Wednesday, May 25, 2011

750 Super Sport DUCATI

The paint scheme follows in the footsteps of the 750 Super Sport DUCATI , blending the distinctive silver-gray background with duck egg green. I wasn’t interested in building a SS replica, so while the frame is drenched in green; there is no fairing, clip-ons or rear-sets.

The stock steel tank’s voluptuous shape begged to have the side panels painted green so the new die cast DUCATI emblems would have a place to contrast. The fenders were painted in the same style with a green stripe down the center. The side covers sport vintage Ducati eagle logs and everywhere where green and silver meet, a fine black stripe defines the transition.

Wheel lacing was a gift from my Dad. He showed me how on bicycle wheels, when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. I’m no expert so I work slowly and it comes out right.

There is nothing like lacing stainless steel spokes to a Borrani rim fresh from the buffers kiss. It’s a beautiful sight. During assembly, wear cotton gloves to minimize fingerprints and sweat deposits and use the oil provided, to prevent the nipples from galling.

A long while back, I made a simple spoke wheel truing stand that looks homemade but gets the job done. After the wheels were built, Avon Super Venoms with new tubes were mounted easily and look good. In the hubs, the wheel bearings were either seized or grinding, so all bearings were replaced with sealed units.

To keep the racer appearance the stock rubber foot pegs were replaced with knurled pegs with a clear anodized finish.

The Marzocchi front forks were next. The leading axel fork legs have an exotic look. Cleaned, polished and with new seals and caps, the cast Ducati logo proudly shines on their sides.

The swing arm spindle seemed snug during the take-down. However, when it was removed and the rust cleaned away, it shrank, causing the swing arm to develop enough play to cause concern about handling stability.

A new spindle solved the problem and modem shocks with chrome springs connected the back of the swing arm to the frame.

The stock banana seat was in good condition but I wanted a café look. I had it reshaped and covered by a local custom car upholsterer. He cut down, then built-up the foam to produce the classic shape of a bum - stop seat. The custom fit cover has DUCATI embroidered in black on the back panel.

eral information
Model: Ducati 750 SS
Year: 1974
Category: Classic
Rating: 77 out of 100. Show full rating and compare with other bikes
Engine and transmission
Displacement: 748.00 ccm (45.64 cubic inches)
Engine type: V2, four-stroke
Power: 73.00 HP (53.3 kW)) @ 8000 RPM
Top speed: 217.0 km/h (134.8 mph)
Compression: 9.5:1
Bore x stroke: 80.0 x 74.4 mm (3.1 x 2.9 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel control: Desmodromic valve control
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type,
final drive: Chain
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Front tyre dimensions: 3.50-18
Rear tyre dimensions: 3.50-18
Front brakes: Dual disc
Rear brakes: Single disc
Physical measures and capacities
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 202.0 kg (445.3 pounds)
Fuel capacity: 18.00 litres (4.76 gallons)
Other specifications
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