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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 03-22-2005, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ducati 748 as a first bike?

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Has anyone here ever baught a ducati 748 for a first time bike? I jumped on my buddies Ducati 748 for the first time about 5 months ago (first time riding) and automatically fell in love! But is it a good idea to get one as a first bike?

I can drive it good, only thing is I have only about 200 miles under my belt. I have a license. I'm about 5'10 and 180.
I've been thinking about buying one, if not, going with a 600cc or 750cc.

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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 03-22-2005, 04:36 PM
 
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how old r u?
how much experience?
and still i would not get one as a first bike, way way way toooo expensive to fix when you do drop it. lol sorry but it happens to everyone.
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Plus IMO you can get alot better bike for alot less money. unless your getting the 748R but thats just way too much money.
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I am going to agree. A duc for a first bike is not a good thing to do unless you have the money to fix it when it goes down. As zx636r said...it happens to everyone and normally within the first year of riding.
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post #4 of 42 (permalink) Old 03-22-2005, 04:55 PM
 
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for the record im 5'10" 215 and i fit on a 636 fine, so if you ever hear ppl say there too big for a 600 they are full of it. lol
i will be 200 by the summer. lol
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post #5 of 42 (permalink) Old 03-23-2005, 11:48 PM
 
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Any modern 600 sportbike is too much for most new riders. I'd recommend something like an SV650 or EX500 for your first bike.
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post #6 of 42 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 12:10 AM
 
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hell get the 999r
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hell get the 999r
One of my shop's customers actually bought a 999R as his first bike and sunk another $14,000 into it within 2 weeks of getting it. He's actually done very well with it and takes it to the track regularly.
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One of my shop's customers actually bought a 999R as his first bike and sunk another $14,000 into it within 2 weeks of getting it. He's actually done very well with it and takes it to the track regularly.
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As a Duc owner, I wouldn't recommend a new 749 as a first bike!
It is way to mush $$$$$ for a newbie.
Have you considered a Monster in stead if you just have to have a Duc?
Or maybe a used 748?

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hey jeeps since you got a duc...my uncle has a 916 is that a nice bike as far as performance and i heard that it is a uncomfy bike like all other ducs i would ask him but i dont talk much to him
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As a Duc owner, I wouldn't recommend a new 749 as a first bike!
It is way to mush $$$$$ for a newbie.
Have you considered a Monster in stead if you just have to have a Duc?
Or maybe a used 748?
Yeah a monster would be good... not too big... not a lot top end... that would be a good recomendation!




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my uncle has a 916 is that a nice bike as far as performance and i heard that it is a uncomfy bike like all other ducs ...
Ducs aren't uncomfortable...other sportbikes are just too comfortable. Do you want a sportbike or a couch???
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Ducs aren't uncomfortable...other sportbikes are just too comfortable. Do you want a sportbike or a couch???
Ducati built a race bike, then made it in to a street bike.
Not all are uncomfortable. They make other models.

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First of all i am 5 10' -- 145lbs -- i bought 2000 748 last summer and i dropped the bike the very first day i went out riding, but that was my very first time on a supersports bike - i had no experience on any sports bike - i put about 3000 miles last summer after that accident on the first day i did not drop my bike and personally i would not recommend anyone buying ducati as their first bike -- it s just too hard to corner at slow speeds. Stick to a Jap a cherry popper and then when you have enough experience then go cop yourself a ducati--

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i would not recommend anyone buying ducati as their first bike -- it s just too hard to corner at slow speeds.
Are you talking about parking lot speed?

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The only good thing about being expensive is that they hold their value. my buddies 01 is worth around 13k still (blue book). I definately would not want to drop it though. Don't buy a beat up used bike...I should say don't finance one, because you'll be use to it in like 2-3 months. by "use to it" I don't mean dragging a knee and all that, but it won't seem AS fast anymore. I bought a new 04 R6 and it doesn't seem as fast any more cuz I'm use to it. At least it looks good still. Just take it REAL easy when you get it. You'll be happy you got it, as long as you don't kill yourself (finacially speaking).
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Are you talking about parking lot speed?
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By slow speeds - i mean like turning in traffic and stuff like that because i live in NY there is always a lot of traffic before i could get on the highways --
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By slow speeds - i mean like turning in traffic and stuff like that because i live in NY there is always a lot of traffic before i could get on the highways --
I've noticed a short distance between stop to stop on the steering.

Only an issue when walking the bike.

Not moving fast enough to have my feet on the pegs.

I also make a point of setting up my turns at intersections to decrees the turn angle on any bike.

Why make a 90 degree turn when you can do it in 45?

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FWIW I recently bought a 749S as my first sportbike/roadbike.

I've been riding dirtbikes for the last 25 years, and dual sport (trail bikes) on the road before that.

I've now got about 800miles on her, and haven't done any damage yet. I guess theres a chance that I will do something stupid and damage her, or more likely some stupid motorist will, however I'm very pleased with my decision to buy the Duc, and think I would have been disapointed with anything less.
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