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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-08-2018, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Do not .....

.... under any circumstances buy a 2018 V4 Stradale.

FOUR recalls and counting.

Clearly, the bike was rushed out the door with inadequate testing.

And I STILL don't have my bike.

Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with Ducati.

Moral of the story - wait and buy the 2019.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-09-2018, 06:00 AM
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There's the two fuel related recalls, what are the other two?
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Well by the time you get your hands on the bike all the repairs will already have been done at least. But I agree its not great to see so many problems on such an expensive model this early. At least now we know what likely led to that fire.
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Was expecting more from Ducati being the well known superbike manufacturer they are and how much you're paying for a V4... Luckily I haven't gotten around to buying one yet due to insufficient funds so I'll just wait a bit until they work out all the kinks.
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Well by the time you get your hands on the bike all the repairs will already have been done at least. But I agree its not great to see so many problems on such an expensive model this early. At least now we know what likely led to that fire.
Yes they said any bike produced at the factory after March 28th would have the recall work already done. Any bike produced prior to that date would have to come in to have it done. I still only see the two recalls related to the fuel tank cap seal and breather though.

https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2018/D...2520V4#recalls
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I'm not so impatient for my Speciale now. It may take a few months and with any luck the bugs will all be worked out. Are there any examples of a Ducati that ended up being an actual 'lemon'--where the problems never ended?

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post #7 of 21 (permalink) Old 05-09-2018, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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This what I was told:

"Sadly we will have to postpone your motorcycle pickup. There was just another technical bulletin just released to improve ducting / air flow characteristics of the cooling system. I have skimmed through the bulletin and we should defiantly have this complete prior to your motorcycle pickup. It includes new radiator ducting and a second coolant expansion bottle amongst other small improvements. I have this kit on order and will prioritize your motorcycle."

This the third time delivery has been delayed. To be fair, one of the delays was Akra fault not Ducatis.
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It's true that time after time they have failed you and kept delaying the bike due to inadequate testing. It is also true that this is a first year bike with a completely different engine and style, of course there were going to be problems we all knew the risks and took it anyways.
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.... and so did I.

It really is too bad though, I cannot remember when I was so pumped about getting a new bike.

I track an 848>1040 and an 1199S and was REALLY looking forward to this bike - now I don't care if ever see the damned thing.

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.... and so did I.

It really is too bad though, I cannot remember when I was so pumped about getting a new bike.

I track an 848>1040 and an 1199S and was REALLY looking forward to this bike - now I don't care if ever see the damned thing.
Get a refund and buy an R, for how much they delayed you I think it's completely justified.
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