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New here...new to Ducatis, but not riding and will get right to brass tacks... A neighbor was moving so I picked up a 2001 Ducati 748S for $1800. Seems in decent condition. I am looking forward to bringing it back to stock with a modest upgrade here and there. I have already sought and found and purchased red,OEM bodywork which wasn't cheap. Here's my first of what may seem like ridiculously novice Ducati questions: the bike has an exhaust from an MV Augusta F4, and although neat looking, can the bike ever run optimally with this setup or is it a futile endeavor? Should I be putting a standard twin can setup? Cheers!
 

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Sounds like you got that bike for a steal of a price ...Dont know if its just on mobile, but the photos dont seem to be displaying? You might want to recheck how they were uploaded.
 

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You are probably not doing anything wrong, the site is goofed up again.

Good steal on the bike.
 

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New here...new to Ducatis, but not riding and will get right to brass tacks... A neighbor was moving so I picked up a 2001 Ducati 748S for $1800. Seems in decent condition. I am looking forward to bringing it back to stock with a modest upgrade here and there. I have already sought and found and purchased red,OEM bodywork which wasn't cheap. Here's my first of what may seem like ridiculously novice Ducati questions: the bike has an exhaust from an MV Augusta F4, and although neat looking, can the bike ever run optimally with this setup or is it a futile endeavor? Should I be putting a standard twin can setup? Cheers!
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That’s a good looking bike! Not my colors but it don’t look bad at all!!! That exhaust is kinda cool also. Again not my thing but a nice custom mod not doing the typical Termi, FBF, or Arrow!
 

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You got that for only1800?? Was that the down payment??

Goodness I was expecting much worst condition at that price. And that exhaust mod is really cool looking, if it's still running smooth I say keep it at it is!
 

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The exhaust and fairings are a travesty, but it sounds like you've already solved the fairings with OEM red. Used Termi or Arrow slipons aren't all that much. Hey, maybe one of the admirers wants to buy the exhaust or lovely green plastics/tank which will help you defray your costs.

If you're somewhat handy, do the fluids and nuts & bolt stuff yourself. If you can find a good shop who will charge actual time instead of "book labor", strip off all the fairings, tank, battery, and belt covers and bring them the naked bike for BELTS AND VALVE ADJUSTMENT ONLY (though you may run into having to replace a couple rockers as well). These bikes are actually pretty simple to work on, so don't pay someone $100/hour to take parts off the bike or adjust a chain.

One other thing that may not be obvious but you should do, however, is replace the tank's internal fuel lines and filter. Parts aren't that much, though getting the mounting plate back on with a new O-ring is a bit of a pain in the ass. While you're at it, I highly recommend upgrading to quick disconnect fuel lines. The bigger bikes usually had them but not most 748s. So nice to be able to remove a fuel tank without leaking everywhere.

Congrats and good luck!
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys. Nine 16...I agree, as much as I think the MV, four, thin silencers look really cool, it's not what a Ducati should look like. Same for the color. Someone put some time and money into the paint, but I cannot live with it. Although green, there are no cracks and the bodywork is in great shape. I was fortunate enough to find a gentleman in the Bay area who sold me an entire set of like new ,red ,OEM plastics. After I establish myself here, I will definitely let all of the green stuff go. I appreciate the feedback from you guys! Cheers!
 

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The exhaust and fairings are a travesty, but it sounds like you've already solved the fairings with OEM red. Used Termi or Arrow slipons aren't all that much. Hey, maybe one of the admirers wants to buy the exhaust or lovely green plastics/tank which will help you defray your costs.
Haha, touché :D

Seriously those fairings look horrible and the exhaust isn't much better.
 
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