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Old 07-10-2006, 12:17 PM   #21
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Default 4's

I would also settle for a Ducati Desmosedici v4.
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Old 07-10-2006, 01:06 PM   #22
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Default Re: What is the Real Deal with Ducati Reliability?

An I-4 is just cheap horsepower. For some reason (width?) a V-4 appears to be superior.



Better than both is a turbocharged, 5.4 litre flat-12. Slightly better than that, and only slightly, is a 28 cylinder radial with methanol / water injection.



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Old 07-10-2006, 01:25 PM   #23
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Default Re: What is the Real Deal with Ducati Reliability?

2005 999.

one service at 6000 miles $600.

not one problem yet!!

and I beat the crap out of it.
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Old 07-10-2006, 01:29 PM   #24
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Default Re: What is the Real Deal with Ducati Reliability?

Me too.



I think I am going to wait for the 2007 model S2R 1000.



The new 690 has 7500 service intervals which is something.



I am also trying to find out if the warranty if the maint isn't done by ducati.



One dealer said that if you don't ride with WOT, then an adjustment is not likely for two service intervals, that would make it affordable in my mind, but then again what is the fun in that

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Old 07-10-2006, 01:53 PM   #25
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Default What's the deal with the kick stand?

What's the deal with the kick stand?
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:12 PM   #26
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Default Re: What is the Real Deal with Ducati Reliability?

Just passed 7000 miles on my Multistrada 1000DS and did my own valve check at 6000 miles with all valve clearence right on the money.From what I hear it is very rare for Ducati valves to need adjusting at the 1st check.The bodywork was a bit of a pain ,but the next time should go quicker.
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:29 PM   #27
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A friend of mine has two Ducati's and they both have crap sidestands. They seem kinda flexy and I think stand the bike a little too upright, which can be a problem if the ground tilts in an inconvienient direction. For the life of me, I don't know why thy can't be better.
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:34 PM   #28
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Then get the SR3. It's got most of the good stuff an ST4 has, with a two valve engine. My friend who has an ST4 kinda wishes he'd gotten an ST3 now. They make over a hundred horsepower, and are plenty fast enough for street use. If you're not keeping up, either the guys you are riding with are better than you, or are gonna get hurt soon. Either way, it ain't the bike.
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:46 PM   #29
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I've got a VFR, and yeah, I think it's a near ideal layout, but they're expensive to make, and serious horsepower increases are expensive. (Four cams, not much room for bigger carbs, etc.) That's one of the reasons that the VFR is aimed at grown up riders, who don't need to have the most powerful bike out there, and get a better ride and more comfortable ergos as compensation. ST3s and ST4s fall into the same general category, as does the Triumph. I picked the VFR because you don't have to drive half a day to find a dealer. And, of course, if you're into power cruisers, the V-Max is so much faster than the V-rod it's pathetic. I just wish Harley would put that engine in a Buell. I'ts NEVER going to be able to match a four cylinder is sheer, out and out power. I dearly love Ducatis and Triumph triples, just because they're different, but I wonder if they can long compete with the fours if all the traction control technology from F1 gets into Superbikes. I hope they find a formula that will let them all have at it on equal terms. There's nothing quite so much fun as being at a race where your own personal bragging rights are at stake.
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:55 PM   #30
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Default Re: What is the Real Deal with Ducati Reliability?

"And, of course, if you're into power cruisers, the V-Max is so much faster than the V-rod it's pathetic."



Having owned a V-Max and tested a V-Rod here on MO, I'd say you are mistaken. And I mean that with the highest regard, of course.
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