Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: New Market, MD, US
Nice looking bike. I recently picked up a yellow 996, just the base version. My previous experience has been on inline fours, so adjusting to the Duc has taken some time. Also, coming from the 900RR, the Duc takes a lot more effort on turn in. I recently had to get new tires, so I went with a 180 on the rear. This has improved the steering, but I'm still working on it.
I have noticed that the Duc is more finicky that any of my other Japanese bikes. For example, I'd suggest checking the tightness of all the fasteners on it. I think it may be the vibration from the twin, but things seem to loosen up and fall off.
The other day, I went to shift from first to second, and got nothing. The nut connecting the shift rod to the lever on the transmission output was gone and the rod was disconnected. Not a big deal, but I never had anything like that happen on my Hondas. Another nut, some Loctite, and I was good to go.
The sound of the twin is awesome, and rear wheel removal is snap, as long as you get the correct socket (which is gigantic) Also, the Dzus fasteners are the greatest, you can strip the bodywork very quickly.