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My Day at Duc Pond Racing (Larry Pegram's Ex Racebike and the 53,000 mile 748)

I spent all day Saturday with one of my sponsors, Duc Pond Racing, wrenching on my 853 trying to get to the bottom of the oil blowby problem. Donnie's name has spread fast, so he has a lot of customer bikes to take care of so I did most of the work on my bike. Throughout the day(9:30 to 5:30) I took portions of the bike apart looking for clues and problems with Donnie’s guidance. We checked the compression, timing, valves, oil flow threw the cams, etc...Unfortunately our check stopped at checking the valves…we didn’t physically take the cylinder heads off.

Well, I test rode the bike yesterday and BANG-SNAP-CRACKLE-CLANG…something let go big time in the horizontal cylinder…you can’t miss the sound now. I’m so frustrated right now…I missed a great opportunity to possibly get a podium spot and some serious points at Road Atlanta over the weekend. My teammate won HWT SS by 26 seconds and HVWT SB by 1 LAP. I usually run 2 to 6 seconds behind him...I seriously could cry right now


<U>Well, I guess you know what I'll be doing this next weekend...I'll shoot for the next round at CMP on the 23rd and 24th
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<U>One of Donnie's customer's recently perchased one of Larry Pegram's ex- superbike racebikes...start drooling</U>


<U>That's right, a 998RS, straight from the Ducati Factory. Assembled behind the "Corse" double doors that they don't let you peak behind on the factory tour. I've never seen so much carbon fiber and magnesium on one bike before.</U>


<U>Magnesium tripple tree with all of the offset markers and that absolutely gorgeous Magnetti Marnelli display.</U>




<U>Check out the data port for the bike's telemetry. There were telemetry wires running everywhere. I love the break away levers too.</U>


<U>Yuuuummmy. The fork set-up alone is probably worth more than my bike. Lovely!</U>



<U>The diameter of the exhaust was unreal, the photos don't do it justice</U>


<U>Check out how tall the sidewalls on the tires are...I've never seen anything like that before. That corsa axle is crazy too, the diameter is mega large.</U>


<U>I've never seen those types of nuts that are on the hub assembly, they don't have the normal flat sides.</U>


<U>Check out that gear shift lever...crazy adjustment. You can also see some of the telemetry wiring along the frame.</U>


<U>The same guy that owns the 998RS above owns the Troll Super Twin too. Awesome bike.</U>


<U>I think that there are only a dozen of these in the country</U>



<U>Check out the trick frame, swing arm, and exhaust...the bracket for the rear set is sick</U>




<U>Donnie's National Championship winning bike. I know that he won at Daytona 3 times, not sure how many times with this bike.</U>


<U>The other highlight of my day was meeting one of Donnie's new customers. She purchased the 748 pictured below in '97 and has put over 53,000 mileson it. Now that's kick ass
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I had a great time hanging out with Donnie and wrenching on my own bike. I learned a lot this weekend for sure about working on the bike.
-Tifosi
 
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Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (Tifosi)

Well, Sunday was a great day for winged ducks.....rained like hell in the afternoon...bikes going down in flocks....mad dash to mount rain tires....then the rain stopped and the track dried out super fast.....another mad dash to change tires.

It was funny to watch the starting grids when it was pouring....they don't pay to race WERA and forty plus bikes quickly shrunk to maybe eighteen.

My good bud that I went to help out in his pit had a monster lead in one race and then the skies opened up and guess who found a wet track first......he jumped right back up but got called in for tech inspection....ended up 14th and covered in mud (both rider and bike).....later on, he took a second on his '03 R6. His first podium in months. Had a real fun time though.....saw gobs of people that I knew. Huge turnout.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (roadkill)

How was the Road Atlanta party that was posted on the WERA board. I immagine the fireworks in the pits were crazy
 
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Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (socal)

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Yeah, those were awesome pics.....Pegram is such a nice guy too. What a sweeeeeet bike.
 
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Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (Tifosi)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Tifosi »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">How was the Road Atlanta party that was posted on the WERA board. I immagine the fireworks in the pits were crazy
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I am counting on a complete lack of credible witnesses.
 
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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (roadkill)

It's nice to see the old DTR bikes getting used. I heard Pegram took the trailer and bikes as payment when the team self distructed. I would love a set of the DTR bodywork for my 998.
 
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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (Tifosi)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Tifosi »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">

I spent all day Saturday with one of my sponsors, Duc Pond Racing, wrenching on my 853 trying to get to the bottom of the oil blowby problem. Donnie's name has spread fast, so he has a lot of customer bikes to take care of so I did most of the work on my bike. Throughout the day(9:30 to 5:30) I took portions of the bike apart looking for clues and problems with Donnie’s guidance. We checked the compression, timing, valves, oil flow threw the cams, etc...Unfortunately our check stopped at checking the valves…we didn’t physically take the cylinder heads off.

Well, I test rode the bike yesterday and BANG-SNAP-CRACKLE-CLANG…something let go big time in the horizontal cylinder…you can’t miss the sound now. I’m so frustrated right now…I missed a great opportunity to possibly get a podium spot and some serious points at Road Atlanta over the weekend. My teammate won HWT SS by 26 seconds and HVWT SB by 1 LAP. I usually run 2 to 6 seconds behind him...I seriously could cry right now


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Have you had recent engine work done, or is this recent problem new unto itself?
 
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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (hubert)

man, almost wet myself with the instrument cluster. i've been lusting for that for quite some time now. even if i dont get to use all the functions i just WANT it. too sky high for me though!
 
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Discussion Starter · #10 ·
Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (Tifosi)

The RS is very nice. My only concern would be not having the software to go with the "black box" so you could actually vary the settings based upon the data and the particular track at which you were running.

Other than the increased maintenance required...I wonder how difficult it is to get the required parts to keep the bike "fresh", particularly the engine?
 
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Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (hubert)

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Have you had recent engine work done, or is this recent problem new unto itself?</TD></TR></TABLE>

I think that we are still finding problems left by the shop that I used to have the bike serviced at
 
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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Re: My Day at Duc Pond Racing (Tifosi)

Great post and pics! 53000k on a Duc? Wow! No major problems? Only the typical valve job, oil, chains and rubber?
 
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