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Is it ok to ride 848 in rain alot

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I live on the rainy side of Washington it rains half the year will the bike have any issues with the rain
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I'm looking at a bike this week need some input before I commit to it
No the bike won't but the tires will!
I love the Supercorsa Sp v2 but you will want to change them bad boys out and put them back on in the summer.
Ever think of a hypermotard? or has the 848 been on your mind that much?
848 is an incredible bike.
Best of luck!
Throw some rain tires on but be careful
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I live in the Seattle area, I've been caught in the rain twice. Rest assured that a Ducati is like any other comparable model. An 848 will do what any other sport bike will do.

With that said its all about the tires and road conditions regardless of the bike.

Lastly I don't ride in the rain it's miserable and a bitch to clean
I live in the Seattle area to 848 is what I been looking at for a while but I heard that some of the connectors on the wiring harness are exposed and people have problem with them getting wet and making the bike freak out anyone have that problem?
Anyone else have input on this?
Waterproofing Your Ducati

Motorcycle electrical systems are more exposed to the elements than cars so it’s important to keep the system sealed against water infusion to avoid corrosion of the electrical connections.

In particular, the electrical connection between the alternator and the regulator carries a very high current, so corrosion there will lead to overheating the connector and adjacent wiring. I recommend eliminating this connector entirely using solder and shrink-tube insulation.

Another problem area is the rubber boot on the electrical connection to the starter motor. It leaks, collects water and corrodes the connection. Here, you need to clean the connection and then seal it watertight with silicon sealant.

Every instrumentation, power and ground connection on the bike is a potential problem. So the best approach is to prevent water from reaching the connections whenever possible and to reduce electrical resistance at each connection.

Care should be taken to avoid forcing water into the connections so set your wash hose nozzle on spray (not stream) and avoid using the high pressure commercial wash/steam systems on your bike.

The connectors are designed to be waterproof, but over time seals will harden and eventually moisture will get in. Some owners make it a practice to using dielectric (non-conducting) grease to keep water out of connectors that don’t get hot enough to cause the grease to liquify.

For connectors that stay cool enough to let the dielectric grease to remain thick, use it to seal the male-female seam so as to prevent water from entering the connector. Avoid putting it on the connecting pins themselves. Use in connectors that get hot runs the risk of the grease liquifying and getting on the pin surfaces.

Using dielectric grease on connector pins can be a source of unwanted high resistance. Ferrari used to put dielectric grease inside all of their engine connectors (that will see water) but they eventually found out that it caused problems. They issued a service bulletin that advised cleaning out all of the grease and to use instead a contact enhancing product called Stabilant 22.


When applied to an electrical connection Stabilant 22 becomes conductive. The manufacturer claims that it is as good as a soldered joint.

VW, Porsche, BMW and Ferrari all recommend the use of Stabilant 22 on electrical connectors. You can buy it at your local VW parts department. Don't be shocked at the price, a 5 ml tube is around $40.

A 15 ml bottle of Stabilant 22 costs $61 a NAPA stores. It's packaged under NAPA's Echlin brand, so when specifying the part number the "line" is ECH and the part number is CE1.

There are some other specialty products that try to address the connector protectant issue. Deoxit for example:

Shopping Cart - CAIG Laboratories, Inc.

Another is Boeshield T-9

Finally, WD-40 has no place in electrical connectors or components. WD-40 is composed of 80% Stoddard Solvent (that is similar to paraffin/kerosine), 20% light lubricating oil, and a bit of fragrance. So, I advise against using WD-40 in any part of an electrical system because it leaves an oil residue. Use an electrical contact cleaner instead is to remove any grease and oil that is causing conductivity problems. Sticky relays should just be replaced because in the long run they’ll probably fail when you least want them to.

On a wet bike that won’t start, I recommend first using a leaf blower to dry everything out and let it sit in the sun for a while. It'll start eventually.

Then waterproof it.
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I ride my Duc year round and as long as you and the bike are prepared for it it should be fine.
I never understood fair weather riders. Bikes are meant to be ridden.
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Thank you shazaam for all the great info on this matter now I'm not to worries about buying the bike with this info and racer162 I don't get fair weather riders either you have a bike for a reason it helps to be prepared for all conditions on the road
If anyone else has any more input fill free to say more information the better
A lot of readers but not many posters
I ride my Duc year round and as long as you and the bike are prepared for it it should be fine.
I never understood fair weather riders. Bikes are meant to be ridden.

Is 10k miles a year fair weather riding?
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I tour my 848 in Europe every year and it's been through monsoon like conditions on all road types from motorways to muddy mountain roads. It has never given me a problem apart from my clocks misting.

I give my bike a yearly thorough strip and clean and spray all of the connections with a silicone based protector spray and I have not had any corrosion issues. A little bit of TLC once a year on any exposed areas will help in keeping it problem free.
Does anyone have a write-up on which connectors are what (hot/cold) ? Or would someone do it at their next cleaning. Photos with markings of sealant.

Would be awesome guide to have around, especially for us newbies.
I drive anywhere from 1500 to 2500 a mouth some times more my round trip is anywhere from 100 on the low side to around 200 to work and back depends on where my job takes me so ya I would say there is over 10 k miles + of nice sunny weather of riding and cph is right that would be a great guide to have for newbies if some one could do that that would be amazing
Is 10k miles a year fair weather riding?
It is if you aren't doing it in shitty weather. :stickpoke
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Hi newkid
I agree that the bike is designed for rides in the rain and should be good , but as all Ducati warranty states , ( void if ridden in the rain ) lol
Tina really that bs and I'm going to be second owner of the 848 would the warranty even be valid then and the bike is not for a dealer
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