I don't know DK personally, but based on his posts, it's apparent that DK is, (at least in part), in the business of selling and installing Power Comanders. Consider his comments in that context.
When I asked Bill Himmelsbach, mechanic extraordinaire, Senior Tech at Martin EuroSports, about a PC for my 1098S, he explained to me that: 1, as presently configured, the PC isn't even compatable with the 1098, and 2, even if you rig a PC into a 1098, there will be no significant increase in perfomance.
Anybody who knows Bill Himmelsbach knows this guy know his stuff. I don't remember the details of his explanation so I won't attempt to repeat it here, but it made perfect sense.
Notwithstanding the lack of any real benefit from a PC install, Bill and the gang at Martin Eurosports could easily have sold me a PC. After all, they'd make money on the sale and install. But that's not how they do. They're honest. And they run a racing team. They know how to make Ducatis run fast. If the PC improved performance, Bill would be selling and installing them on the 1098.
I guess it boils down who you want designing your Ducati. PC and Arrow, (or whatever aftermarket cans you go with), or Ducati? No offense to PC and Arrow, but I'll stick with Ducati. When Ducati Corse installs a PC on the GP7, I'll be the first to go out and buy one. Until then, I'm sticking with Ducati's racing ECU.
I have just one question for you to ask Bill.
Did he try a Power Commander with a custom map?
As I have.
And Yes I do sell Power Commanders, and as I use my real name, I certainly do not try and hide that fact from anyone. We sell more than $1,000,000 worth of Power Commanders a year.
Ducati does not need to install a Power Commander on any bike, as they are making the ECU they can map it any way they want to, after all that is all a Power Commander does.
And why would anyone need a Power Commander?
First reason, Ducati HAS to meet emmisions in the USA, this limits how they can MAP the bike. The bikes are mapped for the best throttle response limited by first having to meet emmisions standards.
Second when any aftermarket exhaust system is installed, guess what happens, the engine now has different air/fuel requirements, guess what a Power Commander does.
This should be clear to anyone as even Ducati sells you a different ECU with the full Termi system.
But even that ECU is not mapped right, how do I know I checked it myself, I did not ask someone, I checked.
Why is it not right, that I can only GUESS at.
So why bother.
I find the map in the Race ECU to be very rich.
Here is what the map looks like, notice all the minus numbers.