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Well first off hello to everyone of you Ducati lovers, i just bought a dream in the shape of a Red Devil from Bologna! my very first Ducati. And as most new super excited Ducati owners i am interested in knowing how can i make it better? ill try to be so straight forward as possible in an easy way.

1. When i ride the bike my hands kramp up like crazy after just 5-6 minutes of driving, i fell i tend to put to much wight on my hands, and i must say this position i find myself in is not like any other bike i have owned before. I am 190cm tall and feel like this is the first time i am on a bike... I am used to work with my legs and always find a good position on naked bikes, sports bikes and so on but this? any tips or do i need to tame the beast? :D

2. I feel what many of you keep saying about not feeling 100% on low RPM and in heavy trafik, kinda jumpy and not smooth. I have spent hours reading true the posts and the google machine but when it comes to playing with the ECU i am not just that hype on how, what and what? I have Termignoni mufflers on, not sure if its the slip-ons or full system sins i thought that where stock on the S model... i Don't know if the ECU is the standard or if its the Termignoni upgraded one but i do know i did not get the original one when i bought the bike...
And then there is the Exhaust valv regulator, as i understand i can turn off this by flashing the ECU with new settings? if thats the case can someone recommend the best device and easiest way for me to get all this done in the smoothest way?

3. Is there some accessories or kit or like a must have for this bike that makes makes a great difference ? Sins this is all new to me all tips are welcome i will try to start ordering stuff today and during the weekend and start planing and dissemble some time during next week.

Alto of text i know, and i also know that there are many posts in the forum about the questions i just asked but i read true a lot of them and i still feel unsure about most of the things!

Have a great easter and i am looking forward to your responses.
Best Regards
Richard
 

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How many feet and inches is 190 of them centimiters...

The dash should say Racing if it is not the stock one, I think.
Don't look like you have the huge cat underneath it so you is golden!
And expect the sport riders to say work on you core muscles to make riding easier,

I would advise to ride it and get used to it before throwing more money at it.
Have Fun and ride safe,

Me thinks it is already too much bike for the average Joe!
Stop Smiling...
Cant do it can you...
 
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Well, first of all congrats with finding a nice SFS like this one!

I'm tall as well (195 cm, which equals 6 ft 5") and find myself comfortable on the SF 848. Now this bike has different handlebars than yours. You could consider replacing the stock bars with the Rizoma MA005, which is very close to the original SF848 bars and will give you a slightly more upright riding position.

Then the low rev running. There's only one way to solve everything you came up with: take it to a specialist and have the ECU reflashed on the Dyno. This will effectively be like a tailor-made suit for your SFS with this exhaust and if done properly, you will hardly recognize your own bike afterwards. It will run so much sweeter (especially in the low revs) and it 'll be much smoother on the throttle as well. In the process of reprogramming, the exhaust valve can be deleted from the ECU. And you'll probably gain some power and torque as well. Modern Ducatis run very poor when leaving the factory, due to emissions regulations. A proper reflash on the dyno solves it all and makes your Ducati run as it was meant to be.

Concerning options: there are numerous ways to personalize your SFS, it's all up to you. But to my eyes, the one must have is a lower radiator guard, as it is completely unprotected and prone to little stones and other rubbish thrown up by the front wheel.
 
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Welcome to the forum. That is quite a bike for it to be your first Ducati, and in my opinion one of the best bikes to ever come out of Bologna. You found a nice on too. You have the slip on Termignoni exhaust. The way you can tell, is the "twist" at the point just below where the can's were connected. If you look at your bike from an angle looking front to rear, it will appear like your pipes are lightly twisted in a braid. The full system has none of that, but a loop. Hard to explain, but google slip on vs full system and you will see.

You probably have the ecu that comes with the termi kit. My ecu is the stock unit, but it's been flashed by Redline and it say's "Racing" on the dash when I start it up. On the cramping…..the 1098 has a more aggressive bar than my sf848, so I can't say for certain what it's like after long periods on the bike, but if you grip the tank with your knees it will really relieve the pressure on your wrists, but if that is not an option for some reason, look into new bars perhaps. In the FAQ section you will a thread on bars, in fact you will see a thread on about everything you need to know about your SF.

Enjoy that beast.
 

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Thank you for all the information, i will try to see if i handlebar riser or a new bar can get me in a better position!
Yeah i was working my core and knees until i felt like 7 hours on a track-day but still my wrists were taking to much pressure after just 10min, if i ride it like a bmw 1000rr or Honda Cbr there was no problem but don't want to ride around like that on normal commuting days or long rides. I will explore your tips and se if i can tame it!
I will talk to my local "Pro" Ducati dealer and se if they can recommend or if they do it themselves.
Once again thanks for the tips!!

Best regards Richard
 

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The stock bars on the SF1098 are different from every other Ducati; they bend down to the outside and for some this could put your wrists at a weak angle. Change the bars to an aftermarket bar or the 848 bar - I'm using a bar from an S4RS monster - it's about the same height as the stock 1098 bar but it doesn't bend down, that was all it took to make it comfortable for me. I tried some aftermarket bars but they were all wider and seemed to make the steering too loose. The 848 bars may be a good choice if you want to sit up slightly.

As someone else stated the S did not come with Termis as standard, your bike is fitted with the slip-on system and probably has the DP ECU. You live in Sweden, I would take the bike to TomTom on this forum for a reflash and custom map, nothing else you can do will be as effective from both a cost and performance perspective. Send TomTom a PM and make a time to go see him. Even if it's hours away from you because shops that can do this type of work are very very rare.

If it hasn't already been done add 15mm spacers to the right foot peg to get your foot away from the exhaust and make sure your bike has radiator guards. I also see that you have the stock seat - change that to the Ducati comfort seat and you'll stop sliding into the tank. If you get those things done you should have a very comfortable, smooth, and wicked machine and you'll be ready for long days on the bike.

Now find the FAQ at the top of this section and read through all of the threads - you'll soon be an expert on the streetfighter.
 

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How many feet and inches is 190 of them centimiters...

The dash should say Racing if it is not the stock one, I think.
Don't look like you have the huge cat underneath it so you is golden!
And expect the sport riders to say work on you core muscles to make riding easier,

I would advise to ride it and get used to it before throwing more money at it.
Have Fun and ride safe,

Me thinks it is already too much bike for the average Joe!
Stop Smiling...
Cant do it can you...
Thanx for the info! hehe i do track-days, and amateur corse driving so there is nothing wrong with the core or leg muscles that can crack a walnut ^^ i got a chans just nu to speak to a mechanic and his bet was that my arms are a bit shorter then they should be :p so the angel i get on my arms makes me put pressure on my wrists.

Noo!! i need custom, i always redo my bikes until they are perfekt for me (without messing with dynamics of the bike off course) but i wasn't thinking of cosmetics now but like a better cluch basket or ECU program with i have understood is a must!! :)

Can´t say i agree its not the bike itself thats dangerous its the sens of the driver, i have riden a lot worst bike then this when it comes to torque and Hp but i still.. there is something different about the Ducati engine unlike anything i have tried before... in one way it reminds me bit of KTM but on steroids xD

Thanx for the answer thou :D
 

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How many feet and inches is 190 of them centimiters...

The dash should say Racing if it is not the stock one, I think.
Don't look like you have the huge cat underneath it so you is golden!
And expect the sport riders to say work on you core muscles to make riding easier,

I would advise to ride it and get used to it before throwing more money at it.
Have Fun and ride safe,

Me thinks it is already too much bike for the average Joe!
Stop Smiling...
Cant do it can you...
Scott the SF did not have an utter like the old monsters - the cats are in the mufflers. The bars are awful, it has less to do with your core strength than it has to do with the poor choice of bend that Ducati used on this bike. The DP ECU is crap and the bike runs just as bad with it as it does with the stock ECU so a termi ECU isn't the answer. This bike does need a little tweaking to make it all come together but when you get it done the SF is glorious!
 

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The stock bars on the SF1098 are different from every other Ducati; they bend down to the outside and for some this could put your wrists at a weak angle. Change the bars to an aftermarket bar or the 848 bar - I'm using a bar from an S4RS monster - it's about the same height as the stock 1098 bar but it doesn't bend down, that was all it took to make it comfortable for me. I tried some aftermarket bars but they were all wider and seemed to make the steering too loose. The 848 bars may be a good choice if you want to sit up slightly.

As someone else stated the S did not come with Termis as standard, your bike is fitted with the slip-on system and probably has the DP ECU. You live in Sweden, I would take the bike to TomTom on this forum for a reflash and custom map, nothing else you can do will be as effective from both a cost and performance perspective. Send TomTom a PM and make a time to go see him. Even if it's hours away from you because shops that can do this type of work are very very rare.

If it hasn't already been done add 15mm spacers to the right foot peg to get your foot away from the exhaust and make sure your bike has radiator guards. If you get those things done you should have a very comfortable, smooth, and wicked machine and you'll be ready for long days on the bike.

Now find the FAQ at the top of this section and read through all of the threads - you'll soon be an expert on the streetfighter.
Thank you for the information, i will send him a PM and se if he can work some wonders for me ;-)
Yeah browsing true so many interesting articles it feels like Christmas!!
 

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Welcome to the forum. That is quite a bike for it to be your first Ducati, and in my opinion one of the best bikes to ever come out of Bologna. You found a nice on too. You have the slip on Termignoni exhaust. The way you can tell, is the "twist" at the point just below where the can's were connected. If you look at your bike from an angle looking front to rear, it will appear like your pipes are lightly twisted in a braid. The full system has none of that, but a loop. Hard to explain, but google slip on vs full system and you will see.

You probably have the ecu that comes with the termi kit. My ecu is the stock unit, but it's been flashed by Redline and it say's "Racing" on the dash when I start it up. On the cramping…..the 1098 has a more aggressive bar than my sf848, so I can't say for certain what it's like after long periods on the bike, but if you grip the tank with your knees it will really relieve the pressure on your wrists, but if that is not an option for some reason, look into new bars perhaps. In the FAQ section you will a thread on bars, in fact you will see a thread on about everything you need to know about your SF.

Enjoy that beast.

Thank you a lot for all the information and for takin time to answer :)

Best regards Richard
 

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I just rotated the stock bars back so the ends don't point down so much.
They are much better now.
Pull out or break off the pins to do that.
Another cheap mod is to get a hacksaw or file and rough the ends of the footpegs up so your boots don't keep slipping off.
Also check out a better air filter - can't remember the name right now but the stock filter leaks, letting dust into the engine.
 

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True story on the MWR air filter providing a much better seal. Shift Tech provided my adjustable foot pegs, and the grip is excellent, plus I can position them for my riding style and they stick out further.

I think someone mentioned the 14t front sprocket, that's worth looking into if you don't want to sink the money into a rear sprocket and chain upgrade. Not sure, yours may already have it.

People also clip the ears on the front turn signals, and evap canister gets removed if your not in California or an area that requires it.

Edit: In addition to the 8 lbs savings of weight by getting rid of the stock cans and going to the carbon termi's I also installed a lithium battery that shaved off another 7 lbs of weight, so 15 lbs total off the bike. The battery swap has been the most notable since the SF has the battery way up high on the rear tip of the bike. The bike feels much more agile and nimble now and for $200 I wish I had done it sooner.
 
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