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Ducati ST2

Ducati ST2

Simon Lock was for an affordable exotic motorcycle. He a chance on a non-running Ducati

I ditched classic British (for a bit), feeling were too much hassle, too braked and just too expensive to on the road in decent condition. I a year or so of Japanese reliability on my Then, of course, its characterlessness to make me hanker after different: something Sunday something that would be a bit something like my very but excruciatingly uncomfortable Ducati — a bike that just 60 miles in my ownership I felt some more and less vertically enhanced could take on the pleasures of and wrist-torsion therapy that it so well.

Naturally the exotic morning toy I hankered after was a Le MkI — before sundry types on the RC message board out that it would do the same for my neck as the 900SS. Oh well. I scanned my local free-ads in of an MV Agusta, for a grand, but with little joy. I did spot a ST2 for Ј750 which seemed a bit of a and so I rang up — only to that it was a non-runner that had outside for six months.

It had been with a flat battery by its — in favour of a Kawasaki

Ducati ST2

Mmm. A non-running stood outside for six months? No I doubted if much of it would be after a bit of rain. So, I looked on for month and spotted nothing.

The of a mate’s ST2 did gradually come to me — fine machine, fast, good brakes, handling and the right name on the for Sunday exotica status. The DOHC liquid-cooled ST2 was introduced in but can trace its history back via the all the way to the air-cooled Pantah range of A touring type of sportster, it was by the higher performance ST4 (which the 916 motor) for a couple of years, both were phased out 2003.

So, eventually I rang to see if the ST2 was still available — it was and off I for a look. It really was quite a An almost immaculate ST2 greeted my The outside storage had been a cover, in an underground car-park.

The had rusted badly, there a few spots on the swinging arm but the paint was the bodywork too, it had heated colour matched luggage and tyres. But no go! Now what should one do?

Ducati ST2

My intimate knowledge of (ahem!) meant that I the luggage alone was worth a bit and so I reasoned that, if all else and it had actually gone bang than just had a knackered then I could break it and get my back. So I offered Ј500. The quickly refused and we agreed on at which point he produced the to show a full service Aha!

It was a happy bunny who it that evening.

I managed to it just once using the from my car — it ran for long to establish that everything and that the starter motor had sort of horrible problem it graunched in the most painful manner and clanged like mad as the came to a stop. After when pressing the starter were some nice whirrs but no engagement of the motor, no and no graunches.

‘That’ll be the starter gone awol,’ I mused. how much they are?’

to the internet I began some prior to breaking out the breaking and auctioning it off in bits to recoup my After a few days I found the forum and noticed a profusion of on the sprag clutches of Dukes. It that starter clutches are version of Honda camchain — they all break in order.

But cunning owners had spotted the sprag clutch can be repaired, upgraded in fact, for free, and just a little dismantling. repair eh? Got to be worth a try.

this in mind my next was what to do — a quick and sell it on? That seemed given that I could the owner of a fine superbike for the of a Superdream but to make it really would mean a full including the timing belts and oil. Gotta be worth a try I — if the sprag could be the rest couldn’t really be a and so I began.

Ducati ST2

First up the fairing came off in 30 minutes, most of them due to the to drill out a couple of rusted Ј20 purchased a full set of stainless bolts acquired to stop reluctance in the future. Now the whole can be removed in ten minutes. that’s faster than a CBR600F, I can you!

Ducati ST2 — tool

The next afternoon I an extractor tool modelled on the one to enable me to pull off the alternator and then I had to buy a clutch locking and two-inch extension bar to remove the nut. In short order the was off and the sprag out. The sprag is a bush with rollers The rollers are held in by a long spring that is famous for — at which point the fails to engage, graunches and clangs. Just like

Luckily the spring can be removed, shortened, replaced and the whole then works better new. And mine did.

I later heard that owners use a large O-ring of a spring which I’ll try time, if I need to.

Ducati ST2 Over-stretched sprag clutch

Ducati ST2

Next I moved onto the the ‘daunting’ job on ‘Rubber Ducks’ and one makes a lot of dosh for dealers. It me 20 minutes from start to Now, surely I’d something wrong? 20 minutes?

I be that easy could it? It and was. I was beginning to rather this.

Chain and sprockets next. Did you know that on the ST2 you can fit an chain without removing the arm? No, nor did I until I did it.

I removed the heated grips for my mount — the Jawa — fixed the new battery on, the oil and filter, cleaned out the sump and raced to a finished job.

riding the beast I discovered Duke characteristic — vibes if you pull off in a hurry. it’s not worth replacing the dry clutch basket until the actually slips, or so I was advised by a honest dealer. MoT was passed and off I

I’d noticed a funny on the way to the MoT station but wasn’t worried as it the test with flying so I was surprised to discover the most wheel bearings I’ve seen when I investigated the Mm. New tester next year

The Ducati is a joy to ride and has plenty of It’s still in ‘shakedown’ its long rest and one or two problems reared their head but awful.

The best has been the I’d gone for a 20 mile after tightening the right-hand cluster, which was rotating a bit on the When I stopped and pulled the key the starter motor was still Oh dear — it had been all the time because the starter had jammed in as a consequence of the silly switch cluster distorting.

I prised out the button and the starter to turn. I needed to get to the solenoid in a on a fully faired bike! a handy opening in the plastic me to tap the solenoid which stopped the motor.

Ducati ST bits on Right Now.

Dismantling a sticking solenoid piston. A one is Ј30 to you sir. Mine got dismantled the time-honoured method of chisel and on the casing, the piston chamber out 0.5mm and mastic applied on to produce a good-as-new item.

And the discovery? Rumours of tricky mechanics and arcane service are just that — Get stuck in and they are easier to with than a Jap four, and fun into the bargain. Ј1100?

just buy you a Bantam at current prices!

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