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congrats on the nice purchase! The cheaper Ducs end up being more expensive pretty quickly.

FYI.. so I looked hard at this particular bike as I'm in Mesa and looking for a good value, low mile 90's SS. Lucky for you I am over-committed as of right now on other pursuits with a certain 996 and 1198 and looking to fill garage space with a new ride of a dual sport sort.. so I passed on this bike. I'm genuinely stoked that this bike went to a fellow Lister in the neighborhood who looks to take it into a good home. PM if you're in the area riding!

Read up on the List's SS threads during the dog days of AZ summer.. and enjoy & contribute to the brotherhood!
 

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POSSIBLE OHLINS SHOCK:

Funny story about this shock. About five years ago I ~discovered~ Ducati motorcycles, and I began collecting some parts to begin mockups for a full-on custom street legal track bike. I bought a couple of frames with clear titles included (one SS frame, and one ST2 frame) ... a couple of different stock swingarms, rear suspension linkages, and two rear shocks. Both shocks were purchased at different times from different sellers. I paid $50 bucks for the shock in the picture attached below. It was advertised as a Sachs (if I properly recall). When it arrived, it was instantly apparent that it is an Ohlins! For $50 bucks! Life got in the way ... well, more like the frikkin frackin flippin Veteran's Administration got in the way. Instead of actually providing the proper treatment they prescribed wheelbarrow fulls of pills (combat related PTSD). It took nearly 4 years for them to shit their get together. Anyhow ... here we are today.

This shock is about as close to 12 inches center to center at the eyelets as I can tell.

Does anyone know what the stock shock length is? I can't really measure mine without removing a bunch of stuff to get to those eyes to obtain a measurement.

For obvious reasons I'd like to be able to use this shock if I can. If it's ~GO!~ then the plan is to send it to RaceTech to have them go through it and set it up for my little flat trackin' ass. I'm 5' 7" and 170lbs ... ~ahem~ ... uh ... after I lose about 35 pounds. My "set weight" is 170 ... but a close family member died very unexpectedly in Feb of 2018 .. and I kinda got a little too interested in comfort food during my "pity party" after he died. I'm fine now (emotionally) and I've already lost about 15 pounds. So enough excuses for getting FAT already!!

So anyway .. anyone know what the stock shock length on the 1996 900CR is?

Thankies!
No. But the correct Ohlins for our bikes is a DU235, which has a piggy back reservoir, and adjustable ride height. It's the latter which is essential, as when you get around to replacing the soggy OEM front springs with some linear ones which work, the front will sit considerably higher (much less sag), and to get the bike to steer correctly again, you need to raise the rear ride height to balance it out.

OK - I just went out and dug my original shock out. 320mm eye centre to eye centre. + or - a mm or so.

Lol - and I get you on the eating thing. I'm 25kg (about 50 lbs) down on where I peaked (105kg) about 3 years ago (family stuff), and I've been steady at that for a good 18 months so far. Another 5kgs down would be nice, but I'm not too bothered...

That may be a shock off a bike which came standard with an Ohlins (no idea what though), as it looks like it's a cheaper version similar to what was fitted OEM to a few bikes.
 

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congrats on the nice purchase! The cheaper Ducs end up being more expensive pretty quickly.

FYI.. so I looked hard at this particular bike as I'm in Mesa and looking for a good value, low mile 90's SS. Lucky for you I am over-committed as of right now on other pursuits with a certain 996 and 1198 and looking to fill garage space with a new ride of a dual sport sort.. so I passed on this bike. I'm genuinely stoked that this bike went to a fellow Lister in the neighborhood who looks to take it into a good home. PM if you're in the area riding!

Read up on the List's SS threads during the dog days of AZ summer.. and enjoy & contribute to the brotherhood!
I signed up into this forum about six days ago. I simply made an off the cuff comment in one member's thread about looking for an SS within the Phx/Yuma/Tucson area. That member sent me a private message with a link to this bike's ad in the Cycle Trader. I contacted the seller, we traded emails about a half dozen times, then we spoke on the phone once for about 45 minutes to an hour. Three days later we made the trip from Yuma to the seller's location, spent several hours with him, traded money for motorcycle. ~FIN~

I feel as though I picked up a perfect foundation of the bike I see in my mind's eye, and have seen that bike in my head for many years. From my point of view, I done good.

The seller was really pleased to have sold it to a military vet, he's a patriotic fella who's father was a tail gunner in a B24 in the 1950s in the US Air Force. I am also a USAF vet (Nuclear Weapons Armed Security, M-60 machinegun specialist, and squad leader on the 12 man Tactical Response Team which was a counter terrorist unit protecting TITAN II nuclear ICBMs and warheads stored in nuclear weapons storage areas ... the most powerful nuclear weapons ever made by humanity). I wanted a seller that was nearly sick with a desire to take excellent care of the motorcycle I wanted to buy. Perfect match.

BTW ... I hope I didn't over-hype the condition of this bike when I described it early on in this thread.

I plan on doing some personalizing to it, but nothing that cannot be reversed should I decide to reconfigure it back to stock. Something along the lines of the red Ducati in the attached pics. The only real styling difference would be a different exhaust than the underseat system depicted in these photos. I really (REALLY) like the design of the fairing on that bike, as well as pretty much the rest of it. I'm going to see how/if I can manage a pair of big ass Hella (round) lights on it ... endurance bike style. The other pictures are there for posterity, just because I like them, no other reasons.
 

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No. But the correct Ohlins for our bikes is a DU235, which has a piggy back reservoir, and adjustable ride height. It's the latter which is essential, as when you get around to replacing the soggy OEM front springs with some linear ones which work, the front will sit considerably higher (much less sag), and to get the bike to steer correctly again, you need to raise the rear ride height to balance it out.

OK - I just went out and dug my original shock out. 320mm eye centre to eye centre. + or - a mm or so.

Lol - and I get you on the eating thing. I'm 25kg (about 50 lbs) down on where I peaked (105kg) about 3 years ago (family stuff), and I've been steady at that for a good 18 months so far. Another 5kgs down would be nice, but I'm not too bothered...

That may be a shock off a bike which came standard with an Ohlins (no idea what though), as it looks like it's a cheaper version similar to what was fitted OEM to a few bikes.
I just looked it up ... it appears it fits one of the Monsters.

I also have the hydraulic preload adjuster for it. It has the port for adding a remote reservoir as well.

Ok, so if it doesn't fit, no biggie ... I can easily sell it and then work up the additional cash-hish for a more correct unit. Perhaps a Works Performance, or a Race Tech ... just to rattle the purists ....

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I just looked it up ... it appears it fits one of the Monsters.

I also have the hydraulic preload adjuster for it. It has the port for adding a remote reservoir as well.

Ok, so if it doesn't fit, no biggie ... I can easily sell it and then work up the additional cash-hish for a more correct unit. Perhaps a Works Performance, or a Race Tech ... just to rattle the purists ....

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
:D The hydraulic preload adjuster is nice to have - my wifes bandit has one (Ohlins), makes it so much easier when you load a passenger on.
 

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Oh ... and Member *ifly65 ... I'll see you one lazy ass cat and raise you another lazy ass cat ... she's my little feral cat we rescued from feral life ... her name is CooCoo after the way she regularly "coos". She's my little shop buddy. She's a "poly dactyl" cat, otherwise known as a "Hemingway cat". Ernest Hemingway collected poly dactyl cats .. they have more than five toes on each front paw (CooCoo has six toes on each front paw). When Hemingway died, there were over fifty poly dactyl cats in his home, all well taken care of and healthy. A foundation was formed to continue homing poly dactyl cats in the Hemingway home, and today there are over 175 poly dactyl cats in the home, which are taken care of by foundation volunteers. Pretty cool!

:) ;) :rolleyes: Rex.
Lol, my cat is Leo. He is a Hybrid Bengal born in Ferguson MO during the riots. I got him when he was 6 months old and moved him in with me. He is a riot...loves to play...like living with a dirt bike. He loves to sit on the ceiling RR tracks in my kitchen. We do everything side by side...he sleeps when I do, eats when I do, follows me everywhere...etc.
 

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... cats are misunderstood by most people ... they are under rated as companions, we have three "indoor only" cats (CooCoo, Peep, and Bunny .. all rescues). Five or six years ago my wife took on the task of capturing and "fixing" an entire colony of feral cats, roughly a dozen. Well, one colony turned into two colonies, all said and done we've fixed and "chipped" roughly two dozen local ferals. She feeds them 2x per day, takes great care of the whole tribe. Our neighbors were all pissy about it at first, but once they understood that had my wife not done what she did, two dozen ferals would EASILY be 4 or even 5 dozen ferals due to unchecked breeding. Now she's seen as the neighborhood hero!

CooCoo is much like your cat ... follows me everywhere, sleeps in our bed, and all of that. A couple times each day the "Moto Cat Races" go on when Bunny and CooCoo start chasing each other all over the house. It lasts no more than ten minutes or so, then they both go find somewhere to crash until a few hours later when the 2nd "moto" starts up for the day.

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Poor little Peep ... she got a horrible sinus infection (due to allergies) ... the pressure blew out her ear drums so she's been totally deaf for about 3 years now.

Anyhow .... yea ... cats. Permanently on an acid trip! :smile2: :laugh: :smile2: :laugh:
 

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@Rex Coil 7 your Mrs rescue/feral work is commendable. So many cats are brought to pounds and "shelters" and if not adopted..are...you know. Very sad.
She familiar or a member of www.thecatsite.com ? Many rescue workers there, interesting stories...

That said...here's the Bug , the former neighborhood stud/feral, now "retired" he's been indoor 2 years now, the undisputed leader of my Kitty Club Med.... taken over everything...freakin' owns the place now :wink2:
 

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I am also a USAF vet (Nuclear Weapons Armed Security, M-60 machinegun specialist, and squad leader on the 12 man Tactical Response Team which was a counter terrorist unit protecting TITAN II nuclear ICBMs and warheads stored in nuclear weapons storage areas ... the most powerful nuclear weapons ever made by humanity). I wanted a seller that was nearly sick with a desire to take excellent care of the motorcycle I wanted to buy. Perfect match.
Somehow I missed this last night when I was reading your posts. I am a USAF vet. Retired KC-10 Instructor Boom Operator. I did 23 years on active duty. 14 in Vehicle Maintenance a year in training and another 8 years on the KC-10. Still working for the Air Force too. Been working on the same installation off and on since 1995. I worked in vehicle maintenance again for a while, now at base operations.
cats are misunderstood by most people ... they are under rated as companions, we have three "indoor only" cats (CooCoo, Peep, and Bunny .. all rescues). Five or six years ago my wife took on the task of capturing and "fixing" an entire colony of feral cats, roughly a dozen. Well, one colony turned into two colonies, all said and done we've fixed and "chipped" roughly two dozen local ferals. She feeds them 2x per day, takes great care of the whole tribe. Our neighbors were all pissy about it at first, but once they understood that had my wife not done what she did, two dozen ferals would EASILY be 4 or even 5 dozen ferals due to unchecked breeding. Now she's seen as the neighborhood hero!
We had the same issues in my neighborhood. I "rescued" a feral cat and her kittens....or maybe they rescued me...about 4 years ago. Boo Boo Kitty is a little nut case and her kitten Sparky is exactly like her name sounds (should you be familiar with flight line lingo) and is in to everything. Timmeh, was a kitten when I gave him to a coworker. He was supposed to get him fixed and get his shots etc. I "refunded" his investment in Timmeh and thought all was good. A year or two after Timmeh was in his new home, the former coworker told me he ran away.

About 6 weeks ago, Timmeh showed up at my house. Not fixed. I assume also, without his shots. We've gotten him to where he trusts us enough that we can brush and pet him. Working on a plan to catch him so we can get him to the vet for the shots and neutering he was supposed to get 3 years ago. Hopefully this will happen soon (depending upon coordination with the vet) and he can join his family inside again.

That only leaves one cat roaming the neighborhood that's not fixed. As all the females are....we shouldn't have any further problems. Once we (me and my two neighbors) catch this last one, we'll get him fixed too. Just in case a female feral shows up in our neighborhood and starts the whole thing up again. .....sean
 

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We interrupt your regularly scheduled thread to bring you this urgent update....

...can someone explain to a noob what CR stands for?
I've always assumed it stood for Cafe Racer, but there are probably some beautiful Italian words for it.
RockAZ that's what I thought too at first when I bought my '95 900SS CR,but I came across an Italian website once which referred to the short fairing carby 9000SS CR model bike as the "900SS Carenatura Regolare".

Gotta agree with you those are beautiful Italian words which kinda make the CR model bike sound regal and majestic.

Okay yeah well not quite......turns out "Carenatura Regolare" simply means "regular fairing" in Italian.

While most people choose to believe the CR designation stands for Cafe Racer I'm thinking it's probably more likely that Ducati chose the CR designation to denote the fact that the US only market CR model bike came equipped with short "regular fairings" as opposed to the full fairings that were used on the other 900SS models.

(We now return you to your regularly scheduled thread....)
 

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re; "CR" designator ....

....turns out "Carenatura Regolare" simply means "regular fairing" in Italian.

While most people choose to believe the CR designation stands for Cafe Racer I'm thinking it's probably more likely that Ducati chose the CR designation to denote the fact that the US only market CR model bike came equipped with short "regular fairings" as opposed to the full fairings that were used on the other 900SS models ...
Well ain't that a bitch!

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Yes the ohlins looks to be a monster, look for a stamping starting as DU**** near one of the end eyes. I can check a spec sheet to see if it is worth converting to a SS shock. Often times it is not cost effective as you can find a SS shock but at the price you paid it might be cheaper to convert what you have.

That said the sachs on the bike is a good shock and if (as mentioned before) you simply spring both ends with proper straight rate springs it will work well enough for most. the real issue with the Marzzocci forks was the chrome used to wear through in the thrust area too often.

I also have to say nice job I would be happy to own that CR and it is already GP shift so ready to go! fresh tires,belts and brake lines and off to the twisties/track it would go.

The exhaust looks like a Giacamoto which is period correct, the Ducati performance of the day. Somewhere around here I have one of their catalogs if I trip over it I will take a peek. The GPR does not look right to me either ( just me) but I might change my mind if it were gloss black like some of the early megaphones were. I would think them loud given little room for packing in those cans.

Iffy.
D&D were period correct so no worries running one they were sadly not the best quality, often mild steel vs stainless pipes so rusty . Also they were often somehow among the loudest pipes even though the DID have plenty of volume for packing.
 

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yes, besides D&D's questionable quality, there's something just flat Wrong about the D&D's Texas flag waving on the cans of a very stylin Italian machine.
 

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... it came with these in a box.

Lots of soot ... it was running rich for whatever reasons. The stingers on the bike have heavy soot deposits as well.

Meh .. everwhat .. I'll get it running properly eventually.

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Not questioning Ducvet, he's probably right with Giacamoto, i was thinking Omrae but the tips don't quite look right. I do know they're definitely not Termis, and if it were me, i'd gut the std pipes and install those if they're pristine, the whole bike looks stock and very nice, the std pipes don't look bad at all and if they're gutted they sound sweet as well.

Nice find mate, the 1/2 fairing bikes are scarce here and command good money, if your Mikuni CV's are gummed up with green growth you may have trouble salvaging them, i'd bin them and go with some FCR39's that's money well spent, good HP increase too.
 

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... them stock stingers are heavy as manhole covers. I'm still looking into those DEEPTONE GPR stingers ... 1.5kg each ... and have removable "DB killers". I may elect to go with something else, all said a done. It's all about research at this time.

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And thankies for the encouragement .... every time I go out in my shop to see the bike my heart races ...

:surprise: HOT DAYUM WHAT A MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hasta Lasagne ... :smile2:
 
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