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Old 10-05-2008, 03:07 AM   #31
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Hi Sailwa,

Great post and workmanship, look forward to the pics from the trail!

Surprisingly there are a few of Ducati's that have been used for dual purpose riding. I rode in Africa last year with two guys on Multistrada's that went from Italy to South Africa. Their mods are similar to yours and they have some great tales of riding and performing road side maintainance. I have fond memories of riding around Gondor, Ethiopia on the back of a scooter with the town motorcycle mechanic (a nine year old kid) looking for someone, anyone with a 32(?) mm wrench to take that stinking rear tire off. Some bikes are not really designed with rider maintainance in mind:)

I haven't seen the article yet but in this months issue of the South African mag Top Bike, there is an article that talks about their trip. I'll look through some of my pics and track down a pic of their bikes and will post it. Great guys, so if you wanted to chat to them about other modifications that they made, they would be happy to help and have a lot of miles of riding and crash testing under their belt. Let me know if you want to catch up with them and I can pass along their e-mails addresses. Cheers.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:07 AM   #32
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Hi Sailwa,

Great post and workmanship, look forward to the pics from the trail!

Surprisingly there are a few of Ducati's that have been used for dual purpose riding. I rode in Africa last year with two guys on Multistrada's that went from Italy to South Africa. Their mods are similar to yours and they have some great tales of riding and performing road side maintainance. I have fond memories of riding around Gondor, Ethiopia on the back of a scooter with the town motorcycle mechanic (a nine year old kid) looking for someone, anyone with a 32(?) mm wrench to take that stinking rear tire off. Some bikes are not really designed with rider maintainance in mind:)

I haven't seen the article yet but in this months issue of the South African mag Top Bike, there is an article that talks about their trip. I'll look through some of my pics and track down a pic of their bikes and will post it. Great guys, so if you wanted to chat to them about other modifications that they made, they would be happy to help and have a lot of miles of riding and crash testing under their belt. Let me know if you want to catch up with them and I can pass along their e-mails addresses. Cheers.
I'd love to hear from those guys! Feel free to send them my e-mail, sailwa66 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Did you post a trip report here?

I just cut a 46mm wrench out of 7075 aluminum that I plan on zip-tying to the bike's frame for just such an occasion. Once that's done, it's the easiest bike in existence to change tires out!
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:35 AM   #33
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Surprisingly there are a few of Ducati's that have been used for dual purpose riding.
Not so surprising, don't forget the Cagiva Elefant (Ducati E900), which was the basis for the winner of the '94 Paris-Dakar, and the Gran Canyon, both with Ducati 2V motors and 19/17 spoked rims. The Elefant is more dirt-capable with 8" travel Showa USD fork (there were several other models, though), and the Gran Canyon has less travel, but has FI. I'd love to have the MS motor in my Elefant!

On the Terra Mostro, it appears to share very little with the donor Monster other than the engine and tank, but I'm sure it's quite a bit lighter than any MS-based bike (or Elefant). I think a HyperMotard-based DS would be a hoot, and pretty easy to develop (rumor is that Ducati is doing it for us).
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Old 10-05-2008, 12:44 PM   #34
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Very nice

Very nice work on the Multi! I've always wished that it was more dirt worthy. The changes you made to the front end with the PIAAs is sweet. Awesome.
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Old 10-05-2008, 07:43 PM   #35
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Awesome. I've always liked the Multi. Like yours even more.
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Old 10-06-2008, 07:54 AM   #36
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One of the advantages of having an ugly bike is that you really can't make it any worse.

I like what you did. The PIAAs in the "grill" is very clever. As are the crash guards.

I second losing the stickers. Makes you look like a pozer and you are diluting the value actual racers rely on from contingencies and purses by running sponsor's stickers.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:21 AM   #37
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Wow that is amazing. I have just been on an 1800km round trip of Malaysia on a Ducati ST3. Borrrowed it off a mate as I thought it would be better than my 1098. It was and I was seriously considering to buy an ST. But after reading your thread, am really looking at an MS in a totally different light.

Be great to know when you start selling the specially made parts.
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Old 10-06-2008, 08:26 AM   #38
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:09 PM   #39
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I second losing the stickers. Makes you look like a pozer and you are diluting the value actual racers rely on from contingencies and purses by running sponsor's stickers.
But what if I am an actual racer? Can't I still look like a 'pozer' for fun?
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Old 10-06-2008, 02:18 PM   #40
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IF you were you'd know the answer to your question.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:06 PM   #41
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I think I found the trans-africa multi's website:

http://mutitrek.blogspot.com/ and http://muti-africatrek.blogspot.com/


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Old 10-06-2008, 06:18 PM   #42
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Thanks for the linky... I'll get a hold of them.
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Old 10-06-2008, 06:25 PM   #43
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Great job on the MS.
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Old 10-06-2008, 10:03 PM   #44
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Great job! I like it! I was in between the MTS and the Tiger, and ended up deciding on the Tiger. However, I still lust for the MTS. It's just so much fun to ride, and so flickable. I always thought it would do a great D/S bike. Looks great and seems really functional... The only negative I see is that you can't put TK80's on the front due to the 17 inch wheel (just like my Tiger).
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Old 10-07-2008, 06:05 AM   #45
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Yeah, well, tires.... Hopefully with bikes like your Tiger and the Multi becoming more popular, the tire folks will step up with some yummy 17" DS offerings. Until then, it's Pirelli MT60 or Dunlop D616, though you can spoon a more aggressive tire on the rear (Conti's TKC80, for example).
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