What I’ve learnt

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Just Built -


“Don’t be put off by what any­one says about Du­catis be­ing un­re­li­able. Mine was was fault­less in terms of electrics, the tim­ing belts are easy to do and and ser­vice parts aren’t at all ex­pen­sive.”


“Swap the forks. Def­i­nitely. Not for

the ex­tra disc be­cause the sin­gle is suf­fi­cient. But the 600’s forks are re­ally soft whereas th­ese Mon­ster 900 ones, par­tic­u­larly be­cause they’ve been re­sprung and set-up, make a huge dif­fer­ence. Now it’s not far off an S2R which is im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing it’s ‘only’ a 1997 600.”


Early Du­cati yel­low isn’t yel­low. “You can’t buy this (ex­act) colour. It’s called ‘Fly Yel­low’ but when Du­cati de­cided to make yel­low bikes they painted a bunch of red ones yel­low and sent them out the door. When they sold well they be­gan paint­ing them yel­low. Early ones, like this, have a red base and look dif­fer­ent. You can see where the yel­low has rubbed and scratched off.”

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