Ducati Panigale vs. Tuono V4R: NYC to SF - 1st bike on a tow truck loses

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DynastySS, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. DynastySS

    DynastySS Adventurer

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    I got a few PMs about it, so I figured I will write my thoughts on my gear and accessories.

    I really liked my Dainese Carvemaster jacket and Dainese Travelguard pants. The goretex worked great, the liners were nice in different weather and they fit me well. Only issue I had is neither were great for the super hot weathers and would only really qualify as a spring/fall type of jacket/pants.

    My A* boots were the shit! I loved those things and they stayed completely dry. Super comfortable to walk around in and I had no regrets with those.

    My Held Air n Dry gloves were a slight disappointment to be honest. I heard amazing things and the fit is pretty great. My only real complaint was that the gore-tex on them is not up to par. My hands were pretty damn wet after that Smokey mountain excursion and they sucked at temperatures below 55 degrees.

    I had no regrets with my track back protector and I usually forgot I was wearing it.

    Kriega bags and hydrapack. What a fantastic invention. Those did stay dry, and my expensive laptop and camera were not ruined in any of the storms. The hydrapack was clutch and kept me hydrated/stored my sunscreen. I am flabbergasted the tornado winds didn't rip my bags off, nor did any spirited riding. Very glad to have those items going forward. The only downside is that they take a bit to remove and put on/get adjusted correctly. Plus they are slightly awkward to carry. There was one point where I envied Jay, but then I tried wearing his pack in the corners and hated how the extra weight felt, so at the end of the day I think I am very happy with my decision.

    The airhawk was nice for the most part. Even though I had it barely inflated I did still feel very disconnected from the bike when cornering. I don't know if that is because I like to get off the bike in corners, but it was an odd sensation that I never got accustomed to. But I had it on for at least 5 or 6 days so it couldn't have been that bad!

    The throttle lock was pretty useless. It only really engaged at higher speeds for some reason, and even then it was pretty finicky!
  2. Crazy Legs

    Crazy Legs Let's Ride!

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    Com'on let's ride back to the Big Apple and do a twofer one
  3. Grad

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    Great ride report, I thoroughly enjoyed it! :clap
  4. kid_andres

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  5. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Good observations regarding the economic condition of many of the places you rode through and ditto re the people you met versus the stereotypes. There seem to be pockets, like NYC and the Bay Area, that have been barely (if at all) affected by the economic problems of the last 5 years but in many parts of the country it is still hard times. One of the great benefits of traveling across the nation the way you guys did is that you get to know it personally, instead of from a jetliner cabin window. Congrats on successfully completing the ride. Between the weather and the bike issues you guys did an awesome job battling through adversity. How is the Duc's oil consumption currently? It sure is one GORGEOUS bike! Thanks for taking us with you on your journey.:clap
  6. CA Stu

    CA Stu Bibamus, moriendum est. Super Moderator

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    Well written and thanks for your observations, I enjoyed the whole thing.

    Good job! :thumb
  7. rootsy

    rootsy Been here awhile

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    Bravo! Way to buck the norm and have a great time in the process.
  8. Hokem Malarky

    Hokem Malarky Been here awhile

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    Great RR! :clap
  9. cajunrph

    cajunrph n00b

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    Great read. Way to overcome adversity. Now you have us hooked, How is the oil issue with the Duc and what is the outcome for Jay's Tuono?
  10. jeckyll

    jeckyll Kneedragger

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    Great RR man, well done.

    :clap
  11. keiPHadventure

    keiPHadventure Adventurer

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    Thanks for bringing us along on your trip. It was a great story to give time to and the photos are just plain awesome! Cheers to you both for finishing the journey despite the adversities with your sexy, fast and beautiful Italian steeds! Congratulations! Looking forward to your next RR, OP!
  12. DynastySS

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    The Ducky seems to be riding fine now! I really think my original dealer short changed me on oil.

    Jay has had some serious journey. He rode down to LA to see some Aprilia race tech specialist. That guy then referred him to Aprilia North America! So Jay got to meet the boys who run the show and they personally looked at his bike. From what I can tell they replaced the ECU and all the sensors. Also hooked him up with a race map.

    Thanks for the love, everyone!
  13. Jestered1

    Jestered1 n00b

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    :thumbup

    Thoroughly enjoyed this RR. What's a bike without character!
  14. RandyMartin

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    The most anticipated motorcycle of 2012 has arrived.

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  15. Fat50Racer

    Fat50Racer Calle Racing Member

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    Just ran into Jay at the rockstore. Nice Guy! Couldn't tell the Ape had been ridden across the country. :D
  16. DynastySS

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    That boy is still on the road?!

    Tell him to go home.
  17. RedRockRider

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    Well done. And well written. Thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for taking us along.

    Pic of two bikes off-road in Death Valley is tops. :clap
  18. stripple

    stripple Runnin' Hard

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    Well, I'm a bit late to the party... I stumbled across this thread while looking for information on the Tuono V4, now I find myself craving an 899 Pani. :lol3

    I enjoy reading ride reports. Yours was very well done. I'm having a lovely, lazy Saturday afternoon and this RR is just what I needed. Thank you sir, for putting in the effort so that we could enjoy the trip as well. :freaky
  19. fhammond

    fhammond Been here awhile

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    I came across this great thread as I'm contemplating either a Panigale or a Ducati SuperSport S. I have to be in Las Vegas on Monday night for a week-long conference and I'm seriously thinking about riding there on one of the Ducatis. Logic (hahaha) says the SuperSport is the right choice but my heart says the Panigale...

    Oh, man, I might be in trouble. I've got a few Kriegas for other bikes; I'm sure I could strap one to a V4S, right?!
  20. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    I really enjoyed this. Thanks.