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Old June 8th, 2008, 10:45 AM   #1
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I think I'm finally ready to "take the plunge" and buy a bike. Gas prices are getting dumb, and my previous recreation came from ATVs. Now, it costs at least $150 (just for fuel) to drive 3 hours upnorth, unload the quads, ride for 6-7 hours, load up, and drive 3 hours back. Food, camping, or incidentals push the cost of a fun weekend WAY above what they should be.

So, I figure that a bike is more economical, in that I can ride it on the street, ride it to work, and I don't need to drive 3 hours away to do so.

I've had an obsession with Ducati bikes ever since I saw my first one (I'm pretty sure it was a Desmosedici), but I'm REALLY into the 'naked' bike look. I'm basically wondering if anyone has any riding experience on multiple kinds of bikes, including Ducs, and could offer some insight as to how much trouble I'm buying with say... a Monster 620ie, 750, or 696.

I'm already aware of the maintenance issues, requiring most people to take the bike to a dealer, but I'm more than proficient with small engines. I'd probably spend some time familiarizing myself with the bike, then doing my own maintenance.

So what do you think? Ducati lovers? Any other naked sport bikes to recommend?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 10:52 AM   #2
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well i had a triumph 675 ... it was a fun bike but with the 3 cyl thing it sounded kinda weird didnt have any issues with it and all i really did was drag race it dont know much about the ducati tho
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I'm already aware of the maintenance issues, requiring most people to take the bike to a dealer, but I'm more than proficient with small engines. I'd probably spend some time familiarizing myself with the bike, then doing my own maintenance.

So what do you think? Ducati lovers? Any other naked sport bikes to recommend?

I don't even know you but can tell by your questions that no you don't know the maintenance issues...and no you wont be fixing the bike yourself...Ducati engines are not like other small engines...not even close...do yourself a favor and stay far away from Ducati's...
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Old June 8th, 2008, 11:40 AM   #4
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I like those Monsters too
i saw one the otherday and was like "I WANT!"
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I used to own a naked SV 650. I had always wanted a Monster, but the SV hit me when I saw it. I had a couple of experiences with friends with Monsters. One was a 750 and one was a 900. The SV is a much cheaper bike and in tests performed just as well as the 750 Monster. I had a chance to line up with the guy on the 900 Monster and the SV blew him out of the water. I am not sure what would happen at high speeds. Just with what I knew about those friends bikes, and the cost, I wouldn't consider them over the SV.

Don't get me wrong, I would love a Monster. But from a saving money stand point, or bang for buck, I wouldn't consider an exotic bike over an Jap bike.
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Don't get me wrong, I would love a Monster. But from a saving money stand point, or bang for buck, I wouldn't consider an exotic bike over an Jap bike.
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Japanese bikes are far more forgiving to backyard maintenance, and are much cheaper to own and operate than any Italian bike, including Vespa. Exotics are big $$$$ to insure as well.

Look at it this way, do you want to ride or wrench?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #7
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I don't even know you but can tell by your questions that no you don't know the maintenance issues...and no you wont be fixing the bike yourself...Ducati engines are not like other small engines...not even close...do yourself a favor and stay far away from Ducati's...
x2. Nice bikes, and the new ones have the maintaince intervals extended, but they still require more than a jap bike. They aren't exactly lawn mower motors. Also, Ducs aren't exactly known for stone cold reliability or being exactly comfortable.

For the types of stuff you said you want to do, get an SV or an Yamaha FZ. You'd be happier in the long run.
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sv 650 ftw.
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what is SV?
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a suzuki automabike...650 or 1000cc variats
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suzuki naked bike.

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the 650's make awsome track bikes after a few mods
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That looks like a pretty sweet bike. How does it perform to your typical Yamaha r1/r6/ninja/gsxr/cbr bike of similar size displacement?
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Old June 8th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #14
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I wasn't a big fan of the SV. I rode one about 3 years ago around the parking lot at work (one of the guys I work with bought one), and I wasn't all that impressed. I mean, it seemed ok, seemed balanced, decent power, but I'm not a big Suzuki fan.

As it stands, I'm trying to stay away from the Japanese bikes if at all possible. I really really like the styling on the Duc 696 and I've heard that they are FAR more "reliable" in terms of maintenance now, along with a more comfortable riding position for this year. Some of the other bikes I'm highly considering are something in Buell (too high priced and underpowered, but I like how "ugly" they are), or a Triumph Speed Triple. I think I'd also get a kick out of an old RD350-400 (breaking my "no-Jap" rule), if I could find one in workable shape.
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The Triumph would still be better than a Ducati

Yes, the new Duc's are more reliable than they used to be, but still not up to Japanese bikes.
New Triumphs are far closer to Japanese bikes than the old air cooled bikes of years ago.
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Here is a couple pictures of mine:





It is hard to compare a SV to a standard race bike. They are way down on HP, but corner quite well. I could compete with my friends on their 600 class bikes off the line and up towards 60 mph. But after that, they would blow me away. Now in the corners, that was a whole other story. Nobody could hang with the SV in the twisties.

If you only rode the SV around a parking lot, you need to really ride one. If I end up with another road bike, it will surely be a V twin sport bike. I would love to make a completely naked TL 1000 or own a RC51. I would highly consider another SV again.
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Kartrace I don't plan to ride 100+ mph. I just want a light fun to ride bike that still has respectable power.
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Kartrace I don't plan to ride 100+ mph. I just want a light fun to ride bike that still has respectable power.
Then yes, I would recommend a SV to you.
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I've owned a couple V-twins (Honda SuperHawk and RC51). I also worked as a tech at a multi-line dealership and if your set on not having a jap bike, I would go with a 900 Monster. Not as much maintenance and one of the easiest ducks I've worked on.
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