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I'm about to take the plunge and trade in my MV Agusta Brutale for a 749s, and my local shop has a discounted '04 ($2k off list) as well as a couple of new '06s. Other than the different swingarm and modified fairing, are there any real differences between the two model years? I guess I'm looking for reasons to justify paying more for the better-looking red '06 than the yellow '04 'cause I prefer the red frame/black subframe and I've already owned one yellow and one black Ducati in the past.
 

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Crap, I wish my 749 was paid for, I'd swap you for that Brutale!

Anyhoo, I'd go for the '06, just because come resale time it will be worth more than an '04, all other things being the same.
 

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just my gut thought....but $2K off a 2 model year old bike that has been sitting....they'de have to lower it more...but maybe that is just me?!?!?!
 

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ducatis aren't about pinching pennies,buy the one that stirs your passion.i travelled over a border and across 2 states to buy a yellow superbike even though i could have got a red one local.resale, 2 or 3 seasons later the diff between a 04 and 06 will be small,mileage will play a bigger role. but then if your like me i'd rather pay the price to ride and enjoy,than let it sit and think i'm saving it for someone else.
 

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200,000 pennies

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ducatis aren't about pinching pennies,buy the one that stirs your passion.i travelled over a border and across 2 states to buy a yellow superbike even though i could have got a red one local.resale, 2 or 3 seasons later the diff between a 04 and 06 will be small,mileage will play a bigger role. but then if your like me i'd rather pay the price to ride and enjoy,than let it sit and think i'm saving it for someone else.
Personally, I prefer red, and I think the '06s with the red frame/black rear subframe and black wheels look a lot nicer than the grey frame and wheels of the yellow '04 that's discounted. However, while I agree that Ducatis "aren't about pinching pennies," I'm not so well off that $2k isn't significant. Maybe I don't deserve to own one with a cheap attitude like that - what do you think?
 

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i think every time you see a red framed bike you will wish you got one,if you buy but don't like the grey.ducati has changed the way they derive hp and weight a few times over the last years.hence the different specs.doubt if there is any motor diff between the 2,in fact the 748 and 749 lines historically get very little upgrades compared to the larger bikes.
 

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Get the 06,the red frame and black wheels did it for me!
 

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Get the 06. I had the same descision to make last month. The new rear swingarm did it for me but the red frame and black wheels helped, along with the new face.
But most importantly, as of 05 they worked out the stalling issues on the 749(clincher).
 

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if both bikes were properly setup... stalling issue

none-existant... then it's really what floats your boat. to each his own... but here's my .02
> I like the older style upper fairings.
> and yellow seems to be an unique color these days with so many red / black /matte blacks running around.

When I get my ride back from the dealership, I'll post a pic. Mine's a yellow 749s with black sub-frames. imo, that's color stands out easily in a sea of reds. As for the upgrades pieces, if I rode like V.Rossi.. perhaps I'll be able to tell the difference.

Put both bike side by side, and see what you like. Let's us know what you pick. & finally, agree wholeheartly on the $2K off. You should get more or ask them to throw in free services.
 
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