k rpm, we're looking at 175bhp
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So is everyone babying their bikes during run in ?
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OVER 1 YR OLD

And no, some of us broke them in hard.
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