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Anyone researching what levers are available in the aftermarket world has learned that our control combination is somewhat unusual. We have a cable operated clutch along with the hydraulic brake. What makes our setup unusual is that most bikes with a cable clutch have a coffin brake reservoir while the SS939 uses a remote reservoir. Not exactly a rare combination but somewhat difficult to find. Evotech is already advertising that they have a set but I am not an evotech fan and their picture might not be the actual set? I have contacted several lever companies and only one has responded. Fortunately the one which did respond is also a high end company. They are sending a set which is supposed to be here Monday. I'm hoping to pick up my bike Tuesday/Wednesday. Once the levers are installed, and I am satisfied they are correct, I will post pics and where to buy them. Hint: until then I will be quiet but will say they are $154.00 cheaper than the Ducati Performance ones on the accessory page.
 

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Hmm... who were the other two companies that you contacted? Hints are always fun ;)
CRG and CNC. Steeve, I'm taking it that you are referring to the Ducati Performance levers on the accessory page? I suggest anyone contemplating buying those to hold off for a few days.
 

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Anyone researching what levers are available in the aftermarket world has learned that our control combination is somewhat unusual. We have a cable operated clutch along with the hydraulic brake. What makes our setup unusual is that most bikes with a cable clutch have a coffin brake reservoir while the SS939 uses a remote reservoir. Not exactly a rare combination but somewhat difficult to find. Evotech is already advertising that they have a set but I am not an evotech fan and their picture might not be the actual set? I have contacted several lever companies and only one has responded. Fortunately the one which did respond is also a high end company. They are sending a set which is supposed to be here Monday. I'm hoping to pick up my bike Tuesday/Wednesday. Once the levers are installed, and I am satisfied they are correct, I will post pics and where to buy them. Hint: until then I will be quiet but will say they are $154.00 cheaper than the Ducati Performance ones on the accessory page.
Be cautious, the master cylinder (Brembo 19) and the ABS 9MP need to match. I share your thoughts though, I have also been looking around and am unable to find a suitable pair. Might be able to go down on the master to an 18 and then up on the calipers to the M50 which are in the panigale. The panigale uses bosch ABS 9.1. I haven calculated it yet but that's my train of thought. Today I was wondering through some bike shop looking for levers, no luck in Africa, so again it's importing required. Sometimes I am surprised we even have tarred roads. Probably digressed a little there, anyway my point is that somehow I might find a compatible cable and ram combo. Or simply buy the expensive ducati one.
 

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Surely with just a lever change there ought to be no impact of the clutch or braking system?
Unless you intend to change the master cylinder too, but why would you even consider that?
 

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Surely with just a lever change there ought to be no impact of the clutch or braking system?
Unless you intend to change the master cylinder too, but why would you even consider that?
Steeve, I am / was looking for alternatives to the combination based on what is already in the market place. I think it might be some time before mainstream accessories are available. Another component is the catalytic converter which I guess weighs in at 20kg and is fugly when the bike is leaned over, I have managed to source a performance exhaust fabricator in joburg and can do the manifolds and through pipe in titanium, then it's a case of procuring the SC silencer.
 

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Steeve, I am / was looking for alternatives to the combination based on what is already in the market place. I think it might be some time before mainstream accessories are available. Another component is the catalytic converter which I guess weighs in at 20kg and is fugly when the bike is leaned over, I have managed to source a performance exhaust fabricator in joburg and can do the manifolds and through pipe in titanium, then it's a case of procuring the SC silencer.
If I change levers, it will be just the levers. I'm like you thinking that cats are so ugly I'm well expecting some aftermarket decat pipes in titanium to appear quite quickly. Hopefully we'll see one from Akrapovic.
 

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If I change levers, it will be just the levers. I'm like you thinking that cats are so ugly I'm well expecting some aftermarket decat pipes in titanium to appear quite quickly. Hopefully we'll see one from Akrapovic.
Akra is available at anywhere between £2400 - $2900, for me the under seat which akra has released is not going to be an alternative. I am looking at a side outlet. Plus the fact they will only be for sale through ducati and their ridiculous mark-up just frustrates me. I might be daft but the journey to finding the right add-ons is also fun and keeps me out of the mrs hair.
 

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I think that a CompetionWerkes can would look great on a Super Sport. If they were to support the SS, I would expect them to also offer a companion decat pipe. One thing to keep in mind regarding a decat pipe is that it would eliminate the exhaust valve. The ECU looks for resistance in the valve motor circuit and if it is not there, a fault is triggered and the fault light will be lit. There are dongles available to fool the ECU but they must be specific to the bike and ECU version.

If anyone cares to contact CompWerkes:
Competition Werkes - Fender Eliminator and Exhaust

Totally agree about the not so consumer friendly arrangement Akra and Ducati have. I've noticed that some older Akra systems which which were dealer only are now available through the aftermarket vendors at lower prices.

I've also seen that at least one European aftermarket vendor claims they can supply the SS Akra system substantially cheaper than through Ducati. I do not know how the ECU map change would be done. Dealers would probably be prohibited from doing it without individual licenses.
 

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The two current Akrapovic options were ordered and designed specifically for Ducati who own the copyright to the designs, so like some of the ones for BMW (and others) they are only available from the bike manufacturer. However Akra do a whole bunch of stuff for BMW bikes that does not have to be bought through BMW. The same also applies to other models in the Ducati range, so there will be parts from them at a more reasonable cost.

The more I ride mine the more I think how loud the exhaust note is with the slip ons fitted. Riding through towns, people stop and turn round, dogs and little children shy away, in tunnels it echoes and sounds stunning. Others have commented on it. I just cannot imagine what the race system sounds like. Too loud to be comfortable me thinks, especially on long rides.

But the cat still looks crap.
 

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Got the bike yesterday. Installed the levers this morning. They are made by TWM. Compare them to the Ducati Performance ones and you will see that they are exactly the same except for the logo and the price. There is a good reason for that. :wink2:

The lever design, fit, and finish is the best I have seen. The anodizing is superlative. The hardware is the same top quality.
The brake side installation was a breeze. Install the MC actuator pin first then fit the lever to it and then install the pivot pin. Clutch side was just as easy. The Ducati clutch cable adjust wheel is another matter. No need to ever worry about that adjustment ever vibrating loose!

I am 100 percent pleased with the TWM levers and know that it is the best set I have ever had. BTW, the M in TWM stands for Marchessini. As I understand it, there are several vendors in Europe carrying their products.
TWM Special components

The U.S. dealer is https://www.motomillion.com/. He hasn't listed the SS939 levers on his site yet so just email him. I can attest to his top notch customer service. I probably emailed at least five times before I popped for the set. He responded promptly, even at 10:00PM.

So, if you like the Ducati Performance levers, but do not care to pay $150.00 for the logos, get the TWMs. Either way, you now know what you will be buying.

Will post pics later. I've attached pics with no problem before, but no joy with these.
 

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I caved in and splurged for these when I was taking my bike's delivery. Those salesmen are dang good I tell ya!

Not that I am complaining - they are topnotch and comparing side by side, the performance levers just feel absolutely marvelous!

 

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I caved in and splurged for these when I was taking my bike's delivery. Those salesmen are dang good I tell ya!

Not that I am complaining - they are topnotch and comparing side by side, the performance levers just feel absolutely marvelous!

Looks great,but that's a months salary for some, or a weekend away with mrs, my second boss...
 

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I caved in and splurged for these when I was taking my bike's delivery. Those salesmen are dang good I tell ya!

Not that I am complaining - they are topnotch and comparing side by side, the performance levers just feel absolutely marvelous!

Hey Sids, I see in your photo bucket feed that you attached your Apple Watch to the handle bars ..... did you need a special bracket to do that? If so do you have a link?
 
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