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Old Feb 5th, 2010, 10:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Buying a 10 Year old 996 a bad idea?

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.

Thanks in advance!

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Old Feb 5th, 2010, 11:03 pm   #2 (permalink)
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It is NOT a Honda....

...but it IS worth it. It's got a warranty, the dealer looked over it, and *when* you test ride the bike before you buy it, shift through the gears and get a feel for it.

Yes, there will be maintainence, but it's a 996. You're basically buying a classic two-wheeled Ferrari.

Edit: to answer your questions....

1) If it's maintained, AND you ride it often, it'll be fine. Nothing screws up a bike or a classic car more than letting it sit for a long period of time.

2) No, parts are still very plentiful. Not cheap, but they're out there.
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Old Feb 5th, 2010, 11:14 pm   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 6:19 am   #4 (permalink)
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+2 to both of the above. And as far as needing spare parts, Ebay is your friend.
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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 6:47 am   #5 (permalink)
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Parts are readily available and these bikes are super easy to fix even if you're not too mechanically inclined.

The major parts are reliable, but small stuff like hydraulics (front brake mc, clutch slave), and electrics (turn signals, horn) tend to go south if the bike isn't used.

I say if the dealer is giving you a warranty on it and you can get a good deal then jump on it cause it looks like a damn fine bike with some choice mods.
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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 7:50 am   #6 (permalink)
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I would agree with the previous statements plus the flaking rockers - need to make sure its had a proper dealer service that includes checking these along with the belts etc.

The color scheme is interesting looks like Corse RS green stripes which is period for the racebikes- are they painted on?
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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 8:56 am   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with everything everyone else has said. I bought a 2000 996 with 1200 miles on it in 2008. It is the most fun bike I have ever ridden and it generates a lot of attention.

Keep up with the servicing as the valve adjustments are critical. However the 996 is pretty bullet proof as a classic bike. I have ridden mine for 3 years now with no major problems.
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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 9:32 am   #8 (permalink)
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Not entirely related to this post but I think Ducatierv should have to post the pics of his model gal swinging that leg over the saddle. Anyone disagree. No doubt he hoarded that pic.
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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 9:41 am   #9 (permalink)
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You found yourself a sweet 996 my friend...

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 +

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Old Feb 6th, 2010, 9:45 am   #10 (permalink)
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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.
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