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First there was the anticipation waiting for delivery of our new Ducati. The bike delivered was above most peoples expectation. Now that we have our bikes we back to waiting for accessories to improve this excellent platform. My big improvement was a leftover red oil plug from my Street Triple. Not much out there besides a few new tails and lights. Hope things change in the near future.
 

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Talking of accessories, has anyone tried the foot pegs with the rubber inserts?. Riding home in heavy rain yesterday my feet were slipping on the standard pegs, I was wondering if the rubber ones were any better. I know they come as part of the urban pack and also available on there own. Would be good to gets some first hand experience from someone.
 

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Shouldn't some good quality knurled ones be best? Rubber can get slippery, as well.

Also, has anyone noticed how HOT the rearsets get while riding? Being in close proximity to the cat and exhaust, I guess, is causing them to get really hot. Plus, high heat transfer through metal parts that are even closer to those components...

Rode home from work yesterday in 90°F heat...grabed the pegs with the bare hand and couldn't hold it for long...VERY HOT.
 

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I've had the same problem with rain these last days. I'll certainly buy the pegs with rubber. I always had pegs with rubber on previous bikes, that's better for everyday use.
I would expect rubber one's to slip more when wet. It's the reason off-road bikes have pegs without rubber platform but lot's of grooves
 

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Shouldn't some good quality knurled ones be best? Rubber can get slippery, as well.

Also, has anyone noticed how HOT the rearsets get while riding? Being in close proximity to the cat and exhaust, I guess, is causing them to get really hot. Plus, high heat transfer through metal parts that are even closer to those components...

Rode home from work yesterday in 90°F heat...grabed the pegs with the bare hand and couldn't hold it for long...VERY HOT.
Your probably right with rubber being slippery when wet, my last bike z1000 didn't have rubber but a bit more of a spickey surface on the pegs.
Never noticed the pegs getting hot but as I pulled off the motorway yesterday and stopped at some lights, I couldn't believe the amount of steam coming off the bike. I think it didn't like the rain so decided to dry itself off. Clever these Ducati's.
 

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When you buy the first gen of a new design during the first few months, you're gonna be waiting for the aftermarket. It's the price you pay for being an early adopter. #FirstWorldProblems
 

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Talking of accessories, has anyone tried the foot pegs with the rubber inserts?. Riding home in heavy rain yesterday my feet were slipping on the standard pegs, I was wondering if the rubber ones were any better. I know they come as part of the urban pack and also available on there own. Would be good to gets some first hand experience from someone.
Yup I have them. My Dainese D1 torque boots were slipping off and I found the originals quite scary when positioning my feet when entering turns. I was always waiting for them to slip off. Anyway with the rubber ones I feel a lot safer and my feet haven't slipped once. I can now position my feet properly and get better control with my knees on the tank.
 

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Yup I have them. My Dainese D1 torque boots were slipping off and I found the originals quite scary when positioning my feet when entering turns. I was always waiting for them to slip off. Anyway with the rubber ones I feel a lot safer and my feet haven't slipped once. I can now position my feet properly and get better control with my knees on the tank.
How do you position your feet?, I ride on the balls of my feet on the pegs, I feel that I have more control that way but maybe that is the reason my feet slip in the wet.
 

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How do you position your feet?, I ride on the balls of my feet on the pegs, I feel that I have more control that way but maybe that is the reason my feet slip in the wet.
My style suits me, I ride with the ball of foot on the inner peg and middle of foot on the outer peg. My issue with the originals was that when I want to slide my ass across for the next turn I would need to support my body on my outer foot and they would sometimes slip or at least feel slippery.
 

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I think some of the Ducati parts fit other bikes, which contributes to there availability. I am looking for the aftermarket companies like Rizoma and Termignoni to produce products. I think the only real need with the bike is the mirrors and exhaust. Then the tail and pegs would be next for me.
 

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I think some of the Ducati parts fit other bikes, which contributes to there availability. I am looking for the aftermarket companies like Rizoma and Termignoni to produce products. I think the only real need with the bike is the mirrors and exhaust. Then the tail and pegs would be next for me.
Do you want to get rid of the cat?, how much power would that release......
 

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Do you want to get rid of the cat?, how much power would that release......
The cat has a few issues - weight, heat and restricting flow. If you could get rid of it, it should smooth out the motor with the help of air intake and exhaust. In theory, it should product more HP.

From other posts on the forum. People that have gone with the full Akra exhaust (exhaust, ECU flash and air filter) and had almost nothing in the way of HP and torque. My guess is there is something else limiting the motor. Not having taken it apart - it hard to say. On my Indian it has the air box that was restricting the flow. Once i remove it and mounted a filter directly to the intake - things greatly improved.
 

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Knurled footpads will definitely work better than anything else in wet weather. The original idea with rubber-insert footpads was to damp vibrations as much as it was to improve grip
 

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Id be fine with a system that got rid of the underbelly box and was a few db louder, even without a power increase on it's own. Free up the exhaust and maybe some custom intake work and an afternoon of dyno tuning once the PCV becomes available for the SS, and that should be worth a few peak HP and more across the range, no? Does anyone know if the dealers do a flash for the Akro slipons? Can they flash the full race system map if a custom pipe was installed to get rid of the cat? I'm looking forward the the next couple of months as the aftermarket begins to really catch up. I've already got a dongle to keep the silly exhaust flap open all the time without throwing a code!
 

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The cat has a few issues - weight, heat and restricting flow. If you could get rid of it, it should smooth out the motor with the help of air intake and exhaust. In theory, it should product more HP.

From other posts on the forum. People that have gone with the full Akra exhaust (exhaust, ECU flash and air filter) and had almost nothing in the way of HP and torque. My guess is there is something else limiting the motor. Not having taken it apart - it hard to say. On my Indian it has the air box that was restricting the flow. Once i remove it and mounted a filter directly to the intake - things greatly improved.
The air supply during 11 degrees overlap needs to be blocked off to change the performance dramatically, that will certainly infringe on the warranty agreement. In case the folks don't know, the Testastretta 11 is aptly named for the 11 degrees of overlap where all four valves are open....some useless info there. There's pipes on the side of the airbox which supply the fresh air. I wouldn't block them off if I were you, no matter how good you might be at mechanics, the ecu will record that you have disconnected the secondary air and it will remain recorded for the life of the ecu.

In terms of your statement, the akra runs richer so its a lot cooler than the cat. It does increase torque and hp across the curve, but if you are only measuring the top of the curve then yes the maximums are much the same. However you get more performance throughout the rev range.
 
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