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looking for my first DUC- suggestions? - September 10, 2013, 11:05 AM

hey all..

I sold my sv650 and am about to buy a "new" bike. looking to spend around $4000. I know thats not much to get into the duc game but i have found three bikes im interested in. anyone have any suggestions/comments/insight?

Im obsessed with the ducati scrambler build I saw and may go towards a project like that. Id also like be at 900cc or above.

bike one:
2001 Ducati Monster 900
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/d...025412755.html

bike two:
1995 900ss
http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/mcy/4029672965.html

bike three:
1999 750ss/900ss
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/m...052288429.html


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September 10, 2013, 11:08 AM

I'd go with the Monster. Newest and least mileage will decrease the cost of ownership significantly. It's a lot more fun to own bikes when you're not as worried about them breaking and racking up a huge repair bill.
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September 10, 2013, 11:16 AM

As much as I love the older ducs, i agree with big sur


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September 10, 2013, 11:23 AM

thats what i am thinking too. its def my fav of all three, has the lowest mileage etc.. it has around 3500 miles now.. im sure there is some sort of 7k service etc. i have been looking for a service/maintenance chart for the 01 monster. does anyone have one or know what needs to be address and at what mileage? also does it have to be done at the dealership? i prefer to do all my own work.
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September 10, 2013, 11:25 AM

I transitioned from an sv650 to a 696. I didn't feel intimidated when making the switch. I would say you could try an s2r800, but I'm not sure you will get that or a 696 for the amount you are trying to spend. Take a look at ducatimonsterforum.org. There may be some bikes for sale there.
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September 10, 2013, 11:29 AM

Also are you ready for the maintenance costs for a Duc? Or willing to buy the tools and learn to do it your self? Duc parts are not cheap they are proud of every single one.


Yeah I am old enough to know better. Thing is, I just don't care.
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September 10, 2013, 11:31 AM

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Also are you ready for the maintenance costs for a Duc? Or willing to buy the tools and learn to do it your self? Duc parts are not cheap they are proud of every single one.
Bullshit.

Especially 2V Ducs. Do your own work, keep it maintained, and the maintenance costs are minimal.
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Also are you ready for the maintenance costs for a Duc? Or willing to buy the tools and learn to do it your self? Duc parts are not cheap they are proud of every single one.
+1 to this.

I can't even get a shop manual for my 2005 DS1000. I've tried multiple ways.

Makes troubleshooting a bit of an issue.


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Bullshit.

Especially 2V Ducs. Do your own work, keep it maintained, and the maintenance costs are minimal.

Please explain what part is "bullshit". Because I have and do own a Duc and you can't even take off the rear wheel with out a special tool. Also if you have some supplier that gives killer deals on OEM Duc stuff hook us up.


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+1 to this.

I can't even get a shop manual for my 2005 DS1000. I've tried multiple ways.

Makes troubleshooting a bit of an issue.

New ones even suck a little more in some ways. Even if you do all the work go the extra mile and everything. You can't turn off the fucking maintenance warning. That can only be done by a Duc tech and none of them are going to do it endless they know the work was done.


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Please explain what part is "bullshit". Because I have and do own a Duc and you can't even take of the rear wheel with out a special tool. Also if you have some supplier that gives killer deals on OEM Duc stuff hook us up.
It is bullshit (in an endearing way) because older 2V ducati motors are easy to work on, reliable, and if maintained regularly will have very low operating costs (which is what the OP is looking at).

OEM ducati stuff is expensive, but besides the occasional part I have never needed to replace anything I had to buy from Ducati.

Belts from ca cycle works, valve check and adjustment are easy enough on the 2V that a normal person can do it. All other wear parts don't have to come from Ducati.

What else is there to buy?

Besides, you own one of those new fangled Ducati's, which like new BMW's, are becoming increasingly hard for the average joe to work on.
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September 10, 2013, 11:47 AM

this was my exact fear/question. so would the 2001 monster 900 fall into the "newer pain in the ass ducs?" I have no hesitation when it comes to valve adjments etc.. but if i need ducati specific tools/parts/ warning lights that require dealer service i may pass
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this was my exact fear/question. so would the 2001 monster 900 fall into the "newer pain in the ass ducs?" I have no hesitation when it comes to valve adjments etc.. but if i need ducati specific tools/parts/ warning lights that require dealer service i may pass
No, it is not a newer pain in the ass ducati. Maintenance will be very simple and nothing to get overly concerned about. That motor is about as simple as you can get for maintenance.
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September 10, 2013, 11:55 AM

awesome.. thanks peoples1234

you seem to be a duc guy.. what mods/improvements should i keep in mind/add to my list?
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awesome.. thanks peoples1234

you seem to be a duc guy.. what mods/improvements should i keep in mind/add to my list?
Unless you know the history of the bike, and given it's age, I would:

-Change belts, valves with that mileage should be okay (Monster linked above)
-Change fluids (Oil, Brake, fork oil)
-Clean and lube chain

Then, get an exhaust (it doesn't have to be termignoni) so you can enjoy the music and go ride. Or just go ride, either way you can't go wrong.
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