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748..is it worth the sacrafice?

I have been riding for several years...only japanese bikes. I have built several from frame/engine only but I have no experience with Ducati. An oppertunity has presented itself for a 2000 Ducati 748 or 749, need look at bike again, cannot rememeber engine type, with 12k mi. Can someone give me a relatively unbiased opinion? Is the bike worth the extra $$? Stopped by dealership yesterday for second time in a couple days, so dealer is getting wise to my interest. Is it worth giving up my VTR1000?

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The 749 is new for 2003, so it's a 748. Conveniently, Ducati names it's bikes after their cc's, so the motor is 748cc's.
I've not ridden a 748 but I do know that you'll be giving up quite a bit of hp going from a 1000cc twin to a 748cc twin.

The main tradeoff is that the Duc actually has suspension.

Most people will tell you it's not worth it with higher maintenance, higher repair costs, less power etc. Unless of course they are Ducatista, then they'll tell you that you'll love the 748 and never look back. In honesty there's no way to determine for someone else if it's worth it or not.

This is coming from someone who owns an Aprilia RSV Mille despite the above drawbacks, and it's chosen over the RC51, TLs and TLr.

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for what it's worth,why not a 996-998-999?i do own a japanese bike and a ducati.i can tell you when i ride the 954 it feels "japanese"and the ducati feels like an"suv"there many advantages,too many to list, about a japanese bike.but i can tell you if you have some money to throw at the ducati do it.my duc eats up everything and it's great,seeing the look on people's faces in the pits or after a ride.just for the record my duc has 144 rwhp,the 954 153 rwhp,and the ducati chews it up every time!all the money i spent on it was worth it times ten.
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I have talked to several Ducati sportbike owners and the general consensus is that Ducatis are NOT worth it. I have never owned a Ducati so I am only going on heresay. I always wanted a 916/996/998, but by the time I had the means to purchase one, I had heard to many complaints. I don't think anyone will argue that Ducatis are beautiful bikes, but reliability is very important. Especially when you're talking about a bike that is notoriously expensive to repair and maintain.

There used to be a Ducati dealership on 11th Ave in NYC. It closed down last year because the number of unhappy customers outnumbered the number of potential buyers and satisfied customers combined! I'm not knocking Ducati, but if you plan on doing a high percentage of street riding, you might want to stick with Japanese sportbikes .

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I have talked to several Ducati sportbike owners and the general consensus is that Ducatis are NOT worth it. I have never owned a Ducati so I am only going on heresay. I always wanted a 916/996/998, but by the time I had the means to purchase one, I had heard to many complaints. I don't think anyone will argue that Ducatis are beautiful bikes, but reliability is very important. Especially when you're talking about a bike that is notoriously expensive to repair and maintain.

There used to be a Ducati dealership on 11th Ave in NYC. It closed down last year because the number of unhappy customers outnumbered the number of potential buyers and satisfied customers combined! I'm not knocking Ducati, but if you plan on doing a high percentage of street riding, you might want to stick with Japanese sportbikes .
nothing wrong with reliability.that's a total myth.maybe if what you say is true there was something wrong with the people running the dealership.the expensive maintenance everyone talks about comes into play every 6,000 miles,when the basis charge for valve adjustment is 6 hours labor.let's keep it real huh,"the consensus of ducati sportbike owners i talked to say they're not worth it"i don't think so.also if there is any truth to what you say about that ducati dealership,i'll find out and post what i find out.
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Hey,

You have to ride it and see for yourself.

There is a guy down at the local shop with a really nice 748 pushing like 112 rhp and he spent mad money on it. His allways tring to sell me a Ducati.

He also said that service was more like every 3,000 miles and it does cost money to keep up with it. Maybe because of all the racing parts he put on it.

Donít buy it until you ride it!!!!

THAT BIKE HAS BEEN DESIGNED JUST FOR ME.
ITíS TOO MUCH FOR A KID LIKE YOU.
YOU JUST HAVE TO OPEN HER UP LIKE THIS........THAT'S CORNERING MAN.
THEN TRY KEEPING UP!!!!

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Hey,

You have to ride it and see for yourself.

There is a guy down at the local shop with a really nice 748 pushing like 112 rhp and he spent mad money on it. His allways tring to sell me a Ducati.

He also said that service was more like every 3,000 miles and it does cost money to keep up with it. Maybe because of all the racing parts he put on it.

Donít buy it until you ride it!!!!
of course you change the oil every 3,000 miles as with every motorcycle.valve adjustments need to be done every 6,000 miles.i was a service manager at a ducati dealership i think i would know.you're right on with ride it and see for yourself,as i've said many times before,if i listened or followed what people and magazines said i would have never owned a ducati.it's the best bike i ever owned and the only one i'll keep.already thinking of unloading the 954 for next years bike.
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nothing wrong with reliability.that's a total myth.maybe if what you say is true there was something wrong with the people running the dealership.the expensive maintenance everyone talks about comes into play every 6,000 miles,when the basis charge for valve adjustment is 6 hours labor.let's keep it real huh,"the consensus of ducati sportbike owners i talked to say they're not worth it"i don't think so.also if there is any truth to what you say about that ducati dealership,i'll find out and post what i find out.
Keep it real? Are you serious? What would I gain by lying about a bike I admit that I like? I guess you are an owner that feels his bike can do no wrong. God bless you brother, but one owner told me there is a site out there where members post complaints about their bikes. I cannot remember the name of the site, but if I find it, I will post it. Again, I admit, I have never owned a Ducati and I am not speaking from personal experience, but heresay.

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Keep it real? Are you serious? What would I gain by lying about a bike I admit that I like? I guess you are an owner that feels his bike can do no wrong. God bless you brother, but one owner told me there is a site out there where members post complaints about their bikes. I cannot remember the name of the site, but if I find it, I will post it. Again, I admit, I have never owned a Ducati and I am not speaking from personal experience, but heresay.
maybe go back and read your comments.
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This may have been the web site you were thinking of:

http://www.cowin-tech.com/ducati/

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