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Thread: 851/888 racebike basketcase

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    Here are some photos of the heads. if you look you can see that someone inscribed abbreviations for Italian words on the heads, which would lead me to believe that an Italian mechanic worked on the engine and it may have been a Ducati factory racebike. Jimmy Adamo and Reno Leoni were Ducati racing in the USA before Fast by Ferracci stepped in. Jimmy had some very good connections and got some very special stuff out of the factory.

    If you look at the photos of the horizontal head you can see: O = Orizzontale (Horizontal Head). V= Verticale (Vertical Head). S an A stamped on the ends of the rocker shafts S=Scarico (Exhaust), A=Aprirazione (Intake). It looks like they did not use belt covers and the timing marks were stamped into the seal holders next to the cam sprockets. There are no casting dates on any parts. The intake valves are 35mm and the exhaust valves are 33mm, both not stock sizes or regular racing sizes. All of the 6mm allen bolts are gold aluminum which were used on the factory race bikes. I have never opened the heads up to see what cams were inside.

    For some reason the timing belt eccentric adjuster pulley was put in the rear hole on the head and the head was even engraved "adj" at this hole.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorlandi View Post
    OMG! What a cool thread!
    Is that Mike Norman posting about racing with Paul?
    No, I am Brian Brown. I raced in 250 Production and Superbike classes on a Ninja 250, then on a Suzuki RGV250 in 250 Production and Formula II, then raced an FZR 400 in the 450 Production and Superbike. But my favorite and most competitive class was the Formula Singles class, in which I built and raced a Spondon frame with a highly modified Yamaha XT600E motor (displacing 686cc, making 72 hp). I was the Formula Singles class champion for three years and placed 2nd and 4th in the championship two other years. While I was putting my Spondon together, I raced the Open Twins class for one year on my Ducati 900SS street-bike.

    Here a shot of me after high-siding the Spondon on old tires during testing on the last lap. Of course it was right after I put new bodywork on the bike with new paint. I broke the scaphoid bone in my wrist, which is one of the slowest healing bones in the human body due to poor blood circulation. It caused me to miss my AMA Pro-Thunder debut and lose the AFM Singles championship that year.

    The AFM usually ran the Open Twins class and Formula Singles classes together in the same race (separate waves/starts), So the leaders of the Open Twins class would come by me during the race. When Paul came past he would be very close, but left me just enough room.
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    Here are photos of the head that dropped the valve (notice the VA, VS on the cam supports), the piston (94mm Dia = 888cc motor) and crankshaft that looks pretty stock but has the nut drilled for lightness?

    There are also the pieces of the exhaust that Paul did not need/modified for use on the 900SS motor.
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    Gold M6 bolts like these?

    Funny, you might even see the scar on my wrist from my scaphoid surgery/bone graft/titanium screw.

    '01 996R, '94 888 SPO Ltd, '88 851 Adamo racebike, '91 ZX-7R K1 homologation, '89 NSR250 MC18r5k, '01 Derbi GPR50/75, '71 CB450/500 café.

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    I am trying to coax a friend, who surly originally got the bike from Leoni, to join this discussion. He could add priceless information to this thread. Stay tuned.
    Bill

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    Here is Jimmy at Daytona in 1987 on the bike with the crazy fuel tank:
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    Looks like the tank I have too.
    '01 996R, '94 888 SPO Ltd, '88 851 Adamo racebike, '91 ZX-7R K1 homologation, '89 NSR250 MC18r5k, '01 Derbi GPR50/75, '71 CB450/500 café.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy 888 View Post
    Here is Jimmy at Daytona in 1987 on the bike with the crazy fuel tank:
    1987 ?

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    Oops, My bad. For some reason I had it labeled 1987, which is incorrect. He was still riding either the Mille bevel twin or a TT1-F1 in 1987. That photo is from 1988. He practiced on the 851, but when it came time for the race, he experienced a fuel leak on the 851 and rode the TT1-F1 that I used to own in the Pro-Twins race.

    Here is a poor photo of Adamo on the TT1-F1 at the start of the 1988 race. You can just make out the aluminum side scoops on the sides of the fairing that were special to that bike.
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    The bike of Caracci on the same photo is for sale in Swiss.

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