Originally posted by Jus_Livin'
BCebrian - The modifications you have described, Did you do this to your bike? If so,
As for gearing :would that be the front or rear sprocket, or both? What tooth?
Rearsets: I can just get adjustable?
Hot Seat: Is that both riders? Do I need a different padded seat i.e thicker padding, different material, what about heat shield material built under the seat pad as well as the tail?
Oh yeah, what were the minor problems you had with your bike, and has Ducati already addressed these issues on the current bike?
I'm still running stock exhaust and seat. Haven't had the cash for the exhaust I want and I've learned to live with the seat.
Rearsets: LOT's of choices for adjustable rearsets, Cycle cat makes some beauties but expect to pay about 375-500 for a good set.
Hot Seat: it's from the exhaust and as far as I can tell there really isn't a fix for this. Some other riders have told me that a aftermarket or cored system that removes the cats helps some. Also ceramic coating is another thing that helps some but doesnít really solve the problem. The bike just isn't designed for stop and go riding. I live with it because of how good the bike is in other areas. A Corbin or Sargent seat will be a big comfort upgrade but you'll still have to deal with some heat. If you are moving it's not much of a problem just if you get stopped in traffic for a long time in hot weather. I haven't had a passenger on the back long enough to get a real assessment of the heat back there. Comfort for the passenger is a bigger issue. Not really a good passenger friendly perch.
Sprocket: My base model came with a 14T front stock so I couldn't go any lower. I just went up +3 in the back and it was a good change. Easier on the clutch and faster accell. If you have a stock 15 front, it's cheaper to go down to a 14T and you don't have to get a new chain. I like the 14/43 combo. Works good for me on street and track.
-broken alignment pin on left switch gear when delivered. Replaced under warranty.
-Upper left coolant hose started leaking at about 13K miles. Replaced under warranty.
-Front master cylinder became mushy and wouldn't firm up no matter how much it was bleed. Replaced under warranty.(biggest problem I ever had and it took the longest to get the part. My dealer is SLOW but does good work)
-Recall on the oil cooler for that year (03). Never had a leak but replaced during routine service with a new one.
I wrote a account of my time with the 749 on www.Ducati.ms
if you want to read it. It's here.