First order of business…. Bring the 996 to the nearest authorized Ducati workshop for thorough check up. I listed down the things that need to be checked, oil, oil filter, timing belt, brake, plug, clutch, and so on. Good things I got the 996 together with it consumable spare parts. Just to be on the safe side I decided to replace the parts with the spare I got.
Look at that.. with all fairing removed, what a timeless piece. Two under the seat silencers, single swing arm, trellis frame, L-twin, its cunningly resembles the younger brother – the very popular 1098.
The airbox picture
First report I got was a good one. The engine is in a good condition. The airbox bit cluttered but easily clean. Sapto, Ducati mechanics, has changed the timing belt, replaced the oil, checked the engine and all were a OK.
He recommended to change the clutch plates, which I obliged, since it was too thin already and less then the recomended thickness. I am thinking to upgrade the clutch with the slipper one. But perhaps latter till I tested the 996 in Sentul.
The clutch picture
The spark plug also changed, as the old one may caused the back firing that I have experienced.
I have listed already, some upgrade that I will do in the future. Mostly for looks though, like the wheels is bit out dated. And monoposto seat, as its look much better compare to the biposto that I got.
But lets just enjoy the 996 as it is for now. And see how it goes.
Overall the 996 is in good condition, and as I write this blog is still at the shop. Waiting for the head mechanics, Andree, to give final nod before releasing the 996.