Hey sorry for asking this, I should probably know the answer to this, but I just want to double check.
There's a dealer in Toronto selling a 2001 Ducati 996S right now. It looks pretty clean with no gaudy stickers or questionable aftermarket upgrades.
The bike is "Certified with warranty. ONLY 7,432 Miles" Seems like a very nice example of what to me is a timeless classic (like a good Porsche 993).
Anyway, I'm a guy with basically no mechanical ability. I'd have to go to a dealership for any issues. So...
1) Will this bike be prone to lots of little problems and break-downs? Or are they pretty bullet proof and reliable?
2) If someone knocks it over will it be a real pain in the butt finding replacement fairings, mirrors, tanks, tail sections etc, or are the parts common and easily available?
Sorry to ask this, I should know better but I'd really love the advice of some of the members on here.
Later 996's are pretty reliable, in my experience most of the biggest headaches were with the pre-'99 bikes that had lousy electrical systems. I wouldn't buy it if it's going to be your sole source of transportation, but otherwise it should be o.k. - but as pointed out above, it's not a Honda.
As stated already, the usual maintenance should be done or have been done. I'd keep an eye on the radiator expansion tank if it hasn't already been changed... If the dealer is offering some sort of warranty for it.. Thats definitely a +
Jonathan, this actually looks like a nice bike. Let me know if you want me to go with you to look at it. After a few years of ownership of my bike and this awesome forum, I know what to look for and help you understand what you can anticipate in maintenance/fixes.
Gone but not forgotten:
2010 KTM RC8R
2009 Yamaha R1 (great engine, not much else though)
2005 KTM 640 Adventure (no, it's not a diesel, they all make that banging sound)
2004 KTM 950 Adventure
2008 KTM 690 Enduro (not nearly as good as the 640 ADV)
1982 Yamaha RD350 (should have kept this one)