I recently sold my Duc 999, ending my 3 season duc ownership and thought I'd briefly share my experience for those considering buying one of these machines.
This duc was the reason I got into riding, since starting lessons about 4 years back I knew I wanted this bike. I moved up to it from an 05 gixxer, and loved it. Its a beautiful bike and I thoroughly enjoyed my ownership of it. I was lucky and didn't have any mechanical issues, my issues were limited to a few electrical gremlins and temperamental startups, nothing to cry about though. The fit and finish was beautiful and the confidence this machine inspired was amazing. However I eventually realized it wasn't right for me. Here are my thoughts on duc ownership:
+ Beautiful bike, eye-catching unique styling
+ Awesome fit and finish
+ Definitely confidence inspiring, awesome carving
+ The "Ducati" image, especially thanks to portrayal in current media. If money flashing's your thing a duc is for you. Most non-riders don't know what these bikes are worth and associate them with the same level as italian sportscars, I've actually had people think I paid $60k for this thing, no joke.
- Temperamental. It's like its got a mind of its own.
- Dealer costs are ridiculous, although I've been lucky and haven't suffered any mechanical issues. Service costs, tuneups, and regular maintenance are still hefty though
- Absolutely horrible ride. OK, yes its a performance bike meant to go around the track, and when you get on it for 30 mins it carves like no other. But the bike absolutely fails at road trips or anything longer than 30 min, its just not meant for that.
- Waste around town, always slipping 1st with the occasional 2nd. This is probably the biggest one; its a beautiful bike and a beautiful ride, but a pain in the ass around town, to a point that it saddens you you cant just rip it...if you know what I mean.
- No-one waves and everyone treats you like you're a self-indulged rich asshole
Sold the Duc and but bought a ride I've been wanting since I rode it in Spain a few years back...an 06 gixxer 600. OK its no duc, it doesn't have the same fit and finish, feel, and you see it everywhere but honestly I just took this thing out for a quick first rip around Ioco the other day and haven't had this much fun with the Duc in a while. I actually got to shift which was a nice change, and the ride was good fun and quite comfortable - can't wait to take this thing out on a road trip. In conclusion, to each their own. I miss the Duc and may buy another one some day, but purely as a second bike for nothing more than an occasional rip. For higher km road tripping and everyday riding (which is what I really enjoy about riding) I'm sticking with the jap 600.
Safe riding everyone,