I bought a 2000 Duc 996 used with only about 6500 miles on it. I feel like I got a good deal and have the names of the original owner. The bike is in great condition other than needs some new tires. To be honest, I wasnt really happy with this bike at first but the more I ride it the more I love it. It has more performance than Im used to. The question I have is actually what Im not sure I do like about it. But Im still ignorant to the Ducatis. As long as its cool out the thing is perfect. On the open highway its great. Stop and go it sucks. And seems that as it gets hot it runs like crap. Stalls out easily and surges or lunges at highway speeds from time to time. I know that owning a Ducati is more than just riding its a hobby. That includes maintaining one too. Does anyone know what could be the cause. And can anyone tell me if its possible to maintain one without spending major bucks. LOL! I dont live close to ANY dealers and dont want to spend hours driving to one to spend tons of money that I could spend on learning on how to do things myself. Ive heard some of the Japanese bike riders say I was foolish for getting this thing. But it was a great buy and is a beautiful bike and really does ride like a dream when it runs good.