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Scrambler Ducati....yep...its back!

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Jbone11 11, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I won't get many miles on it until it really starts to warm up; it's been way too cold to ride very much lately.
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  2. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Anybody put the G2 throttle tube on their Scrambler? https://www.g2ergo.com/shop/g2-street-tamer-throttle-tube-ducati/

    Still looking for a smoother transition between closed and open throttle.

    I've got about 130 miles on the Rexxer flash now, all of it around town. Two things are clear at this point: the engine is running a lot cooler, and midrange punch is a lot fatter with no more flat spots or surging as the revs rise. That annoying bucking/hesitation at constant 4K RPM is gone too. On/off throttle transition is still pretty bad though -- would like to try the G2 next, plus I want to replace the grips because the stock grips SUCK. Grips suggestions?
  3. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    Just about any other grip will do, but the weird thing about the stock ones is, first I hated them, a year later I think they're great, and couldn't imagine going to anything else.
  4. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Well, I've put 18,000 miles on the stock grips and they've finally annoyed me enough I want to replace them. Kept thinking I'd get used to them, but I never did, and every time I get on my Suzuki, the stock grips are so much better I'm shocked.
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  5. marc2

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    I put on Beston grips like my old Norton wears and they were horrible!

    Ended up with Biltwell Thrusters!! Ooh-er missus!!
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  6. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    FINALLY got out on a real ride this weekend, out of town about 80 miles. First time to really stretch the bike's legs since the Rexxer flash and my new front tire.

    The bike definitely picked up some mid range horsepower. It REALLY wants to go between 4 and 6K now. The fueling is still not perfect though....it is smoother and missing some of the annoying flat spots and surging, but it seems to be more grumbly when cold and the on-off throttle transition may actually be worse than it used to be. Also, if I'm not mistaken, it seems to engine brake harder than it used to, accompanied by a lot more popping on the overrun (air injection?). It is running way cooler. I was able to do my first fuel mileage calculation since the Rexxer flash and noted a 15 percent decrease in fuel economy from what I've always been getting. That entire tank was purely around town riding though, so I'm guessing the real decrease is going to be closer to 10 percent, which I can live with.

    I did order a G2 throttle tube/tamer and some new grips yesterday, so we'll see what that does. The RoadSmart 3 front tire feels fabulous as far as I can tell. I didn't wail on it too hard because the edges aren't scrubbed in yet, but it feels really light and neutral rides a bit better than the PR3.
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  7. JaySwear

    JaySwear Been here awhile

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    My bike has been getting more and more fussy about starting cold. When I start the bike up I can almost always count on it bogging down and dying until it's warmed up. Anybody else had this issue? Once it's up to temp it's fine, and if I stop someplace and hop back on it's usually ok. It's just really kind of more annoying than anything. I just want to make sure it isn't the sign of a bigger issue or something more to come.

    I was thinking a Rexxer unit might fix this issue, but it sounds like it had the opposite effect for @LuciferMutt
  8. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    You might send David an email and see what he thinks. I only experienced the "grumbly when cold" problem once, just pulling out of my street, and it was about 38F outside which is probably the coldest I've ridden in.

    Are you sure when you put the stock exhaust back on that you don't have any exhaust leaks anywhere? I had a hell of time fitting everything back together properly when i took mine off to re-tension the belts. Have you changed your spark plugs or air filter yet?

    I got the G2 and new grips installed last week. It's not the magical difference in throttle smoothness everyone would have you believe, but it IS improved. More importantly, I think, is that the physical throttle action is much smoother. There is still a massive amount of side-to-side play in the throttle tube though. The stock tube had this problem, and so does the G2. All they had to do was make the ridge that captures the throttle tube in the housing about 1/32" wider and it would be perfect. I've gotta see if I can shim it with a delrin washer or something, because it's very annoying to have a throttle tube that goes CLACK CLACK side to side.
  9. DesertPilot

    DesertPilot Been here awhile

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    My 2019 Icon takes about 30-60 seconds to wake fully from its slumber when started from cold with temps in the 40s. I just take my time before I pull out of the driveway, and take it easy for the first mile or two once I'm on the road. So far that's been enough. If it gets worse, then I'll worry, but no sign of that so far.
  10. JaySwear

    JaySwear Been here awhile

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    OK, thanks guys. I haven't changed air filter or spark plugs but this bike is going to get a little overhaul this spring. New chain, oil change, air filter, spark plugs now :D, and maybe brake fluid.