I'm on my third engine. I've rebuilt the bike after a mate cartwheeled it in a gravel trap at Eastern Creek, then my output shaft failed and lunched the gearbox. The frame cracked! I then crashed it 2 weeks after it was all tip-top (rebuild no. 2), my regulator failed and the battery blew up spewing acid all over the place, then my bike had another issue with 1st and 2nd gears slowly failing so the engine gets pulled again, rebuild no. 3! Then my swing arm tried to eject itself when a circlip came of the end of the pivot. The last thing to happen was the oil pressure sensor failed, spewing oil on the rear tyre.
Sure there are bikes out there that could be less hassle but this bike is so alive. The combination of snorting flat-slides, hot cams and big bore exhaust sends a chill up my spine - even thinking about it.
I bought the bike new in '97 and before that I had a '95 model. I'm still in love with my bike.
I really did love my '95 900SS, and am missing it terribly....... looking hard at replacements now....
Only problems I had was the headlight wiring melted the headlight bucket. This was on a trip and I was like 1000kms away from home. Blew a few fuses but she kept on going ( after a little bush mechanic work ) all the way home.
The headlight was replaced with a Honda CX650 item, fitted perfectly with some small mods, and was SOOOOOO much better to be able to see at night !!!!
At just under 30k she dropped an exhaust valve on the front cylinder, caused by a loose keyway on the camshaft sprocket. This allowed freeplay on the belt, it moved over and rubbed on the belt cover heated up stretched and jumped a tooth ( or two ) allowing the exhaust valve to kiss the piston head.
Lucky I was only cruising along at about 110kph or so on a nice open sweeping road. Earlier in the day were riding through the Snowy Mountains, easy though as she was a little sick but had nowhere to help/look/check. Locked up though and lunched the piston, head and barrel..... conrod and the crank etc was all fine.
This was on a trip again and almost 2000km from home but sent to Melbourne ( thanks Nova Ducati !!!! ) and she was fixed and rode home within 10 days. So we still got to the GP !!!!!
I replaced the carbys with flatslides, open airbox and dynoed/jetted to suit.
Custom high mount Stainless Exhaust by my mate from the local bike shop, Coil kit from Ca-Cycleworks, and a lithium ferrous battery from a little known Aussie Company Lithium Batteries Australia - Battery Cells
This made such a difference starting, and would only lose less than 10% charge sitting dormant for over 12 months !!!! Enough CCA to crank a 4x4 and all in the size of a coke can !!!!
anyway, I loved my fiery italian girlfriend and am looking for another to play with.......
Hope my ramble is easy enough to comprehend and digest.....