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Old 06-01-2012, 05:07 PM   #1
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I did my 1st track days last weekend at Ridesmart, what a blast, learned so much. Much praise to the Ridesmart staff and instructors, as well as everyone there that was all to eager to lend a hand or give good advice.

Now to my question, I currently own a 2001 Ducati 996s and I love the bike. I bought it from a good friend, who owned it but never took it out on the road much. When I bought it, I went to do the 6000 mile service and realized after looking around that it wasn't a 996 motor and was most likely a 916 motor. Ducati confirmed that it was not the motor that shipped with the chassis and my buddy knocked $1000.00 off the final price and all was good in the world.

Now my buddy has a 2003 CBR 954 Fireblade, and after I commented how fast the liter bikes were at track days. He offered to trade, as he thinks the 954 is a bit too fast for him. The bike is in good shape and we both payed about the same amount. I have ridden the bike and it is stupid fast, and it's a nice looking bike to boot.

Anyone here ever had the opportunity to take both these bikes out on the track and have an opinion. I feel like the Ducati is a good track bike to learn on, because of its smooth power delivery. But I also believe that I will be wanting more power down the road. What's the consensus?
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:25 PM   #2
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:28 PM   #3
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yep, keep the bike you have.....and if later you want a dedicated track bike look into a good 600, lots of bikes are crazy fast in a straight line
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:03 PM   #4
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stick with the duc, but be prepared to eat some tires...lol
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:37 PM   #5
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I agree with the others. If it was a newer 1k I would say go for it
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:39 PM   #6
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Go race.........but you can't race that in the TMGP........Opps !! I thought Obed was going to invite you to the next mini race. AHhaha Just Kidding. Carry on.
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I'm with Kathy on this one. Ducs don't crash cheaply and you WILL crash it eventually doing track days. I've had lots of Ducs over the years, and have my share of track time as well but have never been rich enough to mix the two

Besides, after you trade your buddy for his 954, you'll eventually find out that someone swapped a 1990 hurricane 600 motor into it anyway.
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I would say your getting the end of the stick on that deal. Especially after seeing your bike
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The "I'll be wanting more power down the road" thing is street rider mentality. It doesn't apply to the track. There's lots of guys who go from first trackday to racer on a 600 only then to go buy an SV650 (slower than a SS 600) to race.

Keep what you've got, and learn to ACTUALLY be faster on it than the big litre guys: learn to beat them in the turns.
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If U want to bring it to me I can at least identify what you have there, it might be a 748 engine, and if you are interested in a great 600 track bike I have a couple of those too, they might be faster on the track than your duc, depends on skill and seat time on each bike, the ducs are awesome torque monsters and handle well, but as said they are expensive as track bikes, I dont suggest that unless u have deep pockets or know how to work on them yourself, lmk if I can help
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If U want to bring it to me I can at least identify what you have there, it might be a 748 engine, and if you are interested in a great 600 track bike I have a couple of those too, they might be faster on the track than your duc, depends on skill and seat time on each bike, the ducs are awesome torque monsters and handle well, but as said they are expensive as track bikes, I dont suggest that unless u have deep pockets or know how to work on them yourself, lmk if I can help
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Thanks all the good advice, I decided not to make the trade. I do all the work on the bike myself, not sure what the big fuss is about working on them. Changing the belts out was no big deal, I did have the advantage of a home studio full of mics and freq. Analyzer's to help in tuning them.

It very well may have a 748 motor in it, I would like to believe it's at least a 916 like the coding on the motor says. But HSBK has told me I cannot go off that, and I believe them.

I am going to put some Q2's on it, add a slipper clutch and get the suspension setup. And just ride the out of it.

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Thanks all the good advice, I decided not to make the trade. I do all the work on the bike myself, not sure what the big fuss is about working on them. Changing the belts out was no big deal.
It's generally the valve adjustment rather than replacing the belts that drives most folks to let the dealer do it. If you haven't done it already, I'd also suggest setting your rake adjustment to the race position to liven the handling up - but only after you've verified the proper sag/ride height. If you do, don't forget to move your steering damper rod end to the other position as well.
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