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Old 05-08-2010, 06:11 PM   #21
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First service is at 600 miles for oil, filter and chain adjustment. The 7500-mile service that includes valve inspection will cost about $700, according to cool-dude TJ at SoCal Ducati.

On a related note, SoCal Ducati/Triumph/Victory is having a veterans appreciation promotion this weeken, including discounts for vets, music, raffles, demo rides and a bikini wash (which I presume has nothing to do with keeping bathing suits clean). Check it out if you're in the neighborhood: Southern California Triumph, Southern California Ducati and Southern California Victory. Triumph, Ducati and Victory Motorcycles, Service, Clothing, Parts and Accessories
Agreed. Depending on where you live costs may vary. As you said "valve inspection" not an adjustment. If there is any adjustments needed you will have to pay for more labor and for shims. That will cost $10~$20 per shim (up to 8 total) depending on if they are openers or closers and if you are swapping for used ones of the appropriate size or buying brand new ones. Throw in a new set of tires that you will need at around the 7500 mile mark, throttle body sync, "shop supplies" charges and taxes if applicible and your easily looking at $1k

For contrast what are the maint. costs and requirements for the Aprilia?

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Old 05-09-2010, 09:34 AM   #22
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Loved this review and love the bikes! I particularly liked the back-and-forth banter in the video -- made me chuckle.
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Old 05-09-2010, 10:31 AM   #23
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Kevin, I didn't see any claimed dry weight for the bikes? Side note my City-X had a claimed dry weight of 386 lbs. I weighed it on the scales in Sunland at the recycling center (maybe should have left it there) and it weighed 430 lbs with a half-frame of gas. Pretty good for a 998cc bike with a Sportster motor.

Probably they're around 400 lbs, right?
"The Hyper's... considerably lighter dry weight of 366 lbs compared to the Dorso’s 410-pound dry weight."

We didn't weigh the bikes ourselves, but another publication measured full-tank weights of 419 lbs for the Duc and 468 lbs for the Aprilia, showing the Dorso is a bit of a porker.
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Old 05-09-2010, 10:41 AM   #24
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For contrast what are the maint. costs and requirements for the Aprilia?
It has a 12,400 valve-adjustment interval, which Motorcycle Consumer News says would cost only about $160 not including oil, filter and labor.
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Old 05-09-2010, 04:23 PM   #25
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"We didn't weigh the bikes ourselves, but another publication measured full-tank weights of 419 lbs for the Duc and 468 lbs for the Aprilia, showing the Dorso is a bit of a porker."

Almost 500 lbs. for a Sooper Motard? Man, I must be living in a some anti-universe where everything that makes sense is thrown right out the window.

They could make a lighter bike, with a smaller motor, making less horsepower, and be just as fast, or faster. I really think that innovation in design has stalled out, with factories content on pumping out quasi-racers that look the part, but have the same old technology from around 1980 (the electronic gizmos and fuel injeciton not withstanding).

At close to a quarter ton, and with that seat height, slow going in traffic must be ponderous. My City-X was the same way, a few degrees of center at 5 mph and it's "abandon ship!" time.
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:34 AM   #26
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The new Ducati shop in Pompano Beach has 2 of the 796's in white. The word "minimalist" comes to mind; saddle, bars, motor, wheels. It's a sweet bike, but so limited in capability that it would have to be Bike #3...
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Or, bike number 18. Bwahahaha!
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