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Old 01-03-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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848 First Bike?

I have a coworker who is interested in buying a Ducati 848 as a first bike.

YES AS A FIRST BIKE...NO RIDING EXPEREINCE!!!!

I've plead my case to him about not going with such a powerful/exotic blah blah bike but he is convinced that is the bike for him.

Knowing this forum please feel free to state your personal opinion.

Thanks...I planned on linking him to this thread at the end of the day.

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Old 01-03-2011, 11:10 AM   #2
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:17 AM   #3
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Tell him to go price a gas tank on that thing.
There's a reason the words "sold" are next to the 848 on my bike list.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:18 AM   #4
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He is a buffoon.
He will drop that bike.
does he know that ducati's need EXPENSIVE servicing every 5000 miles?
If he wants to drop money out his every time he gets off his bike then go for it.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:21 AM   #6
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Tell him to go price a gas tank on that thing.
There's a reason the words "sold" are next to the 848 on my bike list.
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He is a buffoon.
He will drop that bike.
does he know that ducati's need EXPENSIVE servicing every 5000 miles?
If he wants to drop money out his every time he gets off his bike then go for it.
No every 7000 miles it needs to be serviced ranges from $500-1000.

They are awesome bikes but it shouldn't be someone's first or primary bike. Ducati designed the bike to eace it isn't fun to ride around on hwys. If you can find a good area to wrap it out you will pass everything but a gas station, and unless you keep it in 3rd in the city the engine lugs and the bike couldn't pull a sick off the pot.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:31 AM   #10
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, go for it. I wanna be here when he's ready to sell it
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, go for it. I wanna be here when he's ready to sell it


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i say go for it. and YOU should document this on video, then report back with the ownage.
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My advice is take a class, get a license. If he really really wants a DUC...get a pre owned cause he is going to drop it. Don't count out older models either....748, 996 & 998s are cool too.....Houston Superbikes would be a good place to look at some pre owned DUCs.
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Aside from the cost of repair aspect it's really not much different from starting out on a 600. A lot depends on how level headed he is as it pertains the his learning curve and lack of skills. It would be no different than starting on a 600.
If he is aware of the higher costs of repair/maintenance and is willing/able to pay for it than I say go for it.
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Just figure out a way for him to test drive a fast sport bike. Dealership, rental, loaner, etc. Most people's puckers up when they get on a really fast bike for the first time. Will probably turn him off to the idea. This is especially true for sport bikes because they are not easy to control as lower speeds when you don't know what you're doing.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:31 PM   #17
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I would also highly recommend him taking the MSF course BEFORE he buys a bike.
Awesome Cycles has Ninja 250s in their course, that may give him some concept of what a bike over 3 times larger in displacement will do.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:35 PM   #19
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I say it's his money and if he wants to waste it, go for it!

that first crash is gonna hurt his wallet, body, and ego!

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IN before new thread in bikes for sale : "Ducati 848...semi totaled,unicycle conversion"
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