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Old 06-08-2013, 09:09 AM   #31
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Location: Anchorage, AK
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Originally Posted by Tom S View Post
Thanks! It looked like this on day one. Maybe not as 'flashy' now but I wanted an all black, including the frame, in the first place. Now the high, (very high!), buck stock panels are safe & sound. The CF stuff was real cheap in comparison. I didn't like the white stripes. White?! Yuk!

Very tastefully done Sir! No comparison really, that subframe should have been red and the beak should have been black from the factory.

Originally Posted by Tom S View Post
I eyeballed some of the Ducatis for a long time, Monsters mostly. The thought of high maintenance & parts cost held me off. But when the Hypers came along & I got a chance to ride one I was sold. And maintenance things have improved. It has been flawless & no troubles, no regrets.
It’s better than Bones says though.
2008 thru 2012 Hypers ...
Check the belts at 7,500 miles, change the belts every 15,000 miles
Check and/or adjust the valves every 7,500 miles.
I’m almost to my first desmo valve adjustment & would be real happy to find a helper that has done it before.
The Desmodromic valve mechanism is interesting, I had heard of it before but had to hit up Wikipedia to refresh my memory. I dug up a couple sites that were specifically leading folks through Ducati valve adjustments and at least on paper it seems pretty simple. One fellow did a nice job laying out the shim calculations and suggested that you bring your mic/caliper to the dealer if new shims are needed just to verify and save a trip.

Originally Posted by Tom S View Post
The new 2013 Hypers are different. 821cc liquid cooled, 4 valve heads, 15,000 miles to valve adjustment. More horsepower, less torque.

Here’s a profile pic for ya, Simestd.

Wonder how this looks on here ....
You're a bad man! Neither my insurance nor my bank account want anything to do with the above picture. It's a far cry from the Virgao, but maybe an individual with outstanding taste will tuck one away carefully so I can buy it in a few years

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Old 06-15-2013, 10:44 PM   #32
ow, my balls!
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Location: Alaska
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Well, I didn't buy the Duc.....

I really wanted the hot Italian girl, but I wound up with the practical Japanese girl instead. But as a consolation, she's a dirty girl.

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:26 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by AKDuc View Post
More pics please, Mike.

Sorry Mark. Spent some time in banned camp. I'll get some pics up soon.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:02 PM   #34
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I really wanted the hot Italian girl, but I wound up with the practical Japanese girl instead. But as a consolation, she's a dirty girl.

Very nice! I still love mine even if this might be the first summer I don't burn through at least one set of tires.
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