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I have gotten several PM's regarding the 851/888 Forum but can't seem to reply directly. The ducati851and888 forum is down. I have not been able to reach Jimmy nor has anyone else that I know of. It appears as though it is just dead.

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Marvin Jensen
 

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There is but I'm not computer saavy enough for it to be of any use to me.
 

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Hey all, several of the moderators here brought this thread to my attention and thought it would be a good idea if we add an 851/888 forum here forum to share your information. I put in a request today for that to be added and will update you.
 

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Good idea. The number "8" is the lucky number in many Asian cultures, so we are certain to pick many new Asian members who own an 888. 🏍
 

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is there still an internet archive? people were linking that to stuff after moto one shut up i recall.
There is but I'm not computer saavy enough for it to be of any use to me.
I checked the Wayback Machine and it looks like it's returning an error message. Unless you can get a hold of someone with back-end access to the old site, it would appear that it's truly gone.
 

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Good luck Scott. I think we had over 2500 members but about 95% of our members were from Europe, Australia, etc. There doesn't seem to be all that much interest in the 851/888's here in the US.
 

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There is but I'm not computer saavy enough for it to be of any use to me.

Hi Marvin,
Myself (and a lot of other people as it seems) would love tot get the 851/888 up and running again.
And we are willing to help out. Starting a 851/888 forum here would be nice but that does not compensate for the zillions of posts and thousands of member that the 851/888 forum gathered over the years.

Save the web archive in a safe place is my advise.
If you can't get a hold of the forum admins let me know and I'll try to help. I will pm you my email address.

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Patrick
 

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I know that Jimmy was taking donations to pay for the website/Forum. I assume it was through the Forum (dead now), but if anyone has an email addy or other contact info. where they were sending money to Jimmy please come forward with it and we will try and get the Forum up and runnning again
 

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I'm sure there was a ton of information and history too valuable to be simply tossed on that forum. I sincerely hope you guys can get it back up and accessible again.
 

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Thanks Chuckracer ! It reminds me of the old "Ducati Index" which imploded
 

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Good luck Scott. I think we had over 2500 members but about 95% of our members were from Europe, Australia, etc. There doesn't seem to be all that much interest in the 851/888's here in the US.

Well thats absurd! There's you, and me, and Mike, and Mark, and Erv, and...well, I guess that's it. :)
 

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I can think of 6 or 7 more. Three of which are being raced in AHRMA.along with Erv. All have 996 engines, two of them with RS engines
 

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Is the yellow factory finish or has it been repainted?
 

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As one of those Pesky Europeans ;), we have been trying to chase down the contact details of Jimmy and the site administrators/domain registrars for Ducati851and888.com, but as everyone used to connect to Jimmy through the site, no-one seems to know his full name, or location (town/city). We have a thread or 2 going on Ducatiforum.co.uk and there are plenty of people willing to take it on from Jimmy.

What we have found out was the following. The registrar for the domain was eNom, but they have advised me that this has now transferred to GoDaddy and is likely to go to auction at some point. What we cannot get is the location of where the site was hosted, as that is where the "gold" is stored. Without Jimmy's input, or another well versed admin from the site helping, we are blind and about to lose a wonderful source of information, that will need to be painstakingly recreated.

I and others are happy to take on Jimmy's legacy, but fearing that he may be incapacitated, or worse, is an awful thought. I want to ensure he is well and offer support to take on the site, as I know this had become a burden for him over the years and a struggle to fund.

Chris
 
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