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  1. #261
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    A good last couple of days, did another fuel consumption test over 100 miles with mixed riding and got 59 mpg which, considering the larger pilot jets, I'm very happy with that. Take away all the boring town/low gear stuff and she's well capable of 60+ mpg. Caught up with three loud Harley riders and gave 'em a taste of what an old Ducati sounds like with straight throughs ha! Most memorable part though was getting out on a B road with no speed traps or traffic and letting her do what she wants, it totally makes my day!

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    I know the feeling! Took my old bevel down to Ashford on Sunday and really loved the feel of the old girl, she stirs my soul.

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    Nearly MOT time so looking to sort the wheels out. Rims can stay for now but as there's a broken spoke, replacing the whole lot with s/s now seems the way to go. Dropped by the MOT station end of last week and they reckon the play on the swinging arm isn't excessive so would pass with an advisory. I'll do a final and proper check when I take the rear wheel off and then replace the bush if that's what she wants.

    Still looking to use Central Wheel Components unless anyone says otherwise?

    Having recently come back from a bike camping trip to Scotland with a couple of mates on the VX, I really fancy doing something similar with the Ducati. Camping on an old 860, now there's a thought!

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    Does this look suspicious? Why would you noy fit a new battery and get the bike running?http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1821743890...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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    Couldn't re MOT the 860 last month cos of a broken spoke and after a month of non use, thought I'd start her up. Only a few kicks later she roared into life and it was then I thought, got to get her back on the road again!

    Was going to use Central Wheel Components in Birmingham but then a mate told me he used someone in Whaley Bridge who specialises in all things wheel and brakes called Classic Brake Services. He is only a few miles down the road so rang him up and arranged to go over yesterday. Thought I'd just take him a sample spoke but when I tried to take a good spoke out, it snapped at exactly the same place as the original broken spoke. At that point, I knew I had to take the tyre completely off, which I had avoided up to now. This old Phantom +1 has been on the bike for God knows how long. What a @@@@@@@ to get off! Anyway, got the VX800 out, strapped the wheel to the back and paid a visit to Ian at Classic Brake Services. Nice guy and it didn't take him long to make up a couple of spokes and fit them to the wheel. Brilliant. Seriously thinking of using Ian for completely new stainless wheels so will report accordingly! Got back home and refitted the Phantom and wheel so will book an MOT on Monday..

    Broken spoke.



    Wheel removal.



    Spoke out.



    Tyre off and ready to take to Whaley Bridge.



    Two new spokes, tyre re fitted, wheel back on.


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    Yahooo, scraped through the MOT today so we're back on the road again! Been using the VX800 a lot this summer with Scotland/Wales/Lakes camping trips etc so interesting to compare the two. Got one of those GoPros so maybe find a mount for the camera and get some more footage?

    What to do next? - new s/s wheels & spokes with new tires & tubes, sort swinging arm bushes, complete rewire with all new cables, fix fluttering speedo (again) plus light console, do the valve guide seals or just ride her as much as possible before the roads get winter salt on and then get down with some more fixing. Whichever, she lookin for an oil change asap.

    Another visit to the CMC on her is also a possibility as it's Italian Sunday this weekend..

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    Derek made a guest appearance and a great effort again laddie well done, we were blessed with some decent weather too pic's are coming away from FD's last weekend.

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    Visit to CMC for the "Italian Sunday" day this morning, had a few people wanting to look and talk about the bike. There were a few bevels last year but looks like mine was the only one this year, what happened to all the others? Nice old Guzzi single and Lemon plus Laverda or two but mostly modern stuff.



    Hmm, it's old but what the hell is it?

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    Not a great viewpoint, but possibly a Benelli twin?

    Old enough to know better, young enough not to care

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nix View Post
    , what happened to all the others? ?
    I thought about going but would've meant getting up early but did take the Dramah out for a run around later

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    Derek - posted that caption cos that's what I get a lot ie "What is it?" She does look Benelli-ish tho from behind lol!

    Just downloaded this photo taken by CMC for their Facebook page:



    Neil - sorry to have missed you, we could've had a great conversation methinks. Two loadmouthed bevel twins leaving would've been fantastic! Maybe catch ya next year?

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    I did wonder

    Old enough to know better, young enough not to care

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    Freezing cold today, hadn't used the 860 for a few weeks so was curious how she'd do a really cold start. Six kicks later she was telling me she wanted to play so, out we went.

    Only rode for about an hour but what a fantastic ride that was on some Buxton back roads, took a few shots, this being my favourite:


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    Long time since i looked in here, hope everyone is well. Great to see that old blue thing up in scotland again :-) and well done to Nix for braving the weather, nice picture tide seems to come in a long way at Buxton !!
    paddy@ducatipaddy.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducatipaddy View Post
    . Great to see that old blue thing up in scotland again :-)
    yes but he's seen the light and bought a Guzzi since then !

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    Good luck getting that all the way to Scotland :-)
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    Thanks, Paddy, I'm an all weather rider, have been since the word go much to the detriment of some of my bikes in the past lol! Keeps me sharp. As probably mentioned before, one of my most memorable rides was with my 900SSD at a blistering pace from Bristol to Sheffield on a very wet day using only A and B roads. Taking it to the limit and surviving was one of the most uplifting experiences ever!

    When winter sets in around here, I love using my 29 year old Serow. I don't bounce like I used to but the snow softens the landing so I'm always laughing!



    One thing I must do is set up the GoPro and use it with the 860, hopefully a place where it can take full advantage of those pipes...

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    Spent an hour fitting a new rear tyre yesterday, went for an Avon Roadrider AM26 which had good reviews. Also ordered a rear for the XT225 while I was at it - from Tyreleader (based in Andorra, sent from Germany!) delivered to my door for just 118, not bad, aye?

    Just need to scrub it in now on the Cat n Fiddle!

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    Excellent day today, took the 860 to Sheffield, then Chesterfield, then Clay X, and finally back home. Never missed a single beat and with very mixed riding returned 64.5 mpg on the premium stuff.

    I'm feeling totally chilled now

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