another perfectly good motorcycle ruined.......

Sunday, 6 March 2016

not a ducati tt replica







so, the original f1 / f2 ducati race bikes ran a bee-ute-ee-full two-into-one exhaust system, exiting low on the left-hand side of the bike, [remember, the pantah engined bikes had the rear cylinder reversed, not like the poxy, base model, 'poverty' 750ssie 'dark' bike that the 'not a ducati tt replica' bike is based on] hmm, after speaking with nelly at cornerspeed who stressed the importance of the cruciform on the original oem downpipes to scavenge the exhaust gasses and not cheat ourselves out of the hard earned sixty bee-haich-pee we have achieved, i decided to investigate the two wheeled classic 'quill' exhaust at a wallet stretching £700 quid, [although, i admit it's a lovely piece of kit and a fraction of the cost of say, a termi or akra pipe for a sportsbike,  it is though, i'm afraid, way out of budget for a couple of twat derbyshire shed builders] an afternoon of scribbled sums, listing both dogs on e-bay, advertising my servives as an international sock model and mugging dangerous for his winter heating allowance and i still cannot justify spunking that amount of money. i dig out the original, [well, modified for last year's 'peaky blinder' budget 'radical' project] and hang it off the bike. i sketch out and dimension a couple of megaphones, [taking reference points from mark brewins fantastic harris replica bike from an old copy of mcn sport] i'm still not happy and beg mr's b for the two-wheeled classic system to be met with the 'scottish' look and a very firm NO! not wishing to push my luck any further i decide to reluctantly use the original system but hey, that gives me a couple of options even if it's not in keeping with a 'replica'. i can use the carbon can's for noise testing on any trackdays and get my 'passed' sticker, then drop on the 'fruity' meggas and blow up the drive-by noise meter, a quick rattle can job in matt-black to hide the 'sheen' of the polished pipes. i even considered wrapping them but don't want bikeefix or the bikeshed pestering me to feature it on their site's...........