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    Hello,
    I'm William and since one month the proud owner of a Dutch registered 14000Km 1989 851 Strada monoposto.
    The bike has spend more years as somebody's living room ornament than as a road bike. Its condition is as new but standing still for such a long time means I will have to change fuel lines, belts, filters, oil, coolant, some hoses and the battery. What else is left?
    Through a Dutch parts specialist I was able to buy a set of almost new reverse cone conti mufflers and a set of Marvic magnesium three spoke corsa wheels. The mufflers took 5 minutes to fit but the rims are a different story. They measure 3.75" front and 6,25" rear and have provisions for a 23mm axle, a three bolt rear disk (not supplied) and a carrier which doen't fit. So far I have new bearing spacers made, new bushings for the carrier, bought new bearings for the 17mm axles. After a lengthy internet search I found a Yamaha 50cc 220mm scooter disk which fits the rear wheel with only very small modifications. I also have modified the sprocket carrier to fit. I had some difficulty finding a rear tyre which would fit without fouling the chain. Fortunately alternative tire sizes to the stock 180-55ZR17 a made nowadays. The new 180-60/ZR17 fitted the bill. I wouldn't have picked it but a well know 888 racer has the same wheels fitted to his SP3 racer and fitted this size with great results. Being a larger tire means the stock plastic hugger does not fit and the wheel cannot be moved all the way forward in the chain-adjuster slots as it will rub the swingarm. This is also meaning the chain is now too short. The same larger wheel prompts a bigger rear sprocket anyway so I will have to get a longer chain or splice a few shackles in the existing chain.
    All in all not the plug&play I was hoping or but in the end it will look awesome and these gold wheels and Conti's will give me the look of the Lucchineli replica which I like the best of al 851 versions.
    Have a good Christmas!

    William
    Last edited by Fulvia-hf; 12-27-2019 at 08:04 AM.

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    Welcome, photo would be nice

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    Hi William
    Welcome to the Forum. Pictures definitely needed. Also, can you send a link to the Dutch Specialist as we always on the lookout for specialist parts supplier.
    Inda

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    If it's been sitting for so long if it was me I'd do the clutch and brake masters, and the clutch slave too, plus the hoses associated. They aren't too expensive and it's cheap insurance.

    Get some pictures up!

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    Thanks for the feedback. I will sort the clutch and brakes too. Just added a few photo's in my picture album: 1989 851 Strada Lucchineli tribute.
    A new Eprom for the fuel injection is also on its way. An open airbox lid and Foam Uni filter is accompanying it.

    I have noticed the rear swingarm on the Tricolore Kit bike and the Lucchineli rep is different to the later models. It seems like a F1 /750 sport item but modified with a bottom brace and the top cantilever F1/750 sport brace removed. Is this item bespoke for these 851's? Who made it?

    One other thing I noticed about my bike is that it seems it never had rear view mirrors fitted. I received a box with never used original round mirrors when I picked up the bike. It seems drilling two holes in the top fairing is needed when you want to install these mirrors but my top fairing is original and undrilled. Any thoughts?

    Cheers,
    William
    Last edited by Fulvia-hf; 12-27-2019 at 10:00 AM.

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