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    Cool Back to the Big Bikes

    I caved in and picked up another big bike. I needed a bike that could ride on the freeway. The Derbis just don't work out there, and the Mito would be kind of a waste there as well. I did a lot of research to find something that I felt met the same level as my little 2005 GPR. The big problem there was not wanting a liter bike this time. It seems that over here if you want the nice stuff you have to get a liter bike.

    While I would have liked something smaller and lighter I feel I did okay. :) It's of course used, and with a lot of miles that helped get it in my price range. I did review what would be needed for the major service, and I feel it's totally doable.

    I did look at a number of 750s but they were all heavier. The 899 has a bunch of nice electronic features that help make it easier to ride (like rain mode), and in more than one review it was mentioned that it acted like a two stroke! Well color me red...

    Before I ride it I have a bunch of mild service to do on it. Things like the fluids, pads, and stuff like that, just to make sure everything is in good shape. ;)



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    Sweet ride. one of the most beautiful bikes on the road, IMO.

    Didnt want a litre bike but with with "just" a 160hp 899? :-)

    I had an 848 and loved the emotion of the ride. Am sure the 899 going to be great for you. Miss that Ducati rumble, crack, and pop.

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    Looks good!

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    You don't do anything by halves do you? Nice bike.

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    Sweeeeeeet!
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    Some pithy saying about biking, or a quote from a self-styled guru. Take your pick.

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    Some pithy saying about biking, or a quote from a self-styled guru. Take your pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-rider View Post
    Sweet ride. one of the most beautiful bikes on the road, IMO.

    Didnt want a litre bike but with with "just" a 160hp 899? :-)

    I had an 848 and loved the emotion of the ride. Am sure the 899 going to be great for you. Miss that Ducati rumble, crack, and pop.
    I think this one is 148, but only 110 in rain mode. :P I probably would have been happy with something like a modern GPz550, but no one sells anything like that in the States these days, at least not with nice equipment. And yeah the bike had to look great if I was going to spend that much money on it! lolz The MV F3 was in the running, but some how the red wheels was a determining factor.

    Quote Originally Posted by dmizer View Post
    You don't do anything by halves do you? Nice bike.
    I paid about half what a new one would go for. lolz ;)

    RS and P thanks! :)

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    Because the bike has significant miles on it I decided to do a deep clean, and minor service. Here's one side of it with the plastics off before the cleaning.


    It's not horrible, but there's definitely some areas that could use a good cleaning. Since you have to take the bike to this level to do an oil change I figured I might as well clean things up while I'm in there. :P








    And I'm finding things that need attending like disconnected hoses, and issues with the shock.




    One thing that I've found which concerns me a bit is the markings on some parts that I've only ever seen on parts sourced from a junkyard. Maybe Ducati does this at the factory, or some such, but were I to see this on a car I would think it's seen some repairs that might have been due to an accident.


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    After wrenching all weekend I was able to get the bike buttoned up and take it for it's first ride (well for me). This is going to be one fun bike! :P


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    I am just having so much fun on this bike. Yesterday I had to stop at the DMV for the Cagiva, so I snapped a shot. Today I road through the park and the Prisidio, but I didn't get any shots because well, I didn't want to stop. lolz

    Sunday is the beginning of the MotoGP season--well it's already started, but the first race is Sunday. I would usually go hang out at the D-Store and watch it with the guys, but Doc Wong has brought in Keith Code to teach a special class. The weatherman is saying rain. I sure hope he's wrong!


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    Looks good. I miss the rumble of my Duc. Heard a 1198 or 1298 with a mean exhaust (likely the Termi's) the other day. Sounded great. Wondering if I can somehow get my V-Rod to sound like that.

    Saw a white 899 on Friday as well. It may be the only bike that I like as much or more in white than any colour, even the red.

    Enoy PCH, and all of the other great roads up your way.

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    The Doc Wong/Keith Code event was a blast. Nearly 200 people showed up! I got to ride the Faka bike. That was fun. It's like a mechanical bull! We also did some riding position drills, and some braking demos.

    G-rider, I looked at the red ones, but I really like the red wheels. ;) The bike has a lot of miles on it, and needs a fair amount of service work. For instance the fork seals are leaking. \_(ツ)_/ At least I like to wrench. ;)




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