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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

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