I've solicited many
opinions on getting into a new Ducati 696, my first bike in decades, and am coming to a crossroads. I am having some reservations on spending full pop on a relatively expensive new bike, when I could get into a similar type (Suzuki SV650) for 1/3 the cost. My desire sits squarely with a new 696 (which I can't get out of my mind) and I can't wait to demo one once I get my endorsement back. Until then, I expect to test the SV650 and compare the thrill factor against the Ducati in a couple of weeks. Something is eating at my mind though, the required maintenance costs.
With new machines, I trust the dealer to perform the required
maintenance so I keep my warranty unquestionably intact. I also trust the shop I am considering to have well-trained factory mechanics. I read the new
696 has a more affordable service interval, but what am I really
looking at? Can anyone outline the true expenses for me here? I may be comfortable performing a few minor adjustments myself, but will leave most of it for the dealer. I just want to be sure that if I go and purchase an expensive bike, it doesn't soak me later with the upkeep. Note: I won't be hammering this bike like I imagine most of the riders/readers here do, so I don't expect I'll need tires and every week