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Old 03-25-2015, 10:30 AM   #1
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I have currently been drooling over ducati streetfighters. I understand they are quite expensive for what you get. I was hoping y'all would might know about ducati's and let me know if there is a reason why I shouldn't purchase and just get a gsxr.

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Old 03-25-2015, 10:33 AM   #2
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Sexy.
Expensive to purchase.
Expensive to own compared to Japanese bikes.
Not really any faster or better than above, which is the key.
If you want a bike for looks or because it is a Ducati, then nothing anyone will tell you matters. If you want a reliable, high performance, good value for your money you have to look at the big 4.
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Sexy.
Expensive to purchase.
Expensive to own compared to Japanese bikes.
Not really any faster or better than above, which is the key.
If you want a bike for looks or because it is a Ducati, then nothing anyone will tell you matters. If you want a reliable, high performance, good value for your money you have to look at the big 4.

That is what I'm asking about. Are ducati's reliable? Are their electronics ?
Pretty much am I going to regret buying it?

I do like the looks, but I would rather make an education decision and spend my money and be happy with a better purchase.

I'm fine with spending more up front money, but not money on repairs.
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Get a motard, do wheelies, get .
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Funny, I've had Japanese I4 bikes for years & years. Finally decided I wanted some rumble (but not a cruiser), wound up buying a used Streetfighter 848 last fall. It was 1.5 years old, 6800 miles, with about $1k in farkles added. Got it for $8500.

I haven't ridden either the Bandit or GSXR since!

Haven't sold them, either, but am really enjoying the Duc.
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if you want a street fighter get one. Its a euro bike, so everything is going to be a little more money, but i haven't heard of any glaring issues. If you want a street fighter and buy a gsxr you will be disappointed.
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I've had mine for 3 years. Bought it used with 710 miles on it.
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I can't address the 848 streetfighter, I've never ridden one,but with the 1098, bring your A game... always.
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My ninja!!

And he isnt talking about the hyper"motard" either
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Ducati's plastic gas tanks don't like ethanol too much
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Ducati replaced the tanks that had problems under a warranty recall program. I haven't had any problems since.
The new tanks were supposed to be made from a new formula that could handle ethanol.
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Thank you very much for all this info. From the first hand info to the possible gas issues. It's something a dealer will never tell you.
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Oh - valve adjustments are every 15,000 miles on the 848 engine. That's a BIG cost saving over past engines which were 7500 miles.
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I couldn't get over the heat shield near the footpeg on the Streetfighter. Felt like it was in the way of your foot and would drive me crazy.
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