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Skully
06-30-2014, 12:00 PM
Sold my '07 SXV 550 and was on the hunt for another bike that would give me the same or better smiles and riding thrills.

I found it standing at my local Ape dealer staring at me with that "buy me now" face and was on a very special price due to it being "old stock".
Some haggling was done, some phone calls were made and last week Wednesday (25th June 2014) I picked it up and to say I am happy and impressed in a serious understatement.

I had never ridden a DD before and did not even ride this one before buying it.
Just loads of Googling and reading road tests and reading on this forum made my mind up for me.

Here it is just after having a bath:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0036.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0037.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0038.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0041.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0042.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0083.jpg

I have de-catted the stock silencers and fitted a Rizoma universal tail tidy (from the SXV) already.
Will post pics of the decat and tail tidy tomorrow night.

Skully
07-13-2014, 12:03 PM
Pics of the decat -

Stock cat:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10425067_10152576438424874_1979677291203884976_n.j pg

Busy de-catting it (hammer, sharp chisel, a large flat screwdriver and some very choice words were used in the making of this production):
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10516849_10152576434134874_4242766751012533522_n.j pg

Almost done (I did clean out the bits on the side there as well, no trace of the cats left):
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10423731_10152576438029874_7582680810613066072_n.j pg

Leftovers from 2 shredded catalytic converters:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10492415_10152576437709874_5634975030993498634_n.j pg


Took me about 1 hour per silencer and it was worth it. Throttle response is much better, it sounds much better now, and it revs way more freely to redline.

Fitted some ProGrip grips as the stock ones are not so nice to hold onto for anywhere longer than 5km:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10465527_10152578430374874_2199321636352577258_o.j pg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10358936_10152578430714874_4083277890958651965_o.j pg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10397243_10152578430479874_280277582719119182_o.jp g



And fitted a Puig screen today. Took less than 5 minutes to fit it.

How it used to look:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10485778_10152584075069874_287547682059716264_n.jp g

Puig goodies:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/1511787_10152584077289874_1580779162863149498_n.jp g

And all done:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10383902_10152584077099874_8483718053904638400_n.j pg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10498259_10152584077879874_6625347884253250529_o.j pg

The SXV is standing under the cover there, I am waiting for the new owner to come collect it.


Puig screen work very nicely indeed. I can now comfortably cruise at illegal speeds and still sit upright with hardly any windblast on my upper body and helmet.




Pics of SXV's Rizoma tail tidy and LED indicators modded to fit the DD.
I ripped the stock DD number plate bracket completely and made a plan to bolt the tail tidy to the stock hanger. Works perfectly.

Temporary permit and some cardboard and a plastic folder sheet was used to keep muck and water off the permit, and some cable ties hold it in place for the time being. I do have a proper licence plate now and it is fitted in place.
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10380135_10152586703789874_6082451923426812377_o.j pg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10448558_10152586704754874_3080098749563326122_o.j pg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10498156_10152586706264874_3510919615411039486_o.j pg

Looks tons better than the stock item.

I also added the Aprilia lion head logos to the rad panels. Had the decals from when I did the first paint job on the SXV.
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10498354_10152586705389874_6397382145062557123_o.j pg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10515196_10152586706349874_1111952179038422679_o.j pg

I am also going to fit the Arrow titanium silencers from the SXV to the DD. The SXV's new owner does not want the pipes, so they have been removed and the stock system has been refitted.
Some 55mm diameter tubing will be used and some custom brackets will be made, and the Arrows will be in a new home. That will happen soon.

Brinks_2
07-14-2014, 07:14 AM
Been a busy lad there skully, I like the decals. And a typical Aprilia owner spending cash on their rides, LOL.

lanter
07-14-2014, 06:38 PM
Ok.....Where did you get the lion head decal? I want it!

Skully
07-18-2014, 12:06 PM
Thanks Brinks! Luckily the PUIG screen and the PUIG crash bobbins were part of the deal when I bought the bike, so the only money I have spent so on the bike so far is on fuel.

Lanter, I had them made by a local signage company here in South Africa. I found a lion head logo on the net, took the pic to them and they made some for me.

boki
07-25-2014, 01:14 PM
Hi Skully, I watched your build thread over at SXV part of the forum and loved those twin Arrow pipes a lot...what happened to your SXV? And could you make a full comparison between the two please? I'm thinking about selling my SXV and getting something more highway friendly like DD1200 or Hypermotard 821 so I'm researching a lot. Thanks and happy modding.

Skully
07-28-2014, 11:41 AM
boki, the SXV was sold, just waiting for the new owner to collect it.

In my personal opinion, the DD is miles better than the SXV with comfort, long distance riding, commuting, reliability, everything. The only thing the SXV does better is handling at slow speeds and the grin factor (but so far I have grinned more with the DD). The way it can cruise slowly in 6th gear with less than 3000rpm on the tach or teaching superbikes that it is not as slow as they think it is. The SXV hates to be ridden slowly, whereas the DD can do slow or mad fast.

Make no mistake, I loved the SXV every second I rode it, but the DD just suits me so much better.




I ordered some levers from here:
http://www.mc-motoparts.com/motorcycles-bike-model/aprilia/aprilia-caponord-etv1000-2002-2007/adjustable-shorty-brake-clutch-levers-with-laser-engraving-aprilia-logo/

Chose the Titanium lever + red adjuster and logo #5 option.

And fitted them today. They are very high quality. No fitment issues at all. I took the original levers off and fitted these in about 5 minutes. No issues and they look wicked and work brilliantly.

Levers:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_142456.jpg

Original brake and MC Motorcycles lever:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_142523.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_142637.jpg

And fitted:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_142810.jpg

Laser engraved logo looks pretty neat:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_142841.jpg

Original clutch lever and MC lever:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_143052.jpg

The original lever pin and pivot needs to be removed by undoing the small cap screw, then unscrewing the pin, then the pivot removed and placed in the new lever:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_143336.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_144038.jpg

And all done:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20140728_144211.jpg

Shipped to South Africa cost $107-90 (shipping was $48). An absolute bargain compared to what some other levers cost.


And I am busy installing the SXV Arrow silencers. Still have some work to do but here is a teaser vid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6Ho4N-OXS8

Mike06
07-29-2014, 04:21 AM
Nice levers ! Are they long ou shorty models ?

boki
08-04-2014, 09:17 AM
After you install the Arrow pipes, do you have to load a different map so the things don't get too lean or how does it work with DD's? Can you connect it to the laptop with something like say XV-tuner or similar and adjust certain parameters or no? Are they any tuning options out there for DD 1200 other than pcv and autotune? Did AF1racing mention that you can't actually get that much more power out of DD without changing cams (or was that DD 750 only)? I bet that the DD1200 doesn't need any more extra power anyways, I just with I could test ride one before I decide just to make sure it's the right bike for me.

TheBuilder
08-05-2014, 05:51 PM
I read on here somewhere that someone installed the Bazzaz tuner for the DD750 on the 1200 and worked fine with a custom tune.

Quza
08-06-2014, 08:43 AM
Check your VIN for the year, I'm 99% sure it's not newer than 2011. 2012 and newer are the red and white/black models with the carbon fibre imitation front fender.

Titan077
08-12-2014, 12:08 AM
Nice job on the tidy tail.

Skully
08-18-2014, 12:52 PM
Thanks a mil guys!

@Mike, the shorty levers.

@boki, no idea really. I have put the Arrow install on hold for a while as I am getting some Titanium tubing from a friend to weld to the Arrow end caps. The end caps are also Ti, so trying to weld anything but Ti or Stainles 316 Ti to it will be a balls up.

@Builder, thanks for the info.

@Quza, thanks. It is a 2012 model after checking the VIN. Thanks for that.

@Titan, thanks.




And.......

I removed the handguards as I quite like the "cleaner" look and installed a set of Assault Carbon bar ends:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/001.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/002.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/003.jpg

Then I got a set of Assault bar-end mirrors on Saturday for free from a buddy who sold his bike, and fitted them:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/008.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/006.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/007.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/009.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/010.jpg


I love the look of the front end now. More aggressive, for sure.
And the mirrors work better than the stock ones did, even though they are turned inwards. Also, no vibrations or weird stuff from the new mirrors either. Except for a few vibrations that can be seen in the left mirror between 4500 and 5000rpm, but that is no real issue.

RSV4_Ghost
08-21-2014, 06:46 AM
Now that is looking good, time to get some billet reservoirs to match the mirrors. I miss the hand guard look to be honest, it suited the bike.

Skully
10-02-2014, 10:06 AM
Now that is looking good, time to get some billet reservoirs to match the mirrors. I miss the hand guard look to be honest, it suited the bike.

Thanks:worship:

I am planning on doing the reservoirs sometime in the future.



And just two pics showing the front calipers spraypainted red:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0034.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0044.jpg


I removed the calipers, removed the pads, cleaned them with thinners, masked the brake pipes off, gave them each 4 coats of red engine enamel rattle can paint, let them dry for the whole day in the sun, and popped them back in place.

I then took a carpet blade and carefully scraped the Brembo names clean again.
I reckon it looks pretty neat. The original gold colour of the calipers was OKish, but for some reason I like the calipers to "stand out".
Rear caliper will get done soon.

Skully
01-18-2015, 01:41 PM
Haven't updated for a while, so here goes -


Rear caliper also spraypainted red:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10680104_10152965023689874_3088438841367834810_o.j pg

Did a trackday at Kyalami race track on the 13th December 2014:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10355641_10152968735509874_7600785311446037568_o.j pg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10862604_10152968735309874_2064473367204608438_o.j pg

Front tyre (yes, that is how we spell it here:D) after the second session:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10495285_10152969301979874_9033351909664078386_o.j pg

Rear tyre after the second session:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/10830659_10152969041199874_7184350105554955894_o.j pg


Did some custom silencer work -
Before I go on, due to the US$/ZAR exchange rate here in SA (currently R 11.56/US$ 1), makes it extremely expensive to buy slipons from Arrow, MIVV, GPR, etc, even second hand items from fleabay.
To give you an idea, a set of GPR Furore Nero slipons in Stainless Steel (the cheapest ones available new for the 1200 DD will cost the equivalent of ZAR 7000, and that excludes shipping costs, import taxes, etc)

So, I went researching and measuring and researching and scrounging, and I found a set of Aprilia Pegaso Strada cans at my local Ape dealer, and he gave them to me for free.

Pegaso cans and a stock DD can:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150108_105408.jpg

This can work:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150108_105634.jpg

The one can was dented, but that is not an issue.

I cut the cans open and completely gutted them:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150109_122955.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150109_123228.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150109_131605.jpg



The left over parts I am using:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150109_134401.jpg

I got a length of 50mm diameter perforated Stainless tubing from a friend who works in the tubing industry (had to but a 6.1 metre length and they cut it in 3 pieces for me):


I cut the Cats out of the Strada cans end caps, enlarged the holes to fit in some 63mm Stainless tubing I had, cut 2 pieces of 130mm, and they will fit like this:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_135722.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_140119.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_144455.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_144323.jpg

I used the threaded holes already there in the DD subframe and bolted the Strada cans on.

End caps were pointed inwards towards the tail light. I tried them pointing outwards, but did not like the look of it that way:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_144714.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_144755.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_144625.jpg

Looks OKish, but they stick out too far for my liking, so I cut off 50mm from the cans:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_182139.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_182856-1.jpg

Looking much neater now.
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_182907.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_182919.jpg

Started tack welding all the bits together and used FMF silencer packing for the sound absorbtion bit of the project:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_192503.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMG_20150114_190919.jpg

After I tack welded the bits together, the local exhaust shop welded them up for me.
I took them back home, ground the welds a bit, cleaned them nicely with a wire brush in a drill, cleaned them with thinners and shot them witha few coats of Rustoleum high heat silver paint.



I will take a longer vid with the Gopro soon, but here is what they sound like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkFF8GoxH1w


I am going to clean the welds up some more, and custom made Carbon heat shields are going to get made by a friend to cover the brackets.
Not the best looking cans ever made, but after I am finished with them, they will look a boatload better than they currently do.

But they weigh almost 6kg less than the stock DD cans, and they sound wicked.

Conorian
01-18-2015, 01:56 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfsKzZdMlfM

xactoman
01-18-2015, 06:31 PM
Damn good build and fantastic resourcefulness. Those pipes look and sound good for being scrap.

Skully
01-20-2015, 09:04 AM
Thanks Conorian. Your DD sounds very nice as well. I am going to have CF sleeves made up that will cover the two pipes. Will look much better after they are fitted.

Thanks xactoman! I am happy with them and done over 500km with them now and no issues at all.

Sound has gotten deeper as the packing has expanded with the heat. I just love the sound.
If I could afford a set of Arrow's or similar, I would have done it already, but I essentially saved myself over $1200 buy doing these.
Still a long way to go until they are 100% finished, but for now they look good to me and sound brilliant.

And I took a riding vid with my Gopro Hero 3 Silver mounted on the rear plastics, but there is some movement of the camera due to the plastic bodywork flexing, but this sounds just brilliant:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y-XNXxapcU

And the map on the ECU is for the Arrow slipons, so no issues with fueling or timing.
Map is 899443, if I remember the code correctly. Was at my local Ape dealer and he checked.

Conorian
01-20-2015, 03:59 PM
Wonderful sound :) i also hope for some flames in the dark :D good job!

Skully
03-30-2015, 02:20 PM
Thanks Conorian:worship:


And I took the plunge and ordered the used Carbon panels from AF1 that were advertised on the online shop.
I will spend time sanding then carefully to get rid of the blemishes, then add some decals, and then have them clearcoated to make them look perfect once more.

Pics from AF1 online store:
276221

276222

276223

Not bad damage at all. Will have them looking good in no time.

xactoman
03-30-2015, 06:23 PM
Keep us posted. Was curious about those and thought some tlc come turn them around.

Skully
04-07-2015, 04:59 AM
Keep us posted. Was curious about those and thought some tlc come turn them around.

I will update as soon as I get the panels.
I am going to spend a good amount of time getting them looking good again and fitting 100%.

Skully
04-14-2015, 05:04 AM
Carbon panels should be delivered this afternoon. Will post decent pics once I have them.


And after finding this thread a while ago: http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/showthread.php?229801-Dorsoduro-1200-speed-in-gears, I had some fun last night with a friendly dude on a 2012 CBR600 (Two Brothers pipe and Power Commander) who asked to see how quick the DD is compared to his bike.
Needless to say he was actually shocked at how quick the 1200 DD can accelerate and the top end. I out-accelerated him by a few bike lengths from a rolling run in 2nd gear at 80kmh (49.7Mph) all the way up to the top and he was slowly, very slowly, gaining on me after a nice long slight downhill.

Like I said, he was shocked at how this thing could cleanly just bugger off.

I took this pic this morning of the top speed display on my DD:
277423

156.6Mph is pretty impressive for this type of bike. No slouch at all, methinks.

This was on the limiter and the DD would not go quicker than this even on a slight downhill. There was virtually no breeze last night except for the buffeting from doing this on an upright naked bike:lol:
No idea what the true speed would be, but I should use a GPS and check how far out the speedo reads. I will use a GPS sometime and check how accurate the speedo is.

Skully
04-17-2015, 02:56 AM
Carbon panels have arrived!

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150417_090230.jpg

I am sure the bubble packaging inside the box weighs more than the CF panels do:lol:

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150417_090233.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150417_090305.jpg

Simply beautiful:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150417_090440.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150417_090456.jpg

Small scratches on one panel:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150417_090515.jpg

And small scratches on the other:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150417_090538.jpg

These are very minor blemishes. I will spend time carefully wet sanding with 800, 1000 and 1200 and make these look perfect.
Will have decals made up by a local signage company, add them, then have the panels clearcoated by a friend who runs a body shop.

Back sides of the panels showing how well made these panels are:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150417_090618.jpg

Skully
04-19-2015, 07:40 AM
Sanded the panels with 1000 grit, then 1200 grit and letting them dry:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_095320.jpg

Now to check fitment:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_100016.jpg

Perfect fit on the right side (left side - one mounting hole was slightly elongated to get a perfect fit):
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_100217.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_100259.jpg


Another round of 1200 grit sanding, then careful cleaning and ready for some DIY clear coating courtesy of Rustoleum clear:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_135442.jpg

After 2 light coats:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_135853.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_135913.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_140440.jpg

Tons of orange peel, but I am far from finished with them. Some more 1200 grit sanding soon, then a few more coats of clear.


Before:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_135517.jpg

After:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_135913.jpg

I reckon they will look fantastic after a bit more work.
I am not putting any decals on them. Decided against that.

Conorian
04-19-2015, 08:03 AM
good job. show us more photo pls :)

Skully
04-20-2015, 04:47 AM
Thank you Conorian:cheers:

And I left them to dry overnight and this morning did another wet-sanding process with 1200 and lots of soapy water.
Then applied another 2 coats of the Rustoleum clear and they will be left for a few days to dry.

They now look like this:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150420_112259.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150420_112345.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150420_112320.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150420_112420.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150419_154425.jpg


I am VERY happy that they came out looking amazing after some effort was made to sand them and give them some clearcoat.
I will polish them after they have dried for a few days, then fit them to the bike.

Muzza989
04-20-2015, 02:34 PM
Bike looks brilliant. Cracking job. Did you make any changes to the mapping since the exhaust mods?

Skully
04-21-2015, 06:43 AM
Bike looks brilliant. Cracking job. Did you make any changes to the mapping since the exhaust mods?

Thanks Muzza:cheers:

The dealer checked the mapping and it has the Arrow map on it apparently. I have not had any fueling issues, so I reckon it is fine. I am planning on getting a Fatduc or similar and have the fueling checked on a dyno.

Skully
04-21-2015, 06:45 AM
And trial fitment #2 just to see how it looks:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/20150421_122336.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/20150421_122342.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/20150421_122349.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/20150421_122401.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/20150421_122943.jpg

Please excuse he rest of the filthy bike:D

Conorian
04-21-2015, 07:27 AM
looks originally, nice :)

Skully
04-22-2015, 11:40 AM
Thanks Conorian!


And a final wet-sanding with 1200, then polished with Meguiars Ultimate Compound using a soft sponge attachment on my drilling machine:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150422_171949.jpg

Busy with the first step of polishing. The Megs works beautifully:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150422_172000.jpg

After two rounds of polishing and it looks almost perfect:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150422_172728.jpg

Left - polished with Meguiars Ultimate Compound.
Right - what an unpolished one looks like after wet-sanding with 1200 grit:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150422_173413.jpg

Not too shabby for a DIY fix up using rattle can spraypaint and some elbow grease:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150422_175131.jpg

Will fit them back to the DD tomorrow, but here they are just chilling out for the night:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150422_180654.jpg

Please excuse the cellphone pics, I will take decent pics tomorrow with a proper camera.

xactoman
04-22-2015, 04:26 PM
Looks fantastic!
I repainted a bike that way with rattle can, patience and lots of buffing. Was really nice in the end, but watch out; fuel will eat through that finish instantly. Any mist or specks from fueling need to be blocked with a rag.

Skully
04-23-2015, 07:47 AM
Looks fantastic!
I repainted a bike that way with rattle can, patience and lots of buffing. Was really nice in the end, but watch out; fuel will eat through that finish instantly. Any mist or specks from fueling need to be blocked with a rag.

Thanks xacto!
Yes, fuel will kill the finish very quickly. I have to date, never had an issue with fuel spilling. Always super careful with it.


And on to some decent pics then. I am EXTREMELY happy that these panels came out looking so good. Still a few small minor marks, but after the clear has dried some more, they will get some more polishing done, but for now, they look pretty awesome.

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0048.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0049.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0050.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0055.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0058.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0060.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0061.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0063.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/IMGL0065.jpg

xactoman
04-23-2015, 08:04 AM
damn, that looks fantastic. now you just have to find the carbon fiber tail section.

Conorian
04-23-2015, 04:42 PM
looks amazing :)
good job!

geoffa
04-24-2015, 01:54 AM
Good work Scully but what happened to your bar end mirrors and Puig screen?

Paul666
04-24-2015, 01:56 AM
Carbon panels looks nice! hmm..I don't know what I think about yours exhaust because it's look like an average and spoils the whole effect:(

Skully
05-05-2015, 09:48 AM
Thanks guys!

Bar-end mirrors are back on, canisters are now silver, and Puig screen was removed a while ago. Yes, it works very nicely on longer trips, but I got tired of the look and removed it.
Will get a few nice pics sometime later in the week after I have cleaned the DD again.

Skully
05-09-2015, 04:25 PM
Crappy cellphone pics (excuse the dirty DD):
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Some custom silencers are being designed, based on this shape:
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I have a friend who works in the Stainless Steel industry and he has sourced a length of oval tubing and he has CNC milling machines and all the nice goodies and we are busy designing a set of custom Stainless silencers and they will look like the ones as in the last pic (without the split pipe of course).

Skully
06-09-2015, 10:13 AM
No progress on the cans yet.

But made a plan for some "rearsets" for a temporary measure until I can get around to doing a complete custom setup from a set of Yamaha R1 rearsets I got for free.

I am doing a trackday on Saturday and need extra ground clearance for the pegs.

Before:

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After:

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Stock footpegs moved rearwards by 12mm and up by 25mm using some 12mm thick aluminium plate and strategically drilled holes.

This was the most I could move them rearwards and upwards short of modifying the gear link between the lever and the motor and on the other side, the brake master cylinder mounting.

I will update with pics tomorrow on how I did it.
But just got back from a 160km round trip and the setup works perfectly fine for me.

Skully
06-11-2015, 10:35 AM
Internet is down by me, will update when I can.

And the OEM Grimeca front brake discs developed hotspots and warped slighty making low speed braking a shaky affair.
Replaced them with Sunstar wavy discs from the 750 DD, along with new SBS Street Excel Sintered pads and braking is tons better now. Still bedding the discs and pads in, but will complete it tomorrow as I have a track day on Saturday.

Skully
06-30-2015, 11:48 AM
Footpeg plate stuff:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150608_120549.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150608_121246.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150608_122352.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150608_122738.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150608_123054.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150608_132112.jpg


And then the before and after shots as in the other post.

I did remove the plates after the trackday. I need to modify the passenger footpeg brackets seeing as I do carry a passenger now and then. Will get around to that sometime.


Front disc stuff:
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150611_103851.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150611_103903.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150611_104002.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150611_113123.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150611_113144.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150611_115706.jpg

DD750 discs were used. And they work perfectly. No more juddering at low speed when lightly applying the front brakes.
And they worked brilliantly on the trackday as well combined with the new SBS Street Sinter pads that were fitted.


And now for something neat.
A local company near me by the name of Stealth Racing Exhausts do a neat set of slipons for the DD1200 and I took my bike there yesterday morning to get them fitted.
Got it back today and I am extremely happy with them.

I opted for the brushed Stainless body and plain end caps. The do Carbon end caps but I chose the plain ali ones.
http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150630_151020.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150630_151005.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150630_151157.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150630_151307.jpg

http://i1127.photobucket.com/albums/l628/skully70-4/Dorsoduro%201200/20150630_124122.jpg

And for the equivalent of $460 it was a bargain.

Skully
07-02-2015, 06:18 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v9iX3PItrc

MichielK
07-03-2015, 12:32 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v9iX3PItrc

WOWWW... i loved it when you let go of the throttle.. beautiful sound..

Skully
07-20-2015, 04:34 AM
Thank you, Michiel:peace:

Skully
07-25-2015, 03:41 PM
Did some graphics using red pinstriping from a local car parts store and two OEM "Aprilia" decals sourced from the friendly local Ape dealer.
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Design is based on this:
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I am going to get the "1.2" decals done as on some 1200 models and add them to the tank shrouds.

The rear bodywork is going to be de-decaled and some new "Dorsoduro" decals are going to be made up.

And such a pity our licence plate size laws suck gorilla balls here, this view would be tons better if a smaller plate could be fitted. This is the smallest legal size plate for bikes here in South Africa.
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Skully
10-22-2015, 06:57 AM
And my trusty steed is at the dealer to sort a gearbox problem at 26 000km. Valve clearances and everything else will be checked, obviously.

Was riding home at about 60-70kmh in 4th gear (was in heavy but flowing traffic) and a grinding noise appeared.
Pulled off immediately and could not get the bike into neutral.
Struggled to get it into any gear.
Got the bike home eventually and the dealer picked it up from my place.

They are busy removing the motor from the frame today and I will update with any news.

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Skully
10-31-2015, 01:07 PM
Sad news.....

One of the snap rings (circlip) on one gear shaft either broke or was dislodged somehow and was chewed up by the gears resulting in some spectacular hardened metal carnage.

There is not a single gear that did not get damaged. Broken teeth, broken or chewed up dogs on the gears, etc.
Will post pics up on Monday night after I have been to bisit the bike shop.

$668-00 for a complete 'box from AF1 has been ordered.
Sadly Aprilia SA (or rather the clowns that are supposedly the agents and should honour warranty claims here in SA) are next to being as useless as most of the government officials, make this a very pricey situation with regards to repairs.
I would rather pay and have it fixed than have it sitting for months due to their inability to do something other than try bullshit a loyal Aprilia owner...

I have bitten the bullet and paid for it and will have my baby up and running again soon.

The DD is just way too much fun to let it go.

Skully
11-02-2015, 06:52 AM
So, anyone for some metal carnage?

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Red arrows shows where the offending snap ring did it's name proud and snapped and caused all this carnage:
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And the arrows show the left overs of the snap ring and you can clearly see the groove where it is supposed to sit and hold the one gear in place:
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Parts have been ordered from AF1 and I will have the DD back by the end of next week.

RSV4_Ghost
11-02-2015, 07:07 AM
Eina, Dogs were looking a little worn any ways. So just as well you getting a 'new' box

Skully
11-02-2015, 08:16 AM
Eina, Dogs were looking a little worn any ways. So just as well you getting a 'new' box

Very eina:eek:
And Louis from Race Prep says it could be due to the false neutrals that the dogs are worn a bit. I have always been super careful to change gears firmly with the DD's notoriously "clunky" 'box.
Had a few false neutrals, but not any gear grinding or funny stuff.

Oh well, I suppose it is just bad luck about the snapring.

Paul666
11-03-2015, 12:32 AM
Holy shit! R.I.P DD1200

Skully
11-03-2015, 01:12 AM
Holy shit! R.I.P DD1200


Hahahahahahaha. Not at all.
R.I.P. gearbox, yes. But it will be back terrorising the streets soon.

Paul666
11-03-2015, 03:14 AM
Do u throw the gears without the clutch?

Skully
11-03-2015, 01:23 PM
Do u throw the gears without the clutch?

I have done that very rarely.
Once at a trackday between 4th and 5th and a few times on the road.

Skully
11-05-2015, 06:33 AM
And I must be mad....... 2013 Tuono V4R APRC in yellow is getting added to the family early next week:D

Skully
11-27-2015, 11:36 AM
The parts from AF1 have arrived and the bike shop will start reassembling the DD next week Wednesday.

1X brand new 1200 DD gearbox:
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Arek1
11-27-2015, 12:19 PM
Looks nice. Good luck with assembling the gearbox. Fingers crossed. We are waiting for good news!!!

RichD
12-02-2015, 01:51 PM
Hi Skully,

How is the gearbox rebuild going? Hope all goes smoothly!!!

Where did you get your LED indicators from and did you use a resistor or a relay to get them working properly? Did the install involve any splicing or cutting of the original wiring loom? I have to get rid of those original indicators. They just don't suite the bike!

Many thanks

RichD

Skully
12-03-2015, 02:01 AM
The bike is back together again. I will go check it out later today and take it for a ride to check everything.

I got the indicators from Full Throttle here in Pta. I installed resistors as well to all four. I did cut the original connectors for the indicators.

Skully
12-18-2015, 09:43 AM
So the DD is running perfectly once again. Gearbox is very smooth now and even getting neutral is actually a pleasure. Even when hot, standing still, neutral is just a click away. No more jumping to 2nd if in first, and no jumping to 1st when in 2nd, it is so smooth now.

And the new owner is extremely happy about it. No worries from his side and he is over the moon about it.
Sad to sell the DD, but I cannot keep the DD and Tuono.