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I've looked and looked and can't seem to find a Haynes manual that covers my '01 750. The only one I can find, in fact, covers model years '91-'96. What have they been doing the past 7 years?

Are there any repair manuals available for my bike other than the Ducati factory manual?

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selling the same 91~96 book. only thing changed is the alternator from single phase to 3 phase. oh, and your brakes are now the 2 pin variety. btw, i sell those. :)
Then why don't they publish it as a '91-'03 manual?

The primary reason I want a manual is to learn more about my bike and learn how to do minor maintenance. I'll admit that most of this is pretty new to me, so forgive me for asking, but you mentioned brakes- didn't they change from single front disk to double front disk? And what about the shift from carb to fuel injection? Certainly there have been other significant changes since 1991 ?!
 

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Then why don't they publish it as a '91-'03 manual?
it's called "printing". it was printed in 1996. that's the cutoff. they may print more additions later years, but you have to EDIT the manual to introduce changes. that means REwriting the manual for the changes.

didn't they change from single front disk to double front disk? And what about the shift from carb to fuel injection? Certainly there have been other significant changes since 1991 ?!
the single to dual front brake change is inconsequential as far as a service manual goes. and ... who cares as they talk about dual discs on the 900s...

carb'd to EFI... yeah, that is a significant change, but doesn't greatly affect the valve train, which uses some of the same parts as 30 year old bevel drive ducatis. with the introduction of the EFI, you could then get the 916 manual (which isn't 100% correct efi, wise, because of the switch from the 1.6m ecu to the 1.5m ecu)

honestly, very little has changed since 1991. sometime around 1994, the left side of the crankshaft lengthened and grew a little in diameter. i do not think that the haynes manual mentions this. this point is not important. the parts even LOOK the same.

the more significant change to the stuff hanging off the left end of the crankshaft is in 1998 with the introduction of the 3 phase charging system. now all the same "parts" are there, function-wise, but they fit together in a slightly different manner. i could still figure it out pretty easily.

you asked for an alternative to the factory manual; that's it. the haynes is a suitable substitute for most folks. i referred to the haynes manual when rebuilding the forks on my wife's 2000 m900ie. and i also checked it against the ducati service manual i have for her bike. same info.

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Thanks, Chris, I really appreciate the replies. I'll order the 91-96 manual.

I guess what makes me nervous about it is just the fact that I have NO experience working on motorcycles and a small variance between the manual and my bike- that you would immediately recognize and compensate for- could totally trip me up.

Didn't the clutches also change from dry to wet? Or the other way around?
 

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I too spent lots of time looking for a current manual for my '01 750. A fellow I know who is a long time Ducatista said it's practically the same motor for twenty years or so. I finally went ahead and ordered the Haynes from Amazon, forget the bookstores if you want it asap.
It seems that part of the fun of owning a Ducati is the mystique of both the motorcycle and working on it. You have to look at ownership as a journey. Say goodby to the straight up world of Japanese functionality and hello to the beauty of the Italians.
 

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I haven't seen one yet, but LT Snyder has just put together a manual for Desmodue bikes. I'm thinking about ordering one for my tech library. Check it out at www.desmotimes.com

Chris or Alex, I believe you guys got credit for some inputs and reviewing on this one. Any comments?
 

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LT's manual is really very well done. Kind of like all the best from all the forums, or a FAQ. He is not afraid to suggest changes improvements and tweaks that don't appear in your normal repair manual. I have both factory and Haynes and sometimes you need both. Typically I think the Haynes is easier to use because it is written in english where the factory manual is written in Italian and printed in five languages on the same page. Also there mistakes in the translation some of which are really funny and contradictions on the same page.
 

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I haven't seen one yet, but LT Snyder has just put together a manual for Desmodue bikes. I'm thinking about ordering one for my tech library.
 
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