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Hi and thanks for letting me join. Im an Aussie living in the Northern Alps of Japan in a place called Hakuba. If you ski or snowboard you may have heard of it.

Been without a Ducati a LONG time and will be rectifying that shortly as am looking for a 1st year 916 and perhaps a 998R as well.

Appreciate any and all advice I can get as I start my search in earnest as I know I have much to learn to ensure I get the right bikes.

Once again thanks.

Pete
 

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Hi Pete and welcome to the site. A small part of the fun is the search so keep us posted.
 

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Hi Pete,
Lots of fun to be had in the Alps. Not many Duc dealers tho.
If you’re looking to purchase (and can pull wrenches), Yahoo auction is probably a good place to look for bikes. RedBaron has benefits, but you’ll pay for those. GooBike has lots of choices as well.
Do watch out for Mr Bike in Nagoya: not gaijijn friendly.
Cheers! Kalyx
 

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Hi Pete,
If you are new to Ducati I would warn that R bikes - (any of them) are not a good place to start unless you are planning on using it for track purposes only or you want to display it in your office or living room. Riding an R bike on the street is not a lot of fun and keeping them in perfect spec is expensive and complicated. Stick with the S or base bikes as they are much more friendly in traffic or out on back country roads. You'll be much happier and you'll miss nothing.
 
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