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Hmmm....i though Mille's were V4's....guess I need to get better educated. :geek:
The NEW Mille's are V4s.The old ones, are 60 degree Rotax twins. The V4R is a ridiculous beast. 100 arrives in 2nd and before the end of the on ramp. With throttle left over.

My old V60 is raw. Visceral and not at all smooth in on-off throttle transitions.

My buddy Pete and I traded bikes one day so he could check out the Mille R on a twisty road. When he hopped off to take his R6 back, all he could say was "Brutal"

The V4R is the opposite. It is polished, smooth and refined. It is also eminently quick to get up to speed. Like no effort quick. I couldn't own one. I'd be in jail or sans license.
 

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Discussion Starter · #404 · (Edited)
Which bike? I think the 800, with underlying motives.
A: a comfort test of the current bar/rise configuration in a long ride scenario (around 150 mile)
B: I'm just under service mark of 6,000 mi, I'd like to reach that, to then commence with a valve clearance check (to include MBP collet install) while weather finally agrees. An FI tweak or 2 as well. This quirky Eye-talion Marelli FI new to me, learning my limitations.
My former co-worker Alex accompanied me on his CBR600RR to Montauk Point Lighthouse on the eastern most tip of Long Island. After a total of 172 miles today, the 800 felt like another bike, near a VFR like, sport tourer) This latest version of tweaks to the adjustable clip-ons has totally transitioned it in terms of comfort. As I had reverted back to factory spec.....I'm gonna work back and lower the front end just a hair (I'm still on my tiptoes) via raising fork tubes in triples, thinking 10-12mm. I'll then have the compromised sidestand shortened a bit via a certified pro welder at my former job. I believe that will then complete and personalize my comfort/lowering tweaks to best as I can get them. An aside....the 800 Ducati seat is actually more comfortable than my new CBR650 Honda rock hard example. Huh? What?

ODO stands at 5925....close enough now, first FULL service is now due. I calculated 42mpg today, I'm hoping to improve some after service and some FI system tweaks. There is a fuel system "breather canister"...complex and a vacuum leak waiting to happen, its ugly, in the way and takes up a ton of room....bye-bye. I'll go step by step with test rides between in order to ease diagnosis if I screw something up....I'll be able to reverse my moves if necessary.

Overall quite a satisfying ride on the 800. Now a definite keeper!

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Discussion Starter · #405 · (Edited)
Handlebar related comfort tweaks completed, total success, and full engine service now accomplished.
This bike now nearing a user friendly VFR riding position, of course less the sheer weight of the VFR. Instead of pain/strain after 30 minutes, I'm good for 4-5 hours. The valve service and throttle body synch has brought the idle down a tad (1100 RPM), refined low throttle opening engine feel, while restoring some serious midrange torque. Coupled with typical Ducati handling, a blast to ride. With a little over 6,000 miles the total package a definite keeper, a serious contender as my "go to" bike. The total transformation, with parts $$ and major personal effort has delivered personal gratification as a vision realized! A year ago, I contemplated selling as it sat unused in my garage. No more, its back in the game!

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This Baja 90 kids ATV in my possession 1 day. Requires service/ startup after 4 years dormant under cover outdoors. New battery a no brainer. Pertinent bodywork removed, carb already off/cleaned (all jets were clogged solid) no air in tires, gooped spark plug. Remarkably, valve clearances were ok. Otherwise awaiting parts deliveries, gotta flush rotted fuel from inside tank, replace fuel suppy/drain hoses, same old, same old ...blah blah blah.

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All bodywork now removed....turn key ON...electrics dead. "Breaking in" to sealed on/off key switch revealed internal copper contacts corroded the result of extreme, long term outdoor storage, not surprising at all. Resurfaced all contacts, reassembled ...now have on/off function restored, lights and start button now operational. The repair saved the expense of the Far East iggy switch! $10 bucks maybe?
Proper start attempt to commence tonight when temp drops. Will evaluate via temporarily using a battery on hand from a Honda Spree. Expenses so far? 1 Spark plug, 1 oring, 2 screws and some fresh fuel.
Provided we have start/run and somewhat engine integrity ....investment planned on proper battery and drive chain. Brake system has yet to be evaluated. Obviously intended for use by youngsters...owner requires totally safe operation. Additionally, engine speed can be electronically governed on this ATV. Will do as requested as we move along step by step.
So far been fun, relaxing, no pressure.
 

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We have a runner. Carb work netted touch button starting, smooth, quiet idle, instant responding to throttle. All electrical components now functional. After confer with owner...I've got green light to go forward with purchasing of battery, chain, anything else needed. Still on the checklist...tank flush, fresh fuel (dosed with Stabil Marine) brake inspection F&R, bodywork clean & install, yet another oil change...but great progress made today.
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All done, just awaiting receipt of an RK brand 428 chain. Hopefully genuine, not a counterfeit! I've got the (thumb type) adjustable throttle throw dialed back some, this ATV intended for a (very lucky) 9 year old fella.
Well mannered carburetion on this thing is gonna spoil the kid! Running impeccably.


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I've been advised a SV650 Suzuki, dormant 4 years, to be here in 7-10 days for wake up. Owner likely motive selling. obvious new battery, carb clean, oil and filter service...startup. And yet another Suzuki (distant neighbor acquaintance) due for probable clutch work.....no date set as yet ....possibly accompanied with a personal agenda...some detailed clutch plate application research, gotta see what I'm working with, measurements, blah blah.
 

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On the Ducati SS800...messing with (and still learning) diagnostic laptop software, double checked my TPS setting revealed was at 2.4 (degrees of opening)....amazing technology allowed one click RESET back to factory spec 2.7. Starting, idling perfect.... but raining here, unable to test ride, dammit.

Leaving todays "lesson" right there...I'm deathly afraid of screwin' settings (or something else) up.
 

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in case anyone interested, some "leftovers" removed from my SS800 Ducati.........fuel evap canister...FS cheap. Real cheap, in fact. Any takers? Ha ha ha/ LOL. To the junkpile it goes. Removed well over 1 year ago...tank freely venting/breathing as it should.

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On the Ducati SS800...messing with (and still learning) diagnostic laptop software, double checked my TPS setting revealed was at 2.4 (degrees of opening)....amazing technology allowed one click RESET back to factory spec 2.7. Starting, idling perfect.... but raining here, unable to test ride, dammit.

Leaving todays "lesson" right there...I'm deathly afraid of screwin' settings (or something else) up.
As I've posted, I'm still learning, experimenting with complicated Ducati tuning via its factory ECU. I've since bought a pre-owned "period correct" Dynojet PC-3, installed it. The correct Dynojet software rare, though relatively simple, uncomplicated in comparison to Magneti-Marelli based IAW diagnostic. Additionally, the PC3 is tuned over and above, separately from, without disturbing the factory ECU. Screwing up, losing the original factory "map" would be catastrophic. The PC3 being the obvious logical answer in allowing simple, safe experimental tuning. To be continued....
 

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I've gotta say, the SS800 is performing impeccably. Starting at press of the button, idling/accelerating idle to redline firmly and dependably. It'll cruise at 2700-2800 RPM with minimal throttle opening. The earlier "popping on decel" situation was corrected long ago with a throttle body synch. I'm near done with engine tweaks and tuning at 9500 miles. Kudos to the Dynojet folks with the advent of the PC series, really simplified risk free tuning.
 

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Admittedly I'm not one to brag, bloviate in writing encyclopedia-like writeups of my own bikes......but I've gotta say the injected SS800 is running as well, if not better, than I ever expected ....from extreme low speed/low rpm cruise right through full open throttle. The GPR hi-rise slip-ons (db killers installed) do breathe quite well. The sound under decel is nothing short of spectacular, quite deep and rich tone... totally void of popping, backfiring or any other evidence of poor tuning. I can easily modulate between fairly quiet, low speed consistent cruising at a just cracked throttle with zero hunting or missing at all. Of course, opening throttle increases sound output and speed, cruising at 5 to 6,000 RPM also a wonderful experience, though I usually short shift (keeping RPM and speeds down to a manageable level. Rarely do i actually use redline (9k RPM) but it will gleefully get up and go there.

I'll guess my FI learning/tuning has paid off big time....the bike runs and functions like a dream! Everything working exactly as it should, zero issues.

After my changing stock clip-ons for fully adjustable ones...the difference in ride comfort quite successful...it rides like a totally different bike offering near VFR comfort! Super comfy seat, too!

To even think I considered selling it at one point after purchase....its come quite a very long way...now fully a keeper!

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Woo Hoo passed 10k miles on the Odo on this mornings ride. The occasion accompanied by some minor service points.......bled both front and rear brakes and clutch as well. And adjusted steering head bearings. A tiny rock got trapped under the seat cover (?) so I took care of that as well, via partial removal and re-stapling. All done, for now.
 
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1st startup/ride on my carbed '95 Duc today since April 27. Lit right up, quite impressive in view of 6 weeks sitting, darn thing rivaling performance to my other (FI) Duc. Did 45 miles on my normal North Shore loop.

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Neighbor just dropped this off......a far-east electric scooter, no keys, 2 dead batteries, no air in tires, etc etc. No rush. Ignition switch with keys $8 off ebay, about to order 2 new batteries (as its sat in his garage for the last 15 years or so) A little soldering, it'll be done as soon as parts arrive.
Edited to add: owner ordered a correct 24 volt charger as well.

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Update-

In initial diagnosis.... I missed a main fuse housing which was missing both its fuse and cover. When bypassing the fuse (purely temporary) ....I get full electrical function with new batteries and ignition switch installed. Still await delivery of charger and fuseblock. Will choose amp rating of main fuse after receipt, via experimentation. Why? No service manual or wiring diagrams exist online, that I can find at least.
 

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I actually test rode it a mile or 2 Saturday. Charger arrived today, fuseblock will be here tomorrow. Set to return the (then) completed scooter back to the owner, a fun, easy project.

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Fuseholder in today, the perfect running scoot now returned to owner!
 
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