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Q Why has my Panigale lost its edge?
I have a 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale that I’ve had for a while. I’m proud to say I’ve put 9000 miles on it in a year, but it’s recently lost its edge and started to cut out when I blip the throttle. Don Shaw, Teddington
AAnswered by John Burrows, Ducati Coventry The valve in the exhaust is notorious for seizing up. It doesn’t boost mid-range, or top-end – it’s a noise reduction valve, which comes into play between 3000 and 4000rpm and closes on the drive-by noise test.
If you are riding in wet mode, the engine can cope because the throttle angle isn’t as severe, so it opens and closes slowly. However, if you blip the throttle it will stall.
The valve spring keeps it open and the servo motor pulls it closed when needed, but corrosion will overpower it. One way of stopping this unnecessary movement is by adding a compression spring to the cable from the valve to the motor.
It’s a measured length and when the motor does its sweep, it feels the resistance and is fooled into thinking that it’s the valve that it’s moving. A lot of people did it on the Multistrada.
One more issue with all Panigales across the board is before you next wash your bike, make sure that the small white connector under the seat (with a lot of wires for the rear sub-frame) is well protected with good electrical grease.
Otherwise, it’ll fill up with water – causing the dash to start playing tunes and flashing lights before packing up and grinding to a halt.
I had a serious accident in 2014. I am now approaching settlement of my case and my solicitors sent a statement of my financial losses to the other side’s solicitors with a breakdown of the money which I am claiming. I was advised to claim the costs of private surgery for a hip replacement and revision surgery which the surgeon has said will be required over the next few decades. The other side’s solicitors have sent us a ‘counter-schedule’ not offering to pay anything for this surgery as they say that due to
‘The Judge won’t pay any attention to the defendant’s argument’ likely medical advances the hip revisions will not be required. Can they do this? Roger Pitt, London
A It is pure speculation to suggest what might happen in terms of medical advances. Cases are settled on the basis of medical thinking and skills, practice and procedure of the day. Ask your solicitor to write to the orthopaedic surgeon instructed in your case – setting out what the defendant is arguing and asking for his/her opinion. It will doubtless confirm that the current body of medical opinion is that the surgery is required and that the revisions will be required at the intervals (15 years is commonly stated by surgeons) detailed in their report. You are entitled to the private costs of surgery and this is law set in statute.
In my view a judge considering this issue will not pay any attention to the Defendant’s argument and he/she could take a dim view of their behaviour.
Your problem could lie with an exhaust valve, but it’s an easy fix