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Crap.

CRAP.

That is going to be the machine that steals me away from the FZ-09. That thing isn't just a motorcycle; it's a living, breathing beast, straight from the depths of some unknown hell.

Honestly, it's like the second I sat on it, I became fused with it. I've never felt that way on a vehicle before.

The matte black one is just HOT.

http://i.imgur.com/9AD4x3r.jpg
 

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They're gorgeous... never ridden one though so I'm not sure how it compares to the 9'er. But aren't they quite a bit more expensive (and expensive to insure)
 

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On looks alone it kicks the FZ's ass! More power, higher price, valve adjustment at 15,000mi too...Still looks very very attractive!
 

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I know... I stop by once and sat on the bike and look at it for about an hour. That bike is like porn on wheels!
 

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Sweet looking bike for sure - don't know why i love the single sided swing arms so much but i do (though i heard they are a bitch to get the wheel off - need some kind of special tool).

I don't know if this shares the same engine as the 848 evo superbike but if it is - good luck with maintenance - my neighbor has this bike and has sunk $2,500 into servicing and he only has 3k miles on it - could be a rarity but i've heard similar stories with friend that has the monster 696 - biggest reason i didnt consider ducati when i bought my fz.
 

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Just this morning on reddit, someone started a "What is your favorite "Holy shit that is cool" feature of your bike?" topic.

The #1 upvoted response?...

My Duc has a hole where you put your wallet in it. Then, you never get it back.

I'm not sure if it's supposed to do that or not but the dealers also have that same hole.

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I demo rode a Streetfighter 1090 when they came out a few years back. Holy f-balls! Retarded power. I was literally afraid to roll it up to full throttle in 2nd gear for fear of what it might do! haha... There were a few things about it that I didn't like, but definitely a soulful machine.
 

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I don't know if this shares the same engine as the 848 evo superbike but if it is - good luck with maintenance - my neighbor has this bike and has sunk $2,500 into servicing and he only has 3k miles on it - could be a rarity but i've heard similar stories with friend that has the monster 696 - biggest reason i didnt consider ducati when i bought my fz.
Well that blows.

I wasn't aware they were unreliable. I just heard the maintenance intervals / labor costs led them to be a bit more.

If there are known reliability issues, then so much for that.
 

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Well that blows.

I wasn't aware they were unreliable. I just heard the maintenance intervals / labor costs led them to be a bit more.

If there are known reliability issues, then so much for that.

I dont think his bike is POS by any means - he's a bit meticulous when it comes to bikes so he's probably taken it to the dealership more than he's had to but apparently when the dealer service light comes on (it's based on either time or mileage) it's quite a bit of cash for tune ups.

If you have a lot of cash - seems like a fun bike - if you don't - i'd pass but that's just me having never owned one.
 

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Best place to do research is hit some Ducati forum boards. That's what I do before buying a new bike and see what the problems and complaints have been. You have to be able to filter out the bias and keep in mind every manufacturer is going to have some issues, but typically you can get a pretty good feel for known issues and common complaints.
 

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I don't know much about the current generation of that powerplant, but the 11 degree Testastrata motors had some issues at one time with head castings,
but I'm pretty sure that particular fault has been dealt with and it may have only been with the 1198 motors. Many Ducatisti find a local guru to handle their maintenance/troubleshooting needs, rather thanleave it up to a new'ish, or high overhead dealer to handle the heavy loads. I can appreciate the bike for what it is.

And I've always been of the mindset, that a rider should always strive to have what gives them a buzz both on and off the bike, if but only once.

Good luck with it.
 

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From what I found when I look into it was some annoying fueling issues under 4K, gearbox shift like a truck and some fuel tank cracked.
 

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I think if you use dealers for your bike maintenance it costs a lot no matter what the brand. Ducati dealers charge a lot; parts are expensive and they enforce dealer-performed maintenance rigidly. Personally, no motorcycle would be affordable for me if I used dealers for maintenance and repair. I have never owned a duc but have friends who have. They tell me the two valve ducs are not too bad for owner maintenance, the four valve (like the 848) are far worse. But I have no personal experience.
 

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this guy (owner of a FZ-09) does a good comparison of the FZ-09, ST3, and the Duc Streetfighter 848.

 
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