Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Mortsel, Antwerp, Belgium
Just got back from a ride. I really haven't put as many miles on it as I would like before reporting something but here goes:
First and foremost: I think we all have different riding styles, expectations of what a quick shifter can/should do, and probably even more important different bikes. Myself, I fully expect my bike to cruise through my subdivision at 2500 rpm in first gear and not jerking me around in the seat. I believe that is possible and expect my bike to do it each and every time I come into the neighborhood. The same in the town, I should be able to putt along at low rpm (2500-3k) at 50 km. It should run that smooth without fail. Race bikes are something different but I want this one to be versatile. You may be different and like to rev it up and cruise at 5k rpm everywhere. I like to bang it off the limiter like I'm sure most people that own this bike does, but I also like it docile. We are all different and have different expectations. Enough ranting, lets move on:
FCE: Without a doubt, I want it off! Turning it off made a world of difference in how my quickshifter worked on the downshifts especially down low at 4k rpm. My upshifts were good from the beginning and are still now. I simply like the way the bike runs now (see above). I wouldn't say it was running "bad" before but now I would call it silky smooth. The 2010's to 2012's may not run well with this since I bet most of the testing was done with those models. In my case I don't think I will turn it on even on a track day where I will be running it very hard. There seems to be no benefit in my case at any rpm. I can also switch modes on the fly without pulling in the clutch.
The cush drive: I'm not convinced that it is either good or bad. I have been making way too many changes in gearing, trims, and dat files. Today I have the stock cush drive in and running 15/42 gears. I am very happy with the exception noted below which I will play around with a little. Once I am done playing with the settings I will put the new fancy dancy cush drive back in.
Settings: I am running the default pressures as suggested in the install document (I had changed to 5 on the downshift). As stated earlier, the FCE box is not checked.
Complaints: Overall, very happy boarding on giddy! I have to whine or tinker with something so here it is: At very low speeds (2500 -3000 rpm) especially downshifts aren't as smooth. I need to look at the tables and try to adjust. I am not sure that this is even possible. If I am putting around in 3rd at 3k and downshift I will feel the bike jerk. Too much throttle for it on the blip. I could probably decrease the throttle blip from 3700rpm down to 2500. I'm not concerned with this since I probably shouldn't be using the quickshifter in the first place while putting around. I isn't the sm@rtest kookie and kan do dum things so I will try to adjust it. I'll play with it over the next couple of days and let everyone know.
2013 Ducati Multistrada Granturismo
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Last edited by belgiumexpat; Jan 29th, 2014 at 11:14 am.