OK, I waited until the weather was half-assed livable to remove the carbs (it was "only" 110f today). I had to watch a few videos since the service manual is vague as hell about removing them. I will say that there are some real idiots out there making videos of "how to" issues on these air cooled Ducatis.
"Have Berrymans, will fuddup my carbs in the driveway".
In any case, once I worked out the order of disassembly things went ok. I feel I need to mention that THEM CARBS STANK!
They're not the worst I've seen, I used to own/operate an authorized factory warranty and repair center for several brands of emergency power/portable/RV generators. At least fifty times per year we'd have someone come in with an RV that had a generator that was not running. Nearly to the one it was due to the owners not running their gens at least once per month under load for about an hour ... resulting in gunked carb trouble. Some of them were pretty awful.
These carbs are about up there with the top 20% of "the worst" I've seen. And did I mention that ....
THEY FLIPPIN STANK-ASS!
*** Those rubber hold-down straps that secure the battery are also junk. So those need to be replaced as well.
*** The little machined swingarm plates came in as well. I'll get to installing them along the way here.
*** While the bike is opened up I'm going to replace as many of the hoses as I can (just cuz). And I may as well rewire the 12v systems while I'm at it. After I removed the BATT NEG first
, when I went to remove the positive from the batt it became clear that terminal had overheated a few times. Under-gauged wiring is what I blame that on.
*** So, letting the carbs "dry out" a little bit (one day should do the trick), then they're off to my chosen carb refurbish service person. I reckon about two weeks, perhaps three, of total time turnaround.
*** Stored the seat in the house, away from our cats. Cats love to claw into motorcycle seats. They just love it.
*** The fuel tank is very full with fresh gas to help dilute/dissolve any remaining lacquer that may have formed in the tank while the previous owner stored the bike in his garage between November 2018 to the 1st week in June when I bought the bike. We'll drain that gas and refill it before reinstalling it on the bike. But for now, it's full of two week old fuel.
*** New fuel lines and clamps wouldn't be a bad idea, especially on a 23 year old motorcycle.
*** The intake "boots" that connect the carbs to the intake manifolds look to be in serviceable condition, so I'll probably not replace those.