Ducati 900 GTS custom Bike EXIF

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Ducati 900 GTS custom

René is a Ducati aficionado who lives in Hat, Alberta, about 3 east of Calgary. He runs the Ducati Meccanica. an essential for anyone owning, or thinking of an old Ducati. As you might expect, own motorcycle is something special.

a 1978 Ducati 900 GTS that has heavily customized, but in the most way. I asked René to us the story, so here it is, in his own words.

I into an exotic sports car in Lake Forest (northern suburb of Chicago). Just I couldn’t afford anything in But they had two 900 SS Ducatis sitting making the cars look

One silver, one black. They beautiful, but just as out of reach as the were to a young guy. But two bikes never left my here was what happened Italians built café-style … perfection!

Over the years I a succession of Japanese bikes, one trying to capture (and what I’d seen in that car dealership. Eventually, about 12 ago, my wife flat out me that if I wanted a Ducati badly, I’d better go find And so the hunt began in those pre-eBay days, and I tracked one to the back of a liquor store in Alberta. It was in a very sorry

I bought it on the spot, even it wasn’t the bike I remembered 20 years before—a GTS model, not an SS. But I it could be made into the that had haunted me for all that

This is its second resurrection in my Once ten years ago, and latest iteration, completed year. I acquired the remains of a Paul Smart Replica had been pretty picked before I got it.

I wanted the wheels and what happened next was the of trying to make them Shoehorning a 180-series rear into a swing arm designed for a 110 is no feat!

Once I had it down to the frame, the “might-as-wells” took and I started changing and upgrading I ended up cutting off all the stock points and building new ones to things where I wanted I had to build a new rear frame to accommodate and mount a larger fender for the big rear wheel, and to fit the new seat.

The front end was relatively easy. I out the Sport Classic steering for the one I was using already, and custom an adapter for head tension—as no were available that work with the new stem and head stock. New stops had to be to keep the upside down from hitting the 1972 GT tank. The seat is a repro of the 750/900 SS solo seat, as are the covers.

Original Conti were sourced, and custom fabricated which also the custom rearsets. I replaced all the with a custom harness and a of relays under the tank, modern electronic ignition, lighting and instruments.

For the last ten the bike has been my daily Weather permitting: I live in so winter is rough for motorcycling me a wimp). The shakedown ride was a km round trip to Bonneville for the BUB Trials and the vintage races at Motorsport Park, Salt last September.

The bike has approximately 180,000 on it, with two motor rebuilds I’ve done. Possibly before I got it. I plan on riding it more.

I will be moving the from under the headlight to a conspicuous spot behind the rectifier, and I want to fix the angle of the tail light—I don’t the way it points slightly downwards. So the next job.

It’s now the I’ve always wanted, Ducati café good fantastic bevel motor, and modern running gear: my on what the new Ducati Sport might have been. The took four months teardown to first ride, and a list of the mods in no particular All the work (with the exception of the coating and painting) was done by and a very good friend in his

There was no other outside

Extensive swing arm modifications to fit the 180 wheel and accommodate new 2″ longer

All the existing frame mounting were removed and new ones for tank, seat, side battery box, ignition coils, regulator rectifier, frame loop, rear mounts, swing arm shock points, exhaust hanger/rear set steering stops, choke and inner fender mounts

Rear frame loop cut off and with one to accommodate rear mounting and solo seat.

fabricated steering stem and bushings to enable Ducati Classic triples to fit the existing head, with sealed bearings.

Upside down adjustable Showa forks, Ohlins cartridge UES upgrade kit I have not yet installed)

Instruments are new S4 electronic speedo sensor in the rear caliper mount swing arm

Rear fender, Ducati 1000 GT, 1981 inner rear fender, 08 Classic front fender

signals (front and rear), light, tail light and headlight bracket new (Sport

New genuine Conti mufflers Pescara, Italy

New rear 2009 Sport Classic S, with Ohlins valve kit

box new from Ducati (2009 Classic)

Reproduction solo custom upholstering

Frame, arm, and center stand coated

Complete re-paint: fender, rear fender, tank, side covers, bucket

Reproduction decals (made by

Seat and panels fastened Dzus fasteners

Wiring replaced with new custom harness. All electrics now run on a bank under the tank

Old ceramic-type block replaced with inline automotive style block

Modern (new) plug caps and plugs

rectifier replaced and moved to under tank, for improved

Older style Ducati switchgear

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Reverse cone KN to replicate velocity stacks run with open bell as it’s a desert here the summer)

Master cylinders, and controls: all Brembo

Bike from rear drum to disc with Brembo cylinder, caliper, and rotor and steel line

Rear custom mounted under arm

Sprocket carrier machined and spacers fabricated to have the line up and rear wheel to properly

520 chain and rear front sprocket machined to 520 and spacer fabricated to ensure chain alignment and output engagement. Not enough room for a 530 chain.

Bar risers (2005 ST3

Custom billet aluminum

Replaced cylinders and installed new comp pistons and rings

a MotoWitt DMC2 programmable ignition system (16 programmable curves)

Replaced main bearings, re-shimmed, crank and

Custom fabricated hydraulic conversion, Brembo master and controls

Rebuilt gear shift box

Custom fabricated sets and control linkages

Pilot Classic 17″ tires and rear

Both Dell’Orto carbs and rebuilt

Dry cell type fitted

CRG bar end mirrors

All fasteners bolts, washers, etc) with stainless steel

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