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Appreciate the feedback Chuck, but... The Norge is up on the ST by 100+ lbs. ,and, having had a Stelvio, I just really don't like that motor. It sounds like a bucket of rocks and runs like crap out of the box. Guzzidiag etc. be damned (sorry Pete Roper et.al.). I just don't have the patience nor the aptitude for such, nor do I think it should be necessary.
Just curious , did you read what I actually wrote ? Dusty
Sure did and you are stating that Japanese bikes are less expensive to maintain than a Ducati because there are more people who maintain/work on them. "There are more dealers and independent mechanics who are familiar with the Japanese brands than with Ducati"
Are you disagreeing with that ? The OP wants a fiddle free motorbike , if I understand him . Hard to beat a Japanese product for fiddle free .
And... every time you take a bike to a Ducati dealership it's $400. Plus whatever might be wrong at $125 an hour. At least that's the way it is around here. *Not* that there's anything wrong with that. You just have to be aware of what you are getting in to. Can you service that ST2 yourself? Absolutely, as long as you have access to the shim kit. How about that new Duck? No.
On the shim kits. The air cooled two valve kits are about 150 bucks....I checked the clearance on my 96 900 and it was good as is...And why can't a skilled hobbyist work on his new Ducati? Can't buy timing belts or shims if they are needed?
Dawns that maybe I am the only WG'er who has seen your 916 Leroy . Got a pic to show these guys ? Cool bike . Dusty
Good points - the ST2s and early ST4/ST4s had a fairly aggressive seating position. They needed bar risers and a better seat to be acceptable. Did that to mine and it was fine. ST3s and later ST4S, 2004+ have the ergos sorted but i think the seats are still junk. i bought a Sargent ($450) for mine and it was great.
I said you could work on the ST2. Your 96 is a walk in the park, too. The new ones? Electronic everything, including suspension. I'm willing to be corrected, but I'll bet Ducati diag won't do that stuff. <shrug>
Well this would be a valid point if Ducati was the only manufacturer that was producing motorcycles with "electronic everything" but they are not.
Not going to have to twist my arm to show her off Dusty...
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