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Hello Gents... just wanted to say hello introduce myself. I'm Sam, live in the SF Bay Area and just picked up my 1st Ducati which I absolutely love.


My riding history is about 35 years beginning on a Yamaha 250, some dirt bike riding, finally a Ninja 600 in 1987 as my first "fast bike"... various Japanese bikes for the following decade, then a long hiatus to have kids and a family, then return to riding on a Honda Shadow 750 in 2006, followed by a BMW R1200R, then the massive K1600GT .. While I loved the GT.. it was quite powerful and amazingly nimble for a 700lb bike, it nevertheless was a 700lb bike... One day I was fed up, talked to the BMW Dealer about trading in for an S1000RR... test rode it, fell back in love with sport bike... Then they told me there's a waiting list and 6+ months wait for a new one... I did some research and learned about the V4 massive development that Ducati made... Wasn't a fan of the reliability stories of the twins... Test rode a V4, and a week later, made a deal on this, ##1173 with my dealer in SF.

I have a few after market stuffs on order and will have them installed at my 600 mile service... other than that and the Akrapovic pipes.. it's 100% ducati! Already rode 90 miles in my first day!
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Welcome to the board Sam and congrats on your first Ducati. I'm sure that its a noticeably different experience than your S1000RR and I'm sure you'll hit that first service interval rather quickly. Best of luck with the break in.
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Welcome to the board Sam and congrats on your first Ducati. I'm sure that its a noticeably different experience than your S1000RR and I'm sure you'll hit that first service interval rather quickly. Best of luck with the break in.
haha, I put 200 miles on the bike in two days, then it began raining non stop for the last 3 days... I expect riding weather again in two days. I did purchase the advanced 6 services and/or 3 years so as not to be worried about the costs of these.

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Hello Gents... just wanted to say hello introduce myself. I'm Sam, live in the SF Bay Area and just picked up my 1st Ducati which I absolutely love.


My riding history is about 35 years beginning on a Yamaha 250, some dirt bike riding, finally a Ninja 600 in 1987 as my first "fast bike"... various Japanese bikes for the following decade, then a long hiatus to have kids and a family, then return to riding on a Honda Shadow 750 in 2006, followed by a BMW R1200R, then the massive K1600GT .. While I loved the GT.. it was quite powerful and amazingly nimble for a 700lb bike, it nevertheless was a 700lb bike... One day I was fed up, talked to the BMW Dealer about trading in for an S1000RR... test rode it, fell back in love with sport bike... Then they told me there's a waiting list and 6+ months wait for a new one... I did some research and learned about the V4 massive development that Ducati made... Wasn't a fan of the reliability stories of the twins... Test rode a V4, and a week later, made a deal on this, ##1173 with my dealer in SF.

I have a few after market stuffs on order and will have them installed at my 600 mile service... other than that and the Akrapovic pipes.. it's 100% ducati! Already rode 90 miles in my first day!
I'm from santa Rosa in the bay area but have lived in Phoenix from 2002 on...
Welcome to the ducati world!
My first word of advise.....
Get your suspension tuned in, you'll love the bike twice as much!
Go to your favorite road and play with your suspension settings until you feel comfortable...
Ride safe bro!
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I'm from santa Rosa in the bay area but have lived in Phoenix from 2002 on...
Welcome to the ducati world!
My first word of advise.....
Get your suspension tuned in, you'll love the bike twice as much!
Go to your favorite road and play with your suspension settings until you feel comfortable...
Ride safe bro!
I did mess with it a bit... not sure what settings to use honestly... the roads in the SF Bay Area are bad, lots of pot holes and such... should I go soft?

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I too had the bmwrr1000
Then duke 959. 1299 then my V4 S
And akrapovic exhaust
Rear sets
Throttle spacers for slop
The rear sets move you forward which on the track is Great
Your legs now hug the tank instead of sliding forward
Ducabike rearsets ok. Little hart to shift up
Yet
9000 miles on it
It is blistering fast
Oh. I am 70
And tracked it on road America
And Palm Beach in Florida
Just needed new rear after Florida
Enjoy
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BTW, I started a facebook page for Speciale owners.. anyone with one, come join us

https://www.facebook.com/groups/V4Sp...?ref=bookmarks

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BTW, I started a facebook page for Speciale owners.. anyone with one, come join us

https://www.facebook.com/groups/V4Sp...?ref=bookmarks
Is there any way to make it public for some of us lurkers that are also skeptical about using Facebook? Its asking me to login.
Unless you're planning to share info from that group on here as well.
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