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    Quote Originally Posted by bluenose-1956 View Post
    Sorry again AL,

    I'm not a fan of Bologna's finest as you've probably guessed.
    Me too.....in fact I lean more towards the older Guzzis and Kawasakis.

    Ducati IMO are fragile; while Harleys are crude (but I still like them to a point, which is why I have one).

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    I once owned a 900 Darma Desmo (1979 model in black and gold) and never ever solved the slipping clutch on that. It was a wet clutch as per the 860 GT/GTS on which the engine was based. My old chap owned the 860GTS and this seemed to be one of the very few reliable engines they made although a few things needed attention, electrics were a joke and finish wasn't great.

    The Darmah had the engine out, blue-printed, a heavy duty clutch (then supplied by a specialist company near Silverstone) fitted but the damned clutch still continued to slip. the final drive shaft from the gearbox also leaked constantly as there was a design fault with the seals which needed replacing annually. I gave up and sold it on. Lovely thing to look at and nice to ride but unreliable as hell and cost a fortune. The older 750 and 860 GTS models I think were the best of the earlier Ducatis. I had a newer 600SS for a while and the clutch on that was horrible...it graunched at the slightest provocation of a rapid getaway! That also suffered electrical gremlins and was poorly made.I vowed I'd never own another Ducati after that.

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    Baines Racing supplied that clutch, I reckon.

    My 1997 750SS was fine with the wet clutch - but I think most Italian bikes in the 80s and 90s were not well put together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gettin'onabit View Post
    Baines Racing supplied that clutch, I reckon.

    My 1997 750SS was fine with the wet clutch - but I think most Italian bikes in the 80s and 90s were not well put together.
    I think that the 750SS and 900SS were pretty fine motorcycles, but like the 600SS, you took your chances as to whether you bought a "Friday" bike. Could well have been Baines but it was 20 years ago so can't really remember. My 600 also had a fair few shards of metal appear on the oil sump magnetic plug at the first two oil changes which told me something about the tolerances and finish of the internals! The 1200C's first oil change showed the oil to be clean as a whistle and inspired a bit more confidence! The 600 ran fine, but the rectifier was problematical (packed up without warning after 5K miles) and the clutch pretty horrible. I was glad to see the back of it and went onto a very much over-engineered 750 Trident which proved to be much better although it didn't handle anywhere near as well.

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