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This won't be the 1st time this type of thing has happened to me. I took a recently purchased 2004 749R into the dealer to have stuff I needed for track days done and ended up in the showroom looking at their 1200S T and it turns out its their demo. The owner was telling me about the bike and then said he'll need to sell it soon because his 2013 demo is on the way.

Curious as to what people are buying new ones for and how much more, if any, a demo unit could get off the MSRP.

I'm in SoCal if area matters at all.
 

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I bought my 2011 standard abs as a demo unit.

It was a ducati corporate demo, had 3k miles, all service records.
I got them to throw in a set of oem hard bags in the deal, and walked out for $14,900 otd
 

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Craigslist is your friend.

I purchased a used 2011 MTS1200S Touring with 3K miles and a top case for 16K. Still have warranty until May 2013.
 

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Craigslist is your friend.

I purchased a used 2011 MTS1200S Touring with 3K miles and a top case for 16K. Still have warranty until May 2013.
Wn you buy a demo, its essentially like buying. New bike. Its never been titled, warranty starts at your purchase, etc etc.

Yes it may have some miles, but its dealer serviced, and quite a discount on price!
 

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2010 dealer demo 1200 S Touring, bought in April 2011 with 600 miles and all updates. Full warranty, 600 mile service done. $18K.

I prefer "pre-depreciated...";)
 

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I bought my 2012 demo with 145 miles on and a Termi Full Exhaust. The bike was dyno broken in and tuned with the Termi. I got it for a few hundred off msrp plus TTL. Seemed like a decent deal since the Termi is over 3G's fitted to the bike and it still has a full factory warranty, free first service, etc...
 

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I don't mind a few miles on it and if I can get a better price then that works too. Better financing from ducati right now than I could get on my own is what had me thinking about the demo/new route as well.
 

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What does everybody do to a demo ?
They beat on it...
what does everybody do to their bike? beat on it

I like the smell of a new bike , but is it worth the extra you pay???

Nothing wrong with saving $$$ sure you have a bike with a few months of miles on it...
And the wear and tear on rubber etc.
 

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My local dealer has a '10 1200 base demo model with 3,700 miles. I rode it, fell in love, etc. However, they still want $14,000 for it.

I shopped around for a while and found an '11 base model with 4,100 miles, plus $1,300 in accessories, for $11,000. It wasn't a demo, however. A rich guy bought it, added the stuff, rode it for a year and traded it in. The dealer got it back cheap so they were able to sell it cheap. You can find good deals on demo's, but in my past 6 month experience you won't find a killer deal on a demo. The dealership has too much money in it.

As mentioned above, Craigslist is your friend. Use searchtempest.com to search CL cities near you. Also, Cycletrader.com and Ebay are great places to find deals.
 

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To quote The Grinch, "I wouldn't touch it with a thirty nine and A HALF foot pole."

Every demo bike I have been on I thrashed. 3700 miles of thrashing... I like to break in my bike gently per the recommendations. I waited until ~6000 miles before I redlined my Multi. I told that to the owner of a Ducati dealership. He replied that he redlined his on the first day he had it.

If you don't plan on keeping the bike until the day she dies, go for a demo. If you do want to keep it long term, get a fresh one.
 

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I find it somewhat humorous that people know exactly how much, to the penny they spent on bikes...
I see what I like, pay or even overpay (at times) and get what makes me happy...

I NEVER look at the sales reciept again if I can help it...
WHY???

Best to forget about how much you spend to keep you Happy...
That how it works for me anyways...:)
 

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I'm not opposed to buying a demo, it just has to make sense monetarily for me.

A motorcycle purchase I think most will agree is a luxury/passion purchase. So my feeling on it is buy what you really want. My dealer tried very very hard to sell me a 2012 (new) he had, and almost had me with some incentives. But in the end I really felt if I was spending this kind of money I wanted a 13 with the updates. The price difference wasn't enough to convince me.

On a demo the price difference if enough could be something to entice me as long as there's not a huge difference in the product.
 

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Wn you buy a demo, its essentially like buying. New bike. Its never been titled, warranty starts at your purchase, etc etc.

Yes it may have some miles, but its dealer serviced, and quite a discount on price!
I was debating for the longest time between STD and S and I was leaning towards STD due to cost of buying S. However, I waited some time and I think that wait had paid off. I got the bike I wanted (White Multi with bags and top case) and, best of all, it is the S model for $1,000 more than you. $1,000 extra for S Touring? I think that is a smoking deal (no offense, but I think the STD new was going for a few hundred more).

I don't mind a few miles on it and if I can get a better price then that works too. Better financing from ducati right now than I could get on my own is what had me thinking about the demo/new route as well.
I think there was a thread on financing options (believe it's 0.9%, but unsure on which models and if it includes demos); however, if you're really set on a demo and you cannot get that low rate, I would highly suggest you get a loan through your local credit union.

IMHO, I would still search Craigstlist. I will even help you (as this had saved me TON of time): use this link to search entire Craigslist.
 

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I was debating for the longest time between STD and S and I was leaning towards STD due to cost of buying S. However, I waited some time and I think that wait had paid off. I got the bike I wanted (White Multi with bags and top case) and, best of all, it is the S model for $1,000 more than you. $1,000 extra for S Touring? I think that is a smoking deal (no offense, but I think the STD new was going for a few hundred more).



I think there was a thread on financing options (believe it's 0.9%, but unsure on which models and if it includes demos); however, if you're really set on a demo and you cannot get that low rate, I would highly suggest you get a loan through your local credit union.

IMHO, I would still search Craigstlist. I will even help you (as this had saved me TON of time): use this link to search entire Craigslist.

the standard new is $16,900
bags $1200

add tax and id around 20k out the door.
i ended up $14900 out the door, thats tax, title, bags, etc.

i feel i got a great deal, and purposely didnt want a S model because i just dont trust the elctronic suspension yet. i didnt want to deal with having to replace, fix anything on it down the road after the warranty ends.

if it was a non electronic ohlins i would have went for the S model

but the standard suspension is no slouch, and ill be sending it out to racetech to get re valved and re sprung this winter.
 

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the standard new is $16,900
bags $1200

add tax and id around 20k out the door.
i ended up $14900 out the door, thats tax, title, bags, etc.
Touche! Great deal on the bike as well; however, 16.9 is for 2012/13 model? I think when I was looking (2010/11), STD was under 16.

As far as electronics go, I guess time will tell... :D I wasn't sold on those until I actually had a chance to mess around with it "on-the-fly" and was sold ever since.

My last point to OP: it helps to shop around
 

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Was in there today to pick up my track bike and was told that they are looking at taking about $2500 off. Has <600 miles and will get the 600 mile service before they let it go. It would qualify as a new sale and benefit from new bike incentives.

They can't sell until they get their new demo (next month maybe) so I have some time to chew on it and look around some more.

Thanks for all the replies and advice.
 

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There is a nice lightly used '11 S Touring with a bunch of extras in the classified section of this here forum.

Oh, and it looks great in black.

:D

 

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My 2011 1200ST I found on Craigslist also. Bought it in May of 2012 with only 1200 miles on it. Previous owner found out he had a medical condition about 3 months after he bought the bike and decided to give up riding. Warranty good until 8/2013, came with about $1200.00 worth of accessories and I picked it up for 16k. I am all for Craigslist but you have to take your time, make sure the deal is legit and be ready to pull the trigger at a moment's notice when a bike comes your way.
 

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I'm scheduled to take it out on a demo ride tomorrow to make sure its as comfortable as I'd like it to be on longer rides.

Any advice or suggestions on things I need to review with the dealer or pay attention to on the ride?

They said the price will be $16k plus a $995 set up (which I don't really agree with but that may be another issue all together). That price seems to be pretty good compared to what I've seen on EBAY or CL for a bike with <1000 miles and the 1st service done along with a new warranty. I'll ask tomorrow about being able to utilize the Ducati finance/rebate incentives as well.
 
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