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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2019, 3:26 am Thread Starter
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What should my next Duc be?

Picked up a '96 900SS a while ago after reading rave reviews all over the place.

The bike is so awesome. Love how it sounds, how it rides, the character, the looks, all the Ducati stuff (I get it now!). Easily my favorite bike I have ever ridden. As someone who works on his vehicles, I've also been happy with how straightforward the bike is to maintain.

Assuming one wanted to get a little deeper into this Ducati obsession, what would be the next bike I should check out? Trying to decide what I should start saving up for.

Here's some background:

* No superbikes -- I don't really do any track riding and want something I'm actually going to want to ride all the time.
* Not into touring or cruising
* Am 5'9". I tend to like my bikes on the smaller side -- love the size of the 900ss. But that's not a firm requirement.
* Would prefer something that's at least somewhat reasonable to work on, not really a "take it to the dealership" dude.
* Would prefer to keep the price under $10k.
* Not necessarily a speed whore (my 900SS with FCRs is plenty fast to keep me entertained).

Was initially considering an M900, but I'm concerned that it'll be really similar to my 900SS.

Hypermotards look cool, but I worry my lack of inseam will make the ownership experience a bit annoying.

Some of the newer Monsters look awesome, especially the newer, smaller 1200s (though I'll have to wait a bit for those to drop in price). But are they user-serviceable?

I guess my main question is -- I've gotten into the gateway drug of the 900SS (a bike that Ducati guru desmodog rightfully called a great introduction to the brand). What's another quintessential Ducati that would be a great next step?

I realize that there will be a many opinions on this, and that's great. I'm just curious what some of the Ducati lifers have to say about it!
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I know you said no Superbikes but a 916 would be a great fit based on the rest of your requirements. Just saying.

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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old Jul 3rd, 2019, 8:12 am
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I would also vote for a 748/916/996 era bike.

You already have a comfortable bike in the 900ss.

For me bikes are tools for a job, since you have one job covered you might want to think about a bike that will have a different experience.
Nice thing is that if you buy smart, when you go to sell the bike will end up not costing you much.
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I have to agree with the others but I would say try out a 998 no rocker problems to worry about,
you have an iconic ducati in the 900 the next iconic Ducati would be a 748-998 bike. Very easy
to work on no (major problems) like the plastic tank bikes and everyone loves them even non riders.
Find one and try it on for size they are small bikes and more comfortable than any sport classic that is
not a GT.

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Hypermotard 1100s . You can get a lower seat !! Not like your current bike and very easy to service.

And it's pure hooliganism !! Great riding position , great ergo's. If you put a small windscreen on it you can do some light touring.

SBKs are great but when you put "no superbikes" in your conditions I hesitate to suggest them. I prefer the mechanical simplicity of the air cooled anyway.

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Have you thought of going to something really vintage?
Like a 750 Sport or Pantha?
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... air cooled Hyper.

Upright riding position, simple to maintain (relatively speaking), retains the charm of the air cooled engine experience.
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