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Old 05-11-2013, 06:02 AM   #59236
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It's brand new and already had to get hauled away by truck, that's all you need to know right there!!!!
Race bikes go faster so that they can make it back to the maintenance garage first.



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Old 05-11-2013, 07:11 AM   #59237
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It's brand new and already had to get hauled away by truck, that's all you need to know right there!!!!
I drove down to Virginia to get it for a customer, the valve check interval has improved, close to 20,000 if I recall. They're only expensive if you can't do the work yourself.
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Old 05-11-2013, 07:21 AM   #59238
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What's the maintenance on them like? The 696 was recommended to us as a good bike for the wife, but I've heard the maintenance schedule on Ducatis has been brutally expensive.
Don't believe everything you read about Ducati being unreliable or maintenance intensive. My Monster was just as reliable as any other bike I've had over the years.

The 696 is air cooled so getting to the valves once in a while is fairly straight forward. I think they recommend checking valves every 7,500 miles on those. Belts need to be changed every 15,000.

Ducati dealers will charge a premium to do the work so most people do their own service on them or find an independent service shop.

My recommendation, get one, you will love it.
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:34 AM   #59239
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I rode in the rain, but only my hands got wet. I need to invest in some summer-weight waterproof gloves.
Tried to squeeze in a quick run at the farm - helluva time getting back out across the creek and broken drain tiles. Thoroughly soaked by the time I worked through.

I keep I some MSR Windbreakers I got cheap in the tankbag - they're great for cold mornings , ok for rain. Not waterproof - until yesterday, at worst hands get a bit damp, as long as I tuck them under the cuffs. Yesterday, I swapped them out once the rain got bad, forgot my jacket, just had a Jersey/Pressure Suit on - worthless - water ran down arms into gloves. Guess I don't ride fast enough.

MSRs have cured tearing the hands outta MX glove is a few rides wet, so that's good. Grips pretty well too. Curious what people wear/recommend tho.



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Old 05-11-2013, 09:56 AM   #59240
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I sat on it today. Damn, that's a big bike. I'd hate to have to pick it up.
Imagine dragging it up a mountainside!
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:21 AM   #59241
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Old 05-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #59242
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I've had a few Amish boys give the signal ....
Tapping their foot against yours under the stall?
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:43 PM   #59243
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:45 PM   #59244
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Imagine dragging it up a mountainside!
Dave 1150 (formerly 950) used to ride his ADV on single track with the cavemen all the time. Quickdraw did it on a GS1200. I'd say something about the 950SE but I know everyone would just say it's a regular dirt bike to someone my size.
Point is 990 ADV will go there and many have done it.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:02 PM   #59245
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I'm in Troy taking the Basic Rider Course - 2. As expected, I'm the only dual sport.



It's been a rough morning. Two students got dis-enrolled for not having registration paperwork and another dropped out after crashing his Triumph Speed Triple in a second gear straight-line emergency braking exercise.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:36 PM   #59246
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I'm in Troy taking the Basic Rider Course - 2. As expected, I'm the only dual sport.


It's been a rough morning. Two students got dis-enrolled for not having registration paperwork and another dropped out after crashing his Triumph Speed Triple in a second gear straight-line emergency braking exercise.
Using your own bike for the basic course?
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:46 PM   #59247
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Using your own bike for the basic course?
This is BRC-2, so your own bike is mandatory. I'm finding that the snatchy on/off throttle in first gear on the WRR makes it a bit tricky to do the low speed maneuvers. Second is better, but I'm lugging the engine behind the cruisers.

Here's the Triumph that went down. Note the damage to the bar end, slider, and shifter peg.

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Old 05-11-2013, 05:23 PM   #59248
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Hey Army,
How is the BRC-2 course? I'm taking the first BRC course this weekend and as a new rider I am finding it very helpful. I'm looking forward to day 2 tomorrow.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:29 PM   #59249
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Hey Army,
How is the BRC-2 course? I'm taking the first BRC course this weekend and as a new rider I am finding it very helpful. I'm looking forward to day 2 tomorrow.
Dual sports next weekend?
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:30 PM   #59250
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I'm in Troy taking the Basic Rider Course - 2. As expected, I'm the only dual sport.



It's been a rough morning. Two students got dis-enrolled for not having registration paperwork and another dropped out after crashing his Triumph Speed Triple in a second gear straight-line emergency braking exercise.


Hey Joe, I'm over in Indiana this weekend.
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