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Greetings all,
Starting to think about adding the Supersport S sometime down the road. Have owned a 1098S (loved it) and a Pani 1299 (not so much, heat and crap fueling due to heat).
Traded the Pani for a new '16 Tuono which I love. What a motor!

Hoping there are some SE Texas summer humidity testimonials saying its not an issue on the 939. Will be a deal breaker for me if it is.

Thanks!

Glenn
 
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Welcome. There is a ton of info here, so keep your eyes peeled for the info you're looking for. The SS is a great bike!
 

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Hoping there are some SE Texas summer humidity testimonials saying its not an issue on the 939. Will be a deal breaker for me if it is.
Welcome- I've been riding the SS in the Houston area (aka the AC capital of the world) for a couple of weeks now. So far- I've had zero issues with the bike- it's been absolutely great. The only thing having issues with the 99 degree temperature and 90% plus humidity is me. LOL.
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Welcome- I've been riding the SS in the Houston area (aka the AC capital of the world) for a couple of weeks now. So far- I've had zero issues with the bike- it's been absolutely great. The only thing having issues with the 99 degree temperature and 90% plus humidity is me. LOL.
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Presently my land is in winter, the numbers you have demonstrated is an average summer here, what engine temperature is your bike showing in traffic and open road. Further, I am assuming your ambient number is in farenheit
 

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Presently my land is in winter, the numbers you have demonstrated is an average summer here, what engine temperature is your bike showing in traffic and open road. Further, I am assuming your ambient number is in farenheit
Yes, he's talking °F.

East Tennessee, USA has the same numbers as that, too. But with slightly less humidity...around 70%. It's not necessarily the heat that's the biggest issue, it's the humidity. Ambient temps hover in the low-mid 90's F, but the "feels like" temp is 105°F...that's the humidity doing it's thing. The last couple weeks have been miserable around these parts. I also have a boat and we spend many weekends in the water in our local lakes. Surface water lake temperature this past weekend...91°F!!! No relief even in the water.
 

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Yes, he's talking °F.

East Tennessee, USA has the same numbers as that, too. But with slightly less humidity...around 70%. It's not necessarily the heat that's the biggest issue, it's the humidity. Ambient temps hover in the low-mid 90's F, but the "feels like" temp is 105°F...that's the humidity doing it's thing. The last couple weeks have been miserable around these parts. I also have a boat and we spend many weekends in the water in our local lakes. Surface water lake temperature this past weekend...91°F!!! No relief even in the water.
whats your engine temperature in your conditions, traffic and open road
 

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whats your engine temperature in your conditions, traffic and open road
Open road, she stays between 170 -185°F. Unfortunately, I can't comment on traffic yet because I've not experienced enough to matter. I purposely avoid it like the plague, plus I live in the country mountains and take twisty back roads to/from work.
 

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Open road, she stays between 170 -185°F. Unfortunately, I can't comment on traffic yet because I've not experienced enough to matter. I purposely avoid it like the plague, plus I live in the country mountains and take twisty back roads to/from work.
Thanks, 85 deg C. Mine in winter is operating around 76C-85C so I can probably expect 95C-100C in summer. Why I was asking is that I am busy playing my air fuel ratio to improve performance and the leaner I go the hotter the engine temperature becomes. The bike performs better under leaner fuel conditions but it's at the point now where the temperature is stressing me a little. I have just altered the maps leaner around the 6000rpm range so it's time to throw on the leathers and go test it.
 

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I'm in the Montgomery area in the national forest. Traffic is not a huge issue as most of our riding is open country roads. That said once I got into traffic with the Pani engine temp was routinely north of 210F and that rear cylinder and bed pan was radiating most of the heat. Roll on from idle was very hit or miss. Nothing like looking like a noob making a turn and having it stall out with oncoming traffic to make you pucker. I wear leathers, did the heat tape under the seat, went to carbon fiber subframe covers but none of those really made a difference. Was told by one of the local shops that knows the Panigale very well the way to go was a full system (removes the cats) and relocate the ECU as well as upgrade fuel lines. Given the cost I really struggled as I considered the heat issue a Ducati design problem and was due to poor choices made to address the emission restrictions all manufacturers were faced with. I have not experienced any of those issues on the Tuono in the same conditions.

I love Ducati's and want to own another at some point but I don't think it's an acceptable "character trait" to have to accept heat issues when other manufacturers have dealt with it more effectively. I'm pretty certain the continued increase in emissions requirements are a pretty strong factor behind Ducati coming out with the V4 for their Superbike in 2018.
 

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I love Ducati's and want to own another at some point but I don't think it's an acceptable "character trait" to have to accept heat issues when other manufacturers have dealt with it more effectively. I'm pretty certain the continued increase in emissions requirements are a pretty strong factor behind Ducati coming out with the V4 for their Superbike in 2018.
The SS doesn't suffer with heat like the panigale. Try one now in your summer to find the heat is bearable / or not
 

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The SS doesn't suffer with heat like the panigale. Try one now in your summer to find the heat is bearable / or not
Thanks, I definitely plan to. I bought the Pani from Jeff Nash at AMS in Dallas, class act. Gets nice and toasty in Dallas too.
 

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Oh, the heat is there. Definitely. I had NO heat issues with the Hyper, ever. This was most likely because of the suspension travel in the rear which allowed a larger distance between the engine and the family jewels. With the SS, I KNOW AND FEEL that there is an engine down there, for sure. Luckily, it's relatively easy to fix while moving...simply flair your knees out about a 1/2" (13mm) and the wind will catch your inside thighs and cool thing off. The heat is definitely there, though. I don't know how it compares to the Pani personally, but others have stated it's not nearly as bad. Now, this "perk" from Ducati will be a good thing in the winter.
 

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Oh, the heat is there. Definitely. I had NO heat issues with the Hyper, ever. This was most likely because of the suspension travel in the rear which allowed a larger distance between the engine and the family jewels. With the SS, I KNOW AND FEEL that there is an engine down there, for sure. Luckily, it's relatively easy to fix while moving...simply flair your knees out about a 1/2" (13mm) and the wind will catch your inside thighs and cool thing off. The heat is definitely there, though. I don't know how it compares to the Pani personally, but others have stated it's not nearly as bad. Now, this "perk" from Ducati will be a good thing in the winter.
My spring begins in 40 days and its like straight into summer on day one, I am soon to learn if the heat is bearable
 

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My spring begins in 40 days and its like straight into summer on day one, I am soon to learn if the heat is bearable
I was just saying that to myself about you..."He's not hit his summer yet. Just wait..."

In all seriousness, it may be the way some ride vs others. I ride with a comfortable knee position which has my knees close to the sides of the bike, but not necessarily touching (I'm 5'8" (173cm)). Taller riders may naturally have their knees flared out more just because they're taller...IDK. Like I said earlier, flaring out my knees ever so slightly makes a big difference on the heat felt on the thighs.
 

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The SS doesn't suffer with heat like the panigale. Try one now in your summer to find the heat is bearable / or not
I 've tried a 959 panigale in summer (35°C) , perfect bike to have boiled eggs between legs.
 

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Greetings all,
Starting to think about adding the Supersport S sometime down the road. Have owned a 1098S (loved it) and a Pani 1299 (not so much, heat and crap fueling due to heat).
Traded the Pani for a new '16 Tuono which I love. What a motor!

Hoping there are some SE Texas summer humidity testimonials saying its not an issue on the 939. Will be a deal breaker for me if it is.

Thanks!

Glenn
SE Texas? Testimonial: HOT! Stay cool, Tex. Don't slow down!

I spent a sweltering 14 months in Beeville...not on a Ducati. But my old airhead Beemer kept my shins toasty enough.
 

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I can say that in Austin when stuck in traffic on 100-105F days, the back of my thighs gets kinda warm but it isn't unbearable. The bike itself does heat up to the 220F range when sitting in that kind of traffic, but rolling down the highway doing 60-70 temps sit more around 190F and my legs aren't heated up at all. Just pick your routes to minimize traffic and it's fine.
 

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Oh, the heat is there. Definitely. I had NO heat issues with the Hyper, ever. This was most likely because of the suspension travel in the rear which allowed a larger distance between the engine and the family jewels. With the SS, I KNOW AND FEEL that there is an engine down there, for sure. Luckily, it's relatively easy to fix while moving...simply flair your knees out about a 1/2" (13mm) and the wind will catch your inside thighs and cool thing off. The heat is definitely there, though. I don't know how it compares to the Pani personally, but others have stated it's not nearly as bad. Now, this "perk" from Ducati will be a good thing in the winter.
I'm on the SoCal coast, so summertime heat and humidity isn't an issue. I start whining when the OAT hits 76F. But I definitely feel the heat coming up on the Supersport, whereas I never felt it on the Hyper. It not a bother on the new bike, just noticeable vs. the Hyper, where it wasn't.
I worked in Atlanta for two years several years ago...I couldn't imagine riding a motorcycle in the summer in that heat and humidity. Miserable...
 
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