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Old 03-23-2016, 10:34 PM   #1
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Backup bike: Ducati ST2 semi-naked

I just purchased this as a fun backup bike, when it's working. Right now the charging system is giving me all KINDS of fits. 98 ST2 that's already done away with most of bulbous body panels to expose that awesome trellis frame and wicked 944 L-twin.



Mad Max apocalypse theme. Her name is, Furiosa. Removed clutch cover & cam belt covers. Will trim clutch cover back significantly to reduce possibility of pant leg getting caught and aid in cooling but still show off as much as possible of it. Battery relocated under seat with Lithium Ion type. Wiring tidied up.

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PO installed cheap voltage regulator and battery just to get it running. But he did good components repairing the alternator/stator assembly.

I had it running awesome after the necessary fixes but within about an hour's worth of riding the battery went poof and then BOOM! in dramatic fashion after the electrical system went dead and I'd coasted to a stop on the side of the road. If I hadn't removed the seat it probably would have melted the seat pan too. Thankfully no fire, just lots of smoke at the chemicals went ballistic on a point of no return (a friend said it's called thermal runaway - once you've reached a certain point the chemical reactions can't stop until they've used up all their energy) finally the casing blew up and was able to release the pressure inside.





Scared the hell out of me, and a lady getting her mail near where I came to a stop. I asked to run and get a fire extinguisher just in case.

When she runs it's a dream, cloud 10. When she doesn't is despair. Sourcing a Shorai direct replacement plus probably a new ECU as we believe it fried in the epic battery failure.

More mods coming, but I'll probably document the bike from here on out on the Ducati.ms forum. Linky when I get that up.
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Old 03-23-2016, 11:07 PM   #2
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Sweet.

Bummer you got battery acid all over everything.

This part threw me for a minute:
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. . . a lady getting her mail near where I came to a stop. I asked to run and get a fire extinguisher just in case.

When she runs it's a dream, cloud 10. When she doesn't is despair.
Best of luck with the resto. Clutch and cam belt are cool. Keep your appendages out of there.


Can't wait till Damascus sees this.
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:52 AM   #3
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The electrical on those are very finicky. Use good quality parts and NEVER jump start them.

Oh and you need to bling up the clutch.
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Old 03-24-2016, 06:46 AM   #4
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Can't wait till Damascus sees this.
Had a great ride yesterday and nothing but nothing matches the sound and fury of a Duc L-Twin, but damn these bikes require a lot of stamina to own.

Have fun with it. Looks like you took the right approach in having it as a second bike.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:38 AM   #5
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Sweet.

Bummer you got battery acid all over everything.

This part threw me for a minute:


Best of luck with the resto. Clutch and cam belt are cool. Keep your appendages out of there.


Can't wait till Damascus sees this.
Bwhahaha!! Obviously didn't catch that. Doh!
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:42 AM   #6
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The electrical on those are very finicky. Use good quality parts and NEVER jump start them.

Oh and you need to bling up the clutch.
No blingy for an apocalypse bike. But I am going to cut away the stock cover into a quarter-moon type to keep the possible pant leg from falling in but still leave the beautiful aluminum clutch plate exposed and the whirring black springs.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:50 AM   #7
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Chrome oil filter is temporary for those of the detail orientation like me. ;)
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:06 PM   #9
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The gold wheels are a nice touch.
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:27 PM   #10
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Chrome oil filter is temporary
.. to be replaced with gold?
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:39 PM   #11
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A thought a "back-up bike" was something you could rely on as a back-up in need of emergency? This is more like a.... I have way-too-much-time-and-money-on-my-hands bike. I'm thinking of picking up a Yugo myself!
I would also not hesitate to go for a ride, she looks like a blast.
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.. to be replaced with gold?
OMG!!!

My long lost brother finally found???!!!
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Old 03-24-2016, 05:04 PM   #13
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OMG!!!

My long lost brother finally found???!!!
Just looked up your Multi thread. Wow, indeed my ST2 is your long lost brother... or cousin twice removed any way.

Frame and wheels are stock colors on mine. Started to look at gold anodized bits but realized they wouldn't fit the apocalypse theme I'm going for. So started modifying what was existing and I'm really pleased w/the outcome so far.

Bar end mirrors, and black rider foot pegs en route along w/a muted gold oil filler cap.

Thanks for comments folks.
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A thought a "back-up bike" was something you could rely on as a back-up in need of emergency? This is more like a.... I have way-too-much-time-and-money-on-my-hands bike. I'm thinking of picking up a Yugo myself!
I would also not hesitate to go for a ride, she looks like a blast.
Ummmm, yeah. The bike didn't get the memo I guess? It was supposed to be a relatively simple reg/rec fix/splice. I feel like I'm holding a huge daisy and pulling off the petals one by one: she loves me. She loves me not. She loves me! She love me NOT!...

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Old 03-24-2016, 05:24 PM   #15
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Smoke is not good unless there is meat involved, that could have been a real bitch.
She loves you, and when all is good you will dig it. I have a friend with some old Duc, has a FJ09 for parts running and those days he wants to return home.
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Viking cloth saddlebags are back on amazon. $80. Expandable. Good quality except top zippers. Trying to force when overstuffing breaks them,
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Looks like a fun project!
Not one I want to tackle but have fun with it!
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Small world, I just picked up a life boat you know as a back up.
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:12 AM   #19
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Good idea with the sea level rise.

I like working on bikes right up until I want to ride and the work isn't done
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