DD Editorial Board

LT Snyder – Editor in Chief: Age: 50, Location: Pensacola FL, Current Ride(s): a bunch of Ducatis, and a few other brands

Mark Dill – Editor at Large: Age: 50, Location: Pensacola FL, Current Ride(s): 2008 Kawasaki ZX-14

Bill Gilbride – Editor at Large: Age: 50, Location: South Georgia, Current Ride(s): 2010 SFs, 2006 S2R1000, 2008 HyperMotard

John Phelps – Editor at Large: Age: ?, Location: Louisiana, Current Ride(s): 1997 M750, 2002 Honda RC51

Ken Swift – Editor at Large: Age: 36, Location: South-East Michigan, Current Ride(s): 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide, 2009 Genuine Buddy Blackjack 150, 2006 S2R1000, 1995 900 SS/SP.


  1. Mark Morris replied:

    Hi LT,
    Thanks for the tools. I live at the edge of the free world on Oroville, WA on the Canadian border which is 6hrs from Seattle and service so I am attempting to do the valves on my 2002 748R. Between my wife and I, we have five Ducs so I decided to bite the bullet and dig in.
    I measured the openers and closer on the vertical cylinder and here is what I got;

    Left side, opener/intake-.008rt and .008left
    Closer/intake-.012rt and .010 left/loaded

    Opener/exhaust-(between .007 and .008 rt and .008left
    Closer/exhaust-.010rt and .010left/loaded

    My question is, I am not sure how to get to where I need to be on both intake and exhaust. I know it is kind of a dumb question but I don’t want to make a mistake and am not sure if I understand what to do next. I think I am supposed to subtract the opener from the loaded closer? Then what do I do with that measurement? Do I add this to the size of opener shim I need?

    If you have time, I would appreciate a little nudge in the right direction on this. Once I do it, it will be clear to me but this whole deal it kind of intimidating to a pistolsmith.

    July 6th, 2009 at 10:22 pm. Permalink.

  2. Wayne Rimmington replied:

    LT are you planning to offer anymore maintenance courses? If so I would like to attend.

    November 21st, 2010 at 9:04 am. Permalink.

  3. Michael Curley replied:


    Great reads! I spend far to much time reading your articles when I should be working! The Ducati bug is one that completely takes over your mind. What modifications are next, how to save more weight, what shinny pieces can I find etc. I am in SSI, GA. Shoot me a note if you are ever in town!

    January 22nd, 2011 at 3:22 am. Permalink.

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