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True. Speed is such a good laxative, especilly when you get pulled over by the man. That combined with the Viagra-effect of the V-vibes make for a perfect medical instrument/treatment. I wonder if my insurance co. would buy that excuse?



The Ducs are sweet bikes tho. Wouldn't mind a red S4R or the SportClassic Sport 1000. Maybe for my third or fourth bike.
 

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Bikes are a passionate, emotional hobby. The thing is, you need to eliminate the emotion completely when making a purchase decision. You probably already know that buying anything on impulse will only burn you later.



If you've been looking for a long while, and this is the best deal out there (Doubt it!), than buy the high-mileage 748. But, if you've been looking for two weeks, and you're just getting a little jumpy, you should just tell yourself to cool off a bit and take a deep breath or two... or three. If this guy selling his Duc can sense your anticipation, he's going to take you for a lot more than the bike is worth... anyone would.



I STRONGLY suggest you ride a 748 and other sportbikes (R6 and 636) before making your final decision. Many people I know, including myself, have been head over heals for italian bikes that end up leaving them wanting a lot, once they got a little seat time.



And lastly, I wouldn't get a high-miles Duc, period.



Good luck.
 

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y'know if it's your first one the MONSTERS are nice and plentiful and probly a lot easier to learn to ride on bec. u don't have to assume the position, like Minime once said, more appropriate to one's first day in prison...

and no plastic to destroy...

they make the same cool noise. and heck u can get a new S2R for like 8k.
 

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The internet has changed economics greatly by something called "price transparency." Most people these days know what an item costs before they walk into a bricks and mortar store.



I was buying a nice watch for myself about a year ago. I was grinding on a salesman in a jewelry store in Las Vegas. He just wasn't moving enough on the price.



My next statement was, "Do you know what I can get these for on Ebay?" You should have seen the total look of defeat on his face.



I'm gonna go get a beer and tip it for Big Al.
 

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Great idea.

I agree with I would of bought something like that for my first bike..Instead of putting slow newbi miles on my ZX6R, Wore off all those expensive Dunlops 208 right down the middle.. Right now I could hand that monster down to my daughter... Secretly I send my daughter web links to pages of women bikers. She liked Ashley's page...Monsters should have a pretty good resale value
 

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put your mother on the phone. seriously, if u like ducati, the Monsters are all over the place. there's even a M620 dark which is cool and like 6k brand spankin... great trainer and cool too.
 

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Consider what the man has to say.

Listen to Burns on this one. At least consider a Monster before you jump at a supersport. The S2R is a sweet bike and will be much more newbie friendly. I'd like to have one myself.
 

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The only flaw that I know of on the 748 is that they sometimes would have bad rocker arms/cam lobes, which would pit. Generally I have less concern about Ducks than Japanese sport bikes. The guys that own them are often more mature, and Ducks have better resale value. Shop around for the best deal. Yeah, they are uncomfortable, sometimes hot to ride, yada, yada. But they are rolling works of art. And the exhaust note is the finest in motorcycling. Maintenance is expensive. I have seen 20 year old Ducks I would not mind owning. Can't say the same for Japanese iron. Ducatis are, in my experience, more durable.



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It's not so much that I like ducatis as it is their supersport bikes. My question wasn't if I should get this as my first bike but whether it is worth it for the price, mileage, and add-ons it's got. Also how reliable these Italian beauties are.



Vlad - very helpful thanks alot for your response!
 

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If it's been properly maintained at the specified intervals, is not in need of chain, brakes, tires, clutch and other consumables (which can quickly add up to $1000), has been garaged and looks perfect, then buy it. It may take some time to find one. Also, you can probably find a Low Mileage version for not much more, if not the same price, and then you'll really be fine since there won't have been any time for anything serioius to wear out or get out of spec. I kept my Monster up till 25K and it was still absolutely perfect-- maybe even better than new. These bikes are very high quality machines and will last indefinitely if properly maintained. Just look at the individual parts.
 

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I sold my 1999 yellow biposto 748 two years ago for $6500 (bought new for $13K) with 22K miles on it. Never had a mechanical problem (couple minor warranty issues) and though the valves were checked every 6000 miles (not cheap and too frequent for my tastes) they never required adjustment. In all, it was an amazing bike. If you're shopping used, I'd opt for the larger engine. A raised windshield and taller clip-ons help a lot on comfort. Ducati superbikes are about handling and all around performance and character, NOT drag racing. Be sure to get maintenance records and if you think the owner whipped the engine. pass on it.
 

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Re: Consider what the man has to say.

I totally agree. Don't buy a SS for your first bike. I did. Tires and maintenance are more expensive. Monsters are cool and should onlys have good resale value I think... Seems like a fun starter bike too. i.e. versatile.
 
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