Ducati 1199S panigale chinese cheap fairing review

I ordered this set of cheap panigale fairing set fro China three weeks ago. today it arrived!

After seeing my brother crashed at the track last month due to a single seater spilling oil and not telling anyone, I’ve made up my mind that the original Panigale fairing set is too precious/expensive to be wasted on track. But since I have to ride the bike to the track (no trailer), race fairing is not a feasible solution.

so I ordered a set of cheap fairing set from eBay seller Neverland-USA (link below). I have heard some good stories about this seller, so after finding a very good deal, I hit the Buy Now button for a set of Tricolore fairing; they wanted xtra for plain red :(

Took me five hours today to take the old fairings off, wash them, wrap them for storage, and install the new one. the biggest job was removing the metal clips (which the screws fasten into) from the original fairing pieces and installing them to the new one. Almost all holes where the clips go to needed to be enlarged.

The paint is immaculate, and the red hue perfectly matches the original. Huge bonus point to Neverland!

Installing it was not too bad, but it takes a bit of pushing and pulling to make sure the screws went in properly. A lot more effort compared to the original, but it is not a big pain at all. The fit was actually almost flawless.
the only one point where I could not get the screw to work was the big screw on the chin, under the headlight.

Neverland also provided a tall windscreen for free, but I did not put it on since it is black (and I like to use Go Pro on the upper triple clamp).

i’ve also installed the tank cover/protector from Flamino Corsa (fibreglass item). surprisingly, the white somewhat goes well with the Tri colours.

Too bad after a half hour ride n heavy traffic, the bottom right fairing softened up due to heat.
I heard even some original fairings also had the same melting issue due to heat?

Neverland-USA: http://www.ebay.com/itm/271520175016
Flamingo Corsa tank cover: http://www.ebay.it/itm/121101218867

Pirelli Supercorsa SP V2 + Lean Angle

I am officially impressed. Pirelli Supercorsa SP V2 is officially the best tyres I’ve ever tried.

This is a capture from last weekend’s video, showing 55 degrees lean angle, lol!

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That’s on a cold winter day. Running cold pressure 25psi front 23psi rear.

Disclaimer:
No, I’ve never tried pure slicks yet. I’ve always wanted to try SC compound (SC2) but I don’t have tyre warmers and I have to ride my bike to and from the track, about 70km from home.

Building motorcycle suspension datalogger

Knowing how he suspension works on the track can be beneficial in reducing trial and error which often wastes precious track time.

For this, I built an Arduino-based datalogger using ultrasonic sensors.

First prototype was tested today with good success for front suspension, but suffered from inaccuracies and spikes at the rear [suspension] which I suspect due to the shape of the rear hugger (which was used for the reference point) scattering the ultrasound signal. I’ll try fixing this in the next iteration.

Initially I was worried that wind noise at high speed may be a problem. but I am happy to report that when tested today up to 250kph (GPS reading) the signal from the front suspension reading appears to have suffered very minimal / virtually no distortion.

Some items need fixing too:
1. sampling rate of 5Hz seems low. Need to try for 10Hz.
2. current system works by logging for 10 seconds before pausing for 1 second to write data to SD card. need to explore faster write or longer read time to reduce flatspots in the data.
3. obviously fix the rear suspension sensor.

if this works well, next step is to expand it to other areas, such as lean angle read and tyre temperature sensor/indicator/logger.

Test video of leisure stroll around the track, and some pics below.


The system


Mounted on the tank


Mounted on the tank


Mounted on the tank


Rear suspension reading by looking at how the rear wheel moves (not actual suspension reading, only,to simulate the behaviour)


Front suspension reading by looking at the front fender. The sensor movement is exactly the same as the suspension movement.