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New Stuff on Duc for 2008

June 5, 2008


It is hard to believe I haven’t written anything here since spring 2007!  The Duc was supposed to get a new paint job this winter as well as a new 944cc kit in the engine.  However, I didn’t get heat in my shop until late in the spring when it was almost no longer needed.  I’ll be all set for next year though!

I did change the tires to a new set of Michelin Pilot Power 2CTs which are dual compound tires.  While the wheels were bare, I had them powder painted at Superior Powderpainting in Fenton, MI.  They did a great job!  I also added a little red pinstripe to the wheels to set them off a little which looks nice.  I installed new bearings and new cush drives as well.

Then I installed a set of Dynacoil ignition coils and Nology wires with grounding straps.  I removed the carbs and cleaned them out.  They were pretty dirty inside after two years of running without any maintenance.  The engine was surging under part throttle cruise yet it ran well at WOT and idle.  Now it runs perfectly at any speed and all throttle settings.

I also installed a Yoyodyne clutch slave, Fren Tubo brake and clutch lines, a cool aluminum open clutch cover and a new stock clutch.  The only aftermarket part in the clutch is the pressure plate and springs which are aluminum and stainless.  I figured if I was going to show the world the clutch, I better at least make it look nice.  Lastly, I popped the steering head bearings and cleaned and repacked them.  Steering is much easier and more precise now.  Thanks to Alex Ortner for making much of this happen.  Here are a few photos of the bike as it sits now in June 2008…

\'96 Ducati 900 SS/SP \'96 Ducati 900 SS/SP

\'96 Ducati 900 SS/SP \'96 Ducati 900 SS/SP

Hopefully this will run well for the season and maybe I can do the big bore kit and new paint next year, if I don’t get a 1098 first! 🙂



Ducati back on the road for 2007!

April 22, 2007

It has been a busy weekend.  I’ve replaced the water pump on Janice’s BMW, and now I’ve discovered it needs a power steering pump.  This wasn’t the worst automotive job I’ve had to do, but it was the worst water pump R&R.  I could do it fairly quickly now I think.  I also put the kids’ KTM 50 back together and it ran great for an hour this afternoon until the clutch disengaged from the crankshaft again.  I have a new bottom end with a fully intact crank so I guess I’ll have to put that bottom end in the little 50.  It ran great while it ran though so I think Isaac and Winston are going to have a really nice little bike to ride.

I got my Ducati all back together and I just returned from my first shake-down cruise of 2007.   It seems to run fine. I started it on the stand in the garage last week and it started up almost instantly even after sitting all winter.  It did so again this afternoon and it idled perfectly once it warmed up a little.  I am amazed at how well the Mikuni carburetors work on this engine.  I installed a 40t rear sprocket which seems like a good compromise. I installed a 43t rear sprocket last summer when I replaced the chain and it came with a 39t sprocket when I bought the bike.  It seems much less busy on the highway and still moves out pretty well compared to the 43t.  I also installed a set of gold ’99 Ducati SS wheels which look good on the bike but the paint on these wheels is pretty ugly so I’ll be painting these as soon as possible. Probably when these tires go away, I’ll paint the wheels during the tire swap and I’ll probably paint them black.  Here are a couple photos for you to see what it looks like now.

m900-sssp-001.jpg  m900-sssp-007.jpg

The plan now is to rebuild the original engine that came with the bike using the 944cc cylinders and pistons that I bought last fall.  I’ll install that sometime during a rainy weekend this summer and paint the frame red at the same time.   The fenders can come off in about 10 minutes so sometime in the next few weeks, I’ll yank those off, sand them down and spray some new clear laquer on them to show off that gorgeous carbon fibre.  I’m trying to make this bike look nice and run well with the smallest expenditure possible because I am really trying to save for the new 1098!

Later – GDS