It has been a couple of weeks since the last update; we received everything we needed to finish the valve adjustment and timing belt.
I have to say, I am amazed by how detailed and precise this guy is, most shops adjust the valves to an accepted setting but he had to get to the precise specs as per Ducati. You could ask the girl, she was there for a while helping and watching… and probably bored.
Once the engine was ready, we got going on the electrical. It was not difficult to get everything plugged in and ready to give the starter a shot; to be honest I was pretty hesitant, what if the bike goes up in flames!! We installed the tank, put gas in it and gave it a go.
It STARTS!!! HOLLY CRAP IT STARTED!! Then we realized it was running on one cylinder GRRR
After lots of trouble shooting, we came to the conclusion it was the ECU; “ah! Crap let’s find one I guess”. Shout out to Gotham Cycles for hooking us up with one!
So we received the new ECU, installed on the bike and started praying “please oh infinite universe, please get this thing to run!” aaaaaand nope, still the same. One of the injector showers was not working but the injectors were ok.
We decided to splice open the whole harness and start following wires. Every time we tried to start the bike, Keith would try to catch the great start (because we were so sure it would work this time) on video but we always ended up in disappointment. At that point I was ready to give up, put it together and park it in the corner for a few months.
After a while we, realized that maybe the TPS needed to be reset. The ECU was not communicating to my Tuneboy software so we had to do it manually; the hopes were so low that we just clicked the started without any hope… and so the least climatic start was the ONE!!! The 998 is officially running!!
After some time of not riding and just having landed back in the US, I found out that the local Ducati club was planning a ride to go see the Stuart Parr' Art of the Italian Two Wheels exhibit.
I had been planning to go see it but with plans constantly changing I hadn't had a chance to, so this was the perfect opportunity to get back on the bike, see some old friends and go check out some art.
Once we arrived at the gallery, the street became a display of art that just seemed to complement the beauties that were inside.
I was planning to go into detail for each bike, but having been so long since the show I decided to make it quick and just share the pictures.
Having ended the show, and it being a Tuesday night in NYC we decided to stop by the Ear Inn (oldest bar in NYC) for their motorcycle night.
We grabbed some beer, ended up fixing some bikes and had a blast.
Being the only unemployed one in my group of friends, it meant I had access to all their bikes while they were working; and well, I had to take advantage of it.
Warning: I am biased towards anything on 2 wheels with an engine; I will have a blast on a 250cc as much as on my 1198 so it is really hard for me to point out anything bad about any bike.
What can I say about this bike; as a cruiser, this thing is totally bad ass! Seriously how can anyone hate on that sound? And damn this thing is comfortable.
This particular bike belongs to my best friend; he went and got it against all my wishes (because obviously I wanted him to get a Ducati, a Streetfighter to be exact). But deeply insideme, I was happy because it meant a totally different bike for me to ride!
This bike belongs to my friend @apxlvr He has owned this bike for a very long time, and it has quite a lot of mods.
This monster is completely different to my old monster; for instance the seating position, the dry clutch and damn that torque. I had a blast riding this bike; I put close to 500 miles in a couple of days without even realizing it.
This old lady also belongs to @apxlover; I believe he bought this bike from someone he knew, he had it tuned up and added a few things to it to get it running right. (I wish he would give me his credit card and let me go a bit crazy with it).
I must admit I was a bit reluctant to ride this bike, especially to take it anywhere more than 10 miles away from home. After a few rides around my area, I decided to give it a go and venture out to more scenic roads.
The bike was an absolute blast on the twisties, I was a bit afraid of the breaking and suspension capabilities of a bike this old; but to my surprise it did quite well.