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To get my Ducati fix while trying to sort my old decrepid 600ss I’ve managed to bag myself a lovely yellow 748! After 3 years on a GSXR600 I was craving some Desmo loveliness so took the plunge and sold the Suzuki and went on the hunt. The head said get a 749 or stretch to an 848 but the heart said it had to be a 9*6 or 748.
It’s a basic 2001 748E fitted with a single seat unit (with missmatching 90’s Ducati decals - but I don’t care!), came with all the original bits, a decent history and a grand total of 5200 miles on the clock. Shite time to buy a bike but have managed to get my first 100 miles in and am completely in love, the chassis is night and day compared to the Suzuki and the induction noise above 6krpm is pure magic.
Plans are to find some carbon termis (once I’ve saved up), sort the wobbly dials and just enjoy the bike.
Thought it would appear in the distant future but the hyper is in this months issue.! Gave the forum a mention too. Ironic as my little bro was on the credits last night on Dynasties (he's one of the cameramen) and my older bro designed and built the camera traps...the pair of them are really clever in their own fields, but, never stop arguing.
I never used "The Beast" last year and as it's going in for a service in the next month and I fully intend to use it this year, I thought I'd start it up today.
I forgot what an utter animal this thing is. Raw unlike any other bike I've ever owned or ridden. Just starting it up had the neighbours curtains twitching. I know we now have 240bhp V4's with electronics to make NASA jealous, but I honestly think nothing compares to a sorted one of these things in terms of giving you a tingle.
When does summer start again?
I had a little spin on my RS250 yesterday morning, and forgot how much fun it is to have less power. It is an awesome little thing.... even though it smokes, spits oil, and teases me if it going to start.... I wouldn't swap it.... reminds me of being 17 and smelling off two stroke all the time! Made me happy all day and today, so thought I would share a photo with you guys.
I recently started a thread asking for help locating/refurbing a set of 30/34 40mm Brembo’s for my 888. Cut a long story short big thanks to Final Edition who recommend I try Carpimoto in Italy.
Cheapest I found in UK were £270 a pair.
Carpimoto have an offer at €110 each. Needless to say I bought two sets for front and a rear for €80.
Not only that but they were a pleasure to deal with. V efficient, Fed Ex delivered three days after payment.
Highly recommend. So anyone after Brembo stuff. Try them.
Link and pics
One of, if not the, most difficult confessions I’ve made, but as I’m currently going through rehab I’m being pushed to tell the world about the moments or periods of life I’m ashamed of etc..
I confess to anyone who may be interested both in an attempt to improve my own life and for others who may be struggling in a similar way that I’m a self harmer of some 42 years..
As of nearly 7 weeks I can now say, I’m now an ex self harmer thanks to the help recieved and for being in an improved place..
Such was the place I was in I can honestly say often I didn’t realise that I’d cut myself until the blood began hitting the floor..
For me I felt I deserved the reminder that the scars left.. The pain in my head was purely of the dislike I had for oneself..
It’s more painful admitting that I did this than it was to actually do the deed..
Very difficult for those who have not had such issues in life to understand why?
The very fact that most garners do it such a way that they can...
A 209 hp Superquadro 1299 engine with racing components that pays homage to the legendary Ducati twin-cylinder power unit
Top-drawer tech content and the all-new tricolour livery ensure the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition is set to gain cult status
Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 26 November 2018 - The last chance to own a piece of motorcycling history. The very last exclusive 1299 Panigale R Final Editions are, in fact, now being delivered to Ducati Stores. The Final Edition is a truly special bike that pays homage to an engine that has made Ducati history and written some of the most thrilling chapters of the World Superbike Championship. That's why only 1,299 such bikes (a limited, numbered edition) have been built. Every bike is delivered with a certificate of authenticity that makes this exclusive Superbike - a milestone among the Bologna-built twin-cylinders - even more valuable.
This gem offers unparalleled technology, performance and design. Each 1299 Panigale R Final Edition...
If anyone is interested I have recently created a Facebook page which will cover the build process in detail of my brand new V4S. The bike was delivered to me directly from the dealer and has covered a total of 2 miles following it's initial PDI. As you will see from the pictures which will follow shortly on FB, this is a massive undertaking and not a process I would recommend to others unless you are prepared to put in a lot of work and time and you are confident to take on such a challenge. Incidentally, before anyone asks, I am well aware of the warranty implications here. For me personally, as has been the case with all my previous bikes, it is purely and simply driven by the need to build the bike to the exact spec I want. Not necessarily throwing money at it, more a control over the quality of the build process as opposed to it being assembled at the factory, where constraints on time dictate that even at this price point, not everything goes together quite as well as it...
A friend of mine has continued with his obsessive build of his 888 SP5 and recently added a few goodies to the bike. The best being the hand built titanium header pipes.
I’m sure most would agree. They are a work of art.
He has given me permission to post pics on Forum.
I asked him how much the header pipes cost, his reply was ‘you don’t want to know mate’
Came back to bikes about 8 years ago and just got a 1098S as a second bike. Has quite a few niggles including the irritating immobiliser cutting in, seat cowl is knackered, I think the display has a back-light issue. Getting the fairing off has been with every fixing rotted but I'll replace them all when it goes back together.
Most importantly though, it runs okay, sounds amazing and goes like the clappers
The plan is to get it A1 ready for when some decent weather returns. So you'll see me on here frequently with lots of questions I'm sure!
First time out today (on my 749 ) after a few weeks off due to Holiday's Football, Work and weekend rain
What a shock to the system , my leathers had shrunk , my Glasses steamed up , I wobbled around for the first 15 minutes , got ice-cream head due to the cold and having all the helmet vents open to see where I was going. Every idiot van driver and retail park shopper was on the road , the roads were fairly dry but with damp spots.
For all the road works that's dotted about the condition does not seem to have improved just more rutted and covered is crap . the back end seems to be moving about all over the place and I seem to have more weight over the front than normal
Can you see where this is going ?
After 15 min I'm back on familiar B roads , traffic is light , upped the speed a little and making some progress
Going into corners a bit quicker and starting to use a dab of rear brake as its still a bit damp in places , its a bit chilly even the exhaust seat heater is not...
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