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    Default North Pennines Newbie with '93 750SS

    Hello All,

    Just got myself a 25 year old 750 Supersport after lusting after an SS for many years.

    Was going to get a 900 but the 750 is far more affordable and should be quick enough for me, especially as it's the best part of thirty years since I last had a bike!

    In the past, I have owned many bikes including a Norton Commando 850, BSA Rocket Gold Star cafe racer, Laverda Alpina, BMW 750/5, a couple of Honda Fours, a CZ 400 motocrosser, BSA B50 MX, and a few old Brit singles and twins.

    I have recently moved 'up north' from Oxfordshire, now living in Alston in the North Pennines, a place no doubt familiar to some of you as it's just down the road from the Hartside pass cafe (now sadly burnt to the ground). Some great riding roads around here.

    Back to the Ducati, now residing in pride of place in my conservatory. It is MoT'd and the engine sounds fine at idle, or when revved in neutral, but I want to give it a good check over before giving it a run on the road. In particular, the reg/rec needs checking out as I discovered it isn't connected to the battery or to the warning light, so it's probably duff. Funny how the seller hadn't mentioned this. Perhaps there is an uprated unit available that's more reliable. Just one of the things I need to find out.

    But perhaps the most important thing, at least for now, is to enlist in a breakdown recovery service, just in case and for peace of mind. Start Rescue seems decent value for 40 a year, although they won't rescue you if you run out of fuel. Speaking of which, if the fuel warning light comes on, how long do you have until it runs out?

    No doubt there will be many more questions to ask when I start the recommissioning process over the next few days, but that'll do for now.

    Hope to meet some of you out on the road!

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    Welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy the 750..����
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    Welcome to the forum

    There are plenty of modern regulators that you can use. The newer generation of Mosfet ones like this RR53 from Electrex are better and more reliable. You may need to alter the connectors to fit your bike and you will lose the facility for a charge warning light (Ducati abandoned these years ago). Plenty advice available on here if you need it.

    You should have about 30 miles left when the fuel light comes on with a total range of about 150 miles to empty.

    One other tip; if you are laying up the bike for more than 3 or 4 weeks turn off the fuel at the tap under the tank then run it until the carbs run dry. This will save you the onerous job of taking the carbs apart to clear the gum from the pilot jets when you try to get it running again at a later date.

    Old enough to know better, young enough not to care

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    Bruidhinn Eadailtis le Blas Albannach

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    This is the little beastie. A Superlight lookalike with high level Laser cans, single seat and carbon front mudguard.

    It's leaking air from the rear tyre (probably corrosion on the rim) so I'll have to sort that out before going for a ride.

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    Just down the road from you on the A69. I used to teach at Alston so know it quite well. Give me a shout if I can help.

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    Welcome to the Forum

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    Thank you for the warm welcome!

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    Nice, welcome to D.U.N
    Now I really need to get my 900 sorted
    you can run............ but I'd rather be on my Monster

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    Nice to see another SS on the road again.


    We had a mini meeting at Bellingham recently, arranged via a FaceBook SS group but advertised on here I think, not sure I put a photo up so will now!


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    feel free to have a look through my forum link below, cant remember but think there might be some 750 manuals....


    Enjoy

    "A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission"

    My SS resource: www.900ss.proboards.com

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