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post #1 of 23 Old 05-31-2018, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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I bought another old used motorcycle

It's an 848 Streetfighter, 2013, 1600 miles, some warranty left. $7500.

It has a bunch of goodies already done: Termi exhaust, ECU remapped, Tail Tidy, CF hugger, Solo Seat, Sato barends, tank pro. It has a Quick Shifter, which is something I've never had. I'm going to put some much needed Radiator guards on the bike, and that will be all.

It weighs about 430, with a half tank. I weighed it. Feels lighter than that. The seating position is very comfortable. Lots of leg room. Yet it has a very aggressive stance. You feel like you're sitting very far forward. The narrow handle bar is lowish, but not overly so. The Quick Shifter works surprisingly well. Tons of instant torque. How did they get so much power from 848cc?

It has Traction Control, which I've never had, either. I get 2 Red flashing lights when the front end comes off the ground. It's funny, I think. Like I didn't know the front end was in the air? This thing wheelies at the slightest provocation. I'm going to be seeing a lot of that light. The Display was easy to learn. Lots of different functions. Some of the switchgear does double duty. Pretty clever.

The engine is realitivly quiet. The exhaust is just right. Beautiful fit and finish
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post #2 of 23 Old 05-31-2018, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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A couple more pics.

I sold the Interceptor, and the '98 900RR, earlier this spring. I have money left over.
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Nice bike. Is the gearing stock? Curious if thats why the front end is so light.

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Mighty nice bike, happy for you.

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Gammer, you are good. I inadvertently omitted the fact that the front sprocket has indeed been changed to a 14.

The PO mentioned that in passing. I forgot. My bad. The 15 was not in the box of spare parts. In the owners manual, Ducati comes right out and says the speedo is +8%! It was wet in a lot of places yesterday. I didn't spent much time looking at the speedometer. But I knew it was off. I throw myself at the mercy of the forum.

With the 14, the gearing feels correct. The gearing feels very similar to a stock 990 Super Duke.

The good news is that the speedometer Sensor is at the rear wheel not the gearbox.

I think Ducati does the tall gearing and speedo tweaking to chest EPA emissions.

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if 5yo bike is old what do you call a 02 9er ?

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for the new bike and for keeping them in your living room.

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An '02 919 is a classic.

I omitted the odometer reading on the home-made bill of sale. So the female at the local BMV gave me 2 forms to send to the seller to fill out and mail back to me. I said to myself, Screw that shit. I put the odo reading on the bill of sale, drove 15 miles down the road to the next BMV and took care of business. Inspected, Insured, Sales tax, and plate (transferred a plate from the 900RR) for a grand total of $7854.

The bikes are in my walk out basement. Thats how they end up inside, only after they've been washed and dried.

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Nice. I've always thought a 850cc machine would be the perfect engine size.

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Me likey ... perfect companion to the 'Duke :-D

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Very nice! Iíve got my eye on an Aprilia Tuono. The V4 needs to age just a few more years so they can be had a bit cheaper.

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Very nice! Iíve got my eye on an Aprilia Tuono. The V4 needs to age just a few more years so they can be had a bit cheaper.
You can pick up an '11-'14 for darn near $6-7k nowadays. I paid $8k for my Gen2 I think 6 years ago.

I would jump right to the first year the ABS came out and start checking prices from there.
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175 HP, and 472 pounds of Tuono, is more motorcycle than I can handle.

The racket a V4 makes never really did anything for me.

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The sun came back out. The roads dried off and I had the chance to sling this thing around a bit. It didn't take too long before I had nearly all the chicken stripes scrubbed off of the rear; the front, ain't happening. The back tire is a 180/60/17, which is an inch wider than the 180/55/17 on my 990. I set the traction control at 5, out of 8. 8 being the most invasive. In other words, I'm not going to get away with much before the bike intervenes. I saw the TC light flicker 3 times in curves. This is a 5 year old bike on the original tires. I think I'm going to leave the TC at 5 until I get fresh tires.

At first I was getting into the corners a little hot. This thing will fool you into thinking that you're not going as fast as you are. The bike takes a little more effort to get it to lean over and turn, than I thought it would. It really sticks to the road. I had often read about Front End Feel. I don't think anything I own has a lot of it. The the Duc has more than I've experienced.

I'm afraid the 5 year old battery is toast. Good excuse to put a Shorai in it. I'd like to get rid of some ot the throttle cable slack. It has a different sound and feel than the KTM 990 Super Duke, that I've been on for the last 8 years. That's to be expected. I like it a lot. Since I got it slightly used at about half what the original owner paid, it's a good value.

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Throttle cables are a pain to adjust, but that's done.

The green light on the Battery Tender finally came, so I'm going to hold off on ordering the Shorai.

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Throttle cables are a pain to adjust, but that's done.

The green light on the Battery Tender finally came, so I'm going to hold off on ordering the Shorai.
Have you thought about an EarthX? I love the under-voltage protection circuit on it. Sucks if you get stranded, but it saves the battery.

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Well, I've put 600 miles on the Streetfighter in the last 8 days or so.

The bad: This thing doesn't really like to go slow. The RPM 3-4K is kind of lumpy. I'm going to call the local tuner, and see if he can something about that. I like the Domino grips, like are on the Super Duke much better.

The good: just about everything else. I've really gotten to like the Traction Control, if nothing else, for the psychological advantage of knowing that I'm not going to hi side the thing. I could do without the Quick Shifter. But it's there, so I use it. The brakes are vicious. The mirrors work well. I don't notice any heat issues. Neutral is easy to find. The seat is as hard as a board, but my butt never gets sore. Can't figure that one out.
Once you get above 4500 RPM, the bike gets into its stride. The engine makes impressive torque for an 848. The handling of this thing makes you think you can do no wrong. It is rock steady, and velcroed to the road. The battery is in the tail, under the passenger seat. That will get swapped for a Shorai, sometime. That will subtract 6 pounds, up high. That ought to make it a little easier to chuck around.

I don't foresee ever selling this thing. When the next latest, greatest thing comes along, I'll just park it in my basement next to my beloved Super Duke, and look at it.

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nice. I'm wondering to see how maintenance will be on the long run...seeing as it's an Italian and everything :P

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I've really gotten to like the Traction Control, if nothing else, for the psychological advantage of knowing that I'm not going to hi side the thing.
Tell that to all the MotoGP guys who have way better Traction Control and still high side...

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I Googled "Motorcycle GP Highside". You're right. They still hi side. It's painful to watch. I'm not racing for the last hundredths of a second. I'm not carrying nearly that much speed. I guess anything could happen.

The (cam) Timing belts get changed at 15,000 miles. The 2 belts, if you get good ones, cost about $125. On the Monsters, and Streetfighters, you don't have to remove any body panels. The belt covers, are on the right side of the engine, held on by about 6 Allen/cap screws. Then, you loosen the idler, and swap the belts. Reset the tension, and put the covers back on. It looks simple. I've gotten to hate wrenching on things. I am fortunate to have a really good guy about an hour away. I may just let him do it.

Valves are to be done at 15,000 miles also. Honda 599s are supposed to be done at 16,000. Not that big of a difference.

Oil is supposed to be changed at 7,500. Honda says 8,000. Who waits that long to change oil?!

I like trying different things. I have good luck with my KTM 990 Super Duke. <That bike does take some cranking to get it started when it's cool/cold ambient temps. But it always, always started. Valves were checked on that thing at 20,000. All within spec. I've had that thing for almost 9 years, and finally did a mod to it. I had my guy put a Rottweiler intake, and a Dyno Tune. About $950. I should have done that years ago

The Hondas that I've kept for any lengt of time, I've spent hundred of dollars on exhaust, fueling, suspention, handlebar.... the list goes on. I put $180 (2) Radiator guard(s) on the Ducati, because one of them is right behind the front wheel. I'd won't NEED anything but a back tire for the next 6,000miles.
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