First bike! 2000 900SS, and also Wiring Issue
It's great to finally be a part of the forum. I read on here a lot before purchasing my bike, and now that I have had the bike I have been out enjoying it, it has been so great. Quick story-- I had always wanted a bike, graduated from college, got a (semi)real job, or at least more real than my last job flipping burgers, and finally felt as though I was ready to get into owning one. I had always liked chopped down style bikes, cafe-type primarily with maybe the occasional streetfighter or the like, and my buddy was looking to sell his 2000 900ss, as he had just purchased an 1198. I was never really into Ducatis, the name didn't really mean as much to me as it did to others as I didn't really know too much about bikes as a whole, I would say. So in a way I sort of fell ass backward into owning a Ducati, haha. I got it from him for a pretty good price, and he included a whole bunch of spare and extra parts, which I honestly have no idea how much they are worth or how to go about valuing/selling them. I'll post more on that later in the thread, but I have entire mint side fairings, a mint gas tank, mint front fairing, and a bunch of other stuff that I really need to sell now but have no idea how, due to the wiring issue which I spoke on in the title, but that's another matter.
Whew, that was a lot. So I have owned the bike for a few months now, it has been great. The story of the bike is an interesting one-- it is sort of a franken-bike, it has a salvage title from being hit by a delivery truck while parked, has roughly 11,000 miles, no gauges at the moment. It originally had a Two Brothers exhaust system fitted which sounded just flat out mean...apparently it shot small flames out a few times, said my buddy who was riding with me. I recently put on chopped straight tubes which are just....absurd sounding. It was definitely some sort of project bike for the person who owned it before my friend, it has an aftermarket headlight zip-tied onto the forks and the wiring is just sort of smushed behind the front headlight unit. It has ridden fine for months for me now, and a year at least for my buddy before, so everything seemed all good. I was riding it last week, however, and I got off and pulled the key out to grab something from under the seat, and upon getting back on and putting the key in, literally nothing happens. No fuel pump when turning it, no lights, no noises, nothing. After just getting off and back on for about one minute. So my mind is pretty boggled by that. I pulled out what I think was the fuse box and looked, and none looked broken. Checked the battery does have charge. Does anyone know how much a replacement wiring harness runs for something like this, if that even may be the case? This is all new to me. I am banking on having to pay some shop about $100 to diagnose it, which seems about my only option at this point. It is such a great and unique bike though, I'd hate for this to be something serious.
Another matter, the rear swing arm appears to have been damaged due to the previous owner fitting the exhaust system incorrectly. I have since put chopped pipes on which alleviate the problem, but this seems like something that could be fairly serious. What is everyone's take on this?