Hello all...this is my first post...At the beginning of last spring I took some advise off this website and now I'm hoping for some more. I bought a jap sport bike to build up some experience before buying a monster, I am now confident enough to move up. Yesterday I looked at a 96 m900, they are asking 7500 Canadian dollars and it's got 42,000kms. It's not at a ducati dealer but I talked to the ducati dealer about it and he said he knows the bike...He said the first owner took good care of it but this last owner was not as serious about proper maintenance. He also said it was dropped and kind of slapped back together. Looking at the bike the engine covers aren't damaged...no tank dents-only few rock chips and small scratch, the things I found questionable were some minor looking gouges on the top side of the swingarm [left side],upper front fender mounting holes cracked but seem secure, some ugly atermarket signal lights and headlight fairing as well as a missing kick stand bolt and some sort of leak at the gas tank hose fitting. The bike has been sitting since last spring so they had a bit of trouble getting it started...sounded fine to my untrained ear. The ducati dealer thinks I should stay away from this bike and consider buying a bike he's having brought in...a 2001 m900ie with only 5,000kms. My position is with the 4-5 thousand I would save gambling on the 96 I should be able to invest some down the road making any necessary repairs/improvements. Any other perspectives would be appreicated.