Multistrada Headlight Mods

The early models of the Ducati 1200 Multistrada were equipped with four halogen headlamps. These use H11 bulbs rated at 55 watts and put out a decent amount of light. But there’s always room for improvement!

More modern headlight bulbs using light emitting diode (LED) technology can produce more, whiter light than halogens while using less power. Another complaint with the Ducati is the way the hi/low headlights work. Switching on the high beam turns off the low beams (or dipped beam as they say in the UK). For my aging eyes I want all the light I can get! Fortunately there’s an easy way to remedy this.

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Powerlet USB Conversion

Ever since the Germans introduced the Powerlet plug (or DIN or Hella or ISO4165 or Telefunken, or whatever you prefer to call it) the motoring public has been trying to adapt them to something useful.

This dual USB plug is designed to replace the Powerlet plug on BMW motorcycles. But with the right connectors it can be adapted for use on other motorcycles.

But now it’s easy to change your motorcycle’s DIN power outlet to USB. No adapters needed!

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Zen and the Art of OBDII

My first Ducati was quite a learning experience. Out of the gate my head was swirling with new and strange stuff: keyless ignition, timing belts, desmodromic valves, and… the dreaded onboard diagnostics.

My laptop running MelcoDiag is connected to the Ducati.

TL:DR
Freeware software is available for DIY diagnostics and resets. Use these cables to connect to the Ducati onboard diagnostics. This applies to 2010 thru 2014 motorcycles – and possibly others?

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Desmo Demystified

Ducati is considered by many to be the Ferrari of motorcycles. The comparison is well deserved. In addition to a long racing history, Ducatis are a joy to ride, expensive, beautiful and a pain in the ass to work on.

A simple desmodromic valvetrain in action.

Let’s focus on that last one.

Synonymous with the name Ducati is the term “Desmo,” short for desmodromic. A desmo valvetrain does not rely on springs to close the intake and exhaust valves. A cam lobe opens the valve, and another cam lobe closes the valve. This design has been used on almost all Ducati motorcycles since 1968.

TL:DR
Make your desmo service easier with these recommended tools and helpful video.

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Ducati Changing Hands Again

As often as their ownership changes it amazes me that these guys produce anything worth a crap. Let alone stuff very much worth a crap.

Originally published March 17, 2012 The Blog at Places 2 Ride.

Wanna’ Buy a Ducati?

Or maybe a Ducati factory?

Ducati 1199 PanigaleFor about the umpteenth time in recent memory the Italian flagship of motorcycling may be up for sale. In 2005 a private equity group known as Investindustrial  purchased Ducati from a group of doctors in Texas. Now it appears they intend to sell. Investindustrial had Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs sound out a public listing for Ducati in Hong Kong last year.

Investindustrial’s chairman, Andrea Bonomi, said a handful of groups in Asia, Europe and the United States are interested in the sale. Rumors abound and possible suitors like BMW, Volkswagen and even Mahindra have been mentioned as possible buyers.