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Daytona Deliberations For owners and riders of Daytona 900, 955, 1000 & 1200

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Old 12-11-2010, 03:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking at a 955i CE. What, if any issues do these bikes have? Is there anything in particular I should check out, it only has 12k kms on it? I am an experienced rider with 20 years riding under my belt and I know to check the basics (tires, chain & sprockets, brakes etc). I really need to know what these bike's weaknesses are. Also are they really a collector item with only 200 made?
Also how would it compare to my Ducati 900 SS. Handling, power, service requirements and long distance comfort would be my concerns.
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Hi All
I am looking at a 955i CE. What, if any issues do these bikes have? Is there anything in particular I should check out, it only has 12k kms on it? I am an experienced rider with 20 years riding under my belt and I know to check the basics (tires, chain & sprockets, brakes etc). I really need to know what these bike's weaknesses are. Also are they really a collector item with only 200 made?
Also how would it compare to my Ducati 900 SS. Handling, power, service requirements and long distance comfort would be my concerns.
Thanks in advance for your replies
The CE is not the limited production bike, the Daytona 1200 SE is. The 02 CE is a fantastic 3 cylinder bike still worth owning and riding whilst the 1200SE is a 4 cylinder. I own one of each and believe either bike will put a smile on your face and last from75-100,000 if cared for. HAP
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+ 1 to what Hap said . I had a 96 900SS Duc and have 02 Daytona CE and love them both. I find the Daytona a bit more comfortable than the Duc , with gobs more power and 100 miles greater range. I did do racetech upgrade on the front forks which sorted out the handling . I did the maintenance myself on both bikes and found that the Daytona was both easier and cheaper too, minor service ( fluids basically ) is every 6k and the major ( Valve check/adjust ) at 12k . I would greatly suggest the R & R and wiring upgrade to a mosfet unit.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have an 02 Daytona which is new to me. What is the R&R and wiring upgrade to the mosfet unit you refer to?
Are production numbers available somewhere for the Daytona? There was a fire in 02 that shut the factory down for a while. It'd be interesting to see how many were built that year. Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've owned my 2002 CE since 2005. It's a fantastic "real world" street bike. I find it to be very comfortable on relatively long rides. I have not had any major issues with mine. I've learned that I have to keep the trickle charger (battery tender) on it if Im going to let it sit for more than a couple weeks. Don't know why this is, although I rarely let it sit that long. It seems to loose it's charge. I've had no major work done to the bike other than a bit of paint design and a few after market parts to make my old bike seem new (to me). I find it quite reliable and can depend on it to get me home at the end of each ride.

The CE's unfortunately are not specially numbered and I have had no luck finding out how many were made. I currently have a call into the factory with that same question. I'll post if I find out. The 955i is a relatively rare bike as you don't see to many of them around, and it will be even more rare to see a Centennial Edition. You will enjoy riding one, and fellow riders will enjoy looking at it. Good luck!

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Old 12-20-2010, 04:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I read somewhere that they made around 200 CE's but cant remember where....
The nuts and bolts are the same spec as the 2003 on bikes i think... but I think only the CE was available in Aston (British Racing) Green....

But dont quote me on that!

Since I bought mine in August 2010 I have bought a mosfet R&R from Ricks motorcycle Electrics, not fitted it yet, but hope that will sort the pathetic battery charging charactaristics... in sweden we have to ride with the lights on all the time, so after 3-4 days the battery would not start the engine.
Clicking starters can break the starter clutch thing... so take a voltmeter and make sure that it is holding the battery around 13 volts with everything switched on.. mine didnt!

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.... but I think only the CE was available in Aston (British Racing) Green....
Originally that was the plan but I think with the fire, the later ones also had different colours - I have seen red & silver CEs (from factory that colour)
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Old 12-21-2010, 11:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally that was the plan but I think with the fire, the later ones also had different colours - I have seen red & silver CEs (from factory that colour)
I've seen red and silver 2002 Daytonas, but the ones I've seen didnt have the CE plate/ stamp on it. Do you remember if this is true for the ones you saw? Just curious. Not that it matters since they really are the same bikes in every practical since anyway.
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Old 12-22-2010, 08:18 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Hey Gteezy....
Nice picture of your bike BTW!
I beleive the CE's came with the carbon insets and carbon hugger.
Mine has a plastic hugger on it, perhaps the carbon one got damaged at some stage, or maybe it came with a plastic one!

I see you dont have a hugger on yours.... whats the purpose of a hugger anyway? Just a mudguard? Or is there some secret function? ;-)

I did see pictures of a bike with carbon heel guards, chain guide and swing arm cover..... have you seen those?

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I bought my CE with 800 miles on it, all stock original. No, it did not come with a carbon hugger, carbon chain guide, carbon swing arm, or carbon heel guard. I have seen those as aftermarkert parts. I did come with the carbon inserts, tank protector, a few other carbon tidbits, and that beautiful aston green that I like. I just threw a clear coat over the whole thing and am about to give it a nice buff job. Man I love these bikes! Ive got a buddy with the carbon hugger on his 2000 955i but I prefer the look without it personally. You are right that the purpose off a rear hugger is as mud guard. It does a good job keeping the grime off of the rear shock. I dont think it has any other purpose that I know of. Oh... and thanks for the compliment on the bike!
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