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 Post subject: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:11 am 
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New long-term project. Anyone remember this very special parallel 500 racebike? I've always wondered what happened to this bike after reading about it in an Italian Motorcycles magazine, and now it has followed me home. Pete Smith at Epicycle built it. I think it blew up in about 1985. Have I gone mad? Or will it send me mad?? I'm after a set of undersize main bearings if anyone has a set. Boucher.


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:49 am 
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Pretty interesting looking front end!
Looks like a handfull!
Enjoy.
Paul


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:05 pm 
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I love it! Epicycle has built a lot of interesting machines. I am really happy you are going to preserve this one. I love the old mechanical anti dive on the M1R's, and yes you are MAD but I will help anyway I can. I think my friend has a parts bike. Lou


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 6:57 pm 
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Ye that pass this way, abandon all hope,,,,,,,,,


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:00 pm 
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Chris, a friend had gasket sets made for the 500.
Graeme


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:54 am 
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Thanks Lou. Graeme, originally it was bored to 86mm and stroked to 62mm giving 720cc. I talked to Pete Smith on the phone and he said it locked up in a race. I'd say the billet crank broke as it is not in the parts I got. As I said to Pete, I want to preserve it and hear it run again. So it's standard 52mm stroke 86mm bore or find someone that can build a crank. Any ideas? But at this stage i'm after main bearings. They are very elusive, nil in stock, no longer available! But surely in Ducati land there are 2 left??? Boucher.


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:10 am 
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boucher wrote:
Thanks Lou. Graeme, originally it was bored to 86mm and stroked to 62mm giving 720cc. I talked to Pete Smith on the phone and he said it locked up in a race. I'd say the billet crank broke as it is not in the parts I got. As I said to Pete, I want to preserve it and hear it run again. So it's standard 52mm stroke 86mm bore or find someone that can build a crank. Any ideas? But at this stage i'm after main bearings. They are very elusive, nil in stock, no longer available! But surely in Ducati land there are 2 left??? Boucher.


I assume you've tried Ian Gowanloch? If not his number is 02 6946 26 26. He is always helpful in these instances. He rebuilt the mille that also has the Epicycle influence in the pantah heads running backwards to suit the bevel bottom end.


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:56 am 
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Thanks again, Gowie did indeed get me some main bearings, oil pump, big valves. Nearly collected all the items needed. Thanks for the interest. Maybe we should try and get all the old Aussie race dukes together??? That would be a sight. Boucher.


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
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Finally! I knew an Aussie Symposium would be in the works soon! Lou


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 Post subject: Re: Old and Unloved Duke Given New Home
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:42 pm 
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At Boucher's house,,,,,
That way the majority of bikes won't have to travel too far :mrgreen:


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