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    Default New member intro.

    Hi guys -

    My name is Paul and I live in Dundee, Scotland.
    I have just bought my first Ducati - a 1989 model 851 with 26,000 KM on the clock - the bike is a grey import from Italy.

    First impressions are very favourable, although the neighbours are none too impressed by the noise from the de-baffled silencers

    I have been riding bikes since the age of 16 (a Honda SS50) and since then have had most of the Jap superbikes through the years.

    I had the opportunity of picking up the 851 via my brother in law who works in the trade, so took the plunge and bought it. Great bike to ride and a totally different riding experience from Jap stuff.

    The site looks great and hopefully I will learn lots from it.

    I got no handbook with the bike. Can anyone tell me :-

    Does the 1989 851 have a choke - I cannot find one.

    Also can't find a trip meter reset button for the speedo ! - should it have one ?


    Paul.
    Last edited by Paul; 08-22-2007 at 04:14 PM.

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    Default Throttle and reset for mile counter

    Hello mate, its worth having a look at the files part of the forum... the 851/888 manual has been posted by one of the members. That should have your answer. I have never had an 851 but I have had 4 888,s and the throttle on all of them has been onthe left hand clip on next to the grip and is a lver that rotates around the bar. The bike looks in good condition, it will take a while to alter your ride style to get the best out of it. I still ride jap stuff and the main difference is the gear selection. With the inline fours its best to hang on to each gear right stay high in the rev range. With the 851 /888 its far better to short shift through and allow the torque to pull you through. It will make better sense that way. Its a bit like wet weather racing on the japs! Its also best to get on the gas before the peel in point of the corner and "drive thru the bend " far harder then the jap bikes. Two reasons, firstly the engine breaking on the ducs is much more powerful and can upset the bike mid corner should you close off without high corner speed... also the power pulse on the two cylinder bikes allow the tyre time to recover grip and shape during harder drive out of a corner when the jap stuff can over power the tyre and spin out. Only good if you're names Troy or Ghetti and you can afford the consequences! Anyway, enjoy it and keep an open mind getting used to it, once hooked its a life change! All the best, Pompey ( a lost Scot ! )

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    Welcome to the 851/888 Forums Paul and thats a very tidy looking Monoposto

    No choke on my 89 851 even though it has a later 888 engine installed but as Pompey says if it's meant to have one it will be on the left hand bar between the grip and the clutch lever . The trip reset is usually a small knob mounted remotely from the speedo that resets it via a cable , Though this cable does tend to corrode rendering the reset inoperable which may have happened to yours and a previous owner hasn't refitted it .

    Oh and if your looking for rideouts and general banter from like minded people check out Ducati up North
    Plenty of Scots Ducati owners who will no doubt give you a warm welcome , Though not many 8 series bike owners on there .
    Last edited by Paul851; 08-11-2007 at 05:58 PM.

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    Thanks for the welcome and information guys.

    This is the first weekend since I bought the 851 and it's been raining continually ............................just my luck

    Paul.

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    Default choke starting

    Welcome..

    If you cannot find a choke, its not fitted and to start keep your right hand off the throttle and hit the button, when she fires pick up the beat with a tiny twist of the wrist and away you go Giving it a handfull on starting might end in trouble and you will need a push Found the trip reset yet? Its small and black and easy to miss

    Enjoy

    Be Seen - Red White and Green

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    Hi Paul,
    As the other guys have said there's no choke fitted on 851's.
    The later 888's have a lever fitted to the lefthand clipon, This isn't a choke, it's a fast idle device.
    On my tuned 851/916 i've fitted a 916 throttle which has a fast idle button, when pushed in it just holds the throttle open by a fraction, upping the idle speed until you close the grip which pushes the button off.
    It's a lot neater than the 888 system and uses one less cable, which's one less to go out of adjustment. .
    With this set up you'll need to fit a 916 throttle cable.

    Steve

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    No, no choke. You can alway do what I do, stand there holding it at 2000, having a smoke, and looking at the people looking at you making noise and loving it.
    That hole in a bracket down low, left of the instrument panel, is where the knob for the trip meter is supposed to be. It also happens to be just the right size to relocate your air temp sensor too. If you do, you'll need to make a guard for the sensor out of something trendy like an old plastic film container (sensor facing down and forward).

    Griff

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    Guys,

    I've only been on here two minutes and you've been a mine of information already - thanks

    Anyway - the sun came out for a few hours and I took full advantage - just in from a blast through the countryside...............................what can I say..........................I'm hooked - the noise - the style - the handling.

    It's addictive stuff

    No choke fitted (but it fires up no problem) and it looks like there is no trip re-set either lol !


    Paul.
    Last edited by Paul; 08-12-2007 at 02:51 PM.

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    Well guys - I had another look for the elusive trip re-set (this time with my eyes open ) - I found it this time, right where you said it was - can't believe I missed it

    It's siezed though, so I'll have to strip and lube the cable.

    I also took delivery of a service / repair manual I got from E-bay.It is 190 pages, fully illustrated and contains a wealth of information on the Desmoquattro models - perfect for someone like me who knows next to nothing about maintaining them........

    How many of you guys carry out your own maintenance ? I intend to, but understand that quite a few specialised tools are required which are expensive (the author of the guide talks about an outlay of $1000 for tools)

    Paul.

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    For basic maintenance I cant see spending that much on special tooling to be honest , I would have thought at the most a clutch holding tool would be useful at some point ? and I suppose if you where super critical something to set the belt tension , though if memory serves me there's a Facom tool that does the job and costs a fraction of the factory tools price. I haven't got round to checking the shims on mine yet but did it enough times on my Darmah so hopefully no problem their . The rest is general maintenance so a few allen keys and a decent socket set (I can recommend the Halfords professional line) plus a combination spanner set and a decent torque wrench should see you right .

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