Elefant Sightings?

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by erappaport, May 24, 2006.

  1. Curtis in Texas

    Curtis in Texas Been here awhile

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    My son and I rode my Bikes to his Church last Friday for a Men's Conference they were having.
    I rode my 06 KLR and let my son ride my 95 E 900 Elefant!

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    Yea, I know the fender is off it. The dang thing broke in half the other day, so I'm going to make a copy of it in steel with my.Planishing Hammer.
  2. cdms2000

    cdms2000 n00b

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    my sidestand flicks up when i lift bike .Is this standard or am i missing a spring ?.

    there is a double spring fitted to one mounting but there is another mounting on stand with nothing fitted

    also my right hand petcock has had some form of brazing repair .Are the wires for the fuel warning light supposed to go to this petcock ? , as they are not connected .
  3. Fantuzzi

    Fantuzzi Been here awhile

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    The side stand should flick up in standard installation.

    The wires on the right petcock are standard on some Elefants.

    BTW, every Elefant is different. At Cagiva they installed what they've got on the shelf, that particular day. :clap

    You see the wires often fixed with glue.
  4. Touring XR

    Touring XR Adventurer

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    After more than 10 years on the fence, I've finally joined the herd. RonS has gratiously turned over the responsibility for the care and feeding of his (and formerly Dennis G's) '94 e900. Now to solve the high speed fuel flow issue and get this lovely bike out there where it belongs.

    I've been lurking the Elefant community for a long time. It's about time I got one.

    Geoff
  5. RonS

    RonS Out there...

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    You sir have excellent taste in motorcycles :lol3

    Been checking to see if you'd fess up about stealing my bike :lol3 Hopefully you have more time than I did/do to get the fueling sorted out. I forgot to mention that someone here abouts mentioned that checking the fuel pump pressure would be worthwhile. I'm doubting that's it though as the issue only seems to be with one of the carbs. You sound like you have actually worked on bikes more than I have but one of the things I was going to do was pop the top and check the diaphragms. If the needle was not lifting adequately that would be one potential cause and a torn or poorly installed diaphragm would cause that. The other thing I was going to check was to make sure that there were not any leaks between the back side of the carbs and the intakes. When I had the valve adjustment done I got the bike back and it was running poorly. One of the issues turned out that the mechanic hadn't tightened the hose clamps on the side that the carbs drop into. It was sucking air. The other thing he screwed up was that he tried to adjust the carb balance to make it appears as if it was running fine. I corrected those problems. Absent those being the issue my plan was to take a look at the function of the carb slides, the float level, the needle itself, blow out the high speed passages and, well you know the drill better than I do. Have fun with it and ride the piss out of it. Don't let it sit and rot like I did.
  6. Touring XR

    Touring XR Adventurer

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    Hey Ron! Working to check things off the list. Then I will be riding the wheels off it. And I keep looking at the WP forks off my old Husaberg.....
  7. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    check the inside of the tank.some of the tanks were known to start breaking down.small fibers can clog the fuel filters and carbs.the pump is used at start/up then creates a siphone effect to keep the gas flowing so i doubt its the pump.would'nt hurt to tighten the screws on the pump there might be a small air leak at the bladder in the pump.these problems are common with the old carb'ed models.good luck.
  8. RonS

    RonS Out there...

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    The trouble is that it only seems like one carb has a problem. The thing was running perfectly before I parked it and before I had the valves adjusted.
  9. Chadleys1

    Chadleys1 working on it

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    I'm going to put this one up for sale on the FleaMarket, but thought I'd give the real Ducati/Cagiva Elefant folks the first look... too many projects in too small of a shop. Took photos this morning.
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  10. 800SSDuc

    800SSDuc Who is John Galt?

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    Nice looking bike.
    Fess up some details :D
    Mileage, service details, price ect....
  11. Chadleys1

    Chadleys1 working on it

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    It looks like this one is getting traded off to one of the local Austin Ducati gurus.
    thanks for the interest.
    -CLC
  12. greycountyduc

    greycountyduc Adventurer

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    [​IMG]Greetings from Ontario, Canada

    After lurking for quite a while, and viewing many great stories and adventures, I've finally
    made the effort to contribute.

    I'm 53 and owned bikes since 16. First Ducati at 22. Still have it. A 1980 SSD Darmah.
    More on that one to follow, when I figure some of this out. I had noticed an 'Old Ducati thread' some time back,
    but don't seem to find it, now.

    I'll be trying to post a pic here of my '94 E900, so if I've got a bit of trouble,
    perhaps some kind person will help.:ear

    Cheers, :freaky Tom


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  13. Bevelhead

    Bevelhead Adventurer

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    Welcome to the herd from a fellow (SD) Darmah and Elefant owner. My first Ducati ('74 750 Sport) at age 17. Just click on the little yellow icon at the top of the message editing window. You can only place a link to a photo stored elsewhere. No place here to upload it.
  14. greycountyduc

    greycountyduc Adventurer

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    Hi Bevelhead,

    Thanks for replying, nice bikes, ..the trouble I'm having is after I copy the embeddable links,
    where do I then find the copy, to be able to paste it.

    I've gotta ask, what about the Sport?
  15. Gone14s

    Gone14s Been here awhile

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    I got a good deal on it. I traded a 94 KX500 ana 94 KTM300 dirt bikes for it. The p/owners have done alot of the mods to it and have kept it up pretty good. The bike used to be yellow and gray. I decided to go with the lucky set up. I striped it and did the paint, black and white. Had Sign Chief here in town do the art work on her.
    The bikes real color was red. Took 2 months and 1800.00 to get it where I wanted it.

    Sorry mod's, I posted in the wrong thread...this should be correct.

    Kurt

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  16. Gone14s

    Gone14s Been here awhile

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    Grey, you may or may not know about this site. It has all the info you will need on the Elefant's:

    http://groups.google.com/group/elefantadventurebikes

    Kurt
  17. DakarBlues

    DakarBlues One-everythinged man

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    Simply awesome!

    That's why the Elefant will ALWAYS have a soft spot in my heart.

    It is the only bike that approaches the Africa Twin aesthetically/functionally, but it has the character that will always lack in the former.
  18. Bevelhead

    Bevelhead Adventurer

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    "I've gotta ask, what about the Sport?"

    Tom,
    I bought the Sport for 700.00 from a dealer in 1978. Few people in Kansas even knew what one was back then, much less drooled over 'em like I did, so they couldn't give 'em away. Anyway, a few years later the top jug started smoking, and I was preoccupied with things I shouldn't have been, so I traded it for fifty dollars and a bicycle. It was a nice bicycle, ('74 Raleigh International) but as you can expect I've been kicking myself ever since. No I was not thinking clearly.

    I was redeemed some years later when I bought a basket-case (but mostly complete) '73 450 R/T for 200 bucks. I restored it and just last year I traded straight across for my Elefant.

    Considering all the stupid decisions I've made over the years I'm pretty blessed.
  19. greycountyduc

    greycountyduc Adventurer

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    Hi Bevel,

    You're not alone kicking yourself about bikes we wish we'd a kept..
    The Ducati was a weird and wonderful thing in that era. Any one who rode one was
    pretty well a madman..:D

    Well, that is redemption, an R/T450 is fairly rare, so ya stole that one
    There was one I knew of in this area, and it's lately ended up in good hands,
    a fellow Ducati friend of mine.

    Speaking '70's 80's do you or anyone recall the DIOC? I was a member in the eighties
    The editor Joel, used to put a lot of effort in back then, and I wish I'd apppreciated it more.
    Still have all the old issues, of course, there was a lot of good bevel info,

    Sorry if I'm off topic, I've yet to go thru this thread, what pg. your Elefant pic
    on, Bevel?
  20. Bevelhead

    Bevelhead Adventurer

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