Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby Tetge » Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:51 am

jhwalker wrote:another long post lost #$%*&&^%$



As a person known for long wordy posts, I have found that some sites time out, and sometimes there are keystrokes that unreliable fingers head right for that wipe out one's work. If there is any chance of this, when I want to compose a long post, I open Notepad, and I compose my post so that I can copy and paste it. This really does not take much more time, and it eliminates losing long posts.
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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby jhwalker » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:16 pm

Tetge wrote:
jhwalker wrote:another long post lost #$%*&&^%$



As a person known for long wordy posts, I have found that some sites time out, and sometimes there are keystrokes that unreliable fingers head right for that wipe out one's work. If there is any chance of this, when I want to compose a long post, I open Notepad, and I compose my post so that I can copy and paste it. This really does not take much more time, and it eliminates losing long posts.

Juan suggested similar earlier. The stroke-brain forgets, has trouble with things like copy/paste.
it's a sad story -- but there is a lot of humor too... :whistle:
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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby jhwalker » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:25 pm

A friend rode the Ducati behind me to the Queretaro shop.
I missed the annual maint due to the stroke. They are making a decision regarding it staying under warranty after this service. I staggered into the shop, looking f-d up as usual. The first question was "you didn't ride over did you? "
We will see how it plays out ... It will be what it will be
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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby SonicVenum » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:16 pm

jhwalker wrote:Juan suggested similar earlier.


I didn't wanna be a nag... :lol:
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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby jhwalker » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:11 am

SonicVenum wrote:
jhwalker wrote:Juan suggested similar earlier.


I didn't wanna be a nag... :lol:

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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby jhwalker » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:26 am

We drove our friend, Art, over to Ducati Queretaro yesterday and he rode the Scrambler back to the casa. Said it felt the same. It is under warranty again. :clap:
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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby SonicVenum » Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:50 am

Congrats! :dance:
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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby jhwalker » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:25 am

SonicVenum wrote:Congrats! :dance:

I think staggering into the shop pushed the pity button. :lol:
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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby jhwalker » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:34 am

I forgot to put 'crank the Ducati weekly' on the todo list when we went to LA, so the battery died. Charging the battery is 'typical Ducati'. My hands are about 2X the optimal size for working in the 'center of life'. But, finally got it charged. Then the devil crawled up on my shouldered and whispered 'there is no reason not to ride!'.

I poop you not, Terri heard me put it in first gear and yelled 'you aren't going to ride the Ducati, are you? ' meow, I answered, and shut it down. :doh:
I'm feeling it -- it's gonna happen soon. :clap:


It still has fewer than 3,000 km on it. sad
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Re: Ducati Scrambler and other things Ducati

Postby Tetge » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:19 am

Put a pigtail on the battery and connect to a Battery Tender. This is SOP for DR-Z's with their tiny batteries and some current drain that saps them of starting power in not too long if they sit around. Battery Tenders are cheap and work well. It is also good to start machines on a regular basis, and the brakes also need to be worked, as they too can gum up, which is always a PITA to deal with.

As far as riding goes, I have to remind you that the ground is very hard and unforgiving on older folks in particular. Although the details are not known, an 80 year old crashed a Triumph on Little T during the ride at Hansen Dam, and he went to ICU with all kinds of damage. As far as I know, he is still in the hospital, and, he was one of the early ton up boys who rode all the time for most of his life.

So, only you could honestly evaluate your strength and balance and coordination, as all those things come into play when riding a motorcycle. I know that once rolling along, the gyroscopic effect of the wheels makes the balance fairly easy, but, balancing at stops and maneuvering the motorcycle around, and rough pavement and varying terrain where you need to stand on the pegs, can be tricky for everyone. I still think that a nice high quality sidecar, with appropriate gearing for the Ducati, would be the solution. A side hack still is considered a motorcycle, and it also is risky enough and would present a challenge as far as developing any degree of mastery. You need only look at videos of the 600cc machines storming around the Isle for inspiration, although, in your case, finding a monkey might be a bit difficult.

All I know for sure is that the motorcycle riding fire sort of goes out for many as they age, because mother nature sends clear signals that one's physical abilities, such as they were, have declined. Vision and balance are not as sharp, and this is pretty much the fate of all, at some point or another. And, one slip can be devastating, as by the time folks get to old age, if they do, they can not deny that even minor bumps and scrapes take forever to heal up. Also, most do not relish the thought of being confined to a nursing home due to injuries that could have been avoided.

Of course, none of this is unique to motorcycles, but, unlike pro sports, piloting engine powered machinery does not require tip top physical condition, and there usually is no real dramatic point at which nature orders a person to retire. So, continuing to ride on two wheels, as bicycles also are dangerous, in one's old age, is a tough decision due to the risks involved. It takes responsibility, common sense, and maturity, so, thank goodness that Terri is there!

But, I feel for you, old guy, since I too know what it feels like to be robbed of physical (and mental) capabilities and thus be denied some of your former activities. It is very frustrating, and, depressing at times, but, it is also challenging to adapt and do the best you can with what you got left. It can teach a person patience and the valuie of staying calm and it certainly can humble the arrogant, not that I personally know any such. So, if you must ride, perhaps you can get some rollers and tie the bike down and ride in place first? Because, falling will not be good for you, or the bike.

PS: I fell recently at Hansen Dam, and it still hurts. The pavement is hard and unforgiving, and, it takes a long time to heal up after even a simple fall, as I lost my balance when arising from a curb I was sitting on, so, I did not fall very far back down to curb level. And, I used to never fall or trip as I had excellent balance. So, I know a bit about what I have written due to hands on experiences.
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