Restoring a '78 500 Sport Desmo

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Pasophisto
Cucciolo - the Lil Pup
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Restoring a '78 500 Sport Desmo

Post by Pasophisto » Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:51 pm

Hi folks.

I have a new project. The engine turns over, it is complete, and it is red. That is the good news. The other news is that it sat for 21 years under a deck until this morning, the pipes are not original, the forks are rusty, the choke activator is snapped off, and there are climbing vines INSIDE the primary case! I appreciate the information I have received by reading posts in this thread- thank you. Now I figure a workshop manual would be a good purchase (please accept that as an invitation to recommend where I might find one), and maybe some cables, fork seals, and I might be interested in that group ring purchase- I'll know soon enough.

All suggestions (polite ones only, please) are appreciated! Keep in mind my name (yes, as a Paso owner, I am used to abuse).

Thanks all.

Pasophisto.
Pasophisto
'98 900SS FE
'88 750 Paso
'78 ????????

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Craig in France
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Sport desmo workshop manual

Post by Craig in France » Thu Apr 19, 2007 11:51 am

Hi Pasophisto,

I see Motomanuali list a workshop manual update for the Sport Desmo entitled, "500 SPORT DESMO ’77 AGGIORNAMENTO \ UPDATE". This may be all that was specifically printed for the Sport Desmo, the rest being essentially the same as the GTL.

Go http://www.motomanuali.com/MANUALI&CATA ... ducati.htm

Motomanuali also list a parts book, again as an update. Go http://www.motomanuali.com/MANUALI&CATA ... ducati.htm

Otherwise, I know the UK owners' club does a re-print of the parts book for the 350-500 Sport Desmo: £12, and I can try and get one for you, if you want.

HTH

Craig in UK/France

Pasophisto
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Thanks Craig

Post by Pasophisto » Thu Apr 19, 2007 1:45 pm

I appreciate that leaad. I'm good from here for the moment.

I'll call when I need more.

Cheers-

Sheldon
Pasophisto
'98 900SS FE
'88 750 Paso
'78 ????????

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