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Today i went to the gas station to put some juice in the bike and thought of checking tyre pressure since last time i did so was back in mid-October when i got the bike.

Starting from the rear tyre, everything checked out, 36psi, put the valve cap back on.
Front tyre..."wait, how am i supposed to...", "maybe i have to find the right angle...", "oh wait, maybe...no...well, ****" :grin
Felt like a muppet since i haven't had this happen on a bike before, then again, never had a bike with 330mm front discs before, basically, the air pump nozzle can't fit/be placed properly due to those huge 330mm front discs.
Tried 2 other gas stations, yep, same air pumps with same long metallic nozzle, long story short, wasn't able to check the front tyre pressure.

Idiotic as it may sound, what's to be done in this case ?
 

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You can have the 90 degree valve stems installed. How do you get away with building a bike you can't check tire pressure on ?
 

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You can have the 90 degree valve stems installed. How do you get away with building a bike you can't check tire pressure on ?
Much appreciated Duc, should have thought about that really, i was just surprised today (literally) since, again, my 796 had 320mm ones and my 2 previous bikes even smaller...

Do you know how much the cost is (approximately) to install different valve stems ?
That's something i'll have to do on my next visit to my tyre shop, until then i'll just have to find a gas station with a cable nozzle.

Thanks man ;)
 

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Ducati did think of that, they have Ducati branded 90 degree metal valve stems as aftermarket parts.

They look very nice, Black with red lettering, and actually offset a bit so they sit at a small angle from the centreline (ie, not at 90 degrees to the rim) of the bike so easy to get a gauge onto.

I had mine fitted as part of the last tyre change, unfortunately (or maybe deliberately) they didn't break down the cost, but I am sure it would have been hideous:)
 

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Ducati did think of that, they have Ducati branded 90 degree metal valve stems as aftermarket parts.

They look very nice, Black with red lettering, and actually offset a bit so they sit at a small angle from the centreline (ie, not at 90 degrees to the rim) of the bike so easy to get a gauge onto.

I had mine fitted as part of the last tyre change, unfortunately (or maybe deliberately) they didn't break down the cost, but I am sure it would have been hideous:)
Wow, just wow...after market eh ? I'm sure they're gonna be very cheap since they're DP ones.

The bike not having a handlebar stabilizer (which is in dire need of) i can (kind of) understand as they need to put it in the more expensive (R) model, having to put after-market valve stems though for the "privilege" of - you know - actually being able to put some air in your tyres...

Ducati man, Ducati...:grin


Edit : Would you kindly post a link buddy ? Just searched Ducati.it and the monster spare parts catalogue but didn't find anything...
Cheers
 

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They probably just ran out, my 2014 didn't come with one, had one put on at the first tire change. The particular one on mine (which is the same as many other Ducatis fwiw) wouldn't clear the right caliper so instead of facing to the right as they normally do, mine faces to the left where it clears the left caliper.

YMMV etc, just a head's up so you don't go ramming your new valve stem into your brake. :)
 

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My 1200R came with a 90' filler on the front from new (standard on rear) - I'm in UK.
Same here in Canada for my 1200R. 90° front valve to the left and std on rear.
The Panigale 959 has front and rear 90° valve stems to the right.
 

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what's to be done in this case ?
Just a suggestion but can't you use one of those mini 12 volt tire inflator until you get the valve stem changed? I have a couple of those and one of them has a screw-in type that would seem to fit.
 

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Just a suggestion but can't you use one of those mini 12 volt tire inflator until you get the valve stem changed? I have a couple of those and one of them has a screw-in type that would seem to fit.
Dar, any links please ? Something cheap(ish) but not downright terrible quality-wise would be a good alternative.

Much appreciated ;)
 

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Dar, any links please ? Something cheap(ish) but not downright terrible quality-wise would be a good alternative.

Much appreciated ;)
Different but maybe will do the trick?

https://www.amazon.com/Zephyr-Universal-Extension-Adapter-Motorcycle/dp/B01N0TT6L2

No experience myself, are your tires losing air that quickly? Before I got the right angle on the front I was just using my Ryobi inflator at home and was plenty to get to as far as Indy and back without a top off.
 

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Rosso:

I use a bicycle pump and check/inflate them before I leave home, It's a tight fit but it works for both tyres.
 

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Different but maybe will do the trick?

https://www.amazon.com/Zephyr-Universal-Extension-Adapter-Motorcycle/dp/B01N0TT6L2

No experience myself, are your tires losing air that quickly? Before I got the right angle on the front I was just using my Ryobi inflator at home and was plenty to get to as far as Indy and back without a top off.
Thanks Sonic ;)
No, my tyres are OK (as in, they don't lose air quickly), it's just that i wanted to check 'em since i hadn't done so since mid-October and it's something which i do before a long ride.

Thanks man ;)

Rosso:

I use a bicycle pump and check/inflate them before I leave home, It's a tight fit but it works for both tyres.
So simple and yet...
Cheers Nomad


Whole thing is idiotic tbh though, especially since some MY's have the normal vertical valves while others the 90 degrees one, and since tyre pressure check is something which most of us do at gas stations (at least over my side of the pond) and you don't know whether their air pump is gonna have a long metal nozzle or a rubber cable-like one, well..."Ducati" man - 330mm discs with a vertical valve stem, dudes over at borgo Panigale are rocket scientists i tell you...

Just gonna install a 90 degree valve stem on the front tyre and be done with it.

Thanks for the help boys :wink
 

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Hopefully this will make you feel better, but here in Canada, it's getting difficult to find air at a gas station.
And,... when you do, you need a quarters or two in pocket change which I normally don't carry even in the car, let along while riding the bike! :rolleyes:
 

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Wow, just wow...after market eh ? I'm sure they're gonna be very cheap since they're DP ones.

Edit : Would you kindly post a link buddy ? Just searched Ducati.it and the monster spare parts catalogue but didn't find anything...
Cheers
Sorry, my bad. Saw them at my Ducati dealer and assumed they were made by Ducati; guess not.

Mine look like these but with Ducati lettered in red along the stem
 

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Hopefully this will make you feel better, but here in Canada, it's getting difficult to find air at a gas station.
And,... when you do, you need a quarters or two in pocket change which I normally don't carry even in the car, let along while riding the bike! :rolleyes:
Where are you finding air for less than $1 in Ontario? Every station around me is 1 to 2 dollars for air, although you can get it for free sometimes if you ask nicely after buying gas.:(
 
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