Ducati Indiana - Latest Project


Been Around the Block
Found this '87 Indiana- it was advertised as parts, but was in running order when I went to look at it.
I'm looking to turn it into an urban scramble type- have obtained a rear Cagiva spoked wheel and will try to see if I can line it up.
Will try to make a start during this week and post a few shots.

As you can see it was painted in model aircraft paint by a 4 year old.
I have to pick a colour for the re-paint

All opinions will be accepted

At mo I'm looking at metallic green over cream


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Been Around the Block
Any ideas on getting the photo to be right way up?
It keeps loading upside down on the site- but looks OK in my file


Vmax...why,yes i think i will
nope, I think it looked better upside down......

good luck with that one


Been Around the Block
spotty said:
nope, I think it looked better upside down......

good luck with that one

You're very cruel - maybe the next photos of it stripped and on spoked wheels may change your mind


God help the child who grows out of everything
I've never heard of the Indiana...but I kinda like it in spite of myself ( I have a thing for ugly bikes and cars ). Looking forward to seeing what you can do with this!


Been Around the Block
Indiana's were the top of the cruiser heap in the late '80's, it's a really nice bike to ride, quick, responsive. You might want to think about a restoration they're not a lot of them around.


Over 10,000 Posts
Never seen one but signing up to see what you do. It is fugly now but I can see the potential tracker in it.


Been Around the Block
We are now at this stage.
Machine stripped
lots of heavy corrosion- the bike was kept near the sea and all parts are badly pitted and chrome is peeling
Have engine cases, forks and exhaust away for blasting and polishing
Fuel tank and revised mudguards are back from paint shop
Wheels were very bad- so they were , blasted powder coated and lacquered- finish is still poor- but usable
Finding it difficult to locate parts and a manual- it's a 2V air cooled engine from the mid 80s so i'm using a mix of Pantah and Darmah info.
Will post some better photos as it improves


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Firs look at a new dry build-
No luck with the chrome plating on the fork legs or engine casings- will have to go with blasting and powder coating- (my least favourite)
Not a great finish on the polished parts (belt covers, rocker covers etc)- but acceptable.
Fitted new belts, tensioners and checked the desmo valve clearances - all now OK
Slow progress for a while- I'm away and I can't continue with out the rest of the casings and forks


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Latest dry build mock up

What seat?

Bobber or cafe

Any suggestions for rear fender? fit to swing arm or mount to frame

Looking at acewell Clock and 8" Head lamp


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Over 10,000 Posts
if only a choice between those two, I vote Cafe seat. I'd like to see it with a tracker seat to though.


Over 1,000 Posts
I think the bike's a bit too squat for the bobber seat, but the cafe seat looks great. I agree with Maritime - tracker seat (and side panels?) could look cool. And I vote for the fender attached to the subframe. Could look a bit bitsa if it's attached to the swingarm


Over 1,000 Posts
I'd think about a race frame, but that's just because they look so damn cool.

A street tracker seat might just work though. It would make the bike look lighter and more competent. Good suggestion.

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