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The Motorcycle Gods finally gave me a break. Woke up to clear blue skies, slightly damp roads and a balmy 42 degrees F. Bike ran great, like it hasnt been almost 6 months since my last ride
Dream as if you live forever, Live as if you die today.~ James Dean
One of my favourite letters from Ducati to Jorge......
"Fuck. Anyway, look, we have spent a metric shit-ton of money on you this year. A. Metric. Shit. Ton.
To make that money back we have to sell 786,545 Ducatis in the next three years. Now even if every soft-bearded, bobble-head bought like five of them Scramblers, and every rich sad-man bought seven Panigales, the accounts department reckons we're still gonna run a bit short.
So our investment in you, George, is large.
It needs to pay the fuck off. And the only way it can pay off is if you start winning races and bring home a title.
It's been 10 years since we last won anything. And the bloke who won that...well, he comes and goes and we still pay him, but he tells us how far away he lives and how that's a problem, and then turns up and rides faster than either you or bloody Dovi in testing.
We think the only thing you two have in common is your hatred for that Rossi prick. We get that. We hate him too, especially after we paid HIM a metric shit-ton of money to tell us how fucked our race bikes were.
So anyway, testing is on again real soon. You need to hit the track running. Never mind the jet thing. We only made that so we have some kind of gimmick to sell bikes from down the track a bit.
Focus on being quick and not crashing. We need that fucken title and we need it this year.
George, look at us. We're not fucking around. Don't make us cut you. We will. We're Italians who are owned by Germans. You know what that means.
Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A."
55F did a nice ride stopped and got my inspection on the Tuono. Seems my stalling issue was resolved with the new vent lines.
Last edited by nic579; 02-18-2017 at 11:56 AM.
Kayaking in Lake Michigan in Feb.
So yesterday I FINALLY got some Termi slip ons mounted on my 851. Fitting an old bike that's fallen over at least once with a newly built copy of an old system is not trivial it would seem. What should have taken an hour took weeks. Anyway.. I finished it up yesterday and moved on to putting the chip in to prep for antisocial mode. Ten minute job, right? Yeah... have you met the problem child that is my 851?
Took the cover off the ECU. No chip socket, I'm looking at the bottom of the circuit board. Ok, pull the ECU. WTF? Something is rattling around in it. Of course there is, why would this be simple?
Long story short, some sort of high voltage suppressor had liberated itself from it's leads. Probably related to the voltage regulator failing last year.
So my ten minute chip change resulted in sourcing an obsolete MR2520L gizmo and what the heck why not an NOS ECU as long as we're spending money?
First pic is the Termis in place after much struggle. Second pic is the rogue high voltage suppression device. Third pic is the device's home. Last pic... damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. Between the open clutch cover I finally installed (needed a bolt hole moved so it would fit) and the Termis, it will by flying the '90s Superbike freak flags high. I refuse to go all the way with an open intake, that's just too damn loud...
"Non urinat in ventum"
Long story short the troubleshooting showed the connector was getting the right signal at the right time so the ECU/Chip is fine. Jump power to the pump and... it runs.
Deja Vu all over again. Ran down the same path with my 996 a couple years ago. New fuel pump now ordered. Woo Hoo! More money. In theory this started as an afternoon job with no additional costs involved.
I (re)learned one lesson though, no bodywork will be installed until it's been proven the cantankerous SOB runs... though between the Termis and the open clutch cover, it will at least SOUND like a grumpy old bike now too...