Ducati Fever

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by OneTraveller, May 17, 2013.

  1. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    I stopped by to see you e/o last week, Brendon. Saw you were tied up and looked for the bike we talked about. I assume you peddled it but either way... my heart was set on something a little more scalpel-ish. I snagged an '08 Hypermotard w/ 300 miles on the clock.

    It's the perfect alternate to the KTM 690SMC.

    Runs out of breath just before it feels like you'll blow off the seat and surprisingly fun getting to that point. Thanks for the offer and yes... it's a gas riding a vee again. :thumb
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  2. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    It's an '08 and even the insulation between the exhaust cans and the CF guards is still clean and sparkly. Needs a little detailing and a canisterectomy but other than that it looks just like it did when it rolled off the showroom floor five years ago.

    And Heli... that's your buttpad. Holler and I'll deliver it to you.

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  3. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Wow, big congrats!

    Can't believe another friend is now a Hyper owner. :brow

    More pics please, Mike. The pic below is of the Hyper that Ben H. rode to 3rd over-all at last year's D2D games. :wink:

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  4. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    Thanks, Mark! I've got a couple questions I'd like to run by you, too. I slobbed the bike up riding in the rain today but I'll clean it up and snap a few pics in the next couple days.

    Seems like a lower seat height than I was expecting and I need to tweak the suspension, etc. but it's definitely a fun bike. I'm thinking it must have been set up for someone a lot lighter then I as the rear shock sucks up a bunch of the power when you whack the throttle open in second. Wants to come up and will but s/b a little less drama.

    Lots to learn and a new toy to learn on!
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  5. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    That seems odd. Mine doesn’t sink much, fairly stiff. Ain’t touched the suspenders. :dunno
    Just sent you some more info. Assume you got the 1st three.
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  6. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    I ordered a couple handfuls of fasteners to replace the junk plastic 1/4 turn jobbies that hold the front cowls on to what looks like it ought to be a fuel tank but apparently isn't.

    Should have a handful of extras. Holler if you need some, Tom... or anybody else in the same predicament.
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  7. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    I shouldn't have compromised with the Honda, as I've been wanting a 750 or 900SS or fuel injected Monster, particularly the S2R variants, for the last couple years and have never had the money together when nice ones come for sale. Now I have a blender instead of a motorcycle. :cry
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  8. simestd

    simestd Been here awhile

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    Geez I like the look of TomS' bike there!

    Those Hypermotards are really gorgeous bikes... Congrats Legion :d

    V-twin - check, air cooled - check, naked - check, upright position - check... and that exhaust system is just art! The cam drive being so external is kinda odd looking to me though.

    I'm probably asking the wrong crowd, but what's it like to live with one of these? Do they trend toward being high strung, high maintenance (or downright BSC) as their Italian heritage might suggest?
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  9. Bones_GSXR

    Bones_GSXR Will ride anything

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    Ducati's built after 99 got a lot better (some teething troubles here and there) unlike my 900SS's (95 900SS/SP, 96 900SS/CR) that need belts and valve adjustments every 5000mi.
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  10. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Thanks! It looked like this on day one. Maybe not as 'flashy' now but I wanted an all black, including the frame, in the first place. Now the high, (very high!), buck stock panels are safe & sound. The CF stuff was real cheap in comparison. I didn't like the white stripes. White?! Yuk!

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    I eyeballed some of the Ducatis for a long time, Monsters mostly. The thought of high maintenance & parts cost held me off. But when the Hypers came along & I got a chance to ride one I was sold. And maintenance things have improved. It has been flawless & no troubles, no regrets.
    It’s better than Bones says though.
    2008 thru 2012 Hypers ...
    Check the belts at 7,500 miles, change the belts every 15,000 miles
    Check and/or adjust the valves every 7,500 miles.
    I’m almost to my first desmo valve adjustment & would be real happy to find a helper that has done it before.

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    The new 2013 Hypers are different. 821cc liquid cooled, 4 valve heads, 15,000 miles to valve adjustment. More horsepower, less torque.
    Here’s a profile pic for ya, Simestd. :D

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    Wonder how this looks on here .... :evil
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  11. simestd

    simestd Been here awhile

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    Very tastefully done Sir! No comparison really, that subframe should have been red and the beak should have been black from the factory.

    The Desmodromic valve mechanism is interesting, I had heard of it before but had to hit up Wikipedia to refresh my memory. I dug up a couple sites that were specifically leading folks through Ducati valve adjustments and at least on paper it seems pretty simple. One fellow did a nice job laying out the shim calculations and suggested that you bring your mic/caliper to the dealer if new shims are needed just to verify and save a trip.

    You're a bad man! Neither my insurance nor my bank account want anything to do with the above picture. It's a far cry from the Virgao, but maybe an individual with outstanding taste will tuck one away carefully so I can buy it in a few years :evil
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  12. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    I really wanted the hot Italian girl, but I wound up with the practical Japanese girl instead. But as a consolation, she's a dirty girl. :lol3

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  13. legion

    legion Voodoo Science

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    Sorry Mark. Spent some time in banned camp. I'll get some pics up soon.
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  14. skierd

    skierd Wannabe Far-Rider

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    Very nice! I still love mine even if this might be the first summer I don't burn through at least one set of tires.
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