Reboot Duke? Pah!
I’m a bit of a Ducati 851/888 nut so I was interested in August’s Retro Reboot! Which one do I think is best? Well I prefer the original shape in the Tricolore colour scheme as opposed to the Panigale-esque look of the white and red bikes but these renderings are not a patch on the original bike. Just look at my ex-mark Forsyth 851 Corse and disagree with me! Okay, it is a nice effort by someone on a computer but where is the soul? I agree with the article concerning the measly power of the original bikes so my twist on the whole theme was to take an 851 from 1991 and shove in an 1198 engine from 2014 as opposed to the Panigale engine which simply will not fit in the frame and is a racing engine for the track. The 1198 series engines are road engines with torque and fit straight in (good old Ducati). The bike has full wiring/instruments from the 1198 so I have all the new electronic goodies including the USB connection at the back, should you ever need to download data, all wrapped up in the classic bike. A few headaches along the way but it is all working, Mot’d and ready to go. If you look at the Power and torque curves I think you will agree the homemade air-box (3D printed injector brackets look cool) and exhaust system seem to be doing their job. Just look at that wall of torque from 4350rpm to 5000rpm, literally nothing to 130Nm. Power is 166hp @ 9500rpm and all at the back wheel: trust me this is more than enough for most on the road. The bike also has lashing of magnesium and carbon fibre which helps towards just 160 kilos in weight: if you want more info or to do a feature, she’s waiting. I love my classics and currently have the following: ex-mark Forsyth 888SPS , 888 SP4 (With 1038cc Testastretta engine), 888 SP4 (984cc), 851 (1198s engine), 888 SP4 Racing, 888 SP3 Corse project, 955 Corse project, 851 kit project, 851 S3 racing project, 1098R Bayliss, 999R, 998R, 998S, 748R, S4RS, Paso 907ie. And then there are the Kawasakis: ZX-12R (x6) ZX-7R (with 2004 ZX-10R engine), GPZ1000RX, ZZ-R1100, ZX-7RR Factory, ZX-7R project (with 2011 ZX-10R engine). My Suzukis include a Yoshimura GSX-R 1355cc endurance racer, GSX-R750K and a Bandit 1200/XR69 project. Oh and a Laverda Jota.
Bertie says: “Paul – we would love to find out more about the 888/1038 – sounds like a real ‘reboot!’”
Forsooth, it’s a Forsyth!
Retro reboot Duke.