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    Quote Originally Posted by stagewex View Post
    Welcome.
    Always liked those Cagiva's. Post a picture of it as a lot of folks may not have ever heard of it or seen one.
    Ducati powerplant I assume?
    Yep! 900 Desmodue... the air-cooled 2-valve. Very similar to the motor that was in my 900SS. Different heads for less peaky power, better off-pavement. Gets a little wheezy at 70mph and above though. I got some different sprockets to make it a little better at that since I spend plenty of time at 60+. Not installed yet. Hope the motor doesn't fall flat. If it does, I'll be on the prowl for some 900 Monster or SS heads and a tune to boost the power a bit. Nothing radical, but enough to get around without wringing it out. One crazy guy swapped in an 1000DS (dual spark) Multistrada engine. Awesome bike, but he did a *lot* of work to splice it all together.
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    welcome! another localish guy here. I live down in yakima. I was up in klickitat riding just last weekend! Love this part of the world and the variety of land within. I also am an aircooled duc guy. Got myself a m800sie. Not a fan of the newer non complete trellis monsters or the liquid cooled stuff. Just my opinions, not that those bikes are bad. keep the rubber side down and maybe someday we may cross paths.

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    Well, pics of the Cag will have to wait. I found a couple on Facebook, but I can't link directly to images on FB, and when I try to upload it throws an error "the following JPEG image has the wrong file extension". Well no ish, Sherlock, they're PNG images, not JPEGs. And of course I can't do anything about file extensions on iPad, because Apple. Some days I really hate iOS. My phone is Android and my computers are Windows for this reason. Oh, and of course Ubuntu in a partition on the laptop. They all suck, but at least I can pick my OS strengths and weaknesses as needed. Anyway...

    Mine has the most basic Givi Monokey bags, hung on a homebrew rack the previous owner cobbled together. It works, so I haven't messed with it.

    Also has the Hepco-Becker crash bars. Tall windscreen. Throttle Rocker. Remus titanium exhaust. Not super farkled, but it works. Needs aux lights desperately... the OEM headlight is abysmal.

    Right now the poor thing is halfway apart. The usual Ducati valve job, plus timing belts, plus starter wiring upgrade (notoriously weak Italian electrics), plus headlight wiring upgrade (ditto), plus regulator/rectifier wiring and connector upgrade (ditto again). It also needs new brake and clutch fluid before I start riding. Aaaand, it really should have the forks serviced with new seals and oil. It has become a project.

    Fingers crossed I can get back to actually riding it sometime this year.

    I might just get distracted with poking around the hills and valleys of our acreage on the TW, instead. We shall see. So easy to fire up and ride! Thing cranks right up. Shifts fairly smoothly, and the clutch is really gentle. I'm used to stout Ducati hydraulic-actuated dry clutches. I learned on a nice, easy, Honda wet clutch, but my 18k miles or so of road experience is on the Ducati-powered bikes. 12000+ on the 900SS, 6000+ on the Cagiva if memory serves.
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    Just attempted to post some from Photobucket... no dice, not enough posts yet. Anyone know if you have to have 5 or 10 or how many to be able to use image links?
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    5 posts now, so let's try again...

    Photobucket's GUI has gotten horribly clunky in recent years, to the point it is so sluggish to load it's practically unusable. But I still have some web content stowed away there for occasions such as this.

    First pic is on our acreage. That's looking toward Mt. Adams.


    This is out off Highway 142 in southern Washington. "The long way home" from work. Beautiful ride.


    This was before I had crash bars installed. At an overlook on Cook-Underwood Rd, Washington side of the Columbia Gorge, looking toward Hood River, Bingen, and White Salmon. Cook-Underwood road is a nice little detour off SR-14 that takes back through some twisties before returning to SR-14.


    This was on a ride from Sandy, OR to my work in Hood River. Was visiting the inlaws the night before. This is Mt. Hood, from Highway 35 in Oregon.
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    have you done the larger aftermarket clutch slave cylinder? It made my bike so much more user friendly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanillagorilla1 View Post
    have you done the larger aftermarket clutch slave cylinder? It made my bike so much more user friendly!
    Yep! Both bikes. I rode roughly half the miles on the 900SS with the OEM clutch slave, just about killed my hand in traffic a couple times. Went with the larger slave (can't remember which brand... one they had in stock at MotoCorsa), and life was much easier. The Cagiva came with an Evoluzione slave cylinder installed already.

    Love your Monster 800. I concur, the full-trellis Monsters are the favorite. Likewise with air cooled engines. The new "Supersport" is a bit much, and it loses some of the character it had by going with liquid cooling and a wet clutch. Maybe it's because I like wrenching on my bikes and the Desmodue is pretty easy to work on.
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    I must admit my 800 has the wet clutch which for aesthetics and heritage I don't really care for, but so it goes. It works well so I cant complain. I also like the dual sided swing arm bikes for some reason. I have cycle cat clip ons so the levers were pushed away from the bars so I ended up doing dial adjust PSR levers. Again being able to make that lever fit your hand a little better was a big deal! The name is slipping me right now but there is a place that rents the tools and shim kits to do all the work on ducs. It was nice to have all the right tools and the shim kits on hand to do it.
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    225 6 speed complete!
    82 honda gl500 silver wing. restoration project. mostly complete and collecting miles.
    03 ducati monster 800sie. full rebuild and a danger to the public Hidden Content

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    Has our TW forum shape shifted into a Ducati Forum?
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    OK; just for Rocket J. Squirrel, I'll lead them back to TW country.

    Dan, the caption for this picture should be vertically:

    PRETTY

    CUTE

    BIKE

    pretty cute bike.JPG
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