Personal Projects: Project Ducati 851

851 on the lift

851 on the lift

This is my 1990 851 Ducati. The last time I was riding this bike was in 2012. A friend and I were riding up Mt. Hamilton on a freezing morning. Literally! Most of the way up, we were slipping and sliding on spots of ice. About ten turns from the top, I am tip toeing into a turn, when it happens. I dropped the bike. To this day I feel like I was going slow enough that I should have been able to hold the bike up. Obviously I was not able to do this. This beautiful Italian motorcycle now has flaws.

Give me a minute to compose myself.

Over the past couple of years I did send the forks and shock out to get rebuilt. I had a stiffer spring put on the rear. I had him rebuild the stock Marzocchis. This is, of course, a 1990, the last of the 100% Italian Ducatis. With that said, the Marizocchis were not known as the pinnacle of suspension. These are the M1R front forks, a weird setup for the time, or even today! But more about the details of the Ducati later. FYI–My suspension guy is Matt at MotoServices.net out of Arizona.

Now it is 2016. The bike runs and it is time to get it back on the road. She may not be as pretty as she used to be but she deserves to out on the road. I put the bike on the lift and it is time to put it all back together. I will keep reporting my progress here.

851 before the crash.

851 before the crash.

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