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Author:  murphus [ Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:35 pm ]
Post subject:  1988 Ducati Paso

My new to me '88 Paso finally arrived. Show 7,300 miles. Hasn't been run in at least a dozen years, but was stored inside. Obviously there's lots to do before I even think about trying to fire it up. Bodywork is in excellent condition and to my surprise the hydraulics work. I expected them to have died by now. I'll go through them regardless. And of course timing belts, etc. Opinion on things to do greatly appreciated, this is my first Ducati.

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Author:  randtcastell [ Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1988 Ducati Paso

Congratulations! Where was that specimen hiding? Very pretty. New tires a must of course and perhaps a change of mufflers. Those F1 pattern cans do not IMHO add to the aesthetic. O.E.M. cans do look really sweet on a white Paso however. Kepp us posted on your refurb and rejuv. Thank you!

Author:  Stepaso [ Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 1988 Ducati Paso

Wow, that's really lovely, did you know there were only 50 white ones made, and finding them in mint condition is rare. I have one that is almost the same, only 23kmiles, although I'm having trouble riding it because of winter, covid-19 and the fact I need a hip operation and find it hard to get on.
Still summer is on the way ,,,,

You might find it's stood up well to being stored, get a compression test, I'd start with turning it over by hand with oil in the cylinder and no spark plugs, once it feels free get it to turn over and make a compression test. if the compression is reasonable and you've been through the fuel give it a go to fire up..

Good luck and keep us posted, Stephen

Author:  mark999.multi [ Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1988 Ducati Paso

murphus wrote:
My new to me '88 Paso finally arrived. Show 7,300 miles. Hasn't been run in at least a dozen years, but was stored inside. Obviously there's lots to do before I even think about trying to fire it up. Bodywork is in excellent condition and to my surprise the hydraulics work. I expected them to have died by now. I'll go through them regardless. And of course timing belts, etc. Opinion on things to do greatly appreciated, this is my first Ducati.


Beautiful! i have same model/color!!

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Author:  murphus [ Thu Aug 20, 2020 5:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 1988 Ducati Paso

Based on the bike's known history, I'm pretty confident it will run once properly prepared. Time will tell! I wish it had the factory mufflers, I also think they look much better. Unfortunately, they were binned ages ago. It came with the original Weber carb and all related hardware, although it was converted to Mikunis sometime in the 1990s. I'm interested in seeing if they can be refit ...

Author:  Stepaso [ Fri Aug 21, 2020 8:08 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 1988 Ducati Paso

From my understanding of the carbs if it's got Mikunis and running well on them then stick with them. My understanding of the Weber is they are very very adjustable so tuning them requires high skill and lots of time.
I bought my Paso from near the bottom of the South Island in New Zealand, I had to ride it to Auckland (the top end of the North Island) in a week, the carburettors were never quite right and it took a lot of time once I got back to tune them properly. Once I got them tuned it behaved excellent, docile when used gentle and very sharp when pushed frisky, you can't fault that now, lots of good midrange pull and a lovely balanced idle.. and then very fast at the top.
Unless you want to for originality I'd stay with the mikunis. I'll write you a story about how I went through it if you like ..

Wow... ! mark999 that bike looks amazing, just off the showroom floor, I'd be too scared to ride it in case I scratched it..

Which brings me to the subject, I'm looking for a left air scoop if anyone know of one for sale ...

Regards Stephen Bolter, Auckland, New Zealand

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