On the right side where the cap is, the radiator mounts onto a stud coming from the frame, or it’s supposed to. Now it’s zip-tied slightly farther forward and all is well again. There’s even still ample front tire clearance.
If you remember from the first part of this project, all this bike ever had was a tank, seat and nose fairing, all of which damaged in one way or another. The nose fairing was cracked from the corner to where the headlight would fit. I stitched it with zip ties. It’s embarrassing. The seat unit is just scuffed and ugly. I taped over where the headlights and taillights used to reside and now she’s ready to roll for the first time.
I arrived at the track when it opens at 7a. I do this knowing we won’t hit the track till twenty past nine. It gives time to set up properly, stretch, hydrate more, and give the bike a last once over. Setting out for the first session the Ducati feels great. Power is wonderfully linear, clicking up through gearbox hearing the thunderous sound of the Termignoni exhaust chase me as I enter the back straight.