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Bad timing, but if I were to sell the 93 Ducati 750SS

COVID-19 makes selling vehicles person-to-person difficult. But if it were a normal spring, my advertisement might read something like this. dan@motoringblogs.com -dc

1993 Ducati 750SS For Sale by Private Owner with Upgrades

23k miles showing, but speedo cable broke on the way to Laguna Seca in 2012.  Was replaced upon return. Add an additional 2k miles to account for that trip.

I am the third owner since 2007.  I thoroughly enjoyed this bike as an enthusiast rider in the first 8 years of ownership, but have barely used it in the past 5 years.

Just serviced, 4.7.2020:  Belts, oil, filter, plugs, coil upgrade, brake flush, quick carb clean, idle adjustment, and clear gas.

Period upgrades include

  • Keihin FCR 41 racing carbs. (very aggressive)
  • Staintune 2:1 exhuast (very loud)
  • CA Cycleworks coil upgrade (just added, better starting)
  • Kickstand saver
  • NOS 900SS full fairings with Ducati mounting hardware (currently installed)
  • Bar-end mirrors

Included with sale

  • Rear stand
  • Original 750SS half fairings and Ducati mounting hardware
  • Spares: original windscreen, mirrors, carbs
  • Service manual
  • Original coils
  • Period soft luggage saddlebags.
  • Copy of Craigslist post from 2007 when I purchased the bike

Issues

  • I’d recommend a carb rebuild, valve adjust, and corresponding tune (done once in my ownership). It runs “good” as-is but could be excellent at the hands of an expert.  I’d recommend Cheshire or MotoCorsa, both in Portland.
  • Sport touring tires have good tread but they’re old. Replace ASAP for any real riding or distance.
  • 900SS fairings: one touched up crack between turn signal and headlight on the left side. 
  • Pint of touch up paint included.

Known history

  • Supposedly purchased by a tech at then Ducati in Salem. This owner reportedly installed most of the upgrades back in the day.
  • Second owner was a local engineer and enthusiast.
  • Acquired in 2007. In my ownership
    • 3 trips to California
    • Rides all over Oregon and Washington
    • Never stranded on the road despite Ducati reputation
    • Hard-starting after the off-season
    • Cold-blooded starting in general due to race carbs and no choke. Somewhat improved with new carbs.

 

This is not a beginner’s bike or a commuter.  This an enthusiast-quality rider and an excellent introduction to classic Ducati motorcycling.  It makes for a somewhat jerky in-town bike but an absolute pleasure out of town on country roads.  It’s not superbike uncomfortable either, but still has a serious sporting nature. 

 

If I’m honest, it could be parted out for more than the asking price – which would be a shame.  While not a museum piece, it is in really nice, original, and period correct modified condition.  My hope is that it remains local to be enjoyed on our back roads and on the occasional out of state road trip.

 

I have quite a few blog posts from when I first purchased the bike in the link below.  I was in my early 30’s then and these youthful, verbose entries, not only reveal my love affair with the bike, but also the one and only time it was tipped over in my ownership; mere minutes after acquiring it…  No damage.

 

http://www.dancrouchblog.com/tag/750ss/

 

Why am I letting it go after all these great memories?  Honestly, I want to get back into the hobby but with something more modern.  This is a wonderful second or third bike that will excite the senses, and still stands out when in the wild. It definitely requires some fiddling to keep it at it’s best but that is part of it’s charm.  On the other hand, it’s so affordable that I dare you to find something with more character for less. 

 

If you’re still reading let’s talk.  No test rides without full asking cash in hand.  Sorry but you know how it is.

 

-dc 

 

 

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Automotive

2006 BMW Z4M Roadster Walk Around and Exhaust Clip

I shot this with a Canon 80D by hand a few nights after bringing her home. More to come!

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Automotive German Cars For Sale

Introducing my 2006 BMW Z4 M Roadster!

I’ve been very out of touch with this website for years but I’m hoping to change that in 2017 with the introduction of my new to me 2006 BMW Z4 M Roadster!

This is the first picture I took of the car, while I was still on the test drive actually. We drove a few cars that day and within 5 minutes of seat time in this car and I knew we were buying it that day.

Some details about the car:

  • 41k original miles
  • 2 owner car
  • Set up for track days with H&R springs, Strong strut brace, solid transmission mounts, and camber plates.

With those modifications, the car has a little extra presence with it’s stance and backs it up with very quick direction changes at any speed. I’m sure it’ll eat up tires pretty quickly but then again I only put about 7k miles on my cars a year so not too worrisome.

My first order of business was to take care of the BMW Inspection II service which was due. This includes all fluids, filters, spark plugs, and the S54 engine valve adjustment. This service was expertly carried out by J&J Werkstadt in Albany, Oregon. This shop is owned by my lifelong friend Paul Breen, who has always been the best tech I’ve ever known, and also BMW certified when this car was new. The service took all day but I was pleased when Paul gave her a clean bill of health and provided a baseline for me to work from. While records were included with the car, with just 41k miles there hasn’t been much work to report on either and it was nice to eliminate concerns of a car that has obviously been sitting for extended period.

In terms of condition, the car is excellent mechanically but does have some exterior blemishes. A handful of tiny door dings, a few scratches, and some curbing on all the wheels show what life must have been like with the first owner in Santa Barbara. But the 2nd owner kept this car garaged as his weekend fun toy and track day warrior. I’ll be signing up with the local BMW club again to make sure I can get it on the track as well!

This feels like the right place to put an apology for not maintaining this website for the past 4 years (gulp!) but I’m eager to get back in the saddle so to speak. I’ve already got some more updates and look forward to sharing what I’ve been up to in the meantime and how I’d like to move ahead. Thanks for reading and chime in below with your comments.

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Corvallis Motorcycles

First Day of Summer, I Ride to Mary’s Peak

Our weather in Oregon has been a bit on the cool and slightly wet side this spring. But today temperatures jumped to nearly 80 degrees and it was too good to pass up. I did ride the bicycle a bit to try and get back on that horse, but the ride on the Ducati was sadly only the third ride of the year.

Paul and I are planning to hit Laguna Seca for MotoGP and do a proper vacation on motorcycles. But I’m a bit out of practice to say the least. He may be taking his BMW R75/5, but he’s damn proficient on it in the corners and I really do have to work to keep up with him. I need to attend one of Roger’s MotorcyclExcitement schools in the near future! (I maintain his current website and hope to make a new site for him soon!)

The good news is that Paul did such a stellar job dialing in this bike for Sears Point last year that she’s ready to hit the road again with nearly no adjustments.

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Automotive Oregon

Attending EESCC Event 3 AutoCross

As of right now, it’s my birthday next week and I think my first wish will be to attend the autocross this weekend with EESCC. If you search my site, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of this Eugene based organization as they run a professional event with a lot of friendly community feel. See below for some video of me in the S2000 when I first got the car. I haven’t been in a few years and I’m really looking forward to it. Plus I’ll be joining my buddy Gary from OSU who brings out his Cadillac Seville. I’ve included a video of his as well below.

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Here is a video of my buddy Gabe when we were actively running S2000blog.com:

And here is a run I did myself after just a couple weeks of owning the S2000:

And here’s Gary in his latest run this year: