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Old 07-18-2012, 08:12 PM   #41
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Stay away from Ducatis.I have heard of so many problems with them now and guys are taking them back or selling them right away.They are a work of art but the issues arent worth it.BMW is nice but spendy for maintenance but less issues.Buy whatever floats your boat, but this is from guys I have talked to.
Total bollocks! Seriously.

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:01 AM   #42
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Heh, I'm tempted to slap some black race tape over the Ducati logos, although the dry clutch is a dead giveaway.
Ha!
Yeah, my bike was a wreck when I got it. A complete mechanical nightmare.
Got her for cheap, tore her down, fixed her up, painted her semi-gloss black with engine paint and put some of the old Ducati/Cagiva elephant stickers on the tank.
And do you know how much shit I've gotten from so-called "Ducatistas" for having the 'wrong' sticker? From dudes with chicken strips the width of my hand?
It's maddening, I'll agree with you. But, as they say, f@ck the haters.
Although, I do sort of enjoy being the black sheep Ducati rider.

As for mechanicals, you're right. Mad easy.
I've done everything there is to do on that bike except for the EFI tuning and TPS reset stuff, which she's currently at Cheshire for. It's not hard and not expensive at all if you get parts from places like DesmoTimes.
And if you keep up on the maintenance (which you're an idiot if you don't on any bike), they're trouble-free.

I'm rambling. I love my bike.

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:46 AM   #43
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Bikes are like girls and beer, once you have one you want another, and another, and another,...

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Old 07-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #44
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One voice of reason among all the other input. If you gotta finance it, you can't afford it...

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Old 07-19-2012, 12:59 PM   #45
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One voice of reason among all the other input. If you gotta finance it, you can't afford it...
Just like a car, house, business, or an education...

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:33 PM   #46
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Just like a car, house, business, or an education...

That type of reasoning leaves me speechless. Your logic makes it impossible for a rational response. I'll just step quietly away from this thread now.

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:41 PM   #47
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I Ride: VFR800, BMW R100, Suzi GS850
Not sure with the new BMWs, but the old airheads aren't terrible to work on. Spark plugs, carb rebuilds, valve adjustments, even a full on top end job can be done with the bike on the center stand and the tank and seat on. No cooling system. Electrics are in a covered compartment in front of the motor that is also accessible with the tank and seat on. Shaft drive = no chain adjustments/replacements along with the sprockets. Old airheads routinely do hundreds of thousands of miles. The charging system on them is a bit wonky, but not impossible.

Of course, then you wouldn't have a modern Ducati that handles superbly.

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Old 07-19-2012, 01:43 PM   #48
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That type of reasoning leaves me speechless. Your logic makes it impossible for a rational response. I'll just step quietly away from this thread now.
Just taking your response on its face value and expanding a bit...

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Old 07-19-2012, 07:45 PM   #49
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Just taking your response on its face value and expanding a bit...
Especially since the financing (consolidation) I did actually lowered my monthly bills and eliminated some old business credit I had from when I was self-employed.

I'm actually in a *better* position now.

I just get a snazzy bike in the process!

Oh yeah, finally a pic of the actual bike:




EDIT: LOL, photobucket resized and degraded the pic.

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Old 07-19-2012, 07:58 PM   #50
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I Ride: for OPRT with an '07 SXV550 (The Darkness) and a '13 ZX14R (Mjölnir). DGA sucks.
Fucking WINNER.

Care to bring it to an OPRT day so I can ride it?

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:03 PM   #51
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Just like a car, house, business, or an education...
Ok, I'll take the bait...

I assume you understand the difference between things that generally have a long-term positive impact on your finances (like a house, an education, or a car you need to get to work) and things that generally have a long-term negative impact on your finances (like a motorcycle, a second car, or beanie babies).

Financing the former is often a good decision. Financing the latter is often a bad one.

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:03 PM   #52
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Fucking WINNER.

Care to bring it to an OPRT day so I can ride it?
Lulz. This thing isn't seeing the track.

Although I *do* need to use up those Battlaxs...

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:08 PM   #53
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Ok, I'll take the bait...

I assume you understand the difference between things that generally have a long-term positive impact on your finances (like a house, an education, or a car you need to get to work) and things that generally have a long-term negative impact on your finances (like a motorcycle, a second car, or beanie babies).

Financing the former is often a good decision. Financing the latter is often a bad one.
Depends on what those things are that you buy, how fast you pay them off, how you take care of them, and whether or not you ever intend on replacing them.

So far, everything's kosher. I ain't sweating the very small amount of debt I've got (less than the price of a single new car, total).

If I liquidated tomorrow, I'd end up with lots of cash in-hand. I'm not up-side down on anything.

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:31 PM   #54
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Depends on what those things are that you buy, how fast you pay them off, how you take care of them, and whether or not you ever intend on replacing them.
Depends on about a bazillion variables. Everyones situation is different. I've definitely financed depreciating assets in my time. (And let's be honest, if we were strictly acting rationally then motorcycle sales would be pretty low.)


What is that exhaust?

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:35 PM   #55
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Depends on about a bazillion variables. Everyones situation is different. I've definitely financed depreciating assets in my time. (And let's be honest, if we were strictly acting rationally then motorcycle sales would be pretty low.)


What is that exhaust?
Quat-D. Apparently was some big fad a while back. Of course it's hand-made Italian, so the Duc crowd soiled their drawers trying to get a hold of them.

Don't see how it's worth $1k MSRP, but that's a Duc fanatic for ya.

And now it belongs to this heretic.

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:47 PM   #56
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Why would I want to stop you from getting a duc? You outta your freaking mind? I'm thinking more like...

That man's gonna need a Starbucks card.

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:16 PM   #57
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I Ride: 95 BMW R1100GS and 90 Honda VFR750 Current , 05 V-Strom DL1000 Sold- Porsche 944 Sold- 87 VFR750 Traded- 85 VF500f Interceptor traded- 76 KZ400 traded
Can't wait to see it!! I am working in Tanasbourne again on Saturday....I am off at 1pm. You are just up the street from where I will be. I'll call ya.....

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Old 07-19-2012, 09:50 PM   #58
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Can't wait to see it!! I am working in Tanasbourne again on Saturday....I am off at 1pm. You are just up the street from where I will be. I'll call ya.....
Niiiice. I should actually be available this time!

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:48 PM   #59
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That is drop dead sexy on the right side. I hate that funky exhaust block though. kinda reminds me of sponge bob square pants. Liveable though.

I've got an aircooled twin you can buy (not what you're thinking)...hahaha....do you like living dangerously?

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Old 07-20-2012, 12:00 AM   #60
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Not a tremendous fan of the QD exhaust either, but it does sound really nice. Apparently it sounds like strained shit on the S4R's superbike engine, but on the old two-valve it's got a nice burpy drone.

And hey, it's not like I paid any extra for it. I'll let it stay unless it really annoys me.

Just gotta reattach the pillion pegs. Need to find some bolts though. Thinking something from the bargain shelf at Home Depot Motorsports. Nothing says "attention to detail" like home hardware used to mount automotive parts.

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