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