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Old 21st November 2017, 09:44 PM   #1
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Thinking of getting an 848 and just wondering if anyone has experience with them?

What are they like for getting parts?
Is there a good Ducati UK forum?
I'm coming from a triumph so not to bothered about reliability but are there any things to watch out for?

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Old 23rd November 2017, 06:09 PM   #2
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I have a 1198s, my brother had a 1098s and a work mate has a 848 evo track bike.

They are beautiful bits of kit and the best handling bikes iv ever ridden. Plus whenever you go out, its a real sense of occasion.

They are super slim but have good leg room - im 6'2 and find it more comfortable than a fireblade for example. Very nimble feeling.

Parts are no issue, can be pricey but easy to get hold off. Some very good dealers and independent specialists scattered around the UK.

Buy the best you can afford, but basically headlights can suffer water ingress and mist up, as can the dash. Make sure it has FSH with the belts and valve clearances upto date. Try and get one in standard trim and buy the add-ons yourself if wanted.

No real issues, battery cables are a bit flimsy but upgrades are 100, clutch sprags wear, batterys take a beating so worth upgrading to lithium.
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Old 23rd November 2017, 08:14 PM   #3
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I've got a lovely '02 996 (Same year as my E46 M3)

Had it for 7+ years and I'm the second owner (also like my M3).

Here is the forum I use - https://www.ducatiforum.co.uk/

Have always used these guys for service - http://www.ducatiproteam.co.uk/

A bit far for you I guess, but they are great!

Agree with other sentiment, every time I start it - it's an occasion.

Way faster bikes out there, but it's what makes me happy (also like my M3)
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Old 23rd November 2017, 08:55 PM   #4
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Cheers great info, will look into doing some preventative maintenance. Been stuck high and dry before and its not much fun...

That's good parts are easy to get, I thought it might be a pain.

Nice one davenwalk, the 996 is the bike that I remember as a kid and what got me interested in bikes!

I've found the best one I can for a bit over budget but think its worth it. Don't think the guy really wants to let it go.

Are buyers very fussy about maintenance? I'm handy with a spanner and its coming with a workshop manual so plan to do it myself. I like to think it will be a keeper but I've said that about a few cars in the past
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My mates just had a 1299 panigale S.

Errrrmmmm it's frickin awesome!
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Old 30th November 2017, 03:13 PM   #6
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Old 30th November 2017, 07:12 PM   #7
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My mates just had a 1299 panigale S.

Errrrmmmm it's frickin awesome!
I'm toying with the idea of getting one of these also. I've loved all models and shapes since the 916... Started off hating the 999 but even that's grown on me in recent years. Beautiful works of art. I'd have them all over my house just to look at if I could.

That's a lovely 848 keeping it standard or planning anything?
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Old 30th November 2017, 10:07 PM   #8
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Well....carbon lower fairings, carbon mud guard, some sort of hidden crash protection, termi, akra or toce exhaust. Maybe electronic gear indicator. Quite fancy going gold wheels with some white decals on the front fairing and rear seat cover but will see.
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Hi OP, welcome to the Duke Club. Nice bike the 848, almost sounds as good as mine!
Actually l just wanted to mention that Ducati Proteam do a collection/delivery service. Talk to Alec, he runs the place, he is very knowledgeable about Dukes and reasonable, cost wise.
Otherwise enjoy the experience.
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Nice looking example that. A mate of mine has one and had promised me a ride when the weather picks up. It will give me a good chance to compare to my own baby, shown below in pre winter project guise!

20170709_161131 by Matt Bly, on Flickr
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Looks amazing, love the side exit exhaust on the panigale! Just a bit out of budget at the moment

What frame sliders are you using? Been having a look but can't decide if under fairing ones are better.
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Looks amazing, love the side exit exhaust on the panigale! Just a bit out of budget at the moment

What frame sliders are you using? Been having a look but can't decide if under fairing ones are better.
I've got the r and g crash bungs on. They're quite substantial and involve several brackets bolted to the engine and through the rear of the bike as the panigale has no real frame like most bikes. They took about 5 hrs to fit!

I also have fork sliders and carbon / Kevlar tank sliders. I learnt the hard way though as before fitting, I had a small off at rockingham! It's not all bad though - that's what triggered the addition of a few Carbon trinkets!

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The rear tyre on that Panigale looks as though it's been ridden properly!
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Old 11th December 2017, 08:41 PM   #14
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The rear tyre on that Panigale looks as though it's been ridden properly!
I would expect less chicken strips after a track day

Dukes do look hot but would get stolen around where I live and they can't pivot in their side stands.

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Old 11th December 2017, 11:08 PM   #15
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The rear tyre on that Panigale looks as though it's been ridden properly!
Properly can be subjective - it's been shown a few steady corners

https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/685SKa

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