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Finally had some nice weather on the weekend so I flew out Saturday morning and finally picked up my new F4! 700 Kms the first day and I had a smile on my face for every single one.

The sound this thing makes is absolutely intoxicating. I had brought the iPod in case I got bored but never ended up using it for the entire 6.5 hour trip. Just couldn't get enough of that Italian growl!

Already hit the 1000 Km mark last night so now I have to wait for the stands to get in to do the oil change.

Unfortunately the bike was slightly damaged during shipping as you can see in the pictures. They've placed an order for a new nose fairing but apparently I'll be waiting anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months.

The bike is just awesome, but I do have a couple of small gripes that hopefully can be answered by you fine folks:
1. After washing it for the first time Sunday afternoon, I proceeded to go for a ride immediately after. Not sure if it was because of the water getting into something electrical, but the bike "stuttered" violently when twisting the throttle. What was strange is that it only happened when in gear... Was also VERY hard to get going from a stop. I went home after riding for a block, restarted the bike, and everything ran perfectly afterwards... Any ideas? The test will be this weekend after I wash it again.

2. My rear shock assembly wiggles to the left and right. I haven't tried torquing anything up yet but is this normal?

3. Like many others, my damn quickshifter doesn't work either.... Oh well, hopefully they get that sorted soon.


I'd like to thank everyone for the wealth of information you've already provided me (I've spent probably hundreds of hours reading already) and I look forward to spending the foreseeable future here with what seems like a great group of people!

Pics!

First time seeing it!





Finally home after the long ride.











Damage :(
 

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1. After washing it for the first time Sunday afternoon, I proceeded to go for a ride immediately after. Not sure if it was because of the water getting into something electrical, but the bike "stuttered" violently when twisting the throttle. What was strange is that it only happened when in gear... Was also VERY hard to get going from a stop. I went home after riding for a block, restarted the bike, and everything ran perfectly afterwards... Any ideas? The test will be this weekend after I wash it again.

Might be something getting wet.

2. My rear shock assembly wiggles to the left and right. I haven't tried torquing anything up yet but is this normal?

Yes this is normal.

3. Like many others, my damn quickshifter doesn't work either.... Oh well, hopefully they get that sorted soon.

Have activated the quickshifter on your dash?
Can you please show me a close up picture of your gearlever, it does not look like there's even a load cell on there ?
First time seeing it!
Awesome bike mate, congrats.
 

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Congrats on the purchase. She is a beauty. My advise is same as Donsy.
 

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I have to ask, Why are you washing it? With Water?
Are you riding through a lot of mud or salted roads?
 

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Quickshifter is activated. Here is the picture.
Okay so you probably have the same issue as the guys here in Australia , waiting for software update
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I have to ask, Why are you washing it? With Water?
Are you riding through a lot of mud or salted roads?
It really needed it when I got home as I hit rain a couple times on the way. At the time the roads were still quite dirty from winter so vehicles in front of me were spraying up quite a bit of water and dirt.

Now you have me curious though... Being a fair weather vehicle, obviously I don't have to wash it very often, but when I do, I just use the bucket and hose method. Judging by your question, I assume you don't... So do you just use a waterless wash product and wipe off with a micro fiber? Is that what everyone else is doing now with the massive amount of these types of products out there?
 

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It really needed it when I got home as I hit rain a couple times on the way. At the time the roads were still quite dirty from winter so vehicles in front of me were spraying up quite a bit of water and dirt.

Now you have me curious though... Being a fair weather vehicle, obviously I don't have to wash it very often, but when I do, I just use the bucket and hose method. Judging by your question, I assume you don't... So do you just use a waterless wash product and wipe off with a micro fiber? Is that what everyone else is doing now with the massive amount of these types of products out there?
I do just use a detail spray and a cloth. I like this stuff:
http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-870-adams-detail-spray-new-formula.aspx
They have instructional videos for all of their products and Adam is really a nice guy!

I've had to use water on bikes just three times in the past 30 years. Sometimes it just ain't gonna get clean any other way. And I do wash my car with water for sure.

I'm sure there's a million and one reasons for each method, my thinking is;
1) if you get water into electrical stuff = bad
2) After washing with water you're more likely to get rust
3) you're gonna have water spots EVERYWHERE that will have to be toweled off in places that are hard to reach.
 

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I'm sure there's a million and one reasons for each method, my thinking is;
1) if you get water into electrical stuff = bad
2) After washing with water you're more likely to get rust
3) you're gonna have water spots EVERYWHERE that will have to be toweled off in places that are hard to reach.
At least a million and one... I've done a LOT of research for the last year or so on detailing, and it's definitely true what they say about ass holes and opinions.

It was always my understanding that motorcycles are built to be 99% waterproof and that it should be fine to go at them with a hose. Giving this bike a good look over the other day, that doesn't seem to be the case (ie. fuse case on the left side will never keep out water.)

As far as the rust and waterspots go though, I definitely learned the hard way on a previous bike. Rear shock was rusted to hell and the hard to reach areas like engine nooks and crannies always had water spots. The solution is keeping everything wet until your ready to dry, giving the paint a quick once over with a waffle weave foam core drying towel, then the last and most key step, a leaf blower for all the hard to reach areas. It gets EVERYTHING dry and if somehow there's water spots left over, a quick detailer and a mf solve those.

That being said, I've just ordered a waterless wash product from the product line I use. Should be able to cut down on the full blown washes from now on and keep some water out of those electrical areas.
 

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At least a million and one... I've done a LOT of research for the last year or so on detailing, and it's definitely true what they say about ass holes and opinions.

It was always my understanding that motorcycles are built to be 99% waterproof and that it should be fine to go at them with a hose. Giving this bike a good look over the other day, that doesn't seem to be the case (ie. fuse case on the left side will never keep out water.)

As far as the rust and waterspots go though, I definitely learned the hard way on a previous bike. Rear shock was rusted to hell and the hard to reach areas like engine nooks and crannies always had water spots. The solution is keeping everything wet until your ready to dry, giving the paint a quick once over with a waffle weave foam core drying towel, then the last and most key step, a leaf blower for all the hard to reach areas. It gets EVERYTHING dry and if somehow there's water spots left over, a quick detailer and a mf solve those.

That being said, I've just ordered a waterless wash product from the product line I use. Should be able to cut down on the full blown washes from now on and keep some water out of those electrical areas.
Sounds like you know your stuff!
It's when people just go at it with the hose and bucket for no reason and with no Idea how to get it dry that makes me wonder....
 

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I've had my MV F3 for a year and have yet to wash it with water (even told the dealer to not wash it after the 1st service)... Amazing what you can do with the waterless spray products.
 

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I haven't got my MV yet, am in the process of saving up for my first one. My current bike, a Kawasaki er6n, I've had for a year now and I usually wash it weekly unless we hit a dry spell (rare in the UK) then I tend to leave it.

I've found this mention of never washing your bike really interesting.

My currently process is hose down, muc-off bike cleaner, leave for a few mins, hose off, leave to drip dry for 10 mins then use muc-off bike spray which is a water disperser around the engine/electrics. polish the tank, and any other painwork.

Over 5k miles, ridden everyday in all types of weather and she still looks good.

The MV will be a fair weather bike only so I don't want to get her wet unless it's absolutely necessary.
 

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I'd use a gentle hose to clean dirt off the fairing,,I would never spray the engine or electrics with water.

It's worth noting that water dispersents can shove water "into" the electrics as well as out.

I haven't found a better method of cleaning a fly smitten radiator than with a well aimed jet of water.

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I gave it one last full wash yesterday as I finally got around to polishing it and I wanted "virgin" paint (no leftover residue from a cleaning product). I use the glare product line so EVERYTHING gets a coat, not just paint. Spent about 5 hours yesterday with oil change and my god it looks good.

My bucket process is as follows:
1. Scrub chain clean.
2. Rinse chain area. Light mist nozzle only.
3. Spray wheel cleaner on everything that has grime on it, excluding fairings. Spray insect remover where there's bugs. Let soak for ten minutes.
4. Wipe off bugs with a microfiber, scrub everywhere you sprayed wheel cleaner with a non scratching wheel brush.
5. Rinse. Light mist nozzle.
6. Pre soak entire bike.
7. Two bucket two wash mitt method. Paint first, everything else second. Small areas at a time, rinse entire bike everytime.
8. Dry paint with a waffle weave microfiber, air compressor to dry everything else.
9. Touch up any spots with either wheel cleaner or quick detailer.
10. Apply the glare product line as per their instructions.

There's a LOT of small details that I didn't mention but you get the idea.
 

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Oh and Joe, bug remover and a wheel brush work wonders for the stubborn bugs in the radiator.
 

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Okay so you probably have the same issue as the guys here in Australia , waiting for software update
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and....................it will be well worth the wait :wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf: managed to put in some more running in ks on the weekend and the ES quick shift is epically (is there such a word:wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf:) GOOD and consistent:smoking: bike continues to amaze and the build quality is superb; exhaust gets louder with heat and sounds :yo::yo::yo::yo::yo::yo: will get its first track outing in a few weeks...................:jsm::jsm::jsm::jsm::jsm:
 

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and....................it will be well worth the wait :wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf: managed to put in some more running in ks on the weekend and the ES quick shift is epically (is there such a word:wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf:) GOOD and consistent:smoking: bike continues to amaze and the build quality is superb; exhaust gets louder with heat and sounds :yo::yo::yo::yo::yo::yo: will get its first track outing in a few weeks...................:jsm::jsm::jsm::jsm::jsm:
Very nice! Love the helmet, was looking at that one but was a little more then what I wanted to spend so I ended up going with this guy.



 

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Haven't been on it for a couple weeks but finally got the chance Sunday afternoon for a quick blast to the lake with a buddy. I swear it feels a little smoother with the amsoil in it now. Was an absolute perfect day out, no wind, not to hot. God I love this thing...







 
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