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cracks in the frame under the steer head.. can be repaired but most of these seemed to do it.

carbs... get the FCR's.

new belts no matter what..

ditch the rim stripes..

buy more carbon

otherwise bullet proof.
Very good assessment right there Shrek!
I had the EXACT same frame cracks in the EXACT same location - almost invisible to the naked eye for sure! Cost me a little off sale value but was able to obtain a brand new frame from a legendary source / friend of mine from the historic BCM Motorsports which used to be out of Laconia, NH.

Rim stripes on an iconic bike like this don't go with this model so agreed.

Belts are an absolute MUST when buying one of these 2 valve Desmos!

Not too sure about carbon since it only comes with front fender and rear hugger which if original are surely faded and pitted- so a good shop (such as who did a completely custom paint job, sanded n cleared all carbon to a dripping wet gloss- Connecticut Cycle Refinishing) made it new again with appearance) though one can find Carbon clutch covers and bits here n there.

And as far as Carbs go we tried those FCRs with the 944 Kit that was dropped in and their response was sub standard - so I'd place a vote for some 42mm Keihins instead- they'd even work good with a stock engine too if tuned appropriately.

A good thing about these older bikes is that you can also find a good variety of slip ons which will give that awesome throaty sound a perfect pitch! IMHO Arrow is the best match for this- slips or full system, and their carbon look is outstanding for sure! Used Arrows on 3 of my Ducatis and it is like they are born to be with each other! :)

Unfortunately, I made the grave mistake of selling it to my dealer to score a Limited Edition 1198s Corse and kick myself in the nuts for doing so. Nothing pulls like these 2 valve torque / wheelie machines and has so much class at it as well.

To the OP. If you can land this baby cheap and it doesn't have a repairable Crack up top near steering stem, grab it and shoot me a PM if iinterested in rebuilding a classic icon Ducati! They are extremely comfortable to ride and people will both hear and feel you coming down the road before you're seen my man!
Best wishes with it if it's not already gone! ;)
 

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Ps. As Giantclam (totally love that screen name btw!) Said you'll learn ALOT from looking closely at the bolts n screws around the whole bike! I'd say they run between 3-4k right now if it's a gem and has some valid maintenance records which show last valve job etc. These babies require frequent (6k mile ) valve CHECKS at least.

Hey, if you do end up getting this bike I have a super Service Book on it which has in depth "DIY" maintenance work- WITH pics! Lol.
Keep us posted on this one brother!
 

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Ahhhhh. Thank you for pointing this out Shrek!
Now some of the language that makes no sense to me, makes sense! LOL.

Didnt even look at that aspect mate. (thats what i say right? :))

Cheers (that too right? :)

Again, appreciate ya squaring me away on this, sorry all.
 
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