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Two redheaded Italians...is never a bad thing

Old 05-09-15, 12:33 AM
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Two redheaded Italians...is never a bad thing

Picked up the loud redhead this morning. Man she just doesn't shut up even while at a stop light...clank, clank clank!


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Old 05-09-15, 12:45 AM
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Simply beautiful.
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Henry III, I've never heard of Reynolds 748 tubing....

Nice Duc BTW...

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Where will you gets parts in the Thumb?

Wayyyy awesome Ducati!
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Where will you gets parts in the Thumb?

Wayyyy awesome Ducati!
What, no Ferrari?
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That Ducati is too much.

If I ever bought another large sport bike, a Ducati would be right at the top of the list.

I've been known to visit a local dealership just to look at them.

Congrats on your good fortune.
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Always wanted a 748/916, too bad you have to do the valves every 5000(?) miles and the Duc mechs here are a joke.
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I like my larger Italian redheads with a little less "clothing," so to speak.
No fairings, and I'm a happy, buggy camper. The smaller one's, no problem.

I'll try to find a pic of the Desmo I once owned. Not sure if I kept it in my files.
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I like my larger Italian redheads with a little less "clothing," so to speak.
No fairings, and I'm a happy, buggy camper. The smaller one's, no problem.


...and in the FWIW department, we have our annual "Wheels of Italy" show here at the end of summer.

Check out these babies!

[IMG]IMG_0195 by gomango1849, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_0193 by gomango1849, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]IMG_0194 by gomango1849, on Flickr[/IMG]
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I like the 748 very much and would consider one...
My life insurance policies have a few exclusions, no aircraft pilots license or motorcycle drivers license.
I thought that was telling.

Be careful out there, car pilots just don't see you, at least that is how I felt long ago and that was before texting and cell phones.
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Be careful out there, car pilots just don't see you, at least that is how I felt long ago and that was before texting and cell phones.
I won't be a downer here and talk about my big accident.

However, I love riding off road and away from cars.

I still watch the local CL for a nice 1974 Elsinore to pop up........
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I still watch the local CL for a nice 1974 Elsinore to pop up........
I knew a girl named Elsinore....but she was older than that.....
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Very nice toys. Be safe and keep an eye out.
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I've been riding for quite some time so no worries. I sold my 99' Ducati 800 Sport a few months ago but got the itch again but wanted a later model 748s specially and nothing else.

Funny correlation I noticed. Whenever I buy a matching cap or hat of a italian bicycle or motorcycle I own. I end up selling the bikes or motorcycle a few months later and leftover with a hat. I've got a Colnago cycling cap, Cinelli cap and then a Ducati hat. Maybe I'll have to burn the Ducati hat and keep the bike. Haha.

Surprisingly the Ducati dealership in Detroit is only an hour and a half from me. Most of the work I can handle except for the valves but the bike was in for a full service tune up at the ducati dealership directly across the street from me. Yup I live directly across the street from a Ducati, BMW and Triumph dealership so I get to see them any time I leave the house. They have two incredible race bikes always sitting in the front windows. It's like a strip club with windows. Lol.

I don't do a lot of riding so racking up the mileage between service intervals will last me a whole. The previous owner only put a thousand miles on it in five years. Cool thing was he was an older fellow from the UK that used to race sidecar and did some races at the Isle of Man and gave me his old leathers and helmet. He was 70 years old and said he just couldn't handle the bike anymore and wanted something more upright and docile.

Then he notices some tubular rims in the back of my car when we were putting some extras he gave and showed me his Orbea and said he also used to race road bikes also back in his day. I told him we were moving in a month and said he something else to give me. He point down and there was a brand new 4x8 trailer still in the box he said I could have it since I was moving to haul the bike back with and then gave me back two hundred bucks back from what I gave him for the bike. I had to pinch myself to see if this was real. It's been awhile since I've got this good of a deal but he said he actually turn people down who wanted to buy it just from how they came across to him.
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Old 05-09-15, 09:26 AM
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This was my first ducati I picked up in pile of parts literally. So working on them isn't new to me. The harness was hacked up beyond all recognition, all the plastic was junk and the best part. They lost both keys which are chipped. Mind you it came with a clean title but was normally not the way you want to get into Ducatis.

If you don't know Ducatis and their security system on some bikes. It's pretty crazy to say the least and can be quite a nightmare. The key has to match the ignition unit, the gauge cluster and the ECU to run. If anyone isn't match it won't run no matter what. Not to mention the key issue. There's a red master key that is used to reprogram and new keys and then a black key as like a spare back up. If you lose the red no problem as you still have back up black key. If you loose both...you need to replace everything. The previous owners thought you'd be able to bypass it hacking up the harness somehow but in return making the bike even more unridable then gave up. Little did they know there's a few shops in the US that will reprogram the ECU to disable the security feature and by pass replacing everything.

So I sent my ECU down to Houston Super Bikes which is a huge Italian motorcycle dealership and they reprogrammed it and within two weeks along with a new wiring harness I had the bike up and running. This is probably my first bike in quite sometime that didn't need any work and ready to ride.

So Robbie I've had a fairly naked Ducati also just last year.
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Awesome bike and great story too.

haven't got round getting my license, but since a license alone runs about 6 beautiful C&V bicycle restos, I've to make some decisions.
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Beautiful bikes in this thread. I've always said the day I get a motorcycle is the day I've got six months to live -- because I know me -- but I'm not lacking in appreciation. Wicked cool machines.
My personal favorite (and yes, because the song, but also because ) is the Vincent Black Lightning. So I'm gonna gratuitously throw a British brunette into the mix. Keepin' it C&V!


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I knew a girl named Elsinore....but she was older than that.....
Didn't Led Zep write a song about her?
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Old 05-09-15, 01:40 PM
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Oh man a black lightning. That's a bit beyond my grasp. Maybe if I stumbled across it in a barn find. Lol. I had a Vincent black lightning tee shirt. Haha.
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I've mellowed with age and become a MotoGuzzi fan (for reasons unknown). But, the best sounding bike I ever heard was a Ducati running in the superbike race at Road America. Something about that valve timing that opens before BDC really produces a lovely sound that gets my heart racing. The bike almost lapped the field, and it was really a joy to hear it come down the back straight and downshift for the left turn.

IIRC there's a Ducati dealer in Clinton Township, which is probably as close as you're going to get for service unless you have a local wrench. Yours is a beauty
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Picked up the loud redhead this morning. Man she just doesn't shut up even while at a stop light...clank, clank clank!


Something about a dry clutch!
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I loved going to the vintage motorcycle races at Road America as we lived about 45 minutes away from Elkhart Lake before we moved out here. My 800 Sport was stock until I knocked out the baffles. This is a family friendly forum but the bike wasn't so much anymore and my neighbors probably hated me afterwards. Haha.

This bike isn't so docile either with the full Termignoni exhaust and the open clutch cover. The bike is really nice and we'll taken care of with some little chips here and there. The previous owner never took it out in the rain and the fact he only ran up a thousand miles in the five years he owned it. He really baby'd it and his wife even took pictures of it with both of us. It was like I was marrying his first born. Lol. Truly great people and the type of deals you make new friends from.
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Ducati. Mmmmmm.....
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Loud clutches save lives
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