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Riding Up the Mountain on a Stellar Ducati 900 "SuperSport" SSD

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Riding Up the Mountain on a Stellar Ducati 900 "SuperSport" SSD

The weather is perfect here in the desert and I had the opportunity to take the recently restored 1981 Ducati 900 SSD to the Ducati club gathering and then up Mt. Lemmon. This is the second "break-in" ride with this bike to make sure that everything is sorted. This machine is not just a good ride but a magnificent performer  and with great looks as well.  She fired up on the first push of the starter motor despite the fact that she has been sitting for almost 3 months due to work conflicts and the normal rains that come to...

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Spaggiari Ducati Scuderia Corse 750 Desmo Evolution of a Racer

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Spaggiari Ducati Scuderia Corse 750 Desmo Evolution of a Racer

After the Domi Racer Ducati 750 ss was sold to a dealer on the East Coast, it was time to focus on my Team or "Scuderia", Spaggiari inspired 750 bevel drive racer. I had a "donor" narrow frame and wire wheel set from a 900 ss and "donor" 74 Sport "springer head" engine. The Imola fuel tank came from Germany and the Imola high pipes came from "Das Partsinator" who claimed that they were factory items. May or may not be, however, I do like how much lean angle I can get with the high pipes. Also, since it keeps...

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Mick Walker, King James & A "Ginger" Gigolo

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Mick Walker, King James & A "Ginger" Gigolo

The circle of referrals and introductions is a remarkable thing and especially when an ocean separates so many of us. However, due to my having met Malcolme Tunstall and his father Syd, I was introduced to Mick Walker. The first time that I met Mr. Walker, I was visiting my mother in Cambridge, England and Mr. Walker was, unfortunately, traveling to Cambridge for a funeral for one of his fellow fire firefighters that was being cremated there. From the beginning of the relationship with Mick Walker, I was initially known as the "Crematorium Scot Wilson" as there were so many other...

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2001 Reve RedBull (2002 IFC) Ducati 996 RS - Making of a Superbike

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2001 Reve RedBull (2002 IFC) Ducati 996 RS - Making of a Superbike

It is difficult to believe that this 6 year build is almost complete. After working on the different aspects of this build, I get a real sense of the technology as well as the "research and development" provided by the Ducati factory and the race teams that is required to produce the ultimate Superbike. This is not a "tarted up" street bike, but a purpose built racer.  In 2001, the claimed horse power was 184 bhp. However, riding my other 996 rs with a "de-tuned" engine to 165 bhp to improve reliability as a "track weapon", I was still able to...

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Bruno Spaggiari & ItalianIron Classics, LLC

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Bruno Spaggiari & ItalianIron Classics, LLC

Ducati Factory Pilot, Bruno Spaggiari, has been a long time influence on me as I delved deeper into the history of the Bologna brand and their significant history of racing passion. In the English speaking world, in my opinion at least, Signore Spaggiari has been one of the "unsung hero's" of the Ducati's racing heritage. However, Il Maestro had great successes from the beginning of racing motorcycles such as the Ducati Singles and Twins.  However, as such a significant Factory Pilot, Signore Spaggiari worked on the 500 GP racing project and was extremely fast on the first Ducati 750 ss Bevel...

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