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Old 08-12-2011, 11:16 PM   #1
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Ducati Reliability?

Within the month I will be purchasing either the 848 Evo or the zx6-r. I'd like feedback on the reliability of the Ducati. I'm moving to Oklahoma and will not be close to a dealer. Thanks.
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Old 08-13-2011, 12:02 AM   #2
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They are good bikes but just like any other bikes they have a maintenance schedule that has to be followed
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:25 AM   #4
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given your situation, i would get a honda.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:42 AM   #5
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Don't do ducati unless there is a realiable dealership up there...haven't had problems with mine, but if there are it can cost some money if they don't knownwhat theyre doing.
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:03 AM   #6
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I had a bad grounding wire that showed up the day after I bought mine. The dealer covered the tow and fix without any hassle. Check out the local dealership and talk to customers. If they are satisfied and the service is fast go for it.

Compare the maintenance schedules and costs for both bikes too. The ducati will probably need more service and each service will be more expensive.
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Old 08-13-2011, 09:23 AM   #7
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:32 AM   #8
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An 848 evo should be fine. Just make sure you don't go cheap and try to skip out on the service.
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The new DUcs require less service...you will be fine with an 848 EVO
Less service than OLD Ducatis but still more than most bikes. If I didn't do all of my own service work, I'm not sure we would have had as many of them over the years.
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Yeah, and don't skimp on full coverage insurance either.
Gas tank on that 848 cost around $4k I believe.
If something needs replacing you'd better hope eBay has it.
6 week wait and $20+ for a tiny brass screw that holds the mirror on.
I do miss mine from time to time, but then I remember the ridiculous maintenance cost and the price of throwing it down the road.
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Yeah, and don't skimp on full coverage insurance either.
Gas tank on that 848 cost around $4k I believe.
If something needs replacing you'd better hope eBay has it.
6 week wait and $20+ for a tiny brass screw that holds the mirror on.
I do miss mine from time to time, but then I remember the ridiculous maintenance cost and the price of throwing it down the road.
+1, i paid $9 for 3 f'ing bolts!
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Less service than OLD Ducatis but still more than most bikes.
This.
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If u wait till 2012 they are going gear driven! No more belts.
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Yeah, and don't skimp on full coverage insurance either.
Gas tank on that 848 cost around $4k I believe.
If something needs replacing you'd better hope eBay has it.
6 week wait and $20+ for a tiny brass screw that holds the mirror on.
I do miss mine from time to time, but then I remember the ridiculous maintenance cost and the price of throwing it down the road.
What he said. I would go with the bike myself.
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If u wait till 2012 they are going gear driven! No more belts.
This is only with new 1199 Superbike not all ducs are going this way.
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Get a reliable bike. Most new 600 and 1000cc bikes will run 20k miles with nothing but oil changes every 5k miles. Sure, they may only last 30k miles in total if you abuse them, but who ever really puts 30k on a sportbike? Maybe in 1 in 50 on MH.

Consider the western Oklahoma terrain as well. Unless you are in the East near the mountains of Arkansas it's relatively flat and straight roads. Comfort will be more important than performance possibly. But, Arkansas is always only a few hours away.
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Well, I pick up my 2011 ZX-6 tomorrow morning. Got a killer deal. Anyone want to drive me to the dealership? LOL.
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