Ducati Desert Sled Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by TBR, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. GabeHanson

    GabeHanson GabeHanson

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    Dealer just sent me the VIN#, should be here next week. Giddy with excitement. Only problem, I don't have a day off until June 19th and my Dealer is 6 hours away.

    Also, I've read that riding a new motor at hwy speeds for long stretches isn't the best way to break one in. I was planning on riding the new bike home, but if its bad for the motor I can trailer it.

    Thoughts?
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  2. SOCALDUCRIDER

    SOCALDUCRIDER 2014 Ducati Pikes Peak, 2016 RX3 2016 AT DCT

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    That's way to long, trailer it.


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  3. Pacote

    Pacote Adventurer

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    Hi GabeHanson, congratulations fr your new DS.

    In fact highway constant speed is not the best way to break in the engine ... but you can do your trip home if you follow a few rules.
    Not the best way but it should be enough.

    No constant speed. Change the speed all time.
    No constant throttle load. You have to be all time playing with the throttle load. Little acceleration and decelerations every minute.
    no high throttle loads
    Warming & cooling cycles .... you have to run the bike 30 - 40 minutes and afterwards wait 20 minutes stopped until the engine were cold again . These cycles helps a lot the engines with the internal adjusting.
    In the highway the gearbox is used poorly , and break in that is important too. After arrive home, I would extend the break in period 200 miles more (800 mi) y I would use the bike a lot in the city traffic and in twisty roads...

    If you feel that you can not do this... trailer it.

    And remember...we wants pics....
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  4. dirtwalker

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    Where did you get the screen? Sorry if that's already been answered...
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  5. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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  6. dirtwalker

    dirtwalker Adventurer

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    Molto bello! Is yours the gloss or satin finish?
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  7. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Satin
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  8. Meritlane

    Meritlane Been here awhile

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    I think I want one for days when the GS is too big a hammer.
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  9. aCab

    aCab Been here awhile

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    Really been wanting one of these in white. Wondering if i should sell off the WR250X for one....hmmmm


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  10. OscarFox

    OscarFox Been here awhile

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    What are you guys seeing for fuel range?
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  11. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Depending on how I ride, fuel light comes on at 120 miles. I've gone 40 miles on reserve, but was almost completely out.
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  12. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    Fuel range, hmmm. Largely depends on how I fill up. In California filling up is not funny with the nozzles they use at gas station (vapor return system). If I do it as required it leaves room for close to an extra gallon.....which I found out by pulling the tip of the nozzle back with my other hand to fill it op to the brim.

    I get anywhere between 85 and 120 miles before the light comes on, depending on how I filled it up last time...
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  13. VuTron

    VuTron Been here awhile

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    I also get anywhere from 85-130 mpt
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  14. Riverbandit

    Riverbandit Play the blues

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  15. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    I got the number plates through Bellissimoto, they are made by Zard.

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  16. Little General

    Little General Been here awhile

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    picked my DS yesterday IMG_2573.JPG
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  17. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club. Supporter

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    Sat on one of these at the dealer today. Love it. Seems like a perfect size. My GS needs a friend.
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  18. edo604

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    Hey people.

    Has anyone changed their headlight bulb? I tried today but failed. I picked up a set of H4’s off amazon but the base is about 1/8” than stock which prevents me from install the cover on the back of the headlight assembly.

    I wanted more of a white light to match the circular led light.

    What bulb have you guys used?

    Here’s the bulb that doesn’t fit so you don’t make the same mistake it did.
    [​IMG]


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  19. Max Kool

    Max Kool Xtankteam™

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    I had the same problem installing a different bulb... The new one was too long, just like yours
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  20. BobcatSig

    BobcatSig They call me... Huckajawea

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