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.... 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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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/DUCATI/PANIGALE%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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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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Now the slave cylinder for the clutch is recalled......... It's not letting people go into neutral and keeps moving at stop or Stahl s the bike....
 

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Now the slave cylinder for the clutch is recalled......... It's not letting people go into neutral and keeps moving at stop or Stahl s the bike....
I also hear a lot of problems with the DQS, DWC, ABC, all electronic safety systems. I don't think it's an official recall but many owners are claiming problems.
 

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I also hear a lot of problems with the DQS, DWC, ABC, all electronic safety systems. I don't think it's an official recall but many owners are claiming problems.
The QS does take a bit to learn.

For example, I don't use it from 1st to 2nd because it just goes into neutral - same on the way down.

Also, it seems to be a bit particular about throttle certain positions. It seems to like WOT going up and closed throttle going down best.
 

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The QS does take a bit to learn.

For example, I don't use it from 1st to 2nd because it just goes into neutral - same on the way down.

Also, it seems to be a bit particular about throttle certain positions. It seems to like WOT going up and closed throttle going down best.
Apparently a lot of owners around the first service time are having errors come up with sporadic intervention of the systems and spontaneous revving of the engine even in gear with increased speeds. Do you have gp shift on yours or just normal pattern?
 

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Apparently a lot of owners around the first service time are having errors come up with sporadic intervention of the systems and spontaneous revving of the engine even in gear with increased speeds. Do you have gp shift on yours or just normal pattern?
That's good to know, thanks.

My shift pattern is normal right now but I just got it yesterday.
 

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The QS does take a bit to learn.

For example, I don't use it from 1st to 2nd because it just goes into neutral - same on the way down.

Also, it seems to be a bit particular about throttle certain positions. It seems to like WOT going up and closed throttle going down best.
I'm fairly certain it has to be closed, or almost closed throttle, for the DS to work from what I was told before my rides by the dealer. That seemed to be consistent with what I found. It's a little strange as some of the aftermarket ones support DS without closing the throttle, but whatever I guess. Going up in gears I didn't have a problem as long as you were on the throttle (can't be barely on it). Definitely was going to take some getting used to, but it seemed to work once you found the nuances like you say.
 

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I haven't ridden the V4 yet but on the Supersport the throttle needs to be strongly open going up the gears and shut down completely for each down shift.
 

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Mate this is the 1st Gen of the V4, what did you expect? History tends to repeat itself right, and all 1st Gen bikes had teething issues. I took delivery of my V4S 3 weeks ago and have no issues to date. Had the software update on delivery and that is it. I am aware of the new cooling improvements rolling out and kudos to Ducati for updating those as its not a recall, its an improvement for track use. I am still running in my bike with no recall items changed to date and have not had any problems. DQS is smooth as ever and I use it 100% of the time and at low revs as well. The good news is, you will be getting all the improvements and bulletin items throughout ownership unlike most manufacturers who only implement improvements on the next year model.
 

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Mate this is the 1st Gen of the V4, what did you expect? History tends to repeat itself right, and all 1st Gen bikes had teething issues. I took delivery of my V4S 3 weeks ago and have no issues to date. Had the software update on delivery and that is it. I am aware of the new cooling improvements rolling out and kudos to Ducati for updating those as its not a recall, its an improvement for track use. I am still running in my bike with no recall items changed to date and have not had any problems. DQS is smooth as ever and I use it 100% of the time and at low revs as well. The good news is, you will be getting all the improvements and bulletin items throughout ownership unlike most manufacturers who only implement improvements on the next year model.
Yes very true, but this is much larger issue than in previous models, even for a new bike, new engine. Esp with VW ownership I expected a little bit more quality control, that isn't the case. Yes if you get a good one then no problems but if you don't.......
If you are willing to take that risk with an expensive bit of kit, kudos to you and I wish you well, but it's forums like this that keep the public informed about problems out there and allow the consumer to make an informed decision. As for myself. I'm waiting for the R by then things should be sussed out
 

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Yes very true, but this is much larger issue than in previous models, even for a new bike, new engine. Esp with VW ownership I expected a little bit more quality control, that isn't the case. Yes if you get a good one then no problems but if you don't.......
If you are willing to take that risk with an expensive bit of kit, kudos to you and I wish you well, but it's forums like this that keep the public informed about problems out there and allow the consumer to make an informed decision. As for myself. I'm waiting for the R by then things should be sussed out
Yeah agree with you. Waiting for the R, I'm pretty sure it will have a multitude of issues as well with the 1000cc motor as the previous 1st gen R's have done. 3rd gen always the safest if you want the most reliable package.
 
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