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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-03-2010, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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The long road to making this a bike I can live with

So OK, I've owned this bike for 6 months now and finally I feel like I've got it at a a point where I can live with it.
Initially, it's been tough love, especially at the lower rev ranges where I was struggling with a lack of smoothness compared to my Ducati.
Now, several thousand dollars later, the bike runs like a raped ape.

The bike is a 312R which I picked up in November 2009 for 13K$ (had about 2K miles on it). Since then, I must have dumped another 3 to 4K in the bike to get it where I want, both from an aesthetical and performance point of view.

Overview of my mods :

Engine heat fix :
- upgraded impeller
- engine ice
- Muzzy fans
- midpipe (cat elimination)
- ceramic coated exhaust

Performance :
- RG3
- midpipe
- Microtek ECU
- BMC Air Filter
- Fast By Ferraci Rear Sets

Bling :
- CF mudguard and rear hugger
- other CF details
- CRC levers
- FBF
- Integrated blinkers into rear lights

Comfort :
- gel grips
- gel seat
- faux suede seat

Safety :
- Valentine1 mount + Cheetah wireless signal into helmet
- Set of Bridgestone BT16s

Attached some pictures. Hope you guys like it. I do
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2010 Ducati 1198R Corse LE
2008 MV F4 312R (RG3, X-Bikes ECU,...)
2005 Ducati 999S
2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

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Here are some pics of my ceramic coated exhaust set-up.
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She looks great!

But I wouldnt call BT16's a safety upgrade, quite the opposite for me. Ive gone down 2 time for no good reason on BT16's, no explaination other than the rear tire gave out when leaned into a turn, switched to Michelin 2CT's (now Pures) and never had a issue again. I swore to myself that I would never buy anything but Michelin tires for my bike.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-03-2010, 11:22 PM
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Solve the heat problem with Catalyst Racing Fairings

Nice bike and nice mod list - I have a similar list of improvements to deal with the heat here in So. Cal, but biggest bang for the buck was installing Catalyst Racing Fairings with the side cutouts. HUGE difference when you can finally get rid of the hot air - on the move or at a stop light. You should also think about cutting out the bottom vents near the exhaust on your new fairings - similar to the 2010. Let it breath and life will be better. I can only imagine Atlanta in the summer heat and humidity must really get an MV boiling quickly. Good luck.
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I'll swap mine for yours???

Nice!

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Absolutely perfect except for tires and stickers on tail:-)

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Nice upgrades Yves.
Glad you have your bike exactly how you want and are happy with the whole riding experience now

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I'm working through a list that's very similar to yours - the intention being to make my 1000R a practical daily rider, rather than the troublesome overheating mare she is today... it'll be ace once it's all done
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I love it. Nice job
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-04-2010, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the kind words.

Re the tires, I'm just a Bridgestone guy. Use the BT003 RS for track days and I'm perfectly happy with them.
Never have been a Michelin fan, mainly because they used to be unpredictable till you were able to scrub some heat into them. But that's based on an experience which is nearly a decade old (yes, I'm getting old, hehe). BT16s are just perfect for all around riding, and stellar in the rain to top it off.
Didn't like the OEM tires at all. Dang, those were scary.

As far as the engine heat is concerned, without knowing wht is attributable to any of the individual mods, I've never seen the engine overheat. It's currently in the 90s with high relative humidity. The bikes runs at 180 degrees F when on the move. At the traffic lights it will hit 192F. From what I understand, that's substantially lower than a stock 312.

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Bend, OR

2010 Ducati 1198R Corse LE
2008 MV F4 312R (RG3, X-Bikes ECU,...)
2005 Ducati 999S
2004 Ducati 998S Final Edition

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