Thunder Tiger Ducati 999R Testastretta RTR Nitro RC Bike – First Look

27 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Thunder Tiger Ducati 999R Testastretta RTR Nitro RC Bike – First Look
Ducati 999

QA on this Nitro RC Motorcycle

Although I’ve owned many hobby-grade RC vehicles, I’d never had an RC motorcycle until now. The Thunder Tiger Ducati 999R Testastretta is a 1:5 scale ready-to-run nitro motorcycle. It comes assembled with radio, charger, and even a rider. I’ve had it only a short while, but long enough to address a few specific questions readers might have.

The answers to these questions are based on my general RC experience as well as my experiences so far with this RC.

Is this an RC for beginners or kids or strictly for experienced drivers?

I believe this bike is really geared towards intermediate RC drivers rather than beginners — no matter what their age. Would you feel comfortable letting a young driver attempt to master the art of RC motorcycle racing with a near $400.00 RC? I’m no rank beginner myself but I hit plenty of curbs, car tires, and other obstacles while trying to get the hang of it.

I’ve been racing and bashing both nitro and electric RCs for years and this was the toughest RC driving I’ve ever come across. There are certain skills needed to negotiate turns and stay steady on the straight aways — the bike is less forgiving of hesitations and unsteady driving than four wheel vehicles. Although I’ve let my 9 year old son drive my nitro trucks, I’d say this nitro bike is definitely not for young kids or beginners.

What’s the break-in procedure like for this bike?

Even though it is a nitro RC, the break-in procedure is very different from what I’m used to with my other nitro vehicles. When I broke in my Traxxas Nitro Rustler 2.5R, the manufacturer’s recommendation was to run at half throttle for a few counts then let off the throttle. It’s not until the 4th tank of fuel that you go full throttle for a short bit.

That’s more or less the standard break-in procedure for most nitro cars and trucks.

On the Thunder Tiger Ducati nitro bike I had to start off by richening the fuel mixture to what I felt was almost to the point of flooding the engine. The Ducati manual specifies increasing the throttle almost to top speed from the first tank. After running through about five full tanks of fuel you then start to lean the fuel mixture out until there is no increase in optimal performance.

At that point you will probably go through at least three more tanks to reach this nitro bike’s peak level of performance.

Does the after-run maintenance differ from other nitro RCs?

For the most part, the standard after-run maintenance procedures you’d do for any RC works for the Thunder Tiger Ducati nitro bike. Removing the glow plug and the wire that is connected to the installed dummy glow plug can be a bit tricky though. I had to borrow a friend’s long socket extension and a 8mm socket in order to get past the front forks and tire.

After that, putting in a couple drops of after-burn oil wasn’t too bad.

Is the Ducati nitro bike durable, easy to repair?

Yes and no is really the best answer. I had to replace the steering servo after only running it for two days (stripped easily) and ended up using the steering servo from my Traxxas nitro Rustler to keep the fun going and not turning it into a stationary conversation piece while tracking down parts online or at the hobby store.

Another annoyance I’ve encountered is that the bike floods real easy. Instructions say you don’t have to remove the glow plug to unflood the engine but I ended up having to do so just to get things going again — doing it the way the manual says to do just wasn’t working for me.

Apart from those issues, the Thunder Tiger Ducati nitro bike has taken some pretty good beatings and kept running well — so far.

What hop-ups or upgrades are available?

My research so far has only turned up an optional front disk brake setup and an inlet that allows for a better fueling opition.

Is it worth the price?

And. a few weeks pass. Here’s my Second Look at this Nitro RC bike. Some more problems (some of my own creation) but I still like the bike.

Ducati 999


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