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Yesterday I picked up my first Ducati (actually had a 1984 Cagiva Alazzurra SS650 if that counts), a 2010 SFS. Bike was a part of collection, now has about 2700 miles. I am looking for help/advice on the following:

- Tires are Pirelli, date stamp 2012. From my experience, I felt most confident on Michelin PR4. Metzlers were ok, Dunlop Q3 were the least favorite. I am leaning towards Michelin PR 5.

- Last oil change was done in 2015 with about 2400 miles on the clock. How difficult is it to swap oil? Best oil/filter combo? I am leaning towards OE filter...

- There is no evidence of belts ever being changed. How difficult is the job (I am an amateur with a lot of patience), are there special tools required?

- Need radiator guards and advice on where to get them.

- Rear Ohlins is leaking. Who can I trust with the repairs in the Los Angeles area?

- I am looking for a recommendation on an indie Ducati specialist. I heard good things about Motorsport Exotica in Hollywood and had them set up suspension on my track Kwak at Streets of Willow. I live in Woodland Hills, so the closer the better but reputation outweighs everything.
 

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1. Pirelli Rosso Corsa Or Supercorsa SP V2
2. Motul 300V or Mobil 1 Racing 4T, OEM Filter - Very easy
3. Have a shop do the belts. You need new ones
4. COX or Evotech
5. Motorsport Exotica is a great shop
 

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1. Pirelli Rosso Corsa Or Supercorsa SP V2
2. Motul 300V or Mobil 1 Racing 4T, OEM Filter - Very easy
3. Have a shop do the belts. You need new ones
4. COX or Evotech
5. Motorsport Exotica is a great shop
Thanks Stealthblack.

Will look into SP V2 tires. Evotech seems quite reasonable with a good range of products.

Planning to drop the oil next weekend.
 

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1. Pirelli Rosso Corsa Or Supercorsa SP V2
2. Motul 300V or Mobil 1 Racing 4T, OEM Filter - Very easy
3. Have a shop do the belts. You need new ones
4. COX or Evotech
5. Motorsport Exotica is a great shop
Thanks Stealthblack.

Will look into SP V2 tires. Evotech seems quite reasonable with a good range of products.

Planning to drop the oil next weekend.
I got a 2010 SFS earlier in the year. Got Diablo Rosso Corsa II's on it and have found them great with feeling what the front end is doing and they are confidence inspiring. They also sharpened the handling up. They only just fit with minimal swing arm clearance.

Put some evotech rad gaurds on as well which was easy, but you will need to zip tie the bottom right corner of it on the top guard.
 

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I got a 2010 SFS earlier in the year. Got Diablo Rosso Corsa II's on it and have found them great with feeling what the front end is doing and they are confidence inspiring. They also sharpened the handling up. They only just fit with minimal swing arm clearance.

Put some evotech rad gaurds on as well which was easy, but you will need to zip tie the bottom right corner of it on the top guard.
Another vote for Pirelli. That and further research pretty much narrows it down. Just wish they would last a bit longer.

I found radiator guards at https://www.designcorse.com as they are running a sale. Bought the exhaust hanger from evotech and will dust passenger pegs considering my SFS doesn't have a pillion. going to get the oil done this weekend, then reach out to Motorsport Exotica for appointment to do the belts.
 

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I went through three sets of Michelin 2CTs while I had my F1098...turn in was much improved over the stock Pirellis.
 

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The michelin dual compound seems to last longer the softer Pirelli tires. Anyone has any experience with Michelin RS?
A friend just mounted up a set on his CBR1000RR and likes them a lot...not enough time on them for info on longevity.
 

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R7G aero style sliders and radiator/oil cooler guards arrived. R&G is not known for sensible installation instructions. Would appreciate if someone can point me in the direction of how to properly install these.

Still debating on tires but after much thought I may just stick with Pirelli Supercorsa.
 

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saw these on youtube only after i bough the r&g. i'm not a fan of zip ties, and the rad guard mount seems a lot more solid. try to work with what i have for now.
 

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Got the R&G radiator guards. The lower one was easy to install. The upper one was a different story as I could not figure out where the lower tabs tie down to. After several attempts I just said f-it and left it off. I can get it on but it would be a bit of a mickey mouse approach and its high enough where it should be ok for now. I am mulling over an option of getting an upper Rad Gard, which appears to have much easier and more secure mounting.

Did the R&G sliders yesterday. The stock long bolt that I removed had grease on the center section - why is it there? I did not see any friction marks on that area, is it there for protection against galvanic corrosion? Should I put anti-seize on the slider connecting rod? Will post some pics later, going for a quick run.
 

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Removed passenger foot pegs (I don't have a pillion) and replaced exhaust hanger by one from Evotech. Thanks to the forum, saved me a lot of head scratching when it came to bolt removal. Along the way I learned how to remove the seat..:wink2:

I tried the bit drive recommendation but did not have a ratchet wrench and ended up breaking 2 small craftsman wrenches in the process. Final approach was to snap off two black zip ties holding down the wiring harness and using a plastic blunt tool to push back the wiring harness. I then used a short end of #6 allen wrench to break the screw loose and proceed to slowly unscrew it. Ideally, it would be best to grind down the short end of the allen wrench another 1/2 in" of much easier access.


The only item left to install is the rear axle slider/bobbin set. My concern is that installation of said kit will seal off the rear hub. Would that create additional heat build up at the rear hub thus impacting the bearing?
 

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R&G guards IMO are the better looking considering their lower pricing. I was able to fit the lower guard and it looks great. I did not install the upper as I could not figure out proper securing given the existing mount points on the guard. One of these days I will get inspired to make necessary mods for clean and secure installation, but realistically I don't see absolute need for installing upper radiator guard since its pretty high up there and out of the way. There are better guards in terms of application but I was not a fan of those from australia due to their heavier looking frame.
 

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Previous owner of my SFS did a very good job with CF trim but left the air intakes stock. I remedied that today with a set of Motocomposites big air intakes. Left one went on better than stock but the right one required a bit of filing off the back side for the rear bolt but it finally seated and caught the threads. IMO these look great, give the bike a bit of more character, as if SFS needs any more :wink2: and complete the CF theme nicely.

An unexpected bonus was acquisition of Condor motorcycle dolly. This was God sent as I am up to 4 bikes with my most recent R6 track bike plus I'm helping my friend to store his Gran Canyon after he ran out of space coming from Mecum in LV with 3 bikes for his collection.
 

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Condor m/c dolly

Here are some pics of the dolly, great for tight spaces. Sets up in minutes, easy to load and unload the bike. It can roll on almost any sort of garage floor surface. Condor quality is fantastic, I'm not associated with them but have 2 wheel chocks and now their dolly.
 

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R&G guards IMO are the better looking considering their lower pricing. I was able to fit the lower guard and it looks great. I did not install the upper as I could not figure out proper securing given the existing mount points on the guard. One of these days I will get inspired to make necessary mods for clean and secure installation, but realistically I don't see absolute need for installing upper radiator guard since its pretty high up there and out of the way. There are better guards in terms of application but I was not a fan of those from australia due to their heavier looking frame.
sent my R&G racing guards back due to the fact you have to zip tie the upper guard which seems absurd to me. replaced them with a set of EvoTech guards which should be installed this weekend.
 

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sent my R&G racing guards back due to the fact you have to zip tie the upper guard which seems absurd to me. replaced them with a set of EvoTech guards which should be installed this weekend.
Evotech has good products, although it takes a while to receive. I installed their exhast hanger and it looks great. Installation was a bit of PIA but thats on the Ducati not on Evotech. I agree with you that zip ties seem cheesy but after reading posts on this forum they seem to hold up just fine. Evotech doesn't show to have an upper radiator guard, just the lower. I did not install R&G upper radiator guard due to difficulty in securing it. Will need to modify mounting points but as I see it, the lower radiator is much more in need of the guard, upper not so much.

Please post pics after install.
 
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