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Old Jun 7th 2017, 10:43 PM   #1
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I Ride: Ninja 250R(track), RC390(street), 899 Panigale(street)
First ride impressions after buying the bike.

  1. The bike gets HOT in traffic, especially in the excruciatingly slow Bombay traffic. The hot and humid weather doesn't help either, bike was running 104*c after a bit.
  2. The pegs are REALLY slippery... Have ordered rearsets, but gosh, I didn't realize they would be this bad.
  3. The clutch definitely needs new oil, as the current one is as black as can be and the clutch feels rock solid. Is this normal, or is it just the bad oil? Is it worth upgrading to a oberon clutch?
  4. It's really a HOOT to ride, even though I haven't really had a chance of opening it up yet and am riding on "rain" mode, because city traffic and this is my most powerful bike yet. Jumped from an RC390 on to this thing, so want to take it easy for a bit.
  5. The exhaust hits speed bumps in my city, need to be more careful over those.
  6. Fuel consumption is ATROCIOUS as it stands, it's reading 10.2l/100kms or about 9.8km/ltr(22.6mpg), but this is probably because of the constant stop & go traffic I've been riding in. Need to go for a long highway run to see what I can expect.
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Old Jun 7th 2017, 10:48 PM   #2
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1. Its not that bad had a 09 R1 which ran just as hot due to head design
2. Yes they are, some people replace just the peg part
3. It should be a straw/light yellow colour
4. Youll be fine
6. It won't make much difference best crusing in top gear is 8.7L she likes fuel
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Old Jun 7th 2017, 11:11 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by psych0hans View Post
  1. The bike gets HOT in traffic, especially in the excruciatingly slow Bombay traffic. The hot and humid weather doesn't help either, bike was running 104*c after a bit.
  2. The pegs are REALLY slippery... Have ordered rearsets, but gosh, I didn't realize they would be this bad.
  3. The clutch definitely needs new oil, as the current one is as black as can be and the clutch feels rock solid. Is this normal, or is it just the bad oil? Is it worth upgrading to a oberon clutch?
  4. It's really a HOOT to ride, even though I haven't really had a chance of opening it up yet and am riding on "rain" mode, because city traffic and this is my most powerful bike yet. Jumped from an RC390 on to this thing, so want to take it easy for a bit.
  5. The exhaust hits speed bumps in my city, need to be more careful over those.
  6. Fuel consumption is ATROCIOUS as it stands, it's reading 10.2l/100kms or about 9.8km/ltr(22.6mpg), but this is probably because of the constant stop & go traffic I've been riding in. Need to go for a long highway run to see what I can expect.
well congrats. I cant imagine riding in Mumbai India. Must be super hot.
Heron did a good job above.

It must be super high speed bumps to hit the exhaust.

And this is my opinion - panigale is a superbike, it is not really meant for cruising down town, stop and go traffic and best gas mileage.

There are many other bikes made for just that.
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Old Jun 8th 2017, 12:49 AM   #4
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It must be super high speed bumps to hit the exhaust.
Thank you! Actually apart from being tall, the speed breakers are really badly constructed, which makes them very sharp. So the suspension gets a good jolt, even at relatively low speeds. Only solution is to go even slower... lol
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Old Jun 8th 2017, 06:31 AM   #5
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Old Jun 8th 2017, 07:55 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by psych0hans View Post
Thank you! Actually apart from being tall, the speed breakers are really badly constructed, which makes them very sharp. So the suspension gets a good jolt, even at relatively low speeds. Only solution is to go even slower... lol


You can learn to power over them as soon as the front wheel hits, so that you end up jumping them instead of rolling over them!


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Old Jun 8th 2017, 08:27 AM   #7
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sell it dingo its not for you. its like a boat. we all know what that means break out another thousand. you will spend that getting this bike to where you want it before you starting adding other stuff to it. ex pegs rear sprocket etc. then you will spend more on reservoirs and carbon and exhaust.

sell it now while it has some value

ps the 09-14 r1 was the hottest bike ive ever been on.

pps cant you go around the speed bumps? ive never seen a speed bump thats full from curb to curb

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Old Jun 8th 2017, 08:30 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by psych0hans View Post
  1. The bike gets HOT in traffic, especially in the excruciatingly slow Bombay traffic. The hot and humid weather doesn't help either, bike was running 104*c after a bit.
  2. The pegs are REALLY slippery... Have ordered rearsets, but gosh, I didn't realize they would be this bad.
  3. The clutch definitely needs new oil, as the current one is as black as can be and the clutch feels rock solid. Is this normal, or is it just the bad oil? Is it worth upgrading to a oberon clutch?
  4. It's really a HOOT to ride, even though I haven't really had a chance of opening it up yet and am riding on "rain" mode, because city traffic and this is my most powerful bike yet. Jumped from an RC390 on to this thing, so want to take it easy for a bit.
  5. The exhaust hits speed bumps in my city, need to be more careful over those.
  6. Fuel consumption is ATROCIOUS as it stands, it's reading 10.2l/100kms or about 9.8km/ltr(22.6mpg), but this is probably because of the constant stop & go traffic I've been riding in. Need to go for a long highway run to see what I can expect.
You just described the bike.... everything you mentioned is completely normal for the bike...
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Old Jun 8th 2017, 09:25 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by psych0hans View Post
  1. The bike gets HOT in traffic, especially in the excruciatingly slow Bombay traffic. The hot and humid weather doesn't help either, bike was running 104*c after a bit.
  2. The pegs are REALLY slippery... Have ordered rearsets, but gosh, I didn't realize they would be this bad.
  3. The clutch definitely needs new oil, as the current one is as black as can be and the clutch feels rock solid. Is this normal, or is it just the bad oil? Is it worth upgrading to a oberon clutch?
  4. It's really a HOOT to ride, even though I haven't really had a chance of opening it up yet and am riding on "rain" mode, because city traffic and this is my most powerful bike yet. Jumped from an RC390 on to this thing, so want to take it easy for a bit.
  5. The exhaust hits speed bumps in my city, need to be more careful over those.
  6. Fuel consumption is ATROCIOUS as it stands, it's reading 10.2l/100kms or about 9.8km/ltr(22.6mpg), but this is probably because of the constant stop & go traffic I've been riding in. Need to go for a long highway run to see what I can expect.
I've had 120 miles out of a full tank. Cruising and a bit of fun, 130 mph at some points....... but that is the R which is obviously 1199

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Old Jun 8th 2017, 03:42 PM   #10
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take it to the open road ASAP, otherwise this bike will start to suck. yeah, city riding sucks! those who think this is a good commuter are lying, get a 1098 Street Fighter.
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