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abogado 08-03-2005 08:34 PM

Re: From Buell to Duc... a story about changes!
First Post! Go Ducati! Harleys suck blah blah blah

manalagi001 08-03-2005 11:12 PM

Re: From Buell to Duc... a story about changes! a warm Duc. Bang bang, shoot shoot.

A truly happy rare these days!

I've scaled back to a Speed Four for my high-mileage commuting but I know what you mean. How nice that a motorcycle has brought you happiness. Sure it's temporary but so is all happiness. Ride on.

cptaebphd 08-04-2005 01:30 AM

Re: From Buell to Duc... a story about changes!
Ahhh...your quest for eternal happiness is now over! Or were you just as happy with the other bikes initially? The other owner rode a whopping 5K miles in 3 years (overt Gabe Manifesto reference) and was probably just as happy initially. How long till all that "character" becomes irritating?

Oh well, enjoy the bike, but you already know that your happiness will most likely be fleeting. The greatest happiness of all is to be content with what you have. I struggle with it every day....

edward44 08-04-2005 03:15 AM

Re: From Buell to Duc... a story about changes!
Maybe you should have serialized this post.

svo68 08-04-2005 03:38 AM

Re: From Buell to Duc... a story about changes!
Deep Thoughts

allbikesbiker 08-04-2005 03:42 AM

Re: From Buell to Duc... a story about changes!
I went from an RC51 to a Duc 999.

I also found the mechanical noises quite upsetting.

after 5K and counting, on the odometer, the only thing that actually bothers me is the dry clutch. Annoying isn't strong enough.

sit at a light and let out the clutch and it grabs at a different point EVERYTIME!

oh well.

the handling is pure heaven, the heat it generates is pure hell.

gbrummett 08-04-2005 03:43 AM

Trade Buell XB12S for a Ducati 999???
Our local track here in the Phoenix area has a test ride day and brought several Ducs to test ride.

I rode the 999 and ST3 and was very impressed with both actually to the point of planning my next purchase to be a 999. The bike just flat went like stink around the track without any drama what so ever. The ST3 as well although I dragged the center stand hard on the ST3 in the very first corner after coming off of the 999.

My only concerns about this trade were just what you mentioned. COST!!!! Not just in what the extra price of the bike would be but what about insurance costs on a 999 and what kind of mileage and reliability does it have?

allbikesbiker 08-04-2005 03:50 AM

Re: Trade Buell XB12S for a Ducati 999???
I pay $1,800. foremost insurance . in N.J.

I have an 05 999

I'm 51 and clean record!! what a rip .. huh?

and about maintenance?

clutch lasts 6K at best.

that's the service interval.

I don't ride the clutch, drag it out, do wheelies or anything to cause excessive wear...

I'm in line for a new one already . $190. for the clutch. plus installation.

first service is approx $400.

next service (at 6K) is about $5600. maybe more.

everything is expensive. ducs are just a little more.

oil change is over $100.

allbikesbiker 08-04-2005 03:52 AM

I meant to say 5 to 6 hundred. for 6K service.

I DID use the "/" but it didn't come through in the post.

ducatirdr 08-04-2005 03:54 AM

Track days = Heroin of the two wheeled junkie
>>The good folks at Ducati of Oceanside are organizing Track Days at Willow springs ...

Beware of track days!!!

After taking my 996 to the track a few times the street wasn't fun anymore. I needed more and more track time. Soon I was selling my 996 just to get my fix. I resorted to the crack house of motorcycles... the Kawi EX500 racer.

Racing had its hold on me as I spent all my time, energy and money on getting my next track time fix. Soon Visa was calling me about that trip to Daytona. The landlord called about late rent and my buddy wanted me to clean up the mess in his garage. (I could swap an EX motor in less than 45 minutes)

Now I'm going through therapy and being introduced to two wheels slowly. Starting with a bicycle. They say if I can handle that I can move up one notch to a Harley.

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