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Old 03-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

I'm looking to purchase my first Ducati. I'd love to get into a Monster, but I'm open to the SS and ST2 as well. Let me know what you have! I'm from western New Jersey, but I'm willing to travel if the bike is capable of surviving the ride home. Ideally, I'd like to spend the next few weeks looking, and then make a purchase at the end of this month when I have some time off.


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Old 03-05-2012, 09:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not trying to be a downer here but if you plan on riding the bike home and if its going to be a Ducati you will likley need to darn near double what you're looking to spend. If it's been serviced and looked after 6-7k is about as low as you'll find one. Even a less loved unit with some scars will attract 5k if it runs and rides. You might find one that needs 3k worth of work and will come home on a trailer for 3500.00.

Just my thoughts...and I live in Canada so maybe I am off here. Anyone else, feel free to chime in here.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ah, disagree. I paid $3,000 cash with TTL included for a 2001 Ducati Monster 600 with only 5,000 miles on it. The owner took it in every year for new belts, plugs, oil, air filters, etc.. Last year he took it in and requested new rings, decarbonizing, new base gaskets, new head gaskets, belts, valve shimming, tires, and new chain. Nobody knows why the guy wanted it all done. He paid up his $2,000 service ticket and turned around and told the sales guy, I don't ride it much and think I might want to sell it. I swooped in and grabbed it.

It's like a brand new machine for $3k. I do think that $4k is a more reasonable amount for a decent bike. If you are vigilant you will find one for less, I do all the time, however you will need to weed through the crap to find a good one.
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Oh and Evan, it would be easier if you might say how far you are willing to go to pick it up.
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Old 03-05-2012, 10:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the feedback. I know I'm not going to get a perfect bike at this price, but I'm very confident that I'll be able to find something perfectly usable. I've been searching and pre-shopping on eBay, Craigslist, etc. for about six months now, so I think I have a realistic grasp of current market prices. I turned down a $2,300 M750 a few months ago because I just wasn't ready for a purchase yet, and I just test rode a $2,000 900SS/CR that looked rough and had 36,000 miles but was in good mechanical shape, with a recent valve adjustment and belt change.

I'm really just looking for something to ride, not to show off with. With that in mind, I think I'll be able to find the right bike for my budget. Dented tanks, cracked turn signals, and torn seats are all welcome in my garage... as long as they're connected to a bike that runs!


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Old 03-22-2012, 02:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I will be listing my 1999 M750 in the coming weeks. The bike is mechanically perfect with only 13,500 miles. Has a few electrical issues. The kill-switch was re-wired to the side of the frame.

A new battery was just put in for this riding season. Just oiled the chain. The tires are in great shape. Carbs were adjusted recently.

Runs strong and gets looks every time I ride it.






Asking $3,550 OBO

Willing to work with you on price because of the electrical issue.

PM me for details. I'm in Chicago.

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Old 04-03-2012, 12:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Found one!!

Just wanted to give this thread some closure. It's a '94 M900, with 21k miles. Some little issues here and there but it's been running well so far. Thanks to everyone for the responses.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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1997 Ducati monster 900 yellow 12,700 miles from New Jersey ready to ride asking 3500.00 or b/o (908)590-3872 ask for Chris
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:17 AM   #9 (permalink)
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^ he already bought a bike back in april.
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