Had a buddy that had one exactly like that. I would keep the 7.Originally posted by moloko
DON'T DO IT! It is NOT an awesome bike, it's a dog. Trust me, I'm a service advisor at a dealership that sells and works on Ducati, among other brands. You are trading a great, fast, reliable and indestructible bike for.... You know what Ducati snobs tell me all the time? "I don't like those Jap bikes, they are too perfect. Nothing's ever wrong with them. Our bikes have character..." That sort of bullshit. But hey, your choice. If you're willing to spend hundreds of dollars each year on very important maintenance just to have those 6 fancy letters on your tank - sure, go for it.
Yeah, BikeBandit.com has Ducati parts for order, but they have to ship them from Italy, too, and no companies anywhere other than a dealer have parts fisches from before 2000, so I have to go through dealers for my 98 916.Originally posted by ginofultano
you made a lot of good points in your last post, but let me say this, isnt there an online dealer for ducati parts like ronayers is for the japanese bikes? even if you are ordering the parts from a supplier in europe, you would be side stepping the pain in the ass dealership. just a thought.
UGGHH! Don't even get me started on Ducati parts shipping! Regular order takes 2 months sometimes. VOR usually means "overnight" to everyone, but Ducati. As far as they're concerned, it means at least a week, if they feel like shipping... It's embarrassing.Originally posted by dragknt
Yeah, BikeBandit.com has Ducati parts for order, but they have to ship them from Italy, too, and no companies anywhere other than a dealer have parts fisches from before 2000, so I have to go through dealers for my 98 916.
Well, realistic time frame is two weeks for parts, and then however long it takes you to get off your ass and do the work. Me personally, I'll have the bike on the road next day after recieving the parts if I have to burn the candle at both ends to do it. Sure, the dealer will take forever. That's why you don't let the dealer do it. lolOriginally posted by nickkawi
I'd stick with the 7r with a new paint job. Main issue with duc's are maintenance, parts and dealer qty, don't know about you but I dont want to wait 3-8 weeks on parts and service to get my bike on the road especially when you only have 6-7 months of real riding weather.
Originally posted by dragknt
moloko -> Damn, dude, you're REALLY anti-Ducati...did you work for them in the mid-late 90's or something? Ducati Corporate is MUCH better now at parts shipments and placement than when they had the huge losses going on in the 90's. Ducati shipped my sprag clutch same-day when they recieved the order from my dealership. It's just that it took the dealer almost a week to place the order in the first place, and they shipped the part "whenever-it-gets-there-Air". [xx(]