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Old 01-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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Hey All,

I'm a new Ducati Owner and overall new rider. I'm creating this thread with the intention on having it grow into kind of as a Houston Ducati reference thread.

From my limited understanding, these machines are specialized further from other bikes. Every brand may have it's niche market, but when it comes to mechanical, i've personally called 2 shops in Houston that have told me over the phone "we don't work on Ducatis here."

We can talk about mechanic experiences, service quality, tips & tricks, DIY's or just general chat.

It's tough enough being new to the motorcycle world and fearing being ripped off anywhere smelling new blood, but having a bike that some people don't even work on can be off-putting for new owners and potential owners.

What I'm NOT looking for:
Flame wars. lets keep this thread civil and respectful, regardless of others opinions and experiences. Let's hear you out if you had a bad experience at Shop A, but DON'T flame them for providing their feedback. Everyone's story is gonna be different.

My current question: i just bought a 2009 M696 with 7200 miles. I'm close to 7500 which would be the next service interval. Other than 7500 service, it would be nice to have a real mechanic look over the bike's condition.

Recommendations? What did you pay? Satisfied with your experience?
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:06 PM   #2
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Houston Superbikes specializes in Ducatis and does a good job from what I hear and they are probably the closest shop to you. www.ducati.ms has more information than you will ever need
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You have two options. Take it to an authorized Ducati dealer, or call an independent shop that is qualified to service your bike. Try Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited. For an independent, he's one of the best.
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Older duc owners and not the prototypical Starbuck's type Duc riders. Just sayin...

Great source of info. Vicki Smith runs the list and is a phenomenal resource.
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You have two options. Take it to an authorized Ducati dealer, or call an independent shop that is qualified to service your bike. Try Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited. For an independent, he's one of the best.
+1. Also Andy at Metric, just realize he doesn't "chat" well with many.
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Good reference source.

Ducati.net list.

Older duc owners and not the prototypical Starbuck's type Duc riders. Just sayin...

Great source of info. Vicki Smith runs the list and is a phenomenal resource.
thanks for this, ill definitely check this out

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You have two options. Take it to an authorized Ducati dealer, or call an independent shop that is qualified to service your bike. Try Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited. For an independent, he's one of the best.
i looked up Motorcycles unlimited and boy is he far from me, lol. i believe the closest authorize dealer is Mancuso SW and another previously mentioned place Houston Superbikes

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looks like this site is shut down temporarily, do you have another good DIY resource?
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+1. Also Andy at Metric, just realize he doesn't "chat" well with many.
Andy is hard to understand too; but he loves talking about MV Augustas and Ducatis. Good guy when you get to know him. He is located off Durham in the Heights area so maybe not as far as Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited.
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looks like this site is shut down temporarily, do you have another good DIY resource?
Ah , I knew he was on Duty but I didn't know he had shut everything down. I don't do FB but I know he does, you might look up Desmotimes there and see if there is anything about when he will be back in business.
That being said, Ducati maintenance is no mystery voodoo, especially on the air cooled bikes like yours.
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i looked up Motorcycles unlimited and boy is he far from me, lol. i believe the closest authorize dealer is Mancuso SW and another previously mentioned place Houston Superbikes
I ride from Pearland to Motorcycles Unlimited. Patrick is good people and he has taken care of many of us, in many ways.
When I'm due for my valve adjustment I'll be giving him a call.
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How about Terrorizers of Women and Tots, TWATs for short? No, something about that doesn't work...

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Ok here it goes! Houston superbikes is in my opinion is a very good shop.
Mancusos is good also just when you need parts you have yo order it and tgat takes time away from riding. Houston super bikes has most stuff in shop.

I had the 09 monster 696
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First we need a snappy name...

How about Terrorizers of Women and Tots, TWATs for short? No, something about that doesn't work...

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The mechanic at Houston Superbikes used to be the head Ducati mechanic at Northwest Honda-Ducati. He did good work on my 1198 when I had it. Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited also did good work on my 1198.

I have also had work done on a couple of Ducs at Mancuso Southwest with good results.
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BTW if the Houston Scooter Battalion can organize a ride, I think the Ducati guys should get together sometime. Terrorize the women and children, lol
First we need a snappy name...

How about Terrorizers of Women and Tots, TWATs for short? No, something about that doesn't work...

Hmm, maybe Ducatisti Allied For Tyranny, DAFT? No, that won't work...

We'll think of something.
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Ok here it goes! Houston superbikes is in my opinion is a very good shop.
Mancusos is good also just when you need parts you have yo order it and tgat takes time away from riding. Houston super bikes has most stuff in shop.

I had the 09 monster 696
Now have streetfighter.
i know i shouldnt even be thinking this, considering i've owned my M696 for 2 weeks, but i am totally eyeing that streetfighter...

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The mechanic at Houston Superbikes used to be the head Ducati mechanic at Northwest Honda-Ducati. He did good work on my 1198 when I had it. Patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited also did good work on my 1198.

I have also had work done on a couple of Ducs at Mancuso Southwest with good results.
according to your experiences, i guess it just comes down to pricing...
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I ride from Pearland to Motorcycles Unlimited. Patrick is good people and he has taken care of many of us, in many ways.
When I'm due for my valve adjustment I'll be giving him a call.
the problem with this is that my 7500 mile service will require probably all day if not two days (so i hear)... which means no one i know will follow me up there much less make the drive twice, lol.
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I loved the monster but after a while i started realizing that I needed more power and boy did I get it. Lol
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