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Old 08-08-2011, 07:01 AM   #21
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:22 AM   #22
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As I was leaving the dealership the salesman asked if I wanted a battery tender. I declined because I ride regularly and the bike won't be sitting for more than a day at most.
Get a tender. Italian twins are notorious for needing a perfect battery in order to be able to start.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:35 AM   #23
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Old 08-08-2011, 10:01 AM   #24
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looks like it will be a great bike to ride when its not in the shop.
that should be Ducati's slogan..
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Old 08-08-2011, 01:31 PM   #25
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Congrats, the Monster 696 and 796 (ABS) are on my short list of dream bikes.
Does yours have the ABS? If so, do you like it? Good luck with your fix, it is probably minor.
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Old 08-08-2011, 02:51 PM   #26
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It has ABS, and that is one reason for the purchase. I like the bike a great deal, though I haven't had a chance to test the ABS yet (nor am I looking to).

Ducati roadside assistance is coming to pick it up now, and the dealership should have everything resolved by tomorrow. When they have the body open to check the battery I'm going to have them put a tender in, with easy access leads. There are a LOT of plastics, covers, and screws between the battery and the outside world.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:35 PM   #27
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Get a tender. Italian twins are notorious for needing a perfect battery in order to be able to start.
I have had my bike sit for a few weeks and it starts right up. Maybe I am just lucky.
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Old 08-08-2011, 06:44 PM   #28
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I had a similar problem with my 250 right off the lot. Maybe I'm just unlucky that way.

A couple of years down the road, when I'm looking for my next bike, I'll just bring my own battery

Edit: I had a couple of other more serious problems though, like a lack of sealing gaskets in the engine head. Hopefully those won't follow me as well :crosses fingers:
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Old 08-08-2011, 07:03 PM   #29
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Man, sorry to hear about the problems with your brand new bike. I was thinking about getting either the Monster or Shiver as my next bike because I want a nice, middleweight naked style bike too.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:33 PM   #30
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Update: It isn't the battery according to the techs. Rather, it is something in the starter itself, possibly the solenoid. I'm also getting a tender put it, because with my luck the battery would die after they fix the starter.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:39 PM   #31
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It has ABS, and that is one reason for the purchase. I like the bike a great deal, though I haven't had a chance to test the ABS yet (nor am I looking to).

Ducati roadside assistance is coming to pick it up now, and the dealership should have everything resolved by tomorrow. When they have the body open to check the battery I'm going to have them put a tender in, with easy access leads. There are a LOT of plastics, covers, and screws between the battery and the outside world.
Thats not alot of stuff to remove, that bike is gravy to work on
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:43 PM   #32
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It's a lot to me! You could bang a rock on my old 250 to fix it, and the battery was under the seat.
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:20 PM   #33
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very nice! Only thing I don't dig is the headlight - looks like the er-650n. I really liked the old Duc post headlight.
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:31 PM   #34
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Just got it back with a battery tender installed! The problem was a grounding wire.

Even though I'm not going to manage a long ride until the weekend, it is nice to have it back in my garage. Saturday night, after I had put it up for the night, I had to catch myself to keep from sneaking a peek at it.
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