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Picking up the bike tomorrow (probably today by now) and I'm too excited to sleep! Put the deposit on it Saturday, but decided to wait until some medical tests were done before I committed completely. :|

I got the green light! :grin2: So tomorrow I get started on the break-in and in two weeks she goes to the track at VIR (Virginia International Raceway) for a moderate workout.

Then I work on the Touring set up in prep for a tour around the Gaspè Peninsula in Quebec. That's my wife's idea. I'm happy exploring the lifetime supply of twisties locally.

Sport Touring? Stand by. We'll find out soon enough.
 

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I know the feeling...I had a tough time getting to sleep the night before I picked up my red S. it was worth every lost minute of shut eye! Enjoy your new Duc and your upcoming adventures!
 

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You're lucky to only wait a day or two. Many of us had to wait weeks or months. I waited 7 weeks. Sucked, too! Congrats though!
 

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I know the feeling...I had a tough time getting to sleep the night before I picked up my red S. it was worth every lost minute of shut eye! Enjoy your new Duc and your upcoming adventures!
You're lucky to only wait a day or two. Many of us had to wait weeks or months. I waited 7 weeks. Sucked, too! Congrats though!
Well, it's WHY I was waiting that sucked. But now that I'm good to go I should have her broken in by the end of this weekend. Yes, she's female...a tigress.

First service scheduled for Tuesday, and a week later she's going to the track for a little exercise.

First photos. Sorry, but the patriotic motif is spoiled by the filthy race van in the background. :rolleyes:

I'll try for a few scenic pix this weekend.
 

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Congratulations on finally getting er' and glad to hear you're all checked out and green lit to get at er'.

Any complaints on the ride so far?
 

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Congratulations on finally getting er' and glad to hear you're all checked out and green lit to get at er'.

Any complaints on the ride so far?
Although it occupies 90% of my conscious thoughts right now, I'm definitely not infatuated with the bike, so am proceeding with detachment for the most part...I'm not blind to its limitations. I've simply not bonded with the Supersport yet...but it will probably happen. Sorting out the irritating issues can actually BE part of the bonding process. Part of the problem is that I've had so many really wonderful bikes that I have bonded with over the years...and regretted selling every one of them.

(Now my wife thinks it's weird that a person can 'bond' with an object, but she doesn't realize that bikes are very much alive when you're riding them!)

I hope I don't sound like a malcontent with my gripes about the bike's shifting - both w/DQS ON & OFF - and my whinging about paying for what I consider gratuitously complex gadgetry that does not make the bike any better, and will certainly malfunction eventually, leaving me at the mercy of a dealer someday. :crying:

Yet, somehow, when I look at the bike I get excited about taking it for a ride - so I do, and there are moments of pure joy between fits of exasperation. (More on those another day...I'm in too good a mood to complain right now).

Found excuses for several short rides barely out of the city today. A bit of commuting, then a dash up a narrow winding road to a vineyard overlooking the valley for a photo op. A bit hazy, but it's a start.

And then on to our first actual mission: Haul guitar downtown for 3 hours of jamming and showing off the Ducati. Everyone who walked by, stopped, stared, then walked slowly on. It does that to people. :grin2:

This is not a city bike, at least not in the summer. Coolant temperatures get scary high, fast, and drivetrain is horrible at low speeds. These can be addressed, but then there are those moments when you can unleash the beast...joy!

Now, a couple of days with much needed rain to catch up on manual reading & wrenching with promise of a clear weekend.
 

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IDK, man. I bonded with my Sophia instantly...and I've have 12 bikes in 30 years. This is quickly becoming my favorite ever.
 

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How hot has your bike gotten?
Oh, it can spike to 216℉ in minute at a stoplight on a hot day. Hit 223℉ yesterday evening riding in the city for 5 minutes!! Climbing a steep slope in 1st gear yesterday for 1 1/2 minutes it hit 216℉.

Talk about heat-cycling a new engine. :eek:

Cruising it runs about 185℉. Does this have a cooling fan? I need to check.
 

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...Does this have a cooling fan? I need to check.
Wow! Two Fans. I wonder at what temp do they run? I see 250℉ is HIGH, and will trigger the warning light.

Well, so far, so good then. I just haven't seen the bike lower its coolant temp on its own yet, it has only cooled when I've gotten back to cruising speed for a bit. Apparently Ducati doesn't deem 223℉ a concern.
 

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Phew that's hot. Makes me think I may need some good glycol this summer. Most glycol operate well up to 160°C. Ducati manual indicates the high temperature warning light comes on at 120°C. I have only ridden the bike in winter and some of the members have identified what I consider very worrying temperatures whilst they ride in their local summer.
 

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While cruising with no traffic at 60MPH (96.5kmh) this weekend, bike consistantly maintained 165°F (74°C). Ambient temps was 80°F (26.7°C). I'm actually quite pleased with this.
 

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While cruising with no traffic at 60MPH (96.5kmh) this weekend, bike consistantly maintained 165°F (74°C). Ambient temps was 80°F (26.7°C). I'm actually quite pleased with this.
That's what I saw Sunday also after the ambient temp dropped. Yesterday in mid 80°Fs it stabilized between 176-185°F in cruise; long climbs in low gears immediately raise it to 200°F, but it's urban riding (which I try to avoid on this thing) that gets it right up to 220°F in short order. Now, I didn't wait around for the cooling fan to see if would control the temp, but headed for the open road ASAP.

Maybe once the motor is broken-in I'll let the fan take over to see how effective it is.
 
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