Ducati Maintence?

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  1. Mint

    Mint Active Member

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    So I'm sure a few of you are aware i'm looking for something to do some freeway communting and take out on weekends.

    So i found something between a 250r 40hp and a bigger 600cc bike with 100+ hp

    Theres a local ducati 620ff going for 3400 it has 61hp, i know they're italian bikes.
    So how reliable will this be and how expensive will it be to maintain?

    Do they require any different/ more refequent maintence than a normal bike? I'm pretty mechanically handy and i've done tons of things on my WRX (knuckles, coilovers, downpipes, uppipes, brakes, lateral links, blah blah)

    I've read up some of the maintenece schedules but I'm just curious if ducatis are known to be unreliable?

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  2. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    ever own a german car? fun to drive/ride till they break down...
    shit is expensive, and older duc love to have maintenance done...

    i wouldn't buy a duc as a first/starter bike, let alone a used one
     
  3. igotyofire

    igotyofire New Member

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    http://www.ducatisuite.com/maintcharts.html

    timming belts every 12k, valve adjustments every 6k ......on top of your normal maintenance. timing belts and valve adjustments aren't cheap unless you can do it yourself :)


    ofcourse you could check out http://www.beginnerbikers.org/forum/showthread.php?t=963 small discussion on what your asking im not familier with that particular bike heh. But from what ive seen they seem to be pretty reliable but i seen tons of issues on the ducati forums about the 1098 and 848. i definately think the sv650 will be a better twin for ya,
     
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    valves
     
  5. V!

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    adjustments every 6K miles?

    I'd be on my 7th adjustment right now, :rofl:
     
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    Junkie re-tarded OT Supporter

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    my shit says adjustments every 600 miles :dunno:
     
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    I have a 998. No worries. More involved with ownership than Japanese bike but I feel you get much more back in fit & finish, quality and exclusivity.
     
  8. Mint

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    So....not a good first bike.
    Guess i'm gonna go with an F4i.
     
  9. igotyofire

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    well if u plan to do freeway commuting just about everyday then ya....if the bike is just a toy then by all means get it a ducati is something u want to own. u should see if u can test ride both bikes to see which u prefer but if your going to be just putting on lots of miles then yea probably better to just get the honda.
     
  10. Cachee0

    Cachee0 OT's Technical Recruiter, Send me your resume

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    I have Ducatis yes more then one in my stable right now.

    They have come down alot in up keep. In 06 I spent 1200 for a 12K service now 09 I get the same service done at my dealer for 600-650. So yes they are more money to keep up. But this is what you can do to save a little coin.

    Since the major services they always change the oil you can run skip changing the oil with a high quility motorcycle oil. Clutchs are simple to replace and really a DIY tires as with most sport bikes are really only good for 5K-6K miles.

    So figure if you can afford 650+tire cost every 6K miles and keep your cain clean and lubed. That would be the cost of up keep.
     
  11. Sir Alan Quartermaine

    Sir Alan Quartermaine Banned

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    also realize an italian twin is a very different animal than one of the japanese bikes.
    Apes, Ducs, Guzzis, Benellis - they are all going to require more attention and maintainance than one of the japanese assembly line appliances.

    but at the same time a japanese bike will cost less, and be more hassle free to own.
     
  12. Mint

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    Got a 600rr problem solved :)
     
  13. Raider007

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    don't kill yourself :hs:
     
  14. Mint

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    Thanks bro..

    Hopefully ill be fine, rode it all day today and havn't taken it over 7k rpm.
    Its still way too much bike for me. :hs:
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Fuck how many RPM you have it at. First thing is ATGATT.
    All The Gear All The Time.
     
  16. Mint

    Mint Active Member

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    I have full gear bro... Except pants.

    Sidi Doha boots
    Icon Timax gloves
    Alpinestars SP1 jacket
    Shoei RF-1000 Helmet.

    :coolugh:
     
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    They are so pretty. :hs:
     
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    mtnbikekid08 Aime-moi moins, mais aime-moi longtemps

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    Get pants brah. They'll save your ass, knees, and everything else important down there.
     

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