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charliedontsurf53

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Ducati 748 ownership

thinking of buying a '98 Ducati 748. Heart over head decision really. Presently own '96 'Blade and FJR 1300 so the 'Blade would have to go! Weekend rides and the odd blast to Wales. How uncomfortable can it be? Any thoughts from the Ducatistas out there?

 

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Richnotrich

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Richnotrich says:

Heres one from a Bladeista

Keep the Blade. 96 is the best one.

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snev

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snev says:

"Week End Rides and the odd.....

Blast to Wales, How uncomfortable can it be"????:shock: Have you ever been Mistaken for a Ewe?????:shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock:.........Twill make e sore I tell eeee....:mad:

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old(ish)git

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old(ish)git says:

owners...

must rate them with their hearts too.....heavy b*****s for a 750 aren't they?:sunglasses:

Red or yellow.

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fogie

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fogie says:

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I had a 900ss injection, and loved it. As said, they're not town bikes by a long shot, and mine didn't like top gear below about 80mph (tall gearing, but easily sorted) The only reason the bike went, was because swmbo didn't like it on the back, so it went in favour of something more suitable for 2-up riding. Had a 99 blade before the Duke, and now have a ZZR1200, but I would get rid of the zed for another Duke in a heartbeat. There's nothing wrong with the kawa, it would leave the duke for dead, and still have a bunch of gears left, but it's got no soul. If you can do a little of your own servicing, go for it. Belts are a doddle if you've ever done them on a car.

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fogie

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fogie says:

big zed

As I said Beacs, there's nothing wrong with it. It really is an intercontinental ballistic missile, fast, comfy, does everything you would want,.....  but....  a Duke will get under your skin, I know mine did.

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charliedontsurf53

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Ducati 748 ownership

Thanks for the feedback guys. Don't get me wrong, the 'Blade is a crackin' bike and on real world roads it's totally useable but I've had it since 2001, always serviced it myself and apart from a couple of regulators it's been a star, but I guess I'd just like something different.... I blame my other half, she's just bought a 620e Monster! Anyway I'm gonna view the 748 Sunday.....Anybody wanna '96 'Blade?

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charliedontsurf53

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Ducati 748 ownership

Thanks for the feedback guys. Don't get me wrong, the 'Blade is a crackin' bike and on real world roads it's totally useable but I've had it since 2001, always serviced it myself and apart from a couple of regulators it's been a star, but I guess I'd just like something different.... I blame my other half, she's just bought a 620e Monster! Anyway I'm gonna view the 748 Sunday.....Anybody wanna '96 'Blade?

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norris

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norris says:

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I think the newer models have improved in spades, but those old models can be money pits.
Know a guy who's had a 916 for years, got his own garage business luckily as he's needed those skills. What goes wrong? Everything, he doesn't do many miles, but practically everytime he's been out some fault or another has materialised.
Be very careful.


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beaconsman

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beaconsman says:

Beaconsman

offers his apologies.  

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charliedontsurf53

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Ducati 748 ownership

:doubt:Thanks Norris, Yeah I've heard a few horror stories too. I guess for every positive vibe you're going to hear a bummer.

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