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Preview YouTube video Ducati on the fly oil change

Ducati on the fly oil change
So, I was riding fast, circa 180kph, when I entered a dip in the road which bottomed out my suspension. Unknown to me, there is a sump, which as the bike bottomed out, sheared this off. All the oil in the bike pissed out over my rear tyre. This gave me a ‘moment’ as the bike went a bit sideways. Not realising that this was the case, I continued to ride until the oil pressure light came on. I stopped immediately, but it may be too late, the engine is damaged.
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Took a ride to Raglan, NZ’s surfers paradise. I’ve never actually been there before and the road is ultra-twisty. We made pretty good time even though the road [on the way down] was pretty bumpy, much better on the way home.

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Just picked up a 996. Today was the first day that I could take it for a spin. Lovely bike to ride. Plenty of torque and grunt in the midrange, didn’t really test the top-end too much, still on the road after-all.

Very impressive in the corners, feels very stable and confidence inspiring.

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Summer is slowly arriving. Due to the improving weather, we have been out on a number of rides. We have been to Whangamata with a small group and a couple of times round the loop.

All the rides have been fast. Twice now I’ve had the 999s out, once the 748R and once the 800ss. All the bikes ride really well, but the 999s is hands down the fastest of the three.

The more that I ride the bike, the more that I like it. The ‘looks’ are growing on me also. Compared to the other two bikes, the 999s is really flickable, the other two have to be muscled into the corners. All the bikes, once in the corner, are really, really stable and inspire a lot of confidence, a Ducati trait. The 999s is really quick steering, which takes a little getting used to.

 

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Heavy rain…….

Good for filling the water tanks, but not for riding. Looking at the 1198s

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The weather has been fantastic just the last few days…..but I have been tied up with either assignments and assessments for the Bar Exam, or work.

I haven’t been able to get out for a ride since last week sometime. I have just spent 5 hours typing up an assignment due tomorrow morning. Just finished. The sun is still shining, I’m thinking, time for a quick ride before darkness.

The missus has been out twice over the w/e while I was at work dealing with escaped prisoners, fights and all the other shite that the job entails.

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Spent all day yesterday preparing for today’s ‘High Density’ exam. I feel like Hart on the ‘Paper Chase’.

I haven’t been to the gym or ridden a bike in 2 weeks.

Today is the penultimate exam. Then, back to the gym and the bike.

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