New owner of a 2001 996 monoposto as of a couple months ago. Definitely feel like I paid too much, and trying to get all the cards on the table. Picked it up in San Diego, CA from someone who mentioned it was completely stock, no leaks, 7k miles, blah blah. Still had the stock exhaust on it. Seemed legit, and seemed like the bike just overall maintenance done on it.
After staring at it for months with the fairings on and off, I keep going back and forth on if the bike was repainted or not. Of course, I was told, never wrecked, never been down, always garaged, never abused, etc.
I've pulled off the fairings and tank and they all appear to have the Ducati part numbers and stamps on them with black heat shield (not tinfoil), which makes me think they're legit (do chinese fairings fake stamps?).
Primary question I have is: on the upper fairings, are the "996 desmoquattro" stickers sealed from factory under clearcoat? From my honda cbr bikes, I've learned that clear coat over stickers mean it's been repainted or aren't factory fairings. But I've seen "new" oem fairings on ebay that appear to have clearcoat over the 996 stickers. Also, were there some factory overspray on the fairings onto the back of the fairings? Like light clearcoat overspray?
Lots of questions, and I know I should just get over it and ride, but it's been in the garage on a stand while I've slowly done full maintenance on it lol.
Thanks ahead of time!
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To answer your questions, yes, the graphics are clear coated over. The decals are not buried, in other words, you should see and feel the graphics under the clearcoat, but yes, they are most definitely cleared over from the factory. Keep in mind that Ducati is a premium brand, and fit and finish is typically better than you will find on Japanese bikes, even these older Desmos.
To answer your other question, yes, there will be overspray on the back of the fairings.
One thing that may concern you if you have a non-red bike is the presence of red pigment shining through, should you get a rock chip. This is common at the v-nose area of the side fairings. At first, you may think this means the bike was red and then repainted to q different color... and you would be partially right. All of the 748, 916, 996, and 998 Superbikes started out red, and were painted to the correct colors at thefactory. Think of it as a little race heritage beneath the skin of all Ducati SB's. 😉 Of course, if yours is red, then you will never notice this.
A few things to concern yourself with, since you are a new Desmoquattro owner...
1. Check and see when the timing belts were last replaced. They are to be changed every 24 months, or 12,000mi., whichever comes first.
2. Check the valve shim tolerances. If you do not have a manual, I suggest investing in a Haynes shop manual... it will be a God send.
3. Change the oil, bleed the brake and clutch fluids, and service the final drive chain, if you do not know 100% for a fact that they have been done, and are still within correct mileage and timeline. Do not ever trust what the other guy says they did to maintain it.... and at 7k on the clock, I would certainly be sure to do everything scheduled, unless you have reciepts.
4. I typically recommend removing the fuel line quick disconnects, which are nylon and prone to failure, causing fuel to spill onto the vertical cylinder. Upgrading them to metal QD's is fairly simple, and can not only give you peace of mind, but possibly also save you from catastrophic failure. Same goes for the $30.00 billet fuel thermistor nut upgrade.
5. Make sure the tires are good. Not only condition, but date. A motorcycle tire should be dated within the past 5 years. There will be a four digit numeric code on the sidewall. The first two numbers indicate the week, the last two the year, or production.
6. Ride the thing! Enjoy it. The worst thing you can do for these bikes, is precisely what many people did with them... make them into really expensive living room furniture. These bikes were built for the track, so ride and enjoy it!
7. In your down time, snap and post some pics!
Glad to have you aboard, and welcome to the Ducati "family"! Ride safe... you have a legend in your hands!