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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2017, 10:48 pm Thread Starter
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Thinking of buying a 998

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I'm thinking of finally buying a 996 or a 998. I've loved these bikes ever since they came out and I think they're the most beautiful ever made.They were also the last Tamburini designs for Ducati before the Terblanche era. I'll refrain from using adjectives to avoid starting WWIII... ;-)

Anyway, the point is that I'm considering buying either a 996 / 998 or even a 748. I already own two Ducatis (Monster and ST3), I'm not new to them (in other words, I know what I'm getting into), but I have a few questions for people with more experience on these bikes:

1. What to watch for in a used bike? I've seen quite a few that were track bikes at some point or another (thanks but no thanks) but other than the obvious signs, are there any particular problems to watch for in these bikes? A guy I knew used to complain of ECU problems, but I'm not sure whether it was him or the bike. Other than that I believe they're fairly reliable bikes. Is that right?

2. How bad is maintenance? Intervals, costs. I assume they're probably not too different from my ST3, not sure about the costs. I assume parts are hard to find by now, so I will probably spend many hours browsing eBay listings... again, I kind of know what I'm getting into.

3. Any other reason why you would think a 996/998 is a bad idea?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2017, 11:31 pm
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I have a 2000 996S. Typical things are flaking rockers (I had one), service history, does it look like it has been taken care of, rubber chunks under the rear tail section (burn outs). I adjust my valves and change belts, not really that hard to do. Most all the stuff that needs doing you can do yourself if you are fairly mechanically inclined.

I recommend upgrading the starter/battery cables and I installed a newer MOSFET regulator/rectifier (great output and stays cooler). Mine has been pretty darn trouble free.........

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748/996 you need to watch out for flaking rockers. 998 was the updated testeretta (narrow head) which didn't have this issue. Coolant overflow tanks seem to leak at some point or another. There are many clean bikes available so don't settle. I went with the 748 because I've had many 1000 cc bikes and always seemed to enjoy my smaller cc bikes more. I wanted the 3 spike wheels also since they were one of my favorite design items of these bikes ( they are heavy and I admit they "date" the bike but I like them!). There are also many low mileage bikes due to the very uncomfortable riding position which your body gets used to and the pain seems to go away on back roads!

I have a great shop who don't rob you with their prices so I pay close to what I paid on my 2v air cooled Monsters! What ever you choose you win!

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"I assume parts are hard to find by now". quite the opposite for my 2k 996.over 50 small bits I've ordered from the duc dealer WERE available! just one engine case hose clip is obsolete.hard to believe when comparing to a Japanese model where tons of parts are/have been long obsolete.kudos to Bologna for keeping stock.one issue I didn't read about till recently is '99-2k 996 flywheel not can back off causing havoc.fix is use red loctite & a new nut even though the new nut I bought could be installed either side first.no self locking pressure.998 is probably easier to service(valve adj.),refined engine.but like you say I also believe the 916-996 are a simple classic design.955 AMA model is another but big$$$.track bikes maybe OK if you don't buy blind.
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I'd go with a late model, e.g., 2002 998 or 748. All of the year over year engineering tweaks are incorporated, e.g., 3 Phase electronics, and if you go with the 998 you get a Testastretta to boot. I happen to like the '02 slab side look, but if you prefer the fairing cooling vent then something from '01 would do the trick. If I am not mistaken, the 996 that year was a Desmoquattro, with the exception of the R, so with all of those engines you will have to be on the look out for any sort of flaking rocker issues.

I went with an '02 748 and with the exception of blowing the entire throttle body assembly out of the intake manifolds before a random Sunday right a couple of years ago, it has been entirely problem free.
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I'd go with a late model, e.g., 2002 998 or 748. All of the year over year engineering tweaks are incorporated, e.g., 3 Phase electronics, and if you go with the 998 you get a Testastretta to boot. I happen to like the '02 slab side look, but if you prefer the fairing cooling vent then something from '01 would do the trick. If I am not mistaken, the 996 that year was a Desmoquattro, with the exception of the R, so with all of those engines you will have to be on the look out for any sort of flaking rocker issues.

I went with an '02 748 and with the exception of blowing the entire throttle body assembly out of the intake manifolds before a random Sunday right a couple of years ago, it has been entirely problem free.
I owned two 998s from 2002 and a 748S from 2001. Everything that Prophet said is something that I agree with. They're phenomenal bikes and would be a great fit with what you already have. The 998 has the Testastretta motor and is really a fun bike. The 748 is also a great choice but the added torque of the 998 really makes a world of difference in real world riding. Best of luck.

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I would go for a 996. Preferable a sps if possible but if not a stock is briliant. I think that the 996 is a nicer engine then the 998. 996 is more Ducati and 998 is more Honda. Parts are no worries and as long as it has been maintained in a good way they are fab.

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I would go for a 996. Preferable a sps if possible but if not a stock is briliant. I think that the 996 is a nicer engine then the 998. 996 is more Ducati and 998 is more Honda. Parts are no worries and as long as it has been maintained in a good way they are fab.

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And with stock i mean 996bp.

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I actually have both right now. If you have not physically ridden one, the riding style can be somewhat aggressive. That said, it looks like you are in Seattle as well. If you ever want to meet up, you could take one of mine for a neighborhood lap and get a feel for it prior to making a final decision. I love my bikes, but I can only put maybe 90 minutes on them at a time these days without getting fatigued. PM me if you are interested. Good luck with your search and you can never have too many Ducati's!
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I would go for a 996. Preferable a sps if possible but if not a stock is briliant. I think that the 996 is a nicer engine then the 998. 996 is more Ducati and 998 is more Honda. Parts are no worries and as long as it has been maintained in a good way they are fab.

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Just curious...what do you mean that the 998 is more Honda?
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