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Old 05-15-2015, 06:12 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting a 749/999 any opinions?

I'm thinking of getting a Duc and the 749/999 has depreciated to a very reasonable pricepoint considering the original MSRP. Reliability of these is decent from what I read but was wondering if anyone here had any experiences to share on seat time or ownership in general thanks
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I'd reach up to a 1098. Much better bike, more modern, lighter, more powerful, and cheap these days. Plus they have longer valve service intervals due to hardened valve seats as compared to earlier models.

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I also think that the face of a 1098 is much better looking than the single headlight 999. But that is just my opinion. And there are plenty of 1098s out there on Cycle Trader for reasonable amounts. Just saw a 2007 for $8000.
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If you do decide to go with the 999, get the upgraded S version. Comes with full Ohlins suspension, and some extra carbon bits. PM Pachuco, he has a 999S.
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you should talk to Pachuco!! send him a PM
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IMO it depends on why you want to buy either of these 2 bikes.

If I say "I would like to buy a Lamborghini Countach" and someone says "buy a Hurracane as they look and perform much better, etc, etc" ... well that is not the point. Someone looking for a Countach is probably after the collectible and exclusive side of the car more than the performance.

If that is why you want to 999 then it beats the 1098 hands down for me.

If your intention is to ride it many miles, track it, commute, etc .. then it may not be the bike you are looking for.
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IMO it depends on why you want to buy either of these 2 bikes.

If I say "I would like to buy a Lamborghini Countach" and someone says "buy a Hurracane as they look and perform much better, etc, etc" ... well that is not the point. Someone looking for a Countach is probably after the collectible and exclusive side of the car more than the performance.

If that is why you want to 999 then it beats the 1098 hands down for me.

If your intention is to ride it many miles, track it, commute, etc .. then it may not be the bike you are looking for.
thats a tough one for the exact reasons you stated...countach or huracan...
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I tracked a 2006 999 base model for a couple of years, L2 mostly but L3 at COTA 3times. Best track bike I ever owned, not even close to the fastest liter bike but handled like a dream very forgiving. The power came on perfect for me. Ran around 2:00min at TWS (Texas World Speedway), I also found the bike easy to work on. Check out DECATI TECH on youtube. That being said street riding the bike sucked, rough ride, tall gears and an arm pump monster. Get one you won't regret it.
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I had one felt like it was on rails, tank under seat makes for toasty , italians dont do wiring good, very tall feeling bike, plenty of power, cant beat cyclops headlights, have to like ducs in general to like this bike.
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Im a fan of the looks, but wasnt a real practical bike for me these days.
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Awesome bike. I believe this bike won more Superbikes races than any other model. It's a dream if you can afford it, and that being said is not bad. It's just most people are cheap and it does help to know people in the loop for parts.
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Cost of ownership is not as bad on such an old bike. Don't let the people who have never owned a Ducati long term tell you driving it around will bankrupt you.
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Duc's are awesome bikes. but like anything euro they are TYPICALLY more expensive and need more maintenence if ridden hard. does that make them a bad bike? no. And oddly, they can be cheaper to insure which could very well offset the cost of maintaining it during the year.

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*my first street bike was an '03 monster 620 dark. AWESOME bike. was just too slow for me, and i was 16 and didnt want to die, so i got rid of it. I would 100% buy another ducati in the future, but right now im too in love with my street triple.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I find the styling of the bike very futuristic and edgy to this day. The twin sound is something I would like to experience be it a Duc or RC51. This particular 999/749 model seemed unloved and particularly cheap to pick up compared to other Ducs.

I cant imagine wanting to ride anything other than my S1000rr, so this would be more of a collectable piece used for the occasional ride. I don't have any desire to track it, I'd use something more disposable in the 250-300cc range for that.
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Unless you buy an r model or the parts unlimited s model, your not buying a collectors piece. It would be just another nice Ducati , but to each their own. So if you don't buy those, the ole should be tracked and street ridden
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Unless you buy an r model or the parts unlimited s model, your not buying a collectors piece. It would be just another nice Ducati , but to each their own. So if you don't buy those, the ole should be tracked and street ridden
totally understood. Not looking for a "collectors item" rather a cool looking bike in the garage to rub my junk against on occasion
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