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post #1011 of 1116 (permalink) Old May 15th, 2019, 5:51 pm
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could be both ways lol--But I also race a 1972 BMW R75/5 in AHRMA and my 77 BMW R100SRS street bike is set up the same way, I live in Florida now so few good roads, but I have been riding Deals Gap in NC & Tenn for 40 years along with all the other roads around there & I have been in Ca. riding the roads out there The only person that ever gave me a good run for the money was at Deals gap & the guy was on an old bevel drive 900ss--it took me a bit but I got him lol--but he was good-- I dont know if you know that road or not 318 tight mountain curves in 11 miles--It is work to run that road at speed -there are a hell of a lot of better roads around, but there you make a mistake and the next time you touch the ground could be 200 feet down lol

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Hahahahahaha.... Sorry. Deals Gap may be exciting for the average American rider - and having viewed a LOT of Youtube ride videos of roads in America - I can see why. ______________________________ sooo straight. I posted a video here a while back that's MY road out the front door - it's 80kms - and a good 50kms of it is about as twisty as Deals Gap - or worse. And a 100kph speed limit and nearly no cops. Which then feeds in to several hundred more kilometres of similar roads. If I ever (OK - when) get caught up on the work here that got behind over the past 4 or 5 years, I plan to video a few more local roads - which might make you kinda jealous... Sorta like this one
(though I don't go THAT fast).

Anyway - not here to make fun of you guys lack of fun roads... Some comments about your airbox and exhaust. Re the airbox lid - the snorkels are HORRIBLY restrictive. To let the engine breathe like it needs to (particularly with that new exhaust), you have three choices - either remove the snorkels, and leave the lid as is, or remove the snorkels, and chop holes in the lid as well, or just remove the lid.

I removed the snorkels shortly after it had it's first service from new, and they've never gone back on again. I wasn't too keen on the idea of chopping holes in the lid, especially as the holes where the snorkels go are plenty large enough.

When I bought my K&N filter, I tried running the bike without the airbox lid - and if you think it's loud without the snorkels, try it without the whole lid (use a large rubber O-ring to hold the airfilter in place). So the lid went back on, sans snorkels. Much better. Noisy if you're used to things more modern, but an acceptable (for me) compromise. Plus there was an idea/theory around (on some Ducati forum somewhere) that the having the airbox lid on, helps create a 'dam' effect on the airflow from the front of the bike, creating a higher pressure area around the intake holes, thus helping to pressurise the airbox. I have no conclusive proof that this IS the case. However, when I bought my FCR's and the exhaust system, I wasn't able to tune my bike on a dyno - there wasn't one anywhere near me at the time. So I tuned it the old fashioned way - several kilometres up the road is a long straight, very suitable for full throttle 5th or 6th gear runs and plug chops.
As I already had a large range of Keihin jets, I was able to just keep richening up the main jets until it didn't sputter and misfire under full/large throttle openings - and ended up with MUCH richer main jets than anyone else I know here runs. Other than a bit of a play with the idle mixture screws and airjet screws, that was the only jetting that I ended up changing. Again, watch the video - err - it's a bit over 35 minutes, so set yourself up with a drink... Here -
- you'll hear (where the wind noise is bad, I've dropped the audio levels - and bring them back up through the slower bits where the engine can be heard. Oh - and with that jetting in, I get a best fuel economy of 8.6 litres to 200 kms (at a roughly 70mph cruise). When it was stock (-ish, with DynoJet kit and K&N) I used to run 10 litres to the same 200kms.
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It's pretty obvious you've never been to the Dragon. The videos you posted, while are awesome in their own right, are nothing compared to the Dragon. The examples you posted are way faster and more open without much elevation change. The Dragon is nearly impossible to describe to someone who hasn't been there and is a humbling experience once you get there for the first time. A lot of people don't like it because it's so incredibly tight and twisty and not everyone can ride it's entire 11 miles without backing off at some point to rest and regroup. The Dragon is really and truly Supermotard country. Trying to keep up with the locals on their motards with get you hurt.

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Catalina Hwy, 1,328 turns in 28 miles, from 2,600 to over 8,000 feet in altitude. This video is of the lower part, still desert, the upper part is tight twistys through pine forest.



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Hahahahahaha.... Sorry. Deals Gap may be exciting for the average American rider - and having viewed a LOT of Youtube ride videos of roads in America - I can see why. ______________________________ sooo straight.
Not everyone lives in flyover states, it's all about that geography!

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Not everyone lives in flyover states, it's all about that geography!
https://youtu.be/NbqwnvRknlo
Lol. Yeah - continental geology tends to make big flat areas in the middle, which are great for building nice straight roads, while we are islands, upthrust from tectonic plate movement, with the resulting poor sedimentary soils which erode heavily due to our high rainfall. Thus there's LOTS of steep hills and twisting valleys, which makes straight roads kinda rare.

That video you posted was a nice one - pretty similar to the roads here. And if anyone has any others of proper twisting roads - post them up! I spent hours using the Youtube app on my TV while sitting up at nights watching over my lad - and proper twisty road videos are REALLY hard to find. There's a few - IMO less than 20. Often they say "Twisty Road" for something that a bagger Harley wouldn't have to slow for.

Here's a few that I liked:

These two are US based (as far as I know):



This is part of what I want to cover for my next video...


Hopefully before winter sets in - my bike's sitting with fresh, barely scrubbed in tyres, ready to go. Just got other stuff to do - like mow the lawns - 5 hectares (13 acres) worth.

So I got a bigger ride on. Not mine - a loaner from friends that I fixed some equipment for. Now I've been fixing this thing (New Holland/Ford 8560) - it's got a computerised transmission, that's had it's sensors and solenoids severely neglected for some years. BUT it's been just what I need to chop through the years of accumulated matted grass. It's an African type (kikuyu), that throws out runners, and spreads by bits breaking off and rooting. Good in droughts, but horrible to deal with when you don't have either stock to eat it, or a way to mow it. Still - a 160hp tractor spinning a heavy slasher does the job. Almost finished...

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Mods are: K&N filter, airbox lid on with rubber trumpets removed, MBP collets, full SMI (SilMoto Italia) spaghetti exhaust with 'open' carbon cans, 41mm FCR's - #182 mains!, Barnett alloy clutch basket, Oberon slave cylinder, Ohlins fork springs, Ohlins rear shock, Verlicchi swingarm.
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If you’re ever in South Dakota, you have to do Needles. Also Spearfish Canyon and Badlands NP.

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post #1018 of 1116 (permalink) Old May 25th, 2019, 3:07 pm
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Well I got the last thing I need for this 1991 900ss today in the post, A nice original Carbon Ft Fender all I need to do to it is a light scuff and repaint it with Clear, -So now since I got the bike 3 weeks ago here is my list of what I have changed / replaced for one reason or another--Got the Bike, New Kilometer speedo, New left Euro Combo switch, New Tyres, New Belts, changed engine oil & filter, changed brake & clutch fluid, New Battery ordered Seat cowling, cleaned and greased every single electrical connector on the bike, replaced the broken tail light , Checked valves, purchased a very nice pair of Carbon Tech High pipes, made high pipe hangers( temp until I find the ones I want) I sent the carbs out to Sebastian @ MelliMoto to rebuild since he know these carbs-I should have them back within a week, & installed K&N Air Filter, --I have yet to hear it run but I am sure it will be fine. Solved the Paperwork issue by registering the Bike in Vermont -The # on the frame & Title did not match-it was an obvious typo but Fl. would not fix it--the vin # as we know starts -ZDM906SC, Mine said ZDM960SC I checked with Ducati and there was NEVER a # that started ZDM960SC But would Fl. take the manufactures word for this --HELL NO. So I went around the system and will be able to now get a Fl. tag, reg & Title. So hopefully I will be riding this 900ss within 2 weeks
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Finally got around to fitting 888 OEM clip ons and new tires. What a difference that makes. It was already a great bike but too upright for me. Now it's perfect.
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I rode my bike without any issues, for the first time since I bought it...five months ago. Rusty tank and carbs was the culprit.

I installed these carbs from Wounded Duc. Rebuilt by Fredsmoot23!
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