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Old 07-22-2007, 10:05 PM   #11
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I tried an F800 a few months ago and liked it very much. It was a bit tall for me but not too bad (I'm 5' 7".) The ride was excellent, and the handling was nice although I did not push it much on a 20-minute test ride. What I liked best was the engine - I like vertical twins, having owned two old British bikes, and the engine in the BMW let *just* enough vibe through to give it a lovely character without being annoying. I liked the vert-twin grunt and sound too. Overall, I'm not in the market for that kind of bike but I could recommend it to anyone who is!
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:55 AM   #12
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G'day from sunny Australia,I own a 2003 749s and my wife owns a 1998 750 Monster.I've done just over 30000kms on the 749 and the Monster's almost up to 55000.Reliability is not an issue,nothing has broken,fallen off or stuffed up on either of the bikes in the years we've owned them.I do the oil/filter changes myself and leave the valves and cambelts to the dealer.The build quality and paintwork (red of course!) is first class and both bikes still look like new.If I sound like a Ducati tragic then it's the ownership experience that has made me so!My wife is foaming at the mouth waiting for the new Monsters to be released in November and I'm more than a little interested in the rumoured 848.Even with summer temperatures here getting over 40C we have never had any problems with overheating.Buy one,you'll love it!KTM's have a pretty average build quality ,Aprilias look like **** and BMW's.........why would you bother?
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Old 09-04-2007, 10:29 AM   #13
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G'day from sunny Australia,I own a 2003 749s and my wife owns a 1998 750 Monster.I've done just over 30000kms on the 749 and the Monster's almost up to 55000.Reliability is not an issue,nothing has broken,fallen off or stuffed up on either of the bikes in the years we've owned them.I do the oil/filter changes myself and leave the valves and cambelts to the dealer.The build quality and paintwork (red of course!) is first class and both bikes still look like new.If I sound like a Ducati tragic then it's the ownership experience that has made me so!My wife is foaming at the mouth waiting for the new Monsters to be released in November and I'm more than a little interested in the rumoured 848.Even with summer temperatures here getting over 40C we have never had any problems with overheating.Buy one,you'll love it!KTM's have a pretty average build quality ,Aprilias look like **** and BMW's.........why would you bother?
thanks, I guess it was just some random glitches with the 1098. I have 2 friends with them, and they reported some bad electrical issues (like the bike showing in neutral when it was really in 1st!)

I test road the hypermotard and the s4r on the weekend, along with the ktms, and I gotta say, the ducs sound a lot better. I'm very impressed with the build quality of the hyperM, but the monster was a tad dissappointing in the mirrors were cheap plastic and practically falling apart (I could pry open the front and back face of the plastic molding just by adjusting the mirror! The bikini fairing also vibrated like a loose tooth at speed. Other than that, the monster was very solid, and a great bike. clutch was a little heavy vs the hyper though.

I'm sold on ducati now, I just have to decide WHICH ducati! S4R? Hyper? New monster?
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:49 PM   #14
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hi I dont no lf you have got a bike yet but iv got a Buell XB12R and find it alot of fun and thay also have the city X & SS long but as thay are air cooled and genarate alot of heat probley not so good for round town also my wife rides a 1993 900ss and since we have had it ervy time you turn the key it needs somthing done to it we have redone the motor once becuuse somone put tne fly wheel on rong i no the bikes not new but it has put me off ducatis
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:32 PM   #15
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we have redone the motor once becuuse somone put tne fly wheel on rong i no the bikes not new but it has put me off ducatis
A mechanic's mistake isn't the bike's fault. I have no-idea of what other issues you've had, but one can hardly blame THAT particular incident on Ducati.
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A mechanic's mistake isn't the bike's fault. I have no-idea of what other issues you've had, but one can hardly blame THAT particular incident on Ducati.
.... but we can blame George Bush!
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and Big Oil!
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:21 PM   #18
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.... but we can blame George Bush!

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I had a serious jones for a Ducati for years but now I think I'd try to find a V 11 Scura or Rossa if I had to have an Italian bike.

I wouldn't count out the XB series Buell's either
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