...the CR had the steel swingarm, It may not be as sexy as a aluminum but they have been 100% problem free.
Like Ducvet said, there are no issues with the steel swingarm...
Agreed gentlemen. While the steel swingarms themselves were pretty much problem free it's not entirely accurate to say that the CR model steel swingarms were completely without problems.
I've got a '95 900SS CR and I can tell you from experience that the cheap ass chintzy stamped steel rear axle plates that Ducati used were a major pain in the ass. Yellow arrow in Pic 1.
The steel swingarms have a stamped scale on the top rail on either side of the swingarm as a visual aide for properly aligning the rear wheel. Pic 2.
Those crummy stamped steel axle plates would always bend and twist and warp whenever you torqued up the rear axle bolt making them pretty much completely useless as a guide for accurately aligning the rear wheel.
Go back and look closely at Pic 1 and you'll actually see that the axle plate is bent and twisted slightly clockwise on the swingarm rail.
Also because those plates would always bend and twist and warp they didn't provide much,if any,stability or clamping force on the swingarm to help keep the rear axle from slipping either. Before every ride I would have to check to make sure that the rear axle hadn't moved.
The reported fix for those crappy stamped steel plates was a set of machined aluminum axle plates from a company called Moto-Techniques. Green arrow in Pic 3.
I actually have a set of them on my parts shelf still in their original package that I bought from Motowheels many years ago. Pic 4.
The Moto-Techniques aluminum axle plates are fairly beefy and fit snug and securely on the CR model's steel swingarm rail. And like the stock steel axle plates there's also a pointer machined at the top of each plate to help with wheel alignment. Pic 5.
These machined aluminum axle plates were supposed to help make it easier to align the rear axle and more securely hold it in place.
I never ended up using them because I decided to go with a Metmachex aluminum swingarm and a set of OZ Piega rims with the 5.5 inch width rear rim instead.