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by DesmoDog
Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: Wheel, Brake & Tyre Shop
Topic: 900 SS spokes
Replies: 1
Views: 1944

Buchanan's has more than one size nipple. Measure the spoke, find the thread pitch and ask them again.
by DesmoDog
Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: The Rumour Mill
Topic: Ducati Bevel places in New York and Florida?
Replies: 2
Views: 2558

I only know of Syd's Cycles in St Petersburg Florida and DesmoPro in, um, some other town in Florida. I'm not sure about the showroom presence for either one. The only time I made it to Syd's they were closed, and DesmoPro just started up within the past year. Syd's is of course Syd Tunstall's shop,...
by DesmoDog
Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:40 pm
Forum: Wheel, Brake & Tyre Shop
Topic: Making brake cables
Replies: 5
Views: 2626

Hi Steve, I'm already putting together a wish list for Flanders, will probably order some things later tonight or tomorrow. I've got everything I need to silver solder so I'm going to try that I think. I worked as a bicycle mechanic for about ten years so not to be arrogant or anything but I trust m...
by DesmoDog
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: Wheel, Brake & Tyre Shop
Topic: Making brake cables
Replies: 5
Views: 2626

Making brake cables

I'm not really sure where this question should go so I'll stick it in here and hope for the best... I have multiple projects going on right now and I think it's finally time to make good on my threats and start making my own control cables. I worked as a bicycle mechanic for a lot of years and know ...
by DesmoDog
Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:25 am
Forum: Chassis & Suspension Shop
Topic: Restoration Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 4750

I'm with everyone else here. Don't do the clip ons. Don't restore it just to make it look shiny. Fix what needs to be fixed, clean up what's dirty, and ride it. That said, you haven't given much indication on just how bad the cosmetics are. There was an editorial in a recent Road and Track magazine ...
by DesmoDog
Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:54 pm
Forum: Single Cylinder Photo Gallery
Topic: Final pics of 350 project
Replies: 9
Views: 12746

Why so shy? Post the piccies here too!

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Nice bike...
by DesmoDog
Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:53 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Stripped Spark Plug holes
Replies: 20
Views: 9001

I'd recommend a TimerSert repair over a Helicoil. I know some people swear by Helicoils but I'm not a big fan...
by DesmoDog
Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:25 pm
Forum: Body, Paint & Rubber Shop
Topic: Monza headstock sticker
Replies: 5
Views: 3255

I'm looking at one off a 250 so I'd say replace the 250 with 160... but here's what the numbers are 250 (type?) 196 (this is year, the last digit was left blank by Ducati to be filled in by the dealer when sold. Fill it in if you like) Engine Number Frame Number (they match) 125 (weight) 150 (max lo...
by DesmoDog
Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: Roundcase Engines > 750 GT, 750 Sport & 750 Super Sport
Topic: 750 GT timing Marks
Replies: 7
Views: 4359

I think what you are thinking of are engines that use a "wasted spark". They fire both cylinders at the same time but that doesn't mean both cylinders are on their power stroke. Harley does this. It's been a long time since I did the math but I seem to recall that on a Harley twin, the wasted spark ...
by DesmoDog
Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: 750 GT Timing Marks
Replies: 7
Views: 3668

On a properly assembled engine the dots only line up once every six revolutions. Did you have the engine apart or at least have the heads off? EDIT: I just saw a couple other posts and it seems you have had the top end off. Did you follow the instructions in the manual to time it or just line up the...
by DesmoDog
Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: Roundcase Engines > 750 GT, 750 Sport & 750 Super Sport
Topic: Front brake master cylinder
Replies: 1
Views: 1731

Yes it's rebuildable. It's been so long since I did mine I've forgotten the fine details but IIRC you have to press the piston out the back of the MC. There's a ring that holds it all in place and you need to fabricate a tool to press it all back together. FWIW I rebuilt mine twice and was never abl...
by DesmoDog
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: Single Cylinder Photo Gallery
Topic: 160 Monza Jr
Replies: 17
Views: 19515

I really don't like the stock tank hold down on the old singles. Not that it matters, it wouldn't work with my tank and seat anyway, so I ran a bunch of ideas through my head and this is what I came up with. I ended up making a couple hooks and using a hold down I bought for my 750GT. It was too lon...
by DesmoDog
Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: Single Cylinder Photo Gallery
Topic: 250 Monza => 350 Bitsa
Replies: 1
Views: 8207

Re: 250 Monza => 350 Bitsa

...The vision of what "after" should be has changed a few times, but now I think I'm pretty much set. I've got some flanged alloy rims for it, 35mm Marzocchi forks, an abused Mach 1 style tank, and it seems a 350 Sebring engine has also found it's way to my shop. I was torn between going with a dis...
by DesmoDog
Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:08 am
Forum: Single Cylinder Photo Gallery
Topic: 160 Monza Jr
Replies: 17
Views: 19515

Got the seat done. I'm not in love with it (the hump is too massive) but it'll work for now. Adding the trim helped a lot. The back of the tank needs to be raised a bit and I'm considering trying to lower the back of the seat a touch too... but it can't move too far before it hits the fender. http:/...
by DesmoDog
Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:19 pm
Forum: Videos etc - DUCATI related
Topic: Misc Ducati Videos
Replies: 0
Views: 7398

Misc Ducati Videos

It seems the museum video I have on Youtube is corrupt, so I looked for the original and came across a few different Ducati videos. These all require Quicktime to view (.mov files) and are quite large - dial up users don't even bother! Ducati museum tour - ~26Meg http://www.teamyikes.com/Movies/DucM...

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