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Old Nov 15th 2016, 10:36 AM   #1
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Will be launching a brand new project in 2017. For more info click here:

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Old Nov 15th 2016, 10:49 AM   #2
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not that shit again -

sorry, i thought it was from Ducati - read it again and figured it was from you - in that case - cool stuff!


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Old Nov 15th 2016, 11:42 AM   #3
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not that shit again -

sorry, i thought it was from Ducati - read it again and figured it was from you - in that case - cool stuff!
Yes, me again!
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Old Nov 15th 2016, 11:56 AM   #4
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honestly, i thought ducati was gonna launch another secret project... and i was like WTF?

you rock man!
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Old Mar 11th 2017, 01:10 PM   #5
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So at last a big leap forward in terms of progress as the airbox, subframe and ancilliary parts are FINALLY back from the Cerakoting company. They spent a LONG time getting the colour matched exactly to the magnesium parts on the bike and they look awesome. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Cerakoting, it's usually used on firearms as it is extremely hard wearing and has the added advantage of only being a few microns thick, does not scratch and is highy resistant to corrosion, fuel and heat. I am collecting them later today, having dropped them off at the local Ducati specialist (Carl Harrison Motorycle Services - Welcome) who are fitting the head races and bearings back in. I'll post up pictures later.

In the meantime I've been busy re-assembling the cooling system. I had both radiators TLTD (Thermal Dispersant Ceramic Coating) coated by Camcoat (Camcoat Performance Coatings) then sprayed them with a satin radiator paint. I made up some custom grilles which were then powder coated black and fixed them through the matrix using nuts/screws and "Snap-Caps" to hide the screw head and nuts. I have done this on many bikes before and as long as you don't damage the horizontal water channels, you just need to displace a few fins to pass a bolt/screw through. Much like Ducati did on the Monster S4RS. Samco hoses then went on with stainless steel jubilee clips and I am just now waiting on some aluminium brackets to fit to the bottom of the upper radiator which will support the wiring loom for the rapid bike race module as it crosses the bike. I also mounted the RB module (Snap-Caps, screws and nuts again) and relocated the Ohlins suspension module. I had to sand down the original locating lugs for the Ohlins module and then masked off and plastic painted the area, to neaten it up.

Here are some pics of the various parts and assembly. Other parts I am waiting on include the rear light and undertail carbon fibre panel, which are having a 'Ventureshield' paint protection film applied to prevent stone chips damaging them. I also had new exact copies of the VIN frame stickers made up, to replace those removed from the airbox and front subframe whilst they were Cerakoted.
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Old Mar 11th 2017, 01:23 PM   #6
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More pics of the completed cooling system assembly. Right now the bike is just an engine on it's dedicated stand. The throttle bodies are back on, having changed the inter-cylinder hoses for Samco items, with stainless steel jubilee clips in place of the cheap and nasty 'Norma' clamps. Changed out many of the bolts for Pro-Bolt polished stainless steel items and the front and rear Akrapovic exhaust headers have been fitted, but that is it. The bike was delivered on the 5th Dec with PDI mileage (3 miles) and has yet to be ridden. I am a patient man! With the completion of the airbox, swing arm and ancilliary parts, (after a false start in January where my original plan to straight paint them went wrong, the delay between then and now and me deciding to Cerakote them, cost me a 6 week delay), I hope to have a rolling chassis in a week. Just waiting on delivery of the new Oz Gass RA wheels.
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This is where I am at right now! Took this pic back in December. (You'll notice the radiators had yet to be coated) Many think I am mad for tearing down a brand new bike but I want it built to my own spec and standards so no way round it. I will try and post up pics of the CDT carbon bodywork that was delivered recently as well, which is due to go off to the paint shop next week to be transformed into a unique design. All will be revealed on the website, when I can finally get around to finish coding it! I picked up the airbox and swingarm from the specialist a few hours ago. All the new bearings and head races now back in, so ready for the build to at last move forward after an agonising six week wait. I will wait until daylight and take some pics before posting them up tomorrow.
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I'm guessing no more new bike warranty without having ridden her ? Cool project though.
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Old Mar 11th 2017, 03:49 PM   #9
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I'm guessing no more new bike warranty without having ridden her ? Cool project though.
Nah. Warranty went out the window as soon as I tore it down. TBH I'm more comfortable knowing it will be built properly rather than left to the devices of several bored factory employees, one of whom might unwittingly overlook something. Not saying I don't trust them, but a workshop manual and the right tools are enough to build one of these bikes to a perfectly acceptable safe standard and if I doubted my own abilities to do it, I wouldn't be confident to ride it, knowing it's potential and speed. I check everything twice and document what I need to along the way, so it goes back together again exactly as it would have left the factory in Bologna.

It's arguably just a big jigsaw puzzle, that requires time and some money to get right. Where I am out of my depth, I entrust the work to professionals, such as re-fitting new bearings into the swing arm, but beyond that, I am happy to tackle the rest myself. Oddly though, unlike previous Ducatis I have built, the Panigale does require that you assemble the bike in a specific sequence owing to it's frameless design. However, it's more a case of re-tracing your steps to ensure things run smoothly. There is no question that without the special Ducati engine stand, the project would be impossible to complete, so that is one of the first tools I invested in.
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Yes I noticed your stand. Most likely an indispensable lifesaver. I keep that shop manual at hand to go over and make sure I'm not forgetting anything. I don't mind taking my time and making sure everything is just right.

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