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Kerm's Monster 750 [message #237823] Sat, 05 February 2011 15:29 Go to next message
Kermit is currently offline  Kermit   United Kingdom
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(22) Giacomo Agostini
a 1999 Ducati Monster 750


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http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/KermitX/M750/M750_2.jpg

http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/KermitX/M750/M750_1.jpg

It doesn't actually need much doing to it as it did pass an MOT earlier in the week but its not clean enough for my liking and it could do with at least the basics such as chain/sprocket cleaning, brake calipers cleaning, then a good general clean.

Then maybe, just maybe if I can't resist a few suitable tasty parts Grin
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237824 is a reply to message #237823] Sat, 05 February 2011 15:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Interesting one that. Never figured you for a Ducati man, but why not.
Enjoy the challenge and keep the photos coming. Wink
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237830 is a reply to message #237824] Sat, 05 February 2011 16:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That looks like a good bike, although a gather that within a little while you'll have it looking mint.. Thumbs Up

I've never owned a Ducati, are they as bad as most people say for home spannering? think
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237837 is a reply to message #237830] Sat, 05 February 2011 16:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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ALG_SP wrote on Sat, 05 February 2011 16:22
That looks like a good bike, although a gather that within a little while you'll have it looking mint.. Thumbs Up

I've never owned a Ducati, are they as bad as most people say for home spannering? think


In a nut shell yes. smile


Not much work required there Kermit. Thumbs Up
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237841 is a reply to message #237837] Sat, 05 February 2011 16:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Nice one Thumbs Up

I just so happens I've got a set of pfm calipers that am pretty sure will fit straight onto that Laugh

Found this sitting on Ducati stall @ London EXCEL

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Don't ask me wot she was measuring Laugh
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237845 is a reply to message #237823] Sat, 05 February 2011 17:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Is good, i like Thumbs Up
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237854 is a reply to message #237845] Sat, 05 February 2011 18:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Im looking forward to this, never seen a Ducati close up before Confused
Yeah i know ive led a really sheltered life Laugh
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237855 is a reply to message #237830] Sat, 05 February 2011 18:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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ALG_SP wrote
I've never owned a Ducati, are they as bad as most people say for home spannering? think

Quazi could well be right but so far as far as access goes the tank lifts up and is supported car bonnet style and seconds later with 4 clips the air filter can be got at. Maybe Quazi's refering to the need for specialist tools deeper into the engine although I'm not planning on doing too much except probably a new timing belt just to be sure to be sure Wink

Its still got its original rubber brake and clutch lines so already order HEL replacements for those to add to Haynes manual I ordered a few days ago.

Bonnet Up
Grin
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/KermitX/M750/M750_3.jpg
thats just road crap on the clock surrounds

http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/KermitX/M750/M750_4.jpg

http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/KermitX/M750/M750_5.jpg

Parts Required/Desired
Tyres - the D208's on it are just about shot
Zorts - undecided how much to spend (if any) but checked the price of Termi's and it won't be them Laugh
Oil and Filter
F&R Brake Line + Clutch Line (Ordered from HEL)
Air Filter - still weighing up K&N vs oem
Renthal Grips - cheap mod likley to be ordered shortly
Brake and Clutch Levers - those chinese good looking ones although existing levers are fine
Renthal Bars - pondering this but won't buy anytime soon
Oil & Filter - I'm not buying Agip 4T Racing Oil as specified on a sticker next to filler so trying to work out what will do
Timing Belt (genuine)

Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237859 is a reply to message #237855] Sat, 05 February 2011 18:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looks clean !

Has it ever been used ?

14000 - answer - NO
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237870 is a reply to message #237859] Sat, 05 February 2011 19:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Very nice mate, that is a break with Honda tradition eh Wink

Have fun with her.
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237905 is a reply to message #237870] Sat, 05 February 2011 22:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I like it! Thumbs Up

Thought about a tail tidy yet?
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237906 is a reply to message #237905] Sat, 05 February 2011 22:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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maybe a silly question but :

why hasn't it got a front mudguard ?

SPAl
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237909 is a reply to message #237906] Sat, 05 February 2011 22:58 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It's in the boot of the car. (photo 2)
Probably removed to strap the wheel to the trailer?

I've been waiting for a 'European Twin' section for ages! Laugh
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237911 is a reply to message #237909] Sat, 05 February 2011 23:17 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Keen eyed Phil is spot on, the f.guard was close to touching the front wheel brace hoop thing on the trailer so we took it off Thumbs Up

Think I might need to add a battery to the list as I left it on the optimate not long after my second post and before going out earlier this evening and now I'm back the optimates red is on indicating it doesn't think it can recovered it to "good". That said is does start ok if a little sluggish so probably be purchasing a Yuasa £54 or other make at around £40-42 shortly.


Regarding the reasons for buying this then as usual with me it was a bit of an impulse buy last weekend using ebay app on iphone while out and about. Not 20mins before bidding on this I bid and lost out enduro bike although it escapes me now which model is was. The M750 came up 1/2hr later so popped in a last minute bid and won. The idea of its growing on me thankfully as its true I've always said I'd never have a Duke, when it boils down to it besides dodgy electrics and making sure you change the timing belt its fairly simple mechanically and even though the valves are shimmed, they can be done without removing the cam given that I don't think it has one given Ducati's valve system.

Its also different enough from the 929 to be an interesting alternative for a blast, a return to a v-twin for me as while I'd like another SP1/2 I'm not selling the 929 to get one and baring a GS500 I once owned, its the first naked/street bike I've had so mostly all new territory for me with hopefully just the right amount of grunt.
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237915 is a reply to message #237911] Sun, 06 February 2011 00:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm concerned over seat height as it looks too low to me but other than that, looks ace and I'm sure you will have fun on it. Do they handle well??
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237916 is a reply to message #237915] Sun, 06 February 2011 01:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Does feel low compared to the 929 but I'm only 5'10" and I reckon it'll be a nice height. As for handling well then no idea as I forgot to let my insurer know in time so have only ridden it up & down a bit Laugh
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237933 is a reply to message #237916] Sun, 06 February 2011 10:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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nice little project kerm smile

i nearly got a full faired duke last year as it was cheap and in fair nick but opted out as it was 600cc Neutral

they handle very well apparently and that compensates for the relatively low power of the engine.
but v twin torque is good as you know so its going to be a good fun bike on tight twisties Thumbs Up

looking at the fork caps you need a fork oil change Thumbs Up
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #237945 is a reply to message #237823] Sun, 06 February 2011 12:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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How did it pass an MOT on that rear tyre? Wink
Having said that you are absolutely right about Termignoni: they are expensive as shopping at Harrod's and even if money's no issue they aren't the best exhausts for Ducati. Private teams run Arrow, Leovince, Akrapovic... pretty much everything except Termignoni. Customer service is crap too. Thumb Down
Oil: Ducati dealers down here use Shell Helix 15W-50 on all bikes except the D16RR. So it will be fine using any similar product. smile
Finally a word of advice: always keep the battery in tip-top shape. Those Ducati's are not easy on them.
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #238076 is a reply to message #237945] Mon, 07 February 2011 12:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Kakugo wrote on Sun, 06 February 2011 12:15
Oil: Ducati dealers down here use Shell Helix 15W-50 on all bikes except the D16RR. So it will be fine using any similar product.

tried searching for that in the UK and not many hits so tried Shell Advance 15w-50 and looked for fully synth and while I got a few more hits, not many.

I've just called the local ducati dealer round here (Cobb & Jagger) and he said they use Motul on theirs and given my bike is a 99 model that semi would be fine. Thing is I'm not paying their £37.99 for 4L of Motul semi as I'm sure its about £20-25 elsewhere but I appreciate the dealers view on things Grin
Re: Kerm's new project bike is.... [message #238173 is a reply to message #238076] Mon, 07 February 2011 21:01 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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My cheap bikes often don't turn out "cheap". Here's a list to prove it Blush

Quote:
Ordered
Brake & Clutch Lines £87 - Ordered
Manual £18 - Ordered
K&N Air and Oil Filter £54 - Ordered
Grips £8 - Ordered
Exhausts £180 - used but tidy and on the way
X-Ring chain and Renthals £115 - ordered
Oil 15w-50 Motul 5100 £20-25 - present from Bro
Baffles £32.50 - not now required as the seller found the baffles in the cans original packaging which he didn't know he had Thumbs Up
Carb Balancer (2 cylinder) £20 from busters

Not bought yet
Timing Belt £40 #73710021A or newer type is part #7371005A
Tyres £160-200
Levers £35
Tail Tidy?


Not long after checking the afam chain out and while its filthy and mainly oily crude that would probably clean up ok, it does have signs of rust on the end plates and I can't have that. I sat there helplessly as my mouse and B&C express worked in collusion to relieve me of some money Doh
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