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I'll go ahead and start it off, but not much progress at this point:

Here's the bike out of the crate -


And here it is today -


Still have quite a bit of work today before our season opener in April! :cool:
 

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I'll go ahead and start it off, but not much progress at this point:

Here's the bike out of the crate -


And here it is today -


Still have quite a bit of work today before our season opener in April! :cool:
So what's your plan, would love to too know how u get it track ready.
 

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Overall, the plan for track bike prep is to make the bike as light as possible (within reasonable budget - there's always a way to go lighter for more cost) by getting rid of all street components (lights, mirrors, signals, kickstand, etc.), get the riding position and riding "feel" dialed in with the grip pads, grips, footpegs, etc., put sticky tires on it, get the suspension set up/dialed in, and protect it with sliders and race bodywork.

I have a stack of boxes sitting in our service department now waiting to be installed on it, including:
Termi titanium exhaust kit
DP billet rearsets
DP tall clear racing windscreen
DP radiator guard
DP billet quick-release fuel cap
DP magnesium clutch/engine cover
DP lightweight stator kit
Shorai lithium battery
Stomp grip tank pads
Ohlins adjustable steering damper
1199 flat-rate rear suspension linkage
1199 base model Sachs shock w/revalving kit
Pro Grip 717 grips
Woodcraft swingarm spools/sliders
Bridgestone racing slicks

Items on order, but don't have yet:
R&G 899 Panigale engine slider kit (new product, they're sending me a prototype)
R&G front axle sliders

I also have a set of Catalyst Racing fiberglass race bodywork over at our painter's place getting painted now. I'll post some more pics up as it progresses.
 

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Good work Jarel...
I'm Italian and I'm waiting to trasform my 899 only for truck..
I have contacted GB Racing for engine slider, but the slider for 899 are in progress..
Some DP particolar are in my wish list... :)

Please write here your progress and post many pics :)
 

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I'm curious why you're replacing the rear linkage/shock out of the gate? How big are you, and had you had a chance to ride the bike on track prior to that decision? I'm planning on tracking mine as well, and was planning on running it a few times before making those types of changes.
 

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I'm curious why you're replacing the rear linkage/shock out of the gate? How big are you, and had you had a chance to ride the bike on track prior to that decision? I'm planning on tracking mine as well, and was planning on running it a few times before making those types of changes.
Already went through it on my 1199 the past two years so I'm confident that the flat-rate linkage is the way to go for a track bike. On the older Ducati Superbikes we had to get aftermarket flat-rate linkages for racing, it's nice to have the OEM piece available from the 1199 this time. Also confident that the stock rear shock is not going to have a good enough rebound circuit to give the best response for the track to minimize tire wear. Since I do 30+ track days every year on racing slicks, tire wear is a big concern since the tires are so expensive.

Definitely nothing wrong with trying it stock first and see what you like and don't like about it. The more advanced track rider you are, the sooner you'll see the limitations of the progressive linkage in terms of additional tire spin on corner exits, a novice or intermediate will probably have no issue with it. Make sure you post up your impressions after you get it out to the track, hopefully you don't have to wait as long as I do since our season doesn't start until mid-April.
 

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Thanks for the response. I'm a track newb comparatively speaking, and given the way our winter is going this year will remain as such until at least late March or early April...:(
 

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What part number did you order for the Shorai battery? And do you know the weight reduction vs. the stock battery? Thanks!
 

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I replaced the battery on my 1199 previously, the Shorai was 2.3 lbs. and the stock battery was 5.7 lbs. so it should be the same on the 899. And that was an LFX18, which is a larger one (it was the only one we had on hand at the time), so the smaller one that is the correct part number for the 899/1199 should be even slightly lighter. LFX14A2-BS12 is the part number. Shorai says 4.3 lbs. weight savings, which might be a tad optimistic. If it was a race bike with ECU swap or reflash to remove the immobilizer system, you could run an even smaller one (LFX09) but for a street/track day bike stick with the LFX14.
 

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What part number did you order for the Shorai battery? And do you know the weight reduction vs. the stock battery? Thanks!
I replaced the battery on my 1199 previously, the Shorai was 2.3 lbs. and the stock battery was 5.7 lbs. so it should be the same on the 899. And that was an LFX18, which is a larger one (it was the only one we had on hand at the time), so the smaller one that is the correct part number for the 899/1199 should be even slightly lighter. LFX14A2-BS12 is the part number. Shorai says 4.3 lbs. weight savings, which might be a tad optimistic. If it was a race bike with ECU swap or reflash to remove the immobilizer system, you could run an even smaller one (LFX09) but for a street/track day bike stick with the LFX14.
 

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Ok, we now have progress starting! The bike is up on the lift in the hands of my trusted Ducati Master Technician - Let the transformation begin! We're just a little over a month out from our first track day, time will fly between now and then. I'll post up progress pics as we get things done on it.

 

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Awesome. Loved your other threads (I used to have a tricolore), and I know this one will be awesome too.

One quick question that you seem to be in the best position to answer - would an 1199 LED headlight swap physically fit in the 899? There's a how-to (kind of) wiring thread floating around, but do you know if the physical unit would fit?

TIA
 

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Awesome. Loved your other threads (I used to have a tricolore), and I know this one will be awesome too.

One quick question that you seem to be in the best position to answer - would an 1199 LED headlight swap physically fit in the 899? There's a how-to (kind of) wiring thread floating around, but do you know if the physical unit would fit?

TIA
Yes, the part number for the actual headlight (52010252A) cross-references between the 899 and the base 1199, so it should fit. The wiring I'm not sure of. CAVEAT: I would not recommend this type of thing since it can have warranty implications.
 

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Yes, the part number for the actual headlight (52010252A) cross-references between the 899 and the base 1199, so it should fit. The wiring I'm not sure of. CAVEAT: I would not recommend this type of thing since it can have warranty implications.
As in, electrical system?
 

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As in, electrical system?
If you replace any OEM parts in the electrical system with parts off of another bike, and there is any kind of problem with the electronics on the bike that crops up, this can have implications for warranty coverage. Just a warning because we've seen issues like this in the past. For example we had someone who put HID's in his 1098 and fried his ECU, that was a $1500+ bill not covered by warranty, which I wouln't want to see happen to any of you guys.
 
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