I'm new here, so "hi" and all that... but straight to business.
I'm looking at a super-clean, bone-stock (2500 miles) '05 SS 800, which is listed at $5999. Trying to figure out if this is a good deal, or too good to be true. Sounds a little low for a dealer if you ask me. I trust the dealer, I've bought 2 bikes from them already, an '07 Monster S2R800 and an '05 MV Agusta Brutale 750. I traded the Duc for the MV because it just wasn't quite what I was looking for. I do miss the L-twin thump, and the styling was beautiful, but the suspension was too soft, and (whether it sounds normal or not) by the first 700 miles, it would no longer pull 60mph, even in 4th gear, it also stalled out on me a couple times at stoplights for no reason, etc. I also wasn't all that impressed by the flimsy attachment of the fly-screen and front fender.
I'm interested in Ducati again because, well, you just kinda fall in love with them, despite any faults. Now, I'm looking at the SS as a potential commuter bike, and a light-duty sport tourer. I'm too protective of my MV to leave it anywhere in public where I can't see it. You may not understand, but it's just how I am. I know that's probably a sacrilegious concept in a Duc forum, but bear with me.
Now I'd like to hear some owner-reports on the SS. Was my engine trouble just the result of poor tuning, as it took place just before the initial tune up, or was there something worse going on? I find it hard to believe that the 800 would have any problem with 60mph under normal circumstances. Also, how does the suspension set up compare to a monster? I would imagine that it's a little stiffer, being a more sport-oriented bike. What are the maintenance intervals, and about how much money do you put into them? What are the common failures? Basically, would this make a good, reliable commuter or should I look to the more reliable, if less tasteful japanese manufacturers?
Thanks in advance everyone, and I appreciate any responses.