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by Gardner
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Trouble mating the 860 crankcase halves
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Trouble mating the 860 crankcase halves

The kickstart shaft has to be rotated 45° while sliding cases together for the ratchet lug to engage the stop. It's easier to check crank end play with just the crank in the cases. Check that your bearings slide on the crank without being too tight. They also have to slide into the steel case housin...
by Gardner
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Better Oil Flow to the Sump, And filter ALL of the oil.
Replies: 11
Views: 4114

Re: Better Oil Flow to the Sump, And filter ALL of the oil.

Temperature reached 50° today so I went for a 30 mile ride. Probably one of the last for this year. Total on the engine since rebuild and start up back in May is 6861 nearly trouble free miles. Had some oil push past the head o-rings that was fixed by moving the head oil restrictors and the dry clut...
by Gardner
Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: Bevel Head Twins Photo Gallery
Topic: Rotor Rust Dust
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Re: Rotor Rust Dust

I agree, big mistake. :( Girlfriend has a 71 Commando that I like to tear around on.
They're a bit more common than MHR's so you could maybe find another.
by Gardner
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:49 am
Forum: Wheel, Brake & Tyre Shop
Topic: Check your pins and pads
Replies: 1
Views: 310

Check your pins and pads

This last spring I noticed one of the caliper pins on the SS was hanging out a bit more than it should. I popped the cover off and found that the small center pin was rattling around on top of the rotor and pads! :shock: Checked the fronts and found a pad had sheared off the steel backing plate but ...
by Gardner
Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: Bevel Head Twins Photo Gallery
Topic: Rotor Rust Dust
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Re: Rotor Rust Dust

Waking up and seeing that every morning would brighten my day! Do you have a really low watt bulb in the lamp with just the right glow for
the long cold winter mood lighting?
by Gardner
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Bevel Head Twins Photo Gallery
Topic: Rotor Rust Dust
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Re: Rotor Rust Dust

Yeah, not many curvy roads in Iowa where you can lean it over, or on the Interstate for that matter! I think that front Avon has over 12,000 miles on it now from the last 2 or 3 years, can see some cracks down in the treads. My bikes are indoor temp controlled also, that hot and cold with humidity i...
by Gardner
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Bevel Head Twins Photo Gallery
Topic: Rotor Rust Dust
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Rotor Rust Dust

Rode to the Barber Vintage Festival last weekend, the bike sat out in the rain one night and the rotors rusted. The first time you use the brakes a cloud of rust dust flies off and the result made for a cool pic I thought. https://i.imgur.com/dSjEAaf.jpg Was a good ride except for being caught in a ...
by Gardner
Fri Aug 30, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Bevel Head Twins Photo Gallery
Topic: 81 SS fresh engine
Replies: 12
Views: 5244

Re: 81 SS fresh engine

I can't believe no one commented about what may be the only bevel Ducati 900SS with beads on the seat! :-D
by Gardner
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Bevel Head Twins Photo Gallery
Topic: 81 SS fresh engine
Replies: 12
Views: 5244

Re: 81 SS fresh engine

Thank you Joe! It's so much fun to ride.

Mark G
by Gardner
Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Bevel Head Twins Photo Gallery
Topic: 81 SS fresh engine
Replies: 12
Views: 5244

Re: 81 SS fresh engine

Changed oil after Kansas and headed for northern Wisconsin and cooler temps for the 4th of July weekend. Really nice ride around the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Back in Davenport Iowa Sunday night after 995 miles. It's been 3485 miles since May 19th, I'm pretty sure everything done to the engine is goi...
by Gardner
Mon Jul 01, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Bevel Head Twins Photo Gallery
Topic: 81 SS fresh engine
Replies: 12
Views: 5244

Re: 81 SS fresh engine

Rode to Kansas last weekend for the AHRMA races at Heartland Motorsports Park in Topeka. Temps in the 90's, don't know how the racers put leathers on and go race. Parked by a pair of Panigale V4's. https://i.imgur.com/bat2ZYf.jpg Stayed in Gardner Kansas, nice town. Just outside of town is where you...
by Gardner
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Better Oil Flow to the Sump, And filter ALL of the oil.
Replies: 11
Views: 4114

Re: Better Oil Flow to the Sump, And filter ALL of the oil.

After 1380 miles it was time for an oil change but first I wanted to move the oil restrictors in the cam supports to the cases to take pressure off the o-rings in the cylinder to head joint. I pushed some thick grease into the passages and tapped them to 5/16-18 maybe 3/8 deep. Was no need to drill ...
by Gardner
Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Electrical & Gauges Shop
Topic: New ignition system: need advice!
Replies: 19
Views: 6109

Re: New ignition system: need advice!

That's awesome! Glad you're getting some riding in.
by Gardner
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:48 am
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Better Oil Flow to the Sump, And filter ALL of the oil.
Replies: 11
Views: 4114

Re: Better Oil Flow to the Sump, And filter ALL of the oil.

Update after 856 miles. After a long high speed interstate run I noticed oil drops on the case behind the rear head. It's coming from the head to cylinder o-ring. I think when the oil is cold there is more pressure than the o-ring was intended to hold because of the restrictor in the cam support sho...
by Gardner
Thu May 30, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Engine & Transmission Shop
Topic: Better Oil Flow to the Sump, And filter ALL of the oil.
Replies: 11
Views: 4114

Re: Better Oil Flow to the Sump

The old pump outlet is plugged with a short setscrew. https://i.imgur.com/7xCirch.jpg The restrictor Ducati presses into the crankshaft was drilled out - it looked like a spring pin. Brass setscrews with a 1.5 mm hole drilled thru were used as restrictors in the cam supports. The heads are still com...

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