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While I was waiting the 4 months for the bike to be delivered, I visited not only this forum but also the Panigale forums as well. Many of the guys were complaining about the free play in the throttle. They were addressing it with this:

Ducati Spacers

I sent an email in asking if they thought that their product would work on the SS. They weren't sure if the throttle body would be the same so they sent me a kit for free to test. I can report to you that it is the same design, this mod does work and now the throttle is instantaneous! The free play was bothering me a little bit and at first I didn't mind it but after you ride the bike with this mod, the difference is very noticeable. All you need is a few tools to do it, they even give you the special tri bit for the other screw on the throttle body. Instructions have clear pictures to follow, took me 15 minutes.>:)
 

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I've heard these things are worth getting...
 

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I must admit to not knowing there was an issue. I'll be looking out for it on my next ride.....
Thanks for the heads up.
 

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$30 buck for those tiny little things...WTF
On that note, one could argue that we're overpaying for ducatis when there are more practical, high performance bikes out there for thousands less. They do offer a unique product for a luxurious motorcycle which puts them in a position to charge a premium price.

I went to their site, and they offer first class service like free shipping, nice instructions, and no customs fees, which is worth extra to some people, in particular luxury motorcycle riders. To more practical riders, such as myself, $20-25 would probably be a better option for snail mail and photocopied instructions. Plus, I could probably hack a mod myself if the throttle really bothered me, but odds are I'd rather just buy this product.
 

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Now that I am getting used to the bike and focus on things a lot less as they become natural, one thought that had past my mind this weekend was the extra play on the throttle. Perhaps a quarter turn too much. My concern would be how it affects the idling if spacers are added to reduce the play on the throttle.
 

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Now that I am getting used to the bike and focus on things a lot less as they become natural, one thought that had past my mind this weekend was the extra play on the throttle. Perhaps a quarter turn too much. My concern would be how it affects the idling if spacers are added to reduce the play on the throttle.
It has no effect on the idle. The mod basically makes the throttle a little more responsive and accurate, especially when you first start. This is one of those things that you would probably just get used to and them you try the mod and you cant ever go back.
I put 150 miles on the bike yesterday with the mod and I love the response now when first starting.
 

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I don't quite understand how this has any effect on starting. The starter motor turns the engine and it should just start on tick over. To start any engine with throttle, or revving it immediately after starting is just putting so much much more unnecessary wear on that engine.
How does this mod affect starting?
 

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Uncertain where you got the FAQ but what is it that makes it unsafe
He's just playing with you, here is the full answer:
Is the throttle spacer kit safe?
No failures of the throttle spacer kit have been reported in many months of testing and real-world use. However, installation of this kit will result in a super-responsive throttle that less experienced motorcyclists may find difficult to control. Installation could also result in a stuck throttle that could lead to a crash. This kit is meant for experienced riders looking for instantaneous throttle response. The user assumes all liability for their safety when using this kit.


 

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He's just playing with you, here is the full answer:
Is the throttle spacer kit safe?
No failures of the throttle spacer kit have been reported in many months of testing and real-world use. However, installation of this kit will result in a super-responsive throttle that less experienced motorcyclists may find difficult to control. Installation could also result in a stuck throttle that could lead to a crash. This kit is meant for experienced riders looking for instantaneous throttle response. The user assumes all liability for their safety when using this kit.


Jammed throttle straight up throws me off. Experienced or inexperienced that gadget should be illegal. If that creeps up the slider then you had better be more acrobatic than Eugene Laverty (WSBK) a few weeks ago otherwise it's curtains.
 

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Jammed throttle straight up throws me off. Experienced or inexperienced that gadget should be illegal. If that creeps up the slider then you had better be more acrobatic than Eugene Laverty (WSBK) a few weeks ago otherwise it's curtains.
That's what the kill switch is for. Or pull in the clutch and let the rev limiter do it's job. Though, from looking at the product, there's now way I can see that it would cause the throttle to lock - I suspect that language is there as a precaution for *anything* you do to the throttle.
 

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That's what the kill switch is for. Or pull in the clutch and let the rev limiter do it's job. Though, from looking at the product, there's now way I can see that it would cause the throttle to lock - I suspect that language is there as a precaution for *anything* you do to the throttle.
Seems the americans are braver than the rest of us. Frankly if that thing causes the throttle to get stuck and you are entering a decent bend at pace then my friends I am sorry to say but there is a strong chance the medics will be picking up your pieces. I almost saw my a*s this weekend for leaving the breaking just slightly a second too late and saw the cliff edge come closer very quickly. The group I was riding with were surprised I saved it.
Now if I had this gadget installed and it went faulty then I will have gone over the edge. Bear in mind we share solutions here but also we share advice in this forum. The kill switch and clutch in will be a delayed reaction because the rider will first want to understand what is happening and with that delay time it could well be over.

I too realised the throttle response is marginally delayed and have to twist it a quarter turn before getting a decent response, does anyone have another solution. I have not stripped the throttle but I imagine its a potentiometer with maximum current resistance at idle and a linear reduction of resistance as the throttle is twisted. Or perhaps my knowledge is now dated and it's something totally different. Any tech knowledge is welcome.
 

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I can't see how this product would cause the throttle to get stuck. I don't know why someone would write that in the FAQ.

If you look at the video, they'll show you what causes the slop. Its mechanical, not electrical. Ducati could have made it adjustable if they wanted.
 

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It seems to me that if it has a delay, then its the ride-by-wire throttle and I would think that it is adjustable via a software update, no? Maybe Ducati can flash the ECU for an update like they do on cars/trucks...? Of course, having an update means that Ducati needs to make one for which would mean that we have to complain enough to them, first.
 
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