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Currently ride an MV Brutale 1090RR but am considering switching over to the Ducati camp primarily because of significantly better dealer support. StreetFighter appears to be a logical transition from a Brutale. What should I be trying to avoid (any particular year, engine, etc) and what mods/upgrades to look for?
 

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Not sure there is any specific year to avoid. Make sure that there is no issue with the tank swelling. The 848 seems to be a better commuter whereas the 1098 is the beast and can be had in the 1098S version. A rexxer tune or the performance ECU seems to always benefit most Ducati's.
 

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Currently ride an MV Brutale 1090RR but am considering switching over to the Ducati camp primarily because of significantly better dealer support. StreetFighter appears to be a logical transition from a Brutale. What should I be trying to avoid (any particular year, engine, etc) and what mods/upgrades to look for?
IMHO you should source an SF ( S ) 1098. The Streetfighter is an aging platform. There are many in its class ( Hyper Nakeds ) that have an advantage of updated electronic aids, and Hp. However, I've not ridden anything quite like the original StreetFighter. They have been quite inexpensive, in the last few years... obviously used. However, As they continue to get 'crashed,' I expect this bike to gain in appreciation. or... Value..?
 

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... Streetfighters didnt change much during their production, the early 1098 bikes had a larger fuel tank but with all of the issues surrounding swelling Ducati designed a smaller tank and when the 848 came out all SF's (both 1098 and 848) were equipped with the smaller tanks. There are no models with specific issues and SF's are generally pretty sound and reliable.

They all need to be tuned and the Ducati Performance ECU/tune (including the gadgets that copy and paste the DP tune) is no help as it is a quasi closed loop system with all of the emissions settings intact. If it hasn't already been done you will need to have the closed loop disabled in the ECU and then have a custom map built for your bike.

A couple of known issues: If you wire the turn signals wrong your bike wont start. The fuel line can fall off the pump inside the tank and the bike wont run.

There's a fantastic resource for information on the SF at the head of the this section titled frequently asked questions, You can find solutions and answers there for just about anything related to the SF.

Good luck
 

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Thanks to everyone for sharing the wisdom.

Mental999 was able to source me a beautiful 2010 1098 SFS with around 2700 miles(!). As most of us here, I have owned a number of rare bikes but the SFS is one of those rare occasions that makes me smile every time I open the garage. It needs some maintenance (tires, belts, fluid flush and now possibly a battery) in large part because it sat in a collection. I will be reaching to Motorsport Exotica in Hollywood to get that done. The SFS has Termi with ECU upgrade, Fat bars and just the right amount of CF.
 

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Currently ride an MV Brutale 1090RR but am considering switching over to the Ducati camp primarily because of significantly better dealer support. StreetFighter appears to be a logical transition from a Brutale. What should I be trying to avoid (any particular year, engine, etc) and what mods/upgrades to look for?
I have a MV as well but an amazing MV dealer close to me. I went with a low km 1098s and have no regrets, just need to get rid of the stock exhaust.

I did do all fluids, belts, tyres and a valve check on it straight away though for peace of mind and now have a maintenance starting point on it.
 

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I have a MV as well but an amazing MV dealer close to me. I went with a low km 1098s and have no regrets, just need to get rid of the stock exhaust.

I did do all fluids, belts, tyres and a valve check on it straight away though for peace of mind and now have a maintenance starting point on it.
Problem with MV is not with a relatively weak dealer support but also with their spare parts. When my tank was being replaced by factory due to ethanol expansion, I wanted the dealer to replace in-tank fuel filter and fuel line. Filter was not an issue but the in-tank fuel line was going to be a 3 months (!) wait. This was at a great dealer on an East Coast. When I did my 7500 mile service at local California dealer, I had to pre-pay for service parts - something that any dealer should have in stock - and then wait for almost a month for the dealer to get the parts. It seems that getting any sort of part through MV parts department is a hassle. I think I'd have better luck sourcing parts for my Bimota :laugh:
 

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I have a MV as well but an amazing MV dealer close to me. I went with a low km 1098s and have no regrets, just need to get rid of the stock exhaust.

I did do all fluids, belts, tyres and a valve check on it straight away though for peace of mind and now have a maintenance starting point on it.
Problem with MV is not with a relatively weak dealer support but also with their spare parts. When my tank was being replaced by factory due to ethanol expansion, I wanted the dealer to replace in-tank fuel filter and fuel line. Filter was not an issue but the in-tank fuel line was going to be a 3 months (!) wait. This was at a great dealer on an East Coast. When I did my 7500 mile service at local California dealer, I had to pre-pay for service parts - something that any dealer should have in stock - and then wait for almost a month for the dealer to get the parts. It seems that getting any sort of part through MV parts department is a hassle. I think I'd have better luck sourcing parts for my Bimota <img src="http://www.ducati.ms/forums/images/Ducati_ms_2015/smilies/tango_face_smile_big.png" border="0" alt="" title="Laugh" class="inlineimg" />

I have never had any issues with parts, I had a quickshifter die on me, that was a 1 week wait for the part. I will never sell my MV, there is nothing like it's 3 cylinder howl at 15k rpm.
 

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BF, I am very happy for you my brother. Perhaps dealer support for MV is a different story in Australia than what is in the US. I am actually pretty lucky to have several MV authorized dealers within a driving distance. Some owners have to go to a different state!

I don't think we have roads here in Southern Cal to wind anything out to 15k rpm unless you remain in first gear... for me torque is key. I had a test ride on the Brutale 800RR before settling on a B4. B3 is a fun bike but the B4 is substantial. But hey, we all look for different things when we ride. Safe to say I will never outride any of the bikes I have... Stay safe and enjoy.
 
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