Since I just removed all of the body work and fuel tank to replace the failed fuel level sensor and it wasn’t too bad, I decided to do it all again to install the Rapid Bike EVO engine control module on the 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200.
The Rapid Bike EVO unit piggy backs on to the existing Engine Control Unit, intercepts the signals, and returns modified signals to the engine to improve the engine performance all while being auto-adaptive to changing motorcycle setups and conditions.
Once you have everything exposed, the wiring harness of the Rapid Bike EVO unit needs to be integrated into the bikes wiring harness at five locations and a negative connection to the battery:
- One fuel injection control
- One throttle position sensor
- Two oxygen sensors
- One crank position sensor
The first two are located under the left rear corner of the fuel tank. My handy block of wood propped up the fuel tank again rather than remove the entire tank from the bike.
Taking apart the existing connections will allow the Rapid Bike EVO wiring harness to splice in with matching plugs:
The next connections are a bit more challenging as they are located lower down on the left side of the engine. Tight spots to access already and you need to feed the new harness connectors through the frame to these locations.
Oxygen Sensor 2 and the Crank Position Sensor connections are located up under the main triangle of the frame. The Crank Position Sensor is held in place with a rubber connector attached to the frame while Oxygen Sensor 2 was zip tied to the back of another connector.
Oxygen Sensor 1 is tucked in behind the belly pan, oil cooler hoses, and coolant hoses. I removed the belly pan, but this was still the most challenging connector to get your hands on and disconnect.
Connections made, but harness not tidied up yet:
The final steps are to connect the wiring harness to the negative terminal of the battery and then arranging the harness and Rapid Bike EVO unit within the confines of the motorcycle.
The Rapid Bike EVO directions provided suggested mounting the unit at the bottom front corner of the fuel tank above the radiator cap. That didn’t seem like a very protected location to me and I also should have started feeding the wiring harness all the way in from that position if that was the goal. There was no way the large connector to the Rapid Bike EVO module was going to squeeze through the frame and other components to reach that location.
Instead, I placed the Rapid Bike EVO module under the main seat.
I have been riding the bike all this time with the seat in the low position. With the Rapid Bike EVO in this location there was not enough clearance to reinstall the seat. I had to convert the seat to the high position which increases the stand-over height from 32.5 inches to 33.3 inches. Not bad, but do need to a little extra aware at stops that the ground is further away.
The Rapid Bike EVO is adaptive, but you can also connect the module to a Windows PC via a proprietary USB cable. I took a couple of photos of the screen for each cylinder not thinking that I could have just done a screen capture. The first column is RPM ranges in 300 rpm steps through 6,000 rpm and then 250 rpm steps to redline, the top row is the percentage that the throttle is open, and the body of the table is the adjustment of the air/fuel ratio for those parameters.
It will be interesting to see how these values adjust as the miles are accumulated.
I installed the software to my work Windows 10 laptop and I am convinced that this software caused serious problems with the operation of the laptop. I had to try multiple attempts at a System Restore to get everything functioning again. Next time, I will use my personal Windows 10 Surface Pro as the connection tool and not be severely impacted if problems occur on the Surface Pro.
Only one ride so far, about 60 miles, and nothing is worse than before the installation. Time will tell if noticeable fueling improvements are made.