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Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 6:47 am
Thanks for the info, I'll look that reference book up.
As for anything to do with Bevel's in the South West, I'm quite sure that anything that was around has now dried up, or turned into the later style Ducati franchise. I'll keep my ear to the ground, maybe I'll find something for your trip next year. Take a look at this url
All I can suggest is, don't drink too much of that Somerset Cider, as you will definitely have problems finding any shop the next day!!!
Isn't it amazing that up to about 10 years ago the UK used to be a wealth of Bevel parts (twins and singles). Whats it like in the Netherlands these days?
Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:47 pm
just came back from our two week holiday in Great Britain.
Everything went perfect, the weather was just fine, the place we stayed (Doniford) was great, we saw a lot of Somerset and Devon , (even a Kawasaki 750H2 2-stroke ( my other bike) just driving at the road).....but no beavels indeed.
I visited Ducati of Bridgwater, and the only beavel there was a scale model.....by the way, I was shocked to see the prices for Ducati appereal, t-shirts,jackets etc!!!!!
Overhere in Holland it's the same as in your country, only a few bevel specialists remain, but luckely there's internet nowadays, I find lot's of partscources there!
And of course I know some beavelnuts who are willing to help if needed.
Just another story for you; some years ago, we went on holiday to Scotland, and on the way I dropped the heads of my Mille at Steve Wynne near Manchester, he revised them and set the valves, nobody has ever touched the heads again....!!
( and of course we visited the grave of Mike Hailwood in Tanwort)
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 7:41 am
Just seen your reply, as I’m also travelling at the moment, but sadly business not pleasure.
I’m glad that you had a good time, as Devon and Somerset at this time of year can be a very nice place.
As for the book that you mentioned, I’m finding great difficulty in locating it, but I’m still trying.
Please tell me, what was it that Steve Wynne did to give such lasting results, even though I’ve only ever adjusted mine once, and that was quite a few years ago now.
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:40 am
Steve, I don't know what Steve Wynne actually did with the adjustment of the valves.
I know he assured me to use leaded fuel, or a very good lead replacement, so I use Millers VCP since then together with Shell V-Power fuel, as leaded fuel is no longer available overhere.
I haven't driven the bike much after the Wynne adjustments, so there was no need for anyone else to work on it....!!
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 5:38 pm
Now you come to mention it, the additives that I’ve also been using for lead free has also helped.
As I’m currently rebuilding my Desmo 250 I can’t wait to see what effect this is also going to have, as I’m not going to replace the valve seats. I don't know if anyone else has anything else to add to this, but it could be quite interesting
mille s2 1000r frame
Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:15 pm
i have owned my s2 since new ,its got 1000r frame no,s,,originaly q.ld. bike,now n.s.w,...............jim
Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 7:59 pm
I have looked at & worked on some Japanese import late MHR's lately which are all different & with weird bits fitted.
All are low mile bikes but all are different & show no signs of engines removed etc.
One of them is a MHR900 dry clutch (late style frame) with a square case (wet clutch) engine, spin on filter & sight glass in the cases but with a kick start & no electric start (& no provision or indication it was ever fitted).
The other is identical to the above but it has a std. kick start only 900 square case motor same as fitted to '82 SS.
The last is a Mille framed bike that is in very original condition with around 3,000km from new but it has a 900SD/S2 style engine but stamped with ZD1000 on the cases. This bike is showing no signs of ever being tampered with at all.
I think alot of oddball stuff left the factory around this time & these Jap. bikes seem to be the oddest???
Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 12:18 am
maybe they are not built by Ducati at all.
F.i. A Ducati dealer in Swiss, G.Vogel, built some Mille's from NOS parts in 1987-1988.
They were different from the factory Mille's.
Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2009 6:22 am
were'nt these last s2/mille/mhr bevels affectionately referred to as "frankenducs"-assembled from any available parts?
Posted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:29 am
No. We reserve the "Frankenduc" moniker for the S2 Milles with the 1000R frame number sequence.