Du­cati 600SS,

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Our Shed -

I’m from Italy, and a new sub­scriber to your ex­cel­lent mag­a­zine. Read­ing the July is­sue I en­joyed the nice pho­tos, in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cles and some use­ful tips.

Here is a pic of my 1995 Du­cati 600SS. I orig­i­nally bought it 16 years ago, then got the en­gine tuned by Marco Moz­zone, the alu­minum swingarm mod­i­fied by Moretti and a hand­made anti-hop rear brake float­ing bracket.

I sold it in 2003, then bought it back again this year. With the bike back in my own­er­ship, I de­cided for make some mod­i­fi­ca­tions. I’ve fit­ted a Shin­den­gen three-phase rec­ti­fier, Mon­ster han­dle­bars and a lithium bat­tery. I’m still in love with the en­gine sound and all of that, but it’s way too un­com­fort­able for our dis­as­trous, pot­holed roads – per­haps I need to take it to a race­track to en­joy it at its best.

This is my Yamaha RZV500 spe­cial – a replica of Wayne Rainey’s 1991 YZR500. I bought it as a part-done project last May. It had just had the en­gine re­built by Bob Farn­ham with ex­hausts made by Gib­son. The rear YZF-R6 swingarm was con­verted to fit the Yamaha RZV frame and use the stan­dard shock, but I’ve since re­placed that with a Nitron unit. The body­work is Har­ris YZR500 with the lower sec­tion mod­i­fied to fit the frame. It runs the stan­dard loom and al­though I’ve got fu­ture plans to fit a head­light it cur­rently runs on a day­time MOT only. I’ve tried to make it as close to the real thing as I could. The paint­work was done by CT Mo­tor­cy­cle Ser­vices, and it’s all paint – no de­cals were used. I’m still run­ning the en­gine in be­fore I put it on the dyno.

All paint, no de­cals on this ace Rainey rep Be­spoke bracket car­ries on the black/gold vibe Mod­i­fied SS is back where it be­longs

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