how realiable are ducatis?

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  1. Neuro

    Neuro OT Supporter

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    are they known to have problems?
     
  2. hip hippo

    hip hippo Eric Berry, son.

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    I always hear they're as expensive to keep in running condition as they are to buy. So, in short, they are not reliable in my experience.
     
  3. BrutusHayes

    BrutusHayes New Member

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    a friend of mine had a 996 and it broke down a buttload.. ducs don't have a reputation of being the most reliable of bikes and his definitely lived up to that.. the fit and finish on that thing was terrible.. but damn did it sound good..
     
  4. castrolr1

    castrolr1 Guest

    every watch a daytona 200... the same thing happens every year... they never finish.. anyway.. they are expensive to maintain.. and where most bikes need a tune up every 25-30 thousand miles... they need to be brought in every 5-6 thousand miles.. but if i had the money i would probably have one
     
  5. troglodyte

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    Not impressive bikes. Overprived when you can get (just like MV Agusta, Bimota, Benneli) comparable performance from lower priced Japanese bikes. Great for poser value though.
     
  6. Hobie1

    Hobie1 No longer self-employed & now hating life

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    I have road everything in the 748-998 series and all of them have boiled over and leaked oil after stand ups. They don't seem to want to start if it's below 50 either. Often they have to be push started after a day of abuse too. Oh, that whole series of bikes, most jap bikes with the same size motor from the mid 90's will KILL them. A 95 F3 will d-r-a-g the newest 748 in a straight line.

    The new series 749/999 don't seem to be any better. They weigh around 439 lbs vs. most new jap bikes at around 375 give or take. The jap litre bikes also put about 20 more rear wheel out too. Being 60+ lbs and 20+hp down and double to triple the cost SUCKS...
     
  7. NicBolas

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    True story right there.
     
  8. killteam54

    killteam54 CBR600RR>*.sportbike

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    I love the way they sound, but hear they are a nightmare on the upkeep.
     
  9. jonyb

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    Had my 748 for two years now with only one problem. The finish was flaking off of the valves (factory defect). The dealer fixed it for free. I've had it on the track twice and drove the bloody shit out of it with no problems. Sure it's not as fast as some jap bikes, but they have a whole lot more torque. My wife has an R6 that I ride sometimes. When your riding a normal pace and accelerate, it just laughs at you. Takes a good 10 seconds to get to the powerband. My Ducati goes as soon as you hit the throttle.
     
  10. Car54

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    They suck for reliability when compared with a japanese bike.

    with that said, I would take one any day over a jap bike.

    but yeah, if you dont have unlimited funds to blow on maint., skip the duc.
     
  11. cactusman

    cactusman ever prickly, always stickly.

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    well, thats why you learn how to do a little thing called a downshift :slap:
     
  12. jonyb

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    Takes more than a downshift to speed up as quick as a V-twin does
     
  13. jonyb

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    On my bike (2000 748S) you can ride on tight curvy roads all the way in one gear depending on the road. I rode yesterday on a road that's 13 miles long with about 30-40 curves in 5th gear all the way, except for on the straights where I went to 6th.
     
  14. troglodyte

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    WOW! Thanks for taking the time to forcefully demonstrate just how much you don't know squat about motorcycles! Something to really be proud of... :slap:
     
  15. Hobie1

    Hobie1 No longer self-employed & now hating life

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    Give him a break, he is from Kentucky, where the cars are on blocks and the houses are on wheels :rofl:
     
  16. troglodyte

    troglodyte Guest

    Hahaha! Never looked at it like that. V-Twin bikes can be fun but if only V-Twin bikes have mad power that can't be beat, then why have I blown past Harleyswhile riding a much smaller bike?
     
  17. johan

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    Ducatis are pretty reliable, if maintained at proper intervals.
    My riding group has a few Ducatis. A 748, a monster and a 998

    The bikes are reliable, but require frequent servicing (much more frequent than Jap bikes) and are also more expensive to service, to boot.

    If you accept that increased maintenance requirement...then life's good. If you find it unacceptable...don't go that way.
     
  18. Vaginal_Fart

    Vaginal_Fart The internet is a great way to get on the net.

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    those big gears in gearbox can take lot of beatings compared to yahama's.
     
  19. Vaginal_Fart

    Vaginal_Fart The internet is a great way to get on the net.

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    picture of my 748 gears
     
  20. Dongsy Normus

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    lol you moron, you cant do a standup because the duc's oil pump is in the front of the bike, standups rob the engine of oil and they cough it up. do a little research before you actlike its a design problem. Theyre race bikes, buy an r1 if you want to squid around doing wheelies
     
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    Jujharoo New Member

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    I dont understand why people buy those things.
     
  22. BeachBoy

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    it's a very sexy bike

    and great sound

    but aside from that, no thanks for me. I've read many horror stories and maintenance is more than expensive.

    still, they look friggen good
     
  23. Junkie

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    theres a huge fucking difference between a pushrod 45* v twin and a DOHC 90* v twin.
     
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    I love my duc, the parts are more expensive, yes. Compared to the R6s I've ridden or the 05 GSXR750, I really like my bike
     
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