“The bike is perfect…instant throttle response, gets angry when I don’t increase throttle and not only accelerates in velocity but the acceleration increases as well…the larger rear sprocket keeps the monster tame during low speeds. With ear plugs and a helmet I can now here my throttle inputs…no more accidental stall. [The dealership was able to readjust the original map] Here are some pics. It’d be cool to get on down in the aquaducts in some pooled up water with the reflections. Thanks again.”
(note: I am still dealing with horrific headache and vision issue that have kept me off-line as well as away from big machinery that one can easily lose a finger when using or welding that requires good depth perception. Back on exhausts starting Tuesday. First is getting the e-mail spam filter fixed which has put 98% of all incoming e-mails into purgatory while dealing with the ongoing spammer issues as experienced earlier this year that wiped out all my e-mail profiles.)
Attached picture is for one of the customer long-term projects finally getting some work done on it recently which did not require perfect vision or could be done while experiencing a multi-week headache while being in a darkened light room. Here are a few of the splash molds taken of Ducati 1098 Superbike, Streetfighter (tank) and Monster bodywork to get the essential Ducati d.n.a. style features. Individual panels will be made in fiberglass and incorporated into a new bodywork design specification. Goal is to create new master bodywork molds and panels for a more aerodynamic Ducati Superbike for land speed racing purposes using fiberglass / Kevlar and carbon fiber.
More updates this week!
An Arizona microburst storm blew past the shop the other night about 11pm and lost the power for about an hour. So opened up the shop doors to let the cool breeze into the shop while the emergency doorway light slowly ran down on the UPS battery. Made for an interesting picture as shown here.
[SOLD August 22 -- going to Denmark]
Set of ’06 Sport Classic Righty Shotguns
Here is an extra set of new 2014 MotoCreations Sport Classic Righty Shotguns for the mono swingarm configuration (Ducati ’06 and ’07SE/PS). Standard baffle setup. Polished tips.
$1250 (normally $1300) plus shipping.SOLD. Available for immediate shipment upon payment. This one and only one system as pictured.
note: customer could not pay remainder balance for several months and thus I never shipped. Today he said “sell ‘em”! (and issue refund to him when sold)
The 4Play custom exhaust for the Ducati Biposto Sport Classic is sold to an enthusiast that is creating something pretty cool. Hopefully he will forward pictures back of this unique one-off system installed upcoming.
On Sunday, Jon won the 2014 Best in Show award at the Pebble Beach concours d’elegance which is the most prestigious collector car show in the world. We first showed this Ferrari there in 1998 and did not win this top award due to some politics amongst the judges who vowed a post-WWII car should not win and especially it should not ever be a Ferrari. Glad that redemption was served on Sunday and that hopefully a younger demographic who have a love for post-WWII great cars can hopefully do the same upcoming with the same passion and inspiration. Definitely a good day for all involved from over the past 20 years and also closure for many of us in regard to what happened that day back then.
This is one of those parts the past few months that has haunted myself. Sold a system to a customer and discovered the rear header did not fit. Shipped back and checked the build jig and I had mocked up the rear rocker linkage when it up wrong. Garbage bin time. Build a new one and routed to ceramics — and the ceramics guy here in Phoenix destroyed it. Build a third one and shipped to ceramics in Washington — and it was lost on return via UPS into the black hole and never to be seen again even though I waited. Fourth one built, ceramic coated and returned today via UPS. It will ship out tomorrow with the pencil tip configured system to the owner so hopefully he can get his S4RS thundering around Los Angeles upcoming…