Hi all, had three Ducatis in the '80s (860GTS, 860GT & 900SSD) so you will know why I’ve now got another bevel twin, an 860GTE. Bought her very end of last year pining away under a cover and have spent the last 4 months in the garage trying to get her back on the road - it’s been at least 25+ years since she’s had the chance to clear her throat and spin her wheels poor old thing! Anyway, long story short, managed to get her running, then MOT’d and taxed her end of last week. She still needs a lot of fettling and attention but, by gum, she’s worth it! Got a thread on the Ducati Up North I can post if anyone’s interested.
Me, I’ve been biking all seasons since mid '70s, been a London despatch rider for quite a few years picking up horrendous habits in the '80s and gone through about 90 bikes all told. Ducatis always been a love/hate relationship but when you’re full throttle on a fast bend with a Duke wearing Contis, nothing can beat that experience!
This picture taken the day after the GTE’s MOT on the notorious A537 Cat n Fiddle road which is my playground:
I know, I know, GT Dukes are supposed to be fugly but, to me, she’s a real beauty!
Lovely Ducati - I had a black and gold 860 GT/ES many years ago
I also know the roads around the Cat & Fiddle area, I lived in Whaley Bridge when I worked at Sports Motorcycles, great roads around there …
Yup, you got it, SSD with the MHR fairing, never saw another one quite like it. It was a love/hate relationship ha! When she was on the road (99% if the time) she was unbeatable but when the gearbox started going, aaahhhhhhhh! But still, it was the one bike I regret selling the mostout of about 90 bikes. Only did it cos, at the time, I went to NZ and I didn’t know whether I was coming back to the UK or not. Silly me!