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My new 1199 Panigale, part 3

Posted on June 06, 2012 by acruhl

(I went up to 7 cataracts this morning before work, it was nice.)

First read Part 1, then read Part 2.

Even more points in no particular order after 336 miles:

o It seems like everything is calming down. Or maybe I’m just getting used to it. The suspension isn’t as stiff, the low RPM surging isn’t nearly as bad as it was. But the seat is still a brick.

o The DQS (Duati quick shifter) cuts the ignition (and fuel?) for just a little bit too long. It would be interesting to know if the duration shortens at high RPM or WOT (wide open throttle). It’s kinda hard to test this when you need to stay below 6000 RPM. I’m guessing there is some race accessory which makes this adjustable. DQS does not work if the throttle is closed. If you want to downshift with it, it seems to work best if the throttle is in a closing motion. But using the clutch is better. Upshifts are no problem.

o I think I’ve put my finger on why the 1199 feels so uncomfortable to me, even though theoretically it shouldn’t because the bars are higher and closer to the seat. For one, I think my body just isn’t used to this position. But there’s more to it than that. There’s no gas tank to rest against, which would relieve some pressure from my hands. My feet don’t really rest squarely on the pegs, the heel guards point my heels outward. As a result, I can’t support my upper body with my legs very well. The bars are farther apart, which subtly lowers my upper body a bit. And then there’s this ridiculous seat. All of these things together don’t make for a comfortable ride. Like, at all. I could go twice as far between rests on my 998, no problem. The MV might still be worse though 🙂

o I’m about 5’11”, maybe still 6′, and I can’t put my feet flat on the ground without my left leg hitting the shock guard, and my right leg hitting the magnesium clutch cover on the right. These things get quite warm. If I keep my left foot on the peg I can lean the bike over a bit and keep my right leg off the clutch cover.

o Something I read in the Roadracing World report (from Dubai) is also happening on my bike. If you whack the throttle open really quickly, it stumbles and then goes. I can’t tell if this is an electronics problem or a “large carb” problem. This seems like the type of problem that accelerator pumps were supposed to solve.

o I filled it up before the fuel warning light came on this time. 74.9 miles, 2.316 gallons. 32.3 mpg? The bike is saying I’m averaging 37.9 mpg. I need a few more data points to decide if I believe the bike or the pump. Why do I care? I don’t, right? I cycle through the dash info to look at the mileage all the time. Ducati needs to bury this somewhere that’s hard to find so I’m not always looking at it! Or better yet, take it off this one and put it on my Multistrada 620. I actually care about it on that bike.

o The stand from my MV doesn’t fit on the 1199. The pin is just a bit too big. What a bummer.

o I don’t think I’m going to be able to install Angry Birds on the dash unfortunately.

o Speaking of the dash, I’m not sure it’s the right solution, but there isn’t currently anything better for displaying this much information. In bright sunlight, it’s hard to read quickly. I think I’d prefer an analog tach, a large LCD for speed, and an info screen for the rest of the info. My Ford Focus has analog gauges for speed and RPM, and an info screen between the analog gauges. I think this is a nice solution. There isn’t enough room for this though. The TFT screen is miles better than the tiny LCD readouts on other bikes for sure, but still not perfect.

o This thing is as different from the 1198 as the Desmosedici is. This is either good or bad depending on your outlook. I’m going to think about this and write something about it later. The line going back to the original 851 Superbike is definitely broken. But it had to be in order to keep winning.

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