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Hi, finally picked up the bike today. Bought it from the countryside so a three mile ride through narrow lanes and heavy rain, bike seemed to struggle a bit but think that was due to going so slow in 2nd gear. Get to the main road and I pop her up through the gears to 4th only 5 or 6 k in each gear and it was as smooth as silk. (big grin at this point and pleased with purchase!) Go through a few roundabouts and go to crack the throttle and the bike was vibrating hard as if I was in the wrong gear (I wasn't, first thing I checked!) Bike was the same all the way home, shaking me to pieces under 4k rpm and didn't feel very powerful above that although a little smoother. Also sounds like she was spitting or popping when I stopped for lights or roundabouts! It's my first Ducati so dont have another Ducati or twin riding experience to compare it to, surely this can't be right though? Any thoughts greatly appreciated guys, Luna.
 

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Sounds like it is running on one cylinder?
 

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Would it still run on one?
 
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Have it looked at

Did you not check the bike out frist or did you buy it on whim? This bike should be throughly check out by a ducati tech before anything else,sounds very serious in my opinion.
 

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Go through a few roundabouts and go to crack the throttle and the bike was vibrating hard as if I was in the wrong gear
Here we go...

There are a few things to check, but first off count the teeth on the sprockets Luna.
If you have 15 front and 43 rear (standard ST4 gearing, which is way too tall) get yourself a 14 tooth front (around twenty quid off ebay) and this will solve the 'wrong gear' situation.

I'm a bit pissed at the mo so can't really contribute much more than that tonight, but it's for deffo a starting point.
 

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Did you not check the bike out frist or did you buy it on whim? This bike should be throughly check out by a ducati tech before anything else,sounds very serious in my opinion.
Calm down chap.

You're such a drama queen Jet :p
 

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Cheers mark, I will check the teeth today. I agree, thought jets post was way OTT, he sounded like my mother lol. The bike is booked to have full service, belts and clearances in two weeks time so it's no big deal if I can't sort it I will just get them to find the prob! Would do all this work myself and am more than capable but as this is my first Ducati I thought I would bite the bullet and get the specialists to go right through the bike and then I'm starting with something that I know is right! Cheers Luna
 

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I thought I would bite the bullet and get the specialists to go right through the bike
In my view, many dealers and maintenance shops are merely 'specialists' in transferring large sums of money from your wallet into their tills.
then I'm starting with something that I know is right!
The only time you can ever know for sure that something is right or not, is when you've done it yourself.
 

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I know this may be overly simplistic but it does happen even to the experienced amongst us. Has it got enough fuel , recent etc.....?
 

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Had the bike been stored or run regularly?
Get yourself a new air filter or check no mice nest in the airbox, and some injector cleaner to put in a tank of gas and go out for a long run and empty the tank as it could be old fuel in there as well. Get it nice an hot and see if the symptoms persist as you described, give it more beans and don't get bogged down in the 3 - 4 k rev range.
 

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Some of my best purchases were on a whim. Yellow ST4 on craigslist. Dream bike near me, PO with a broken collarbone. SOLD! Never regretted it.

Belts were my biggest issue after purchase pretty loose local Duck guy fixed this. As Mark said stealership is expensive and not good for more than few 100 quid just to say looks good and an oil change.

One of the best reasons to own a Duck is to maintain it.


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Thanks for all the comments guys. As for the fuel I topped up on route home and made no difference. Bike has done hardly any miles in the last three years. Bought the bike from a farm/country house and has been sat for a while so yeah filters etc are top on the to do list. The bike shop I plan to take it to have a great rep and the guy I deal with has two dukes himself. Full service, plugs all filters, belts, valve clearances set up fuel injection they quoted £420, I thought sod that sounds reasonable so let's go with that. Does that sound ok to you? I never take my bikes, cars or van to garages always do it myself, just felt like taking the pressure off myself right now, due to tour Spain and Portugal in a month! I got a great deal on the bike and like I said it was running sweet when I left, just thinking it needs a good service after firing her up today. Just touch the throttle and she flys to 5krpm so don't think she is running on one cylinder and it starts on the button! As for keeping above 4k when riding.. Well that's what I'm trying to avoid, whole reason for a sports tourer was for smoother low speed riding, sick of keeping my ninja revs up all the time!! I will post back when I get it sorted and update you all, thanks again guys, this is a top forum! Luna
 

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Mark, checked teeth today and you were right, it's running a 15 front so going to give the 14 a go! Seen a renthal one on eBay for 23 notes! How's the hangover? Lol
 

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The bike shop I plan to take it to have a great rep and the guy I deal with has two dukes himself. Full service, plugs all filters, belts, valve clearances set up fuel injection they quoted £420, I thought sod that sounds reasonable so let's go with that. Does that sound ok to you?
That sounds really good to me (even after all I've said), particularly as the guy has Dukes himself and you're reasonably familiar with him.

How's the ride height ?
Ask your guy about raising that too, and copperslipping the threads while he's at it. I guess it would be about a fiver or a tenner if he doesn't just throw it in for good measure.
You can tell how it is by putting the bike on the centrestand on level ground and looking at the gap between the bottom of the rear tyre and the tarmac.
Standard is an inch or two off the ground, I can't quite remember.
Different strokes for different folks, but I run mine so it's just about kissing the tarmac on a new tyre.
This sharpens the handling up nicely, and makes the bike more flickable than a bogey in double maths.
You've just got to make sure there's still enough threads left inside the tie bar for safety reasons.
 

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Mark, checked teeth today and you were right, it's running a 15 front so going to give the 14 a go! Seen a renthal one on eBay for 23 notes!
Good stuff. It'll make a heck of a difference to ride - really inside what's referred to as 'the sweet zone'. One of the cheapest and best performance mods out there, along with the ride height adjustment.

Make sure you use new bolts though, the loctite softens them and they have a habit of turning in half like plasticine when you use them a second time around, by which time half of the snapped bolt is inside the sprocket threads and all of a sudden your grin of glee drops to a frown of gloom just when you were least expecting it, and you need yet another new £23.50 + £2.95 P&P Renthal 14 tooth front sprocket.
Also all of a sudden, you're not going on that test ride on that particular sunny afternoon anymore, that one you had been so much looking forward to. Guess how I know....

As for keeping above 4k when riding.. Well that's what I'm trying to avoid, whole reason for a sports tourer was for smoother low speed riding, sick of keeping my ninja revs up all the time!!
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings here, but you have to keep these bikes above 4k, and preferably above 5k. The power's between around 6k and 9.5k
Don't worry, you'll get used to it.
Bearing in mind the racing heritage, these bikes are built to be caned mercilessly, and things will be a damn sight easier all around once you've done the sprocket mod.

Do you have the parts PDF ? If not get it here - Ducati
Just enter year, model, family, and languages, and download.

While you're on the net, also be a JOLLY GOOD SPORT and put your bike model and year in your sig via the 'Edit Signature' option in the drop down 'Quick Links' menu at the top right of the forum page just underneath where it says 'Welcome Lunasea'
I'm getting old now see, and I've already forgotten what bike model you have and what year it is. So I have to keep being reminded by seeing it at the bottom of all your posts, just so I don't have to keep asking you to tell me all over again.
How's the hangover? Lol
Lol, not too bad actually. I was up at 8 and out in the gardens cutting the grass by half past - can't believe it's not raining for a change.
 

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Hi mark, glad you agree with price and I'm sure that's the way I'm going to go. Thanks for the ride height and sprocket tips, all the advise you get here is great. Glad your having good weather, it's been peeing it down for last few days so not had chance to see how she handles yet! As for keeping it 4-5k and above, does this not drain on fuel consumption? On average of what I have read I was hoping for 40 - 50mpg? I got all the manuals etc through the SMs thread thanks to you and Tonored so thanks again bud. Oh and I've sorted the signature just for you pal! Cheers, Luna
 

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all the advise you get here is great.
I wouldn't go that far, we make most of it up :eek:
Glad your having good weather, it's been peeing it down for last few days
The last few days ? It's been peeing it down here for the last few months. It's quite amazing what a difference a couple of hundred miles makes
As for keeping it 4-5k and above, does this not drain on fuel consumption? On average of what I have read I was hoping for 40 - 50mpg?
No, you should get 40 to 50 mpg (nearer or just above 50 on a well set up motor) however you ride it, they're amazing on the range per gallon. Oddly enough the 4s is even better than the 4 on fuel.
Prolonged bouncing it off the torque below 4k won't do the bottom end much good.
You'll find that cruising at 70 on the motorway you'll hardly be touching the lower revs of the power range, even with the smaller front sprocket.
I got all the manuals etc through the SMs thread thanks to you and Tonored so thanks again bud.
I meant the parts catalogue, not the service manual. Does Tony have that too ? I didn't notice.
Oh and I've sorted the signature just for you pal! Cheers, Luna
Well thank you. You're too kind dear sir, too kind.
 

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That's good to know ref the mpg mate. Your not wrong about the weather, it was sunny here went 15 mile to pick the bike up and it was peeing down, that's my luck tho! I got the parts list too, 2nd page on the thread I think! I get what you mean about bouncing it off the torque below 4k! I thought it was going to bounce me off the bike when I asked too much of it! Guess I will get used to it and will defo be doing the sprocket change sooner than later! Would you be a gent and help a younger man out by telling me how I get the quotes up in a reply, no quote button appears when I click 'post reply'? Should I be clicking the quote button first etc? Cheers Luna
 

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Would you be a gent and help a younger man out by telling me how I get the quotes up in a reply, no quote button appears when I click 'post reply'? Should I be clicking the quote button first etc? Cheers Luna
Yeah click the quote button.
Then to multiquote you have to copy and paste the (quote=MarkST or whoever:123etc) bit and the (/quote) bit.
 
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