If you get one (or any bike really) and haven't met Nels or been to his shop, I can't recommend them enough. He's been a friend and tuner for the past 10 years and is the BEST in the business and is somewhat local in North Seattle area. He's torn down his personal streetbike motor to get me back out on track on race day, helped numerous other pals out, and knows more about tuning bikes than anyone else I've seen or heard of. Forgetting all that, he's one of the nicest people you'll ever meet and most genuine.
As for the V4 Ape - NOTHING sounds as good as that motor flowing through a quality exhaust IMO and if I wasn't such a practical (aka cheap as fuck) person I'd have gone for one of those cheap leftovers as well but as mentioned, ZERO Island support, insane wait times on parts/warranty issues, and my one minor test ride left me not feeling the Euro love.
I've had KFG do 2 of my bikes and Nel's do two of my bikes. Highly recommend both.
And BTW...........most japanese bikes are Meh looking........mine included. The older you get the less you care about curb appeal
I contacted Pierobonframes because I was curious about pricing for frame (not shown on website) for the Ducati 1299.. https://www.pierobonframes.com/
in attached you find the price list.
Here you find some technical informations.
The parts streeclty necessary to mount the trellis frame are:
Front frame holder
Rear subframe, available for standard or increased fuel tank
Fuel tank holder
Screws for fuel tank
Left elctronic holder
Right elctronic holder
A second step is modify your fuel tank, increasing the capacity of 2L.
A third step is add the winglets to your bodywork.
The basic kit has similar geometries of the original bike. We have only change a little bit the rake angle and so the trail, but the weight distribution not change.
Our target is give back the typical sensations of trellis frame and we want that the bike communicated the front wheel limit , so we worked on the torsional and the lateral stiffness of the frame, to give to the rider more confidence on the front side.
After, if you want ,with upgrades, you can radical change the geometry and weight distribution of bike, for example with longer swingarm, steering bushes and fuel tank upgrade.
In case, we can also modify the orginal swingarm, increasing of 30 mm:
Here you can find other info and pictures of the kit:
If you need other informations, we are here.
Tommy Bridewell from the BSB Series came over and raced one of the X85R's at Barber last year and did reasonably well on it.
Sexy machine for those where dollars don't matter. Personally I'd go the Kramer route once they release the 790 twin version later this year.