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Old 11-04-2004, 08:32 AM   #1
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Sean hates Ducatis too every time he tests one he totals it.
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Old 11-04-2004, 08:36 AM   #2
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Please, don't sugar coat, tell us what you really think!



As much as I love Euro bikes, I have to admit that Honda, Kawasaki, etc have been far less trouble to me.



My Brick, while reliable, costs big to keep on the road. And takes spells of engine/rev vibration through the grips and pegs. I'm on my way to the shop tomorrow to seek help with this. There goes the christmas fund!
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Old 11-04-2004, 08:37 AM   #3
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This should help your attempt to sell your ST, Buz.



How many old ladies do you have to fleece to keep it running?
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Old 11-04-2004, 08:39 AM   #4
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Congratulations, you are my hero... I tried unsuccessfully to play this game with Buell... I lost, they won. HD, another marketing sensation. Sincerely, I am impressed with your effort and its outcome (new 999s)... Though I do own two Ducs at the moment, they are two valve models (monster and 750ss)... No problems with either of them, but air-cooled, two-valve bikes are a bit more simpler than a 999/996/998/916/748... But yeah, a 1980 Honda 400t is still more reliable.
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Old 11-04-2004, 08:40 AM   #5
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I just get the local phonebook and look up "Cook" and take my chances from there.
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Old 11-04-2004, 08:44 AM   #6
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I guess I'm blessed with a bulletproof Duc and a very good local dealer.



You can't really complain about the ergos of the 999 because it's a racebike with lights on it. It was not really designed to be a comfortable streetbike like the VFR.



Here in California we've got the Lemon Law. You might want to check local laws since your bike is so new.
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Old 11-04-2004, 08:45 AM   #7
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Actually he's tested six Ducatis and had one crash. In fact, he's had one testbike crash in his entire time as a journalist. For those in the know, that's a pretty good record.
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Old 11-04-2004, 09:04 AM   #8
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Yikes! 250km? That's about 150 miles for us non-metric types. That's completely unacceptable for any bike, let alone an expensive one like that. I feel for you, I really do. I know what it's like to be unable to ride due to mechanical issues. I've never lost more than a few days due to waiting for parts so I can't even imagine what it would be like to go for months!! Thank goodness you at least had access to a reliable mount ( would anyone here on MO recommend a VFR? - just kidding). And those stick-on convex mirrors would be an $80 option if offered by the factory.

I see on your website that Ducati finally did the right thing - they are giving you a new 999s. Good luck with it, and let us know how it works out. Hopefully the first one was just an anomoly. As for me, I intend to stick to lusting after bikes from the Big 4. FJR1300, anyone?



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