trouble with the internet and the credit card society that
we live in nowadays is the ease in which you are able 'buy
stuff'. We are not talking about a few loaves of bread or
a malt loaf treat but 'non- essential stuff' that looked nice
in the picture or screams 'bargain' at you from the whole
21 inches of high resolution display. That's pretty how I
found myself with another (and my third) Ducati.
On a pretty slow morning at work, I was browsing the Ducati
Sporting Club site and came across this entry:
748 BIP frame powder coated black, 748SP engine, 996 forks
and front brakes, Showa rear shock, Walter moto rear sets,
Harris clip ons, Race front fairing brace, lightweight alloy
clutch basket, standard cans with Bora conversion, oil and
filter just changed, 12 point Sprint steering damper (just
serviced at Sprint) and race fairing brace, ex Ducati experience
Race products bodywork, SBK3 HH sintered front pads, Renthal
quick change sprocket, extensive spares package inc WOW and
tyre warmers etc.
After seeing the price, I thought that it must be a misprint
but after phoning Geoff, he confirmed that all was as it was
described in the ad. It was a no brainer really, all I had
to do was to check that it fitted in the garage but I was
sure I would be able to make space. After agreeing to buy
the bike, it was just a matter of getting to collect it and
as per usual, I left everything to the last minute (as per
usual). With a trackday at Lydden Hill booked for a Saturday,
I was out in my driveway at 4am Friday morning trying to work
out how to put a trailer together. This was so that could
meet up with Geoff at Donnington where he was doing a trackday.
Arrived at Donnington and found Geoff no problemo - looking
over a freshly binned R6. the 748 was unloaded along with
the rest of the Ducati spares catalogue and all looked good.
As I had a trackday planned for the following day, Geoff did
a few adjustments on the suspension to take into account our
different bodyweights - what I know about suspension, could
be written on the back of a postage stamp. After that, a quick
ride around the car park showed that all was well and apart
from a little clutch slip, everything was pukka (apologies
for the Jamie Oliverism).
I managed the trip back home down the M1 although it took
a few roundabouts to trust that the bike wasn't going to topple
off the trailer. Seeing it bouncing around in the rear view
mirror doesn't do the ticker any good - I'll have to compress
the suspension more next time, it still looked a bit wobbly
to me. But I managed to get the bike home in one piece although
being restricted to 60mph and banned from using the 'fast'
lane was a bit of a drag - it was most probably a good thing
as the last thing I wanted was to introduce the 748 to the
tarmac along the M1!
all that, I made it to the track day at Lydden. The day was
a real eye opener into how different the 748 and the 996 are.
Cosmetically identical but personalities, totally different.
See the trackday write-up here.