+1000......The first thing you'd want to do is change the belts, check the valves, and inspect the rockers for flaking chrome. If all you have is $3000, avoid a desmoquattro engined Ducati. The valves and timing belts will run you another $500+ unless you do it yourself, and if you need to replace any rockers, those are $80 each for replated ones and the engine potentially has 16 rockers you may have to worry about. For $3000, and if you absolutely NEED a Ducati, look into some of the 90's SS900 bikes, the early Monsters 900, and ST2 bikes (for the dry clutch). For a commuter, I'd look at a Desmodue (2V) engine because they are much better engines for commuting....or at least that is my opinion on the basis of reliability, cost of parts, ease of maintenance, and engine reputations.if i only had $3000 to spend, the last bike i'd be looking at would be a ducati
A couple of weeks ago I saw a 748 ('99, I think) on the Atlanta Craigslist that was repainted black with an asking price of $2000.I bought mine for $3200 this week, a '99 with 4161 miles.