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 Post subject: New 907 I.E happy owner!
PostPosted: Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:29 pm 
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Hello everyone!

I was very happy to discover this forum as I will be able to share my experience and get some techical advice for my newly acquired 907 IE!

It is a low mileage bike which I got a few days ago.

The reason I decided to go for it was to have an old schoοl bike, reliable enough to enjoy riding long distances locally and abroad.

For the last 11 years I have been riding a 1972 Norton Commando 750. It is a lovely bike which I really like but always gave me a sense of insecurity regarding its reliability.
Of course there are modes and upgrades that make it more reliable but I'd rather keep it original.

Hopefully this is going to change with the 907 although from what have been reading, it will need some improvements

Both mirrors have suffered damage and the left hand side one is completely broken. Hopefully it can be repaired. I did manage to find front blinker lenses (also broken) for both sides from ebay.

The bike starts immediately and the engine idles even when cold without choke. There are no strange sounds when running...apart from the dry cluth.

There seems to be something wrong with the clutch though(disks stuck maybe due to prolonged inactivity).
I don’t know if they can be unstuck and cleaned or if they have to be replaced.

Soon as I took it to my workshop, I decided to remove the plastic panels to get a better look inside only to find out that the right hand side ones have been repaired after getting damaged in an accident.

The frame doesn't seem to have been affected by the accident but the headlight mount is bent and I will need to find a good straight one. The coolant tank was broken and glued and the instrument cluster is not in its best shape.

The panel repair is very good but the paintjob quality is poor so I decided to respray everything but the petrol tank which is in excellent condition.

I started preparing everything and also began making a list of the parts I will need. The aim is to make all necessary repairs and a good engine maintenance so it can be ready for the summer.


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 Post subject: Re: New 907 I.E happy owner!
PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 5:39 am 
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Good morning everyone.

Since I decided to respray my bike, I need to print the "DUCATI", "DESMO" and "907 IE" stickers. Does anybody have them in electronic form so I can have them printed at a print shop?

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 11:07 am 
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I have the 907ie and Ducati in EPS format if they are any good to you, haven't got Desmo though.

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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 11:45 am 
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Anything can be usefull for the print shop, thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 9:21 am 
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Should I send you my e-mail address to send me the EPS file?

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PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2015 12:28 pm 
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alfa10530 wrote:
Should I send you my e-mail address to send me the EPS file?

Thank you.

Yes. Send it to me by PM.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:34 pm 
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Didn't have time to do much since the last post but last week has been quite busy.

I removed as much stuff as I could and took the bike for professional cleaning. 24 years of dust and oil was gone. It needed some more manual work afterwards but the result is quite rewarding.

The frame section under the battery was corroded by battery fluid spillage so the plastic cover that holds the battery and goes all the way to the rear end was removed for gaining better access to the area.

This was a good opportunity to respray various black parts such as the corroded part of the frame, the rear grab bar, the brake calipers, upper fork plate, side and main stands etc

The front sub frame was damaged and was replaced by a good straight one from a 906 after cutting the voltage regulator plate mounts from the 907 sub frame and welding them to the 906 one. The result is quite satisfactory with the 906 sub frame looking exactly like an original 907.

The wiring harness had some really bad job done in the past on its plugs and connections so I repaired and secured everything. Also the thick wires from the battery to the starter relay and from this relay to the starter have been replaced by new and better ones.

All vibration dampers of the ECU and alternator mounting plate have also been replaced by new.

The coolant bottle has been replaced by a good used one and the coolant hose modification will come next, soon as I find a CBR filler neck.

New steel braided brake hoses have also been fitted all around.

Plastic parts are now ready for getting their new coat of paint.

After a failed attempt of having the decals made by a local shop, I managed to find original Ducati ones through the Italian ebay so problem solved.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:48 pm 
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Nice job on the cleaning.

The clutch plates can have a nasty habit of rusting together. This can actually happen quite quickly - I have a friend who washed his Duc Streetfighter after a Sunday ride, and then put the bike away still wet. When he got the bike out the following Sunday, the plates had rusted together (he has an open cover). The remedy was to take the cover off and give them a good bash, although yours are probably a lot more rusted together. If I were you I'd get one of those car aerial type things with a magnet on the end (a magnet small enough to go into the clutch plate pack) and pull the plates out one by one, separating any rusted together plates as you come across them. Lie them all face down on the floor as you take them out, so you can put them back in exactly as they were.

Two ways to fix the dented exhaust.
1. Find a way to block both ends and inflate to around 80psi and then take a blowtorch to the dented area, starting at the outside of the dent and work your way to the centre.
2. Find a way to block both ends and fill with water. Place in a chest freezer and check every hour (you don't want to leave it in there long enough to pop any welds).

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:31 pm 
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Clutch plates are already rusted together since before I got the bike so taking them apart is inevitable.

Thank you for the excellent ideas for repairing the dented exhaust!

I was planning to remove them anyway and spray paint them with satin black high temp paint.

Does it worth doing the clutch mods I have read here in the forum and elsewhere?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:01 pm 
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alfa10530 wrote:
Thank you for the excellent ideas for repairing the dented exhaust!
No drama, always keen to help if I can.

Example vids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XpEhDAmleo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcmnde21R-0

alfa10530 wrote:
Does it worth doing the clutch mods I have read here in the forum and elsewhere?
Which clutch mods?

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:59 pm 
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It is the topic with title "How I refinished and rearrange 907 clutch pack" which you can read here:

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:36 pm 
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alfa10530 wrote:
It is the topic with title "How I refinished and rearrange 907 clutch pack" which you can read here:

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Thanks, but I ain't fukin readin all the way through that lot to find out what you mean.

The quiet clutch mod works, but is a reet bastad to set up right - lots of 'o shit I can't find neutral' type of action along the way.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:18 am 
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alfa10530 wrote:

The coolant bottle has been replaced by a good used one and the coolant hose modification will come next, soon as I find a CBR filler neck.



I saw a post not long back about using a Polaris Filler neck. It looked like it plugged straight into the original coolant hoses, rather than modifying and cutting them. I have a Plan A to obtain one and compare, but time and location are slowing me down a bit. That, and the 907 isn't moving anywhere for a little bit. Might be worth a look if you have time or inclination?

Cheers.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:18 pm 
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Found the post with the Polaris filler neck.

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So if I got it right, the coolant tank has been removed and the filler neck has been connected instead?


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