Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Fremont & Georgetown, California, USA
I came close to buying one a few years ago. A specimen that was in VERY nice shape, many modifications done, which many will say they need. Yet after riding it Icould not bring myself to pull the trigger. It handled slow, comfortable with an aftermarket seat on them, power seemed lacking.
I found that "if" you crash one, or even a minor low side, finding bodywork is a joke, and the bike is all bodywork. I could not find any aftermarket bodywork.
I still think that updated, rectifier some switch gear etc. etc. they would make an excellent Sunday afternoon machine.
I met many out there that racked up many miles on theirs, yet many suffered from bodywork issues. I know there are a few out there in outstanding shape, and if not abused (Sunday ride) machine they will someday appreciate.
My dealer when they were new could not sell them, I rode one back to back when I purchased my 1993 888spo, loved the look, but the handling was sadly lacking to any superbike of that era. Could not see out of the mirrors, at all.... Cool looking, but lack functionality....
I'd stil ove to have one in the garage, more to look at than to ride, especially after riding ST2-ST4s machines, no contest, but I've been working on Ducati's since the early 80's and still the love the look of a cherry 907ie....
2003 Ducati ST4S (Yellow, the faster color)
2014 Beta 450RS (Latest Italian dirty girl)
2008 Aprilia RXV550 (Sold the Beast)
2006 Ducati 999s (Sold)
2001 Ducati 996 SPS (Crashed)
2001 Ducati 748-890 (Sold)
1997 Ducati 748 (Sold)
1993 Ducati 888SPO (Crashed)
Too much Jap or British crap to mention!