Yes I know I have some explaining to do... Bear with me through this little story and you will understand why I am doing this page.
Those of you that know me from the web forums or as the Lead Instructor for a trackday organization know I have had a strong presence against the Ducati's for a long time. My online moniker (Lord Duckhunter) derived from my RC51.org website as well as my Duc-Eater mascot would seem to preclude any rational and unbiased opinion of the Ducati brand. My love for the sport though has always given me an appreciation for the beauty and achievements of the Ducati marquee, but I have never been a fan of their practicality or reliability - Until Now...
Over the years I have developed quite a few bikes from the ground up testing various parts & configurations until I was content that I had the best possible and practical set-up for performance always keeping a close eye on value for the dollar as well. I had traditionally performed all my work in small steps so I could evaluate each & every mod (i.e. fork oil & spring change then a cartridge kit install then Ohlins forks etc). When I do things in this order I know firsthand exactly how appreciable or deficient each mod performed was for the performance of the bike.
Three seasons ago Dan Kyle sent me a GSXR1000 to develop that he had built from the ground up with all the best parts. It was the hardest task I have ever been given with a motorcycle. I had no idea how the bike performed in its bone stock state so I wasn't quite sure if my changes were making it better or worse until I pushed it to that point of either almost wadding it or bettering my last lap time. I learned a lot during that development phase, but it was pure hell trying to figure out what was right or wrong with a bike I had not been developing along the way plus worrying about crashing someone else's pristine and expensive bike at any given moment out there on the track...
Dan has once again given me a task this time with a gorgeous pearl white Ducati 848 built to the hilt with a long list of goodies from Forged Marchesini's all the way up to Brembo calipers & Full Ohlins compliment.
The problem is while I got to pretty much build the bike myself I didn't get any seat time on it while it was stock which puts me right back into the same position I was in with the GSXR1000.
Well Dan found a solution! He purchased another 848 (also pearl white) to be used as a test mule for me. One I can build up in small steps this time & not only try new parts & set-up configurations for direct comparisons, but I can also ride the fully set-up bike as a comparo piece along the way.
This page will be devoted to that project. Below you will find a list of mods I will be testing as well as some helpful tips and info I have discovered over the years and who knows maybe if I don't screw this up Dan will even let me ride the 1098S with the ceramic rotors and superbike forks someday
Just for starters: I've worked on a
dozen or so of these new model Duc's so far and I have to
say that Ducati really
stepped up their game with this 1098/848 platform. It's
not even the same bike as the 999/749 at all not in the
way it feels, puts the power down, weight bias and
definitely not in the fit & finish which believe it
or not is encroaching on Honda standards.
First real ride: 10/08/08
A few quick notes with a lot more to come later:
THIS SECTION IS UNDER HEAVY CONSTRUCTION AND THE FOLLOWING INFO IS NOT ACCURATE YET
Brembo RCS Adjustable Master Cylinder
Common Torque Values
Commonly Used Part Numbers
CycleCynch for hauling your bike
Dyno Chart & Tuning Basics
Leathers & Riding Gear
Ohlins Forks -W/Superbike Valving & Anti-Dive shim stack
Ohlins Steering Damper
Ohlins TTX Shock
PCIII USB Powercommander
Race Fuels vs Pump Gas the truth
Sato No-Cut Frame Sliders
Sprockets & Gearing & 520 conversion
Gearing Spreadsheet must have Excel
Tires DOT Race VS Street
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