Initial impressions of the Ducati 748 by a Japanese convert
Title says it all.
Picked up a 1998 748 with just under 4,000 miles after a pretty extensive history of riding Japanese bikes. Fear of service intervals and retail cost of the Duc's kept me off them until now.
For all extensive purposes my 748 is stock other than typical bolt on mods.
Ive ridden the bike for about 200 miles or so thus far and really enjoy it. I have ridden twins prior as i owned a RC51, but not a little twin like a SV650.
Though my 748 does not make loads of power, the power it does produce comes on very smooth and predictable. The bike handles spot on!
I do think if i were able to obtain my old 98GSXR600 it would hand my 98 748 its but on a platter........but doing so it lacks the character and refined feel of my 748.
All and all, i have to totally agree with all the reviews i read prior to my purchase and like to admitt i totally love this machine! I sure hope she can handle some miles because i have a feeling she is gonna get a lot!
Ride it as much as u can. I was also a bit sceptical, I went through every pice of info on the 748 and almost did not buy it, lot's of horror stories flacking rockers, stalling, reserve tanks cracking. Well once I rode her all the worries disapear. It is not a garage bike. Drive it and enjoy!
With age comes experience, with experience comes road rash.
2000 Ducati 748R