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I've been reading and contributing small posts to these forums for a while now, but haven't had a chance to post about my own bike.

I originally had an order for an Urban Enduro (my wife placed the order for me secretly for a Christmas present after hearing me ramble about it non-stop since he release). It was my favourite bike for the looks, but I struggled with three key things:

1. It had tubes on the beautiful spoked wheels, which were also 6 kg more than the alloy wheels.

2. It was $2000 more expensive than the icon

3. It is still nowhere to be seen, whilst icons have been arriving for a while.

After dates slipping bit by bit from an original date of mid-February, I had enough when my dealer said it was now expected end of May. So I took the opportunity to grab a cancelled order of a yellow Icon instead and got my bike, but in a different colour, and with less add-ons a couple of weeks ago!

Mods so far:

- Termignoni Race Slip-On: I currently have the baffle off, and it sounds sweet! I installed it myself on day 2 so I had a chance to try all configurations - stock, termi with baffle on, and termi with baffle off.

- Titanium brushed vinyl wrap (work in progress): this is the first time I work with vinyl wrap so I've started with a tank pad and a tail stripe. I've also tried to do a stripe on the front guard but this is level "expert" and I'm not there yet despite borrowing my wife's hairdryer :)

Once I have it down path I may do the whole tank and the side panels in a contrasting color.

- Battery trickle charger: I've always had that in my bikes as I don't use them THAT regularly unfortunately.

Parts ordered:

- Philips Xtreme Vision 130+ headlight bulbs: keen to improve the lighting and make the headlight more white too.

- Front windshield: I've ordered the front fairing from the Scrambler line that's clear / tinted dark instead of the yellow one out. Keen to get some wind protection and I like the looks too.

- Heated grips: very keen to have this on now that [insert John Snow's voice] "winter is coming"

Other parts I'm strongly considering:

- High mount front mudguard from Urban Enduro - I will do this if I get good at vinyl wrapping, but I don't want a black / mismatched front guard.

- Scrambler bash plate: I like the look of it, don't think it'll have any use for me.

- Exhaust tape - black: pretty keen to get this but someone pointed me to a website with pros and cons of it and says it can help damage your engine (?!) so I need to look into it further.

- Mirror and indicators - just cosmetic stuff, when I find the right bits.

Things I love about the bike so far:
1. The sound! Sounds like an axe murderer, and I love downshifting and rev-matching it.

2. The looks! I especially love the wheels and rear tire, the side panels and the tail.

3. The weight and handling! It feels so athletic and is so chuckable. Note I've adjusted the rear preset to a lower level and it's made the bike heaps more comfortable.

Things I don't love about it so far:
1. Accessing the rear tire valve to inflate is very painful and in some cases not possible depending on the nozzle of your fuel station.

2. It would be nice to have more info on the display - I'm hoping Ducati launches an add-on gauge to sit next to the offset speedo, containing: fuel gauge, proper tacho, gear indicator, GPS, etc.

3. The accessories are not here yet - I was hoping to walk into a Ducati Walmart of parts but I can hardly find anything for it on shops or eBay.

4. The grips get pretty uncomfortable with my summer gloves - they have this strips on one side and are quite painful with pressure.

Anyway, just thought I'd share my progress so far and I'll keep posting here as I progress.




 

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Stunning Feli,

you have quite a few things on your list that make sense. I may try the front mudguard myself and a few others. The brushed aluminium tank stripe looks great.
 

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Wow Feli! Your bike looks incredible! The stripe seems to flow nicely with the overall design of the Scrambler.

Excellent write-up!
 

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Great looking modifications! Way to make it your own. I can't wait to hear that exhaust system in person.
 

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Your bike looks great mate! Love the stripe, really suits.
Need to saw the excess off the bottom of that number plate holder though ;)
 

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Lots of stuff going on there Feli :) Should keep you out of mischief for a few months, :rolleyes:

Love the tank stripe :cool:
 

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Yes, me too. I use grip heaters along with my choice of grips on any bike I own. But Puppies are cheap and might help in the meantime. Hope you'll post more as you sort the bike.

Sarah
 

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Man! That thing looks great brother! Thanks for sharing your thought process, mods, and future plans! I cannot wait to see the next iteration of your bike!
 

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Just a quick update, I decided to buy exhaust tape and tried to install it tonight. It was a mistake! A) looks very bad, b) I cut myself about 100 tiny cuts with handling the fibreglass in the tape - despite using gloves. My arms and hands have lots of tiny cuts I can't see but I feel. Just had a shower to remove all the little bits but it was a bad experience - don't do it!
 

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Feli,

Might be just as well, I've read the wrapping can destroy pipes over time. Course you can read anything, so who knows? Thanks for the warning regardless, ouch!

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Mostly I think the issue with pipe tape is that it conjures up images of every barely-running Honda CX500 sold on Craigslist as a 'cafe racer' just because someone bothered to put tape on the pipes rather than teaching themselves how to clean a carburetor. Most of the tape jobs I've seen start looking ratty after a season as well when it starts to come loose in places.
 

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Let those bare pipes show. They look great. The reason most people wrap their pipes has nothing to do with performance and everything to do with hiding rust and scratched-up chrome :)
 

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Just a quick update, I decided to buy exhaust tape and tried to install it tonight. It was a mistake! A) looks very bad, b) I cut myself about 100 tiny cuts with handling the fibreglass in the tape - despite using gloves. My arms and hands have lots of tiny cuts I can't see but I feel. Just had a shower to remove all the little bits but it was a bad experience - don't do it!
I don't know if you wet the tape before applying it? If you soak it in water for a while you'll find you won't get the fibres going into your skin like tiny needles...



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Feli,
I put the high fender and fork guards from the UE on my Icon and painted them to match. I'm pretty happy with it.

Here it is


Yeah I've been strongly considering it - touched one in the flesh this week as my dealer has one. Your bike looks good!
 

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Those guards look nice! Did you also paint the black stripe on the front fender or is that a stock touch that I have never noticed before?
 
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