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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-21-2009, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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Who likes their Dry clutch sound?

I guess it's an acquired taste.. but personally I don't like the sound at all

I hold my clutch in, just so I don't have to hear it rattle away

especially on youtube vids... I have a stock exhaust.. and I'm trying to watch video's of the exhausts

listen to the pulses and burble at Idle, and rev up etc..

all I can hear is the stupid clutch banging away...

i almost wish ppl would tie their clutch in for the duration of the vid.. or have a friend sit on the bike..


but it seems to me the Duke owners are proud of this sound, and laugh at the ignorance of others.. who think their bike sounds "broken"


to me it's a sound that is almost like a combination of a racing OS Giken twin or triple plate clutch... mixed with the sound of an engine with spun main bearings... or terrible piston slap or rod knock or Tappets way out of adjustments

basically all "bad things" minus the OS Giken..


I can see the appeal of the open clutch covers "to see things work" but the fact that it makes the rattle even louder is motivation enough for me to not want to do it.. a clear acrylic one on the other hand maybe...



What's your guys take on the whole thing?
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 01:28 AM
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sound sucks, any suggestions on how to silence it?
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 11:28 AM
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keep your stock cover on.
also an aftermarket alum clutch/basket would be quieter than the stock setup.
tighter clearance between basket and plate tabs
(demo- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcIr7...eature=related )

i like it.
my favorite song- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17QDA4WtkEM
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i like the "broken" sound

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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 12:32 AM
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I like the Tamborine sound. (clutch in)
Hate the death rattle with it out.
I even have a large zip tie to hold the lever in when warming the bike up after a wash or before a ride.

I seen a advert over here along the lines of.
For sale, as much as I love riding the bike, I can not stand the rattle any more so selling the bike.

I think I will be buying an after market clutch to shut it up.
As it is slowing driving me nuts.
And I thought my KTM dirt bikes had a noisy clutch.

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post #6 of 22 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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LOL

Zip tie is a nice idea! I think i'll have to do something similar lol

I'm getting tired of ppl asking


I wonder if instead of open clutch.. can we put dynamat behind the cover lol

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I love the sound. It says Ducati. To me it's part of the tradition of the brand, just like the trellis frame, the L twin motor, and the desmo valves. There is no questioning what brand you are hearing coming around the corner when you hear that clutch. I never really stopped to think whether the sound is actually audibly pleasing - I have always loved it for it's tradition and uniqueness. People asking about it just gives us an opportunity to share our love for Ducati's heritage
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-29-2009, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Sure if ppl ask in a curious inquiring way..

but when ppl ask me what's "wrong" with my bike and often tell me how bad it sounds

it's not really fun

i'm hoping the termi kit will help drown out the sound of the engine with something much more pleasant

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The best comparison is a spoon stuck in a garbage disposal, ever heard? If not start up your bike it's the same. I love it, not only is it Ducati, no other bike does it. Well there probably is, Doesn't the Benelli Tornado have a dry, open clutch.
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post #10 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-25-2010, 12:14 PM
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I really like the sound...it's so unique. I haven't installed the open cover on it yet, but I plan to. I'll admit though, it was a little concerning when I heard it for the first time a few years ago.
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