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Hi all,

Just an introduction post. Just bought a new-to-us 2013 TW from a nice retired fellow in Hood River, Oregon. Has 800 miles on it, never been down, unmodified, unmolested. Not the cheapest TW on the market, but cheaper than new, and this one is already broke in. ;-)

We live just north of the Columbia River in Washington on about 600 acres. Beautiful place to hike, shoot, and ride.

Picked up the bike for my wife to learn on... and of course I'll have fun poking around our property on it!

I have a Cagiva Gran Canyon and an unused CBR600RR trackbike project (was a salvage recovery... I was familiar with how it was "totaled" and it was too good a deal to pass up). Used to have a 2001 Ducati 900SS. Beautiful red and white, with carbon fender/hugger... it looked like one of Ducati's "R" bikes, but much less expensive. Anyway, learned to ride on a 73 Honda CL175 as a teen.

Wifey has always enjoyed riding pillion with me, but wasn't into the idea of riding herself until recently. She expressed interest in learning to ride so we talked about some options. Did a little shopping around, tried on a few bikes for size. She really liked this little TW. I think it'll be perfect. She can flat foot it, it's got a super easy clutch, not too much power. Fun and friendly. With acres to play on and no traffic to deal with, we have a great place to learn, too!

Funny enough, first used one we found the seller backed out and decided to keep it! Too much fun. Found this one shortly after; same year, same price, but even lower mileage and a little cleaner. Also closer to us! That's something of a miracle when you live in the middle of nowhere. Everything else for sale was at least 2 hours drive each way.

Anyway, the seller that decided to keep his directed me to this forum. Already spent some hours reading technical info. The oil change thread was very helpful! Not looking for much in the way of mods at the moment, but when the time comes, there seems to be lots of good info. All I will do for now is take off the turn signals and rear license plate mount to protect them while the learning happens, and get some decent handguards to protect things in the event of a tipover. "Oops" happens. Doesn't have to hurt anything. ;-)

Looking forward to learning and sharing as we get some time and experience with this neat little moto!
 

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Welcome to the forum!! :D
 

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Welcome.
Always liked those Cagiva's. Post a picture of it as a lot of folks may not have ever heard of it or seen one.
Ducati powerplant I assume?
 

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congrats on your new bike

i had a friend that lived in stevenson, beautiful area.
 

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Welcome nice intro. You'll end up with two as your wife will have so much fun you'll need one to ride too.
 

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These are very tough and relatively inexpensive handguards:
WPS OFF ROAD AND MOTARD HANDGUARDS from Western Power Sports Offroad

If you like your wife ditch the OEM front tire ASAP and get a Shinko 241! It will reduce the chances of a front end washout by several hundred percent. :eek:

I wonder who that nice retired fellow was.....I lived in Hood River until 2006. :)
 

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Thanks all!

Let's try this picture thing again... didn't want to cooperate last time and it was getting late. Limitations of iOS and the attachment interface. Anyway...

Two before I unloaded it. Nice to have a convenient hillside so I don't have to guide the bike all the way down from up in the bed. The previous owner had a similar step up on the side of his driveway we used to ease loading. I need to get an official folding ramp so I can take the bike to trailheads and unload. Someday I will also do a little more earthwork and graveling of the embankment specifically for loading and unloading the truck onto a nice flat pad with a shallow ramp off to the side down to the driveway level.

Then the obligatory pic of Dear Wife and kiddo. ;)
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I'll see if I can find a pic of the Cag on the iPad... might have to wait til I can crack open the laptop again and go burrowing through image directories.
 

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Welcome.
Always liked those Cagiva's. Post a picture of it as a lot of folks may not have ever heard of it or seen one.
Ducati powerplant I assume?
Yep! 900 Desmodue... the air-cooled 2-valve. Very similar to the motor that was in my 900SS. Different heads for less peaky power, better off-pavement. Gets a little wheezy at 70mph and above though. I got some different sprockets to make it a little better at that since I spend plenty of time at 60+. Not installed yet. Hope the motor doesn't fall flat. If it does, I'll be on the prowl for some 900 Monster or SS heads and a tune to boost the power a bit. Nothing radical, but enough to get around without wringing it out. One crazy guy swapped in an 1000DS (dual spark) Multistrada engine. Awesome bike, but he did a *lot* of work to splice it all together.
 

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welcome! another localish guy here. I live down in yakima. I was up in klickitat riding just last weekend! Love this part of the world and the variety of land within. I also am an aircooled duc guy. Got myself a m800sie. Not a fan of the newer non complete trellis monsters or the liquid cooled stuff. Just my opinions, not that those bikes are bad. keep the rubber side down and maybe someday we may cross paths.

Untitled by dolphaxel, on Flickr
 

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Well, pics of the Cag will have to wait. I found a couple on Facebook, but I can't link directly to images on FB, and when I try to upload it throws an error "the following JPEG image has the wrong file extension". Well no ish, Sherlock, they're PNG images, not JPEGs. And of course I can't do anything about file extensions on iPad, because Apple. Some days I really hate iOS. My phone is Android and my computers are Windows for this reason. Oh, and of course Ubuntu in a partition on the laptop. They all suck, but at least I can pick my OS strengths and weaknesses as needed. Anyway...

Mine has the most basic Givi Monokey bags, hung on a homebrew rack the previous owner cobbled together. It works, so I haven't messed with it.

Also has the Hepco-Becker crash bars. Tall windscreen. Throttle Rocker. Remus titanium exhaust. Not super farkled, but it works. Needs aux lights desperately... the OEM headlight is abysmal.

Right now the poor thing is halfway apart. The usual Ducati valve job, plus timing belts, plus starter wiring upgrade (notoriously weak Italian electrics), plus headlight wiring upgrade (ditto), plus regulator/rectifier wiring and connector upgrade (ditto again). It also needs new brake and clutch fluid before I start riding. Aaaand, it really should have the forks serviced with new seals and oil. It has become a project. :(

Fingers crossed I can get back to actually riding it sometime this year.

I might just get distracted with poking around the hills and valleys of our acreage on the TW, instead. We shall see. So easy to fire up and ride! Thing cranks right up. Shifts fairly smoothly, and the clutch is really gentle. I'm used to stout Ducati hydraulic-actuated dry clutches. I learned on a nice, easy, Honda wet clutch, but my 18k miles or so of road experience is on the Ducati-powered bikes. 12000+ on the 900SS, 6000+ on the Cagiva if memory serves.
 

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Just attempted to post some from Photobucket... no dice, not enough posts yet. Anyone know if you have to have 5 or 10 or how many to be able to use image links?
 

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5 posts now, so let's try again...

Photobucket's GUI has gotten horribly clunky in recent years, to the point it is so sluggish to load it's practically unusable. But I still have some web content stowed away there for occasions such as this.

First pic is on our acreage. That's looking toward Mt. Adams.


This is out off Highway 142 in southern Washington. "The long way home" from work. Beautiful ride.


This was before I had crash bars installed. At an overlook on Cook-Underwood Rd, Washington side of the Columbia Gorge, looking toward Hood River, Bingen, and White Salmon. Cook-Underwood road is a nice little detour off SR-14 that takes back through some twisties before returning to SR-14.


This was on a ride from Sandy, OR to my work in Hood River. Was visiting the inlaws the night before. This is Mt. Hood, from Highway 35 in Oregon.
 

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have you done the larger aftermarket clutch slave cylinder? It made my bike so much more user friendly!
Yep! Both bikes. I rode roughly half the miles on the 900SS with the OEM clutch slave, just about killed my hand in traffic a couple times. Went with the larger slave (can't remember which brand... one they had in stock at MotoCorsa), and life was much easier. The Cagiva came with an Evoluzione slave cylinder installed already.

Love your Monster 800. I concur, the full-trellis Monsters are the favorite. Likewise with air cooled engines. The new "Supersport" is a bit much, and it loses some of the character it had by going with liquid cooling and a wet clutch. Maybe it's because I like wrenching on my bikes and the Desmodue is pretty easy to work on.
 

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I must admit my 800 has the wet clutch which for aesthetics and heritage I don't really care for, but so it goes. It works well so I cant complain. I also like the dual sided swing arm bikes for some reason. I have cycle cat clip ons so the levers were pushed away from the bars so I ended up doing dial adjust PSR levers. Again being able to make that lever fit your hand a little better was a big deal! The name is slipping me right now but there is a place that rents the tools and shim kits to do all the work on ducs. It was nice to have all the right tools and the shim kits on hand to do it.
 
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