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Old 07-20-2014, 02:28 PM   #1
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77 Ducati 860 Downshifting Issue

I just resurrected a 77 860 and took it on a 50 mile shakedown ride. Outstanding power, brakes, handling and that SOUND...
Anyway, it became progressively more difficult to downshift as I continued to ride - mostly the problem was dropping into 1st, not 4-3 or 3-2. I rode the last 4 miles on the highway and couldn't downshift lower than 4th on the offramp. Eventually I got the bike back to 2nd, took of and was able to find 1st when I got to my driveway. The bike has 11,500 miles on it and runs great other than the shifting. Opine away folks...

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Old 07-20-2014, 03:10 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=GatorJane;24657811]I had one of those ugly (but WONDERFUL) machines... it was a '76 model with only 1,000 miles on the clock when I bought it. That and the '75 750 which I later owned had the same aggravating flaw: no actual throwout bearing in the clutch mechanism! The clutch pushrod would slowly grind its way into the cup of the release lever, causing slack (which made for hard shifting) - something which was temporarily remedied by adjusting up the cable. Again and again.


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Old 07-20-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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I've got a Darmah, and used to have gear shifting issues, but I think they changed the design by then as the original set up was rh shift with a cross over to LH.
I's suggest you go on to the Bevel Heaven forum
http://www.bevelheaven.com/
http://forum.bevelheaven.com/viewtop...865e477d7dbf7a
They are also very sensitive to clutch drag, the actuator consists of a series of rods and balls and they wear.

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Old 07-20-2014, 03:18 PM   #4
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I've got a Darmah, and used to have gear shifting issues, but I think they changed the design by then as the original set up was rh shift with a cross over to LH.
I's suggest you go on to the Bevel Heaven forum
http://www.bevelheaven.com/
http://forum.bevelheaven.com/viewtop...865e477d7dbf7a
They are also very sensitive to clutch drag, the actuator consists of a series of rods and balls and they wear.

Great bikes to ride, what I imagine a galloping horse is like.
The link contains helpful info. Thank you.
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:08 AM   #5
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The Answer?

I think this link/thread says it all.

http://forum.bevelheaven.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=92
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