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I'm male, 51, 5'11" and 168lb. and have 10 years experience on 70's small dirt bikes up to 175cc but I haven't had a motorcycle in 30 years, anyway I got the itch to buy a bike a few months ago and after sitting on at least 100 bikes I sat on the Icon and just knew I had to have one, I did a few weeks of research and then went back and bought a Red 2016 Icon, so after a short SLOW trip to a big parking lot to practice slow speed maneuvers and braking I took it out on some back country roads, I didn't get over 60 mph or 5000 RPM, now 40 miles and a sore butt later I've decided I really love the Icon, it's got PLENTY of power for me and with a few mods I think will be a fine ride, first change will the the SEAT, got to get it softer and flatter, next is the touchy throttle, it's WAY, WAY, WAY too sensitive, I can't believe Ducati would try to sell it like this to new riders!!! Then I need to soften up the shocks. Other than that it's a home run.
 

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Congratulations on your new Icon. I hadn't ridden in 20 yrs. I saw information about the Scrambler and knew I had to buy a new Icon. I flew from Houston to Dallas to buy it and rode it back to Houston that afternoon. The seat doesn't bother me because I have ridden centuries on hard bicycle seats. The throttle issue is due to emission requirements. If the ECU gets remapped for a richer mixture, it will be quite docile at low speeds. You also might want to consider getting the Full Throttle handlebars which are about 3 in lower. I found my wrist position is much more natural with the FT bars.
 

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Throttle response seems to get better as the miles roll up. The whole bike seems to get smoother or maybe its just me getting more used to the bike.
 

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Wild Man; said:
maybe its just me getting more used to the bike.

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I had my ECU remapped in conjunction with a new air filter and exhaust. I can vouch for the remap smoothing out the throttle response.
 

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Regarding the "twitchy" throttle, I can only think of your comment about how you didn't get above 5k.

My dad has been riding for 40 years and can't stand my Scrambler because he thinks it's too twitchy. He jumps on it, and clunks into 2nd way too early and tries to lug it around the block and yeah...it's super twitchy if you ride it like that. He's not used to riding bikes that like to be spun above 4k.

Next time you take it out, remember that powerband is roughly 4-6k. You are best off hanging out in that range and/or when you cross into that range, do so smoothly.
 

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I tried the QD high pipe. It uses the OEM rear header so the exhaust is routed higher than with the Termi high pipe which reroutes the rear header to a lower position. I did not like the heat or the inability to keep my right knee against the tank;so, I switched to the QD low pipe. Houston Superbikes is fantastic. They are Italian Motorcycle specialists. They have a Rexer but did not use it for the remap. They used what they normally use for tuning Ducatis. They retuned when I switched from the high pipe to the low pipe. They did not charge for the retune or resetting my service light after I changed my oil. I am so pleased with the performance. I left the O2 sensors intact. The ECU relearned after several mi and will maintain the air to fuel mixture that was utilized in the tuning. The O2 sensors are part of a closed loop system that maintain the air to fuel mixture. The QD slip on sounds great. I left all baffles intact. I swithced to a DNA air filter.
 

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Hi and welcome! First things I did to my Icon were : resculpt the seat and replace the suspension. Throttle is twitchy but you do get used to it :)
 
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