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Happiness...is a warm Duc. Bang bang, shoot shoot.



A truly happy person...so 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.
 

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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....
 

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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.

 

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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?
 

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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.
 

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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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Great write up! I enjoy hearing other people's experiences. I am actually thinking of performing the opposite trade- I have a Ducati SuperSport now, and am looking to sell or trade for a Buell or Speed Triple. The handling and braking on my duc is great, and the power is plenty to get me into trouble. Only downside is the riding position, it's not the position itself, it's the lack of airflow. On those hot days, I get hotter quicker than on unfaired bikes.



Thanks for the submission. Enjoy your new bike!
 

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Duc > Buell ZX-6R>Duc .'. ZX-6R> Buell

Thanks for validating my next purchase a 06 ZX-6R Kawasaki 636. I love how the BuellerMuellers get on MO saying how their 1940's vintage engined Buells can spank everything in site. Now we have a first hand account how a Ducati spanked a Buell. Since it is common knowledge Ducati 748s and 9s are inferior to Japanese 600 inline 4s. Common knowledge meaning racing results and every motorcycle comparo known to man. By extrapolation one must conclude that the ZX-6R and it's Japanese brethren are indeed superior to Buells.. Thanks signit98.

By the way I suspect those who think 600s are not the best value in motorcycles have either never ridden one or rode a 600 10 years ago...By the way my 01 ZX-6R has 98 hp

By the way this is a idiotic troll :)
 

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Re: Track days = Heroin of the two wheeled junkie

It is true that track day addiction (or TDA as my therapist calls it) will melt all but the sturdiest of credit cards, and generally turn ordinary people into raving lunatics.
 

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Re: Duc > Buell ZX-6R>Duc .'. ZX-6R> Buell

You're absolutly right, K. A new Kawi is your only real option. Don't even look at other bikes with differant riding positions or engine types, you've found the best right from the git-go.

Good Job.!
 

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Dont get map cause I got first post :p



Actually, I really enjoyed the write up as well, and it was useful as I am thinking about making the opposite transition, that is going from sportbikes to naked bikes, specifically an s2r.

 

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Typically you can save yourself a bit of service cash by removing all the plastic before you take the bike in.



I've had mine serviced at GP Motorcycles in San Diego since I bought it.



The jingle-jangle clutch and whumpa-whumpa valvetrain noise are all part of the Ducati music.
 

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Why is it?

That we have never seen a straight up comparos from print rags or web sites like this?

Firebolt vs Duc 749

Firebolt vs Japanese 600

Is it because the advertising money from Buell and Ducati come with strings. i.e. Don't embarass us with superior technology.
 
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