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From the cockpit, of course it feels similar to the 04 999S I had, but the fairing is much more ‘open’ in feel however, and the mirrors are actually doing something useful :cool: (although a chicken wing flap still helps….) The higher screen assists more than the 20 mm difference suggests and gives you much more of a cockpit feel rather than “looking over it”.

Pullaway feels weak or even weaker, but it may be the obviously tight engine. Taking it to 4500 and then later to 5000 for the first 100 miles, it’s plenty fast enough. The calibration (fuelling) seems even cleaner than the 04. Excursions to 6000 thereafter highlight why I’m glad I got it and not a weedy 749 ;) . And it has the same low engine braking. But, wait, something’s not right….. it seems ‘sit-up-reluctant’ :eek: to take right handers yet perfect to the left.

As on every other bike I’ve ever owned, the gear and rear brake are too high as stock and I missed a coupla downshifts. Oh, and it stalls at idle twice :mad: ; once on a downhill roll-through-scenario and popping the clutch doesn’t restart it, the rear swings round in a self correcting sweep amusing the following cars I imagine. The new Michelins were also a bit wiggly on the power in the damp final few miles. :D

Later, when I adjust the chain, I align the wheels and discover that as PDI’d it was off the chain marks alone – to the tune of about ½” at the front. Getting it straight involves a wee bit more on one side than t’other but no more than other bikes I’ve had and now it runs true and feels even either side. Tyres pressures were way too high too; now dropped to 33-35.

I adjusted the clutch further out for my reach and no more stalling has been observed. The gear linkage and the brake lowered to suit me :) . Oh and I levelled the number plate (just a bit wonky on the 3 bolt plate). I had to buy a new 36mm socket for adjusting the chain (and tightening it to the nuclear fusion inducing 180 Nm).

Thinking about putting a Rema tubeless repair kit inside the tool kit bag in place of the owners handbook – comments? too hot? Under the seat? Hotter? Oh, and a Gerbing heated gloves lead going on this w/e! Mmmmm toasty.

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After the material that's stuck to the inside of the fairing that my toolkit's velcroed to decided to 'unstick' and bring my toolkit down into the right hand side radiator fan, and destroy the fan blades, I removed the toolkit all together.
 

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Can you remove the tool kit without removing the side fairing? I've notice the little red pouch under the right fairing, but never bothered to check it out as I figured I had to remove the fairing. :rolleyes: I like the idea of putting a tubeless repair kit in there as there is no room under the seat.
 

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Yes, you can remove it by reaching down with the fairing still fixed, (as long as you don't have arms like arnie).
 

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I also discovered after a while the Velcro will come off the inside of the faring. My solution is there are two plastic posts that match up to the two upper grommets on the tool bag that the factory for some reason doesn’t use. With a little pushing and grunting they slip over the posts the secured them with a pair of those little constrictor clamp rings that push over the posts and hold. Solved the problem except now you can't really remove the bag from the fairing.
 

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Mine came off too. I leave it in the garage, it's a nice paperweight :D ... I don't go on long rides, so I just leave it behind.
 

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i can't see how a tool kit is useful,what your bike starts running rough and your gonna pull the plugs to look at them on the side of the highway?i carry a few zip ties and a cell phone.
 

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Tool bag woes

I just bought a small magnetic tank bag and can now bring little things with me on those 3-400 mile days when you may end up in a motel.You shouldn't need anything but the cell on the short ones. Tank bag scratches the paint a wee bit, but sooner or later the luster goes.
 

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1. The post are for the tool bag, mine fit just fine with the way the factory put the velcro. Seem your italian missed a bit! doh!

2. on the S model you can just use the zuse fasteners or whatever their called.

3. My understanding is that the non-S models have a allen wrench under the seat or tail section somewhere to let you remove the two screws to get to it on the non S models.
 

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Update - it's an '06 999

Hmmmm, when I had the fairing off to fit my Gerbing gloves/battery tender lead, I discovered that it's actually an 06 MY bike (sticker under the battery) :D and had a wee bit of battery terminal fur on the -ve. Sorry still no pics yet, it's hosing down with rain here :( .

Checked the suspension damping set ex-works/PDI and it had:
FComp 6 clicks, FReb 7 clicks, RComp 1 turn, RReb 1 turn

Backed off the suspension to FC10 FR10 and RC 1.25 turns RR 1.5 turns; aaaah that's better for the tarmac motocross that is my locale.

What with the poor initial rear wheel alignment, so far that's 0/10 for ex-works/PDI setup :eek: A warning to us all never to take anything at face value once we've got it home.......

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kaos said:
i can't see how a tool kit is useful,what your bike starts running rough and your gonna pull the plugs to look at them on the side of the highway?i carry a few zip ties and a cell phone.
I always carry a full tool kit, but most of the time I use it to fix other people's bikes.

Most important for me are cell phone and breakdown insurance. And a spare regulator for the ST2.

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Velociphile said:
Hmmmm, when I had the fairing off to fit my Gerbing gloves/battery tender lead, I discovered that it's actually an 06 MY bike (sticker under the battery) :D and had a wee bit of battery terminal fur on the -ve. Sorry still no pics yet, it's hosing down with rain here :( .

Checked the suspension damping set ex-works/PDI and it had:
FComp 6 clicks, FReb 7 clicks, RComp 1 turn, RReb 1 turn

Backed off the suspension to FC10 FR10 and RC 1.25 turns RR 1.5 turns; aaaah that's better for the tarmac motocross that is my locale.

What with the poor initial rear wheel alignment, so far that's 0/10 for ex-works/PDI setup :eek: A warning to us all never to take anything at face value once we've got it home.......

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Just looks like a case of bad dealer prep except for the suspension. It's soft like that from the factory. The rear is supersoft and totally not balanced with the front. Once setup correctly, the bike rails left or right.
 

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+1 on the cell phone vs. toolkit. Ducati provides free roadside service I think for 2 years on the bike so calling and saying...hey, pick me up...seems much easier.
 

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06 999 suspension setup

vtwins4life said:
..... except for the suspension. It's soft like that from the factory. The rear is supersoft and totally not balanced with the front. Once setup correctly, the bike rails left or right.
Yes, I agree the rear is softer than the front out the box. Can you divulge your setup? I'm interested. :think: thanks.
 
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