Not all the work was done today, but it all culminated in my first ride today in 10 months.
I bought a 1000SS DS swingarm from Japan some time ago. Second hand from a bike with 11,500km on it, mint condition ( they must have ultrasonically cleaned it before shipping it because it's "as new" clean
. It came with a similar condition ( mint ) axle / washers / nuts / upper and lower chain sliders. I ordered a standard 1000 SS DS plastic hugger / chain guard from Ducati, they had to get it in, I bet it's the first standard plastic hugger they've sold for a long time. While I was at it I fitted a 41 tooth rear sprocket that a bloke threw in when I bought the aluminium Termi's from him ( thanks Steve ), and new DID chain.
Also put new cam belts on, that's why there's no belt cover, as I need to check the tension after a hot run.
More than a year ago I got my Showa forks rebuilt at Cogent Dynamics with Ohlins internals and new springs. They fitted 0.85 springs which were too light, despite me giving them my weight etc, so I had to pull the forks again, and got .95 springs ( locally ). So now I just need to go back to my suspension setup guy and get them adjusted correctly, and with the Ohlins DU235 rear shock ( 1000 SS DS / the long shock ), the bike should finally handle nicely.
So today I went for my first ride since January. Partly because I had the forks out getting the .95 springs, then I broke my finger on my left hand in August so I couldn't use the clutch. Anyway, the finger is getting a lot better with therapy, and I finally got both ends of the bike together at the same time so off I went. Went for a 90km / 55 mile ride, my left hand / arm was aching by the time I got back. The speedo turned over 13,000 km / 8105 miles while I was out. No the bike doesn't get ridden much unfortunately, but that will change in a couple of years when I finish working overseas and go back to a normal life and work in the same city I live in. I've had the bike just over 5 years, and ridden it 2090 kms / 1300 miles
Here's the obligatory picture you all want, not a very good pic with the pocket camera, but one day I'll clean the old girl up and take some decent pics.