After looking at a poor, fairing-less 748/853 on Craigslist for almost a year now, I decided to reach out to the seller. Most Ducatisti are terrified of Ducs without fairings, but cosmetics are replaceable, it's the mechanics that count. As it turned out, the bike had extensive records for every service dating back to new, a recent tune up, and claims of excellent mechanicals, so I figured "ah, what the heck". Surprisingly, the seller was one of the nicest, most straight forward, downright good people I've ever met. The bike ran well, rode well, and, checking all the usual suspects, had no glaring engine problems, sounds or leaks. I struck a deal with the seller and before I knew it it was in my trailer heading home.
Here it is, first pulled up to the house (and it's ok if you're jealous of my tow vehicle):
The poor thing has had a hard life. A lowslide crash resulted in the 748 engine getting an 853 kit and frame powder coating during repairs. The red frame doesn't quite match Ducati red, but I think it will look good when I'm done.
After initial repairs, the bike was ridden by the second owner (the seller) and several of his friends on occasion. Friends don't care about your bike like you do, and as a result, though well maintained mechanically, this thing is in rough shape. Here's a few gore shots (if you're squeamish you might want to skip these):
A garage door was dropped on the mirror and amazingly cracked only the mirror, not the support stay:
Worst grips I've ever seen on a Duc
How does a heel guard get ground into the exhaust cover like this?
I'm assembling the comprehensive list of parts needed to get her back in good shape aesthetically, and it's getting pretty long as you can imagine (and yes, chinese fairings are on the list
). The most fun part is ordering all the goodies you want knowing you'll end up with a bike built exactly how you like it without breaking the bank.
This build thread won't be anywhere near as awesome as that Red Bull 996 build from a few years back, but it'll warm your heart to see such a sad, abused bike get the love and care that it commands.