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    Default New to forum - 888SPO issues.

    Hello everyone,

    I am new to this forum and thought I would introduce myself. I'm Mike from NZ. I already own a couple of Ducati's and, after looking for a 888 for few years have recently purchased a 888 Strada and then an 888SPO turned up so I bought that as well.

    The SPO has a few issues but the most concerning is the front tyre seems to rub on the horizontal head, just at the front edge of the exhaust valve cover and the cam cover. The fairing is also extremely close (12mm) to the front tyre where the 2 sides join at the bottom.

    I have checked everything against the manual and the Strada and it seems the SPO is 30mm shorter in the wheelbase (1400mm) than the Strada (1430mm). Swingarm, frame etc is the same. Suspension settings, fork height and the triples offset are standard on both as per the manual.

    The manual lists the wheelbase as 1430mm for both Strada and SPO but the overall length is 30mm shorter on the SPO dimensions, which cannot be.

    I have done approx. 500 miles on the SPO and must admit I didn't notice it from a handling perspective.

    Are SPO's shorter wheelbase?
    Why?
    Does anyone else have this issue?

    Any help or general info/chat is much appreciated.

    My other Ducati's are MKIII and MKIV Superlight's and two 900 S2 bevels, one dressed as a SS so it seems everything comes in two's!
    I like bikes.

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    Hi Mike,

    Hopefully not this serious, but I had an SP3 with a similar issue.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/fK8kh2TH5q9915dq6

    Mike

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    It may have been in a front end hit. If the tubes are bent like in MIke's pic I would bet that is the case.

    P.S. I once had a frame that had been in a head on , bent llike MIke's pic. I fixed it by putting it in my frame jig, cutting the headstock off, replacing the bent tubes.

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    Thanks guys.

    The frame looks straight with no bent tubes. I'll find a digital level and check the steering angle.

    FYI the bike was "backed into while stationary" by a truck very early on in life (in the USA) and has all fiberglass fairings so there is that possibility.

    On a side note does anyone know where to get the 2 air box clips for the lid? They are different to 900 SS/SL. I can't seem to find them anywhere, even on Stein Dinse.

    Thanks for your help.
    I like bikes.

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    Hi mike, welcome to the wonders of the 8 series..

    The 888 SPO, strada and SP5 has an identical frame, swinger and fork geometry.

    Only explanation I can think of is shorter fork legs (check that)
    25 mm offset vs factory (30mm) , unlikely some one has made that on a street bike, and parts hard to find)
    Bend frame ( hope not )

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    Default Letís see it

    Please upload some fotos.. let see that kiwi spo

    Can’t be many around
    Last edited by stiglarsenDK; 02-04-2020 at 12:02 PM.

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    Or someone has moved the fork legs up higher in the triples

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    Forks are set up as per manual (263mm from bottom of triple to top of fork cap) with spring preload at .71 inches high.
    Triple clamps are the same offset on both SPO and Strada.

    I'll take a few photos this weekend and post them.

    I think it may be the only SPO registered in NZ according to the NZTA database.
    I like bikes.

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    Default Check length of fork tubes and total

    Check and compare w strada

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    Could also be shagged springs or they have been replaced with light weight ones. Check your preload travel with a tie wrap.
    Griff
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