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I just purchased a 2010 1198 couple saturdays ago and was wondering what things I should know about owning this machine? It had 1075 miles on it, looks like the previous owner just waxed her for 2-3 years, she looks brand new but I have notice a little hesitation on start up, cranks up but then dies (happened twice) Put it on a battery tender for about 8hrs but the light on it didnt turn green but maybe she needed more time on it? Has only happened twice during my two weeks of owning her.
Also on the dash the "Serv" is on, the dealership I bought it from had changed the oil but never cleared the computer, is there a way I can do it?
And I have notice she is a bit dodgey under 4k, kills me being behind some slow poke in 1st gear, would a PCIII clear that up or would I have to get a reflash for a stock bike?
 

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In case you missed the gist of Ringworm's comment, what you are experiencing so far sounds par-for-the-course. Your bike is barely broken in at 1075 miles.

That said, I would be a little concerned that the bike sat a long time without the engine turning over; which means stale gas (unless a stabilizer was used), or possibly gummed up injectors. If a battery tender was not used, you might consider a new battery. The cambelts might need changing also (to be safe).

Enjoy your new ride. It's quirky alright, but mostly in an extremely good way.
 

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Well I know she sat at a very reputable Ducati dealership here in Dallas for maybe a year (think it was the photos they took of the bike) Im gonna let her sit on the charger for the weekend and see how it does, too freakin hot to ride this weekend anyways at 107:D
 

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I just purchased a 2010 1198 couple saturdays ago and was wondering what things I should know about owning this machine? It had 1075 miles on it, looks like the previous owner just waxed her for 2-3 years, she looks brand new but I have notice a little hesitation on start up, cranks up but then dies (happened twice) Put it on a battery tender for about 8hrs but the light on it didnt turn green but maybe she needed more time on it? Has only happened twice during my two weeks of owning her.
Also on the dash the "Serv" is on, the dealership I bought it from had changed the oil but never cleared the computer, is there a way I can do it?
And I have notice she is a bit dodgey under 4k, kills me being behind some slow poke in 1st gear, would a PCIII clear that up or would I have to get a reflash for a stock bike?
I think you should change the battery if the tender light never blinks green. If it is steady red, it means that the battery is not charging.

You can reset the service light with a VDST unit from Fast by Ferraci or free software you can download. Run a search on this site.

1198 is not happy below 6.5k.

Nothing shocking here.
 

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My 1198 is happy enough at 5K and above. It will even tolerate a dip to 3K in first and second without undue complaint (but not in 3rd or higher).

Get much over 7 for anything more than a few seconds in any gear over 2nd and you are severely breaking the speed limit anyway. So, watch your mirrors (Ha - did I really say that? What mirrors?. Use the Force ... :eek:)
 

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Thought I'm not suppose to take her past 7k until 2500 miles?
After the 600 mile service, it's cool and the gang. Just don't go about redlining it all the time. Stay out of traffic and ride under constant load.
 

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I think all Ducati kickstands can notoriously come loose at the mounting points.
Regarding the battery-
I would make sure that it gets charged 100%. I found that my Battery Tender brand charger did not fully charge my YUASA battery. It gave it about an 80% charge. I bought a BatteryMinder charger and found it fully charged then maintained my battery.
 

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Just go beat the pi$$ out of it for a while when it's good and hot. Rev it up and beat on it some (don't try to kill it, just a good thrashing).

Mmmmm.....maybe that's hard to do on an 1198...so much power....


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I've got the same bike, 2010 1198S, and it is behaving exactly the same for me to. The fact that is not starting like a GSXR is not a news and you don't have to worry about it. I have a brand new Shorai battery on it and it helps a little, but even now the starting seems heavy. It is not easy to start move those 600cc piston with such a high compression.
Under 3K my bike is a bitch also, give it a little gas and you both will be happy.
Congratulation .... you have a hell of a bike right now!
 

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If you dont have a new battery, go buy a shorai. That should solve a lot of problems and you can ditch the tenders for the most part.
 
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