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I've never before aspired to own a Ducati. I briefly looked at the smallest Monster about three years ago, but decided that it probably wasn't for me. In fact, until I took my demo ride just over a week ago I'd never even ridden a Ducati. It was this particular bike that reeled me in. Of course, Ducati's marketing calls it a Scrambler first and a Ducati second anyway ...


So, I was just curious. How many of the people on this forum do think of themselves as a "Ducati kind of person" and how many are uniquely interested by this bike?
 

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I really love their SBK however, after a couple of supersport (honda cbr and yamaha R6) I realized these bikes can only be enjoid on tracks..... I've been twice in Ducati Riding Experience (pict in my gallery) and there's no place to really enjoy (almost safely) these bikes except the tracks.

furhtermore, none of them can really accomodate my wife, except the Multistrada, but I don't like the final drive by chain due to the maintanance she needs every 500/1000 km (we do in just a week end) so, after the sport bikes I've finally approached BMWs therefore Scrambler will stay aside my RT; I think Scrambler is my way to approch dirty roads and some transfers to reach them, definitely "unconventional ducati"
 

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JET like you I played with the idea of buyibg a Monster in the past. Being Italian I have always felt a pull to the brand. Now havibg ordered a scrambler I finally feel I have got a bike I will be proud to own indefinitely. I feel the 2015 scrambler was developed just for me and that tells me I have made the perfect choice for myself. May be my one and only Ducati but will be with me to the end... :)
 

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The Scrambler will be the 10th Ducati i buy new.
I will have it beside my SF1098 and my 1973 750Sport.
I dont care about Jap Bikes,love the italian design and the V2.
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This will be my second Ducati after an ST3 I had a few years ago. I've loved Ducati's designs since the 916. Much like Idaka I don't care for the same ole same ole that comes out of Japan, I'm strictly a European bikes man these days.


Ducati and BMW in particular are constantly pushing the barriers with new designs, Triumph follows wherever BMW go, the smaller boutique designers like MV make stunning looking bikes with great engines too. My problem with Japan is that while their bikes are undoubtedly reliable to me they've become too predictable.


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If I choose to get a Scrambler it will be my second, the first being a used 2004 ST4S ABS. Incredible machines these Ducatis. Top 5 of my 11 street bikes. Too fast for the street without letting it run on the track once in a while (jmo). All the others are just to much of a stretch for me (literally) as I'm not a big guy and like to ride distance. #1 for sound, no other machine of any kind makes music in my head like a Ducati. I've had 26 motorcycles total, the other 15 being dirt only. The Adventure bikes are rideable but again to much of a stretch in a different direction. The BMW GSs have catered to shorter folks as of late, but my finances (and other things) have shied me away. My current ride, a 2009 Moto Guzzi Norge, is a very good bike in my top 5 street bikes. The Srambler? Just looks to be crazy fun! Am I a Ducati guy? I'd prefer to be referenced to as a rider as I like them all, even HD, although I haven't been able to bring myself to buy one. Big huge lottery money would be my only cure. With that (huge lottery money) I would always have a Ducati, I have a huge appreciation for them.

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I'm not at all in the motorcycle community, so to be honest I don't know what a Ducati type of person is. In the mid-late 1990's my friend got a yellow Ducati 748, and I fell in love with two things: how it looked and how it sounded. At this time the only motorcycle I had ever ridden was a 100cc enduro for 1 full summer during 8th grade. I lived in a very rural area and just zipped all over the gravel roads and local "trails" through people's woods (completely illegall, but knew the local cops and they'd just wave at you). About a year or 2 after my friend got his 748, another friend got a yellow Monster M750. I loved the look of that even more, and he offered to let me ride it. I took it for a spin around the block (the first time I'd ever ridden a street bike) and was in love.

I didn't get a bike myself until about 5 years later, and I picked a Triumph Bonneville America because I thought I wanted a relaxing cruiser style bike. I rode it for 2 years and sold it in 2006. The Scrambler will be my first bike since then, but it's a yellow Ducati, so I'm pretty excited. ;)

I've never bought a motorcycle magazine, hung out with people that ride, or frequented any motorcycle forum other than the Scrambler forums I read now, and triumphrat.net back when I had my Triumph. So, that's what I mean when I have no idea what type of person is a Ducati person, all I know is that I've wanted one for about 15-20 years, and now I'm finally getting one.
 

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I'm not at all in the motorcycle community, so to be honest I don't know what a Ducati type of person is.
Its easy: Real Ducati people always have a big grin in their face when they talk about their bike.:D;)
 
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Question - is it true that the valve adjustment for this bike will be at every 7000 miles and cost a $1000 each time?

I always liked the idea of a Ducati but could never see myself owning one until now! Though, that also depends on the servicing costs.
NO. There's a valve inspection every 7500, to see if they need adjusting. Actual adjustments are actually not often required. You DO need to replace the timing belts every 15,000 miles or 5 years. That, along with valve adjustment is $700-$1,000. A valve inspection, along with oil change, should be under $300.
 

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I was born in '62, started out on a Honda SL70 and put a bunch of miles on BMW airheads back in the day. I continue to be drawn to the "standard" style naked bikes, I can't warm up to the funky angles and beaks I see on most bikes these days regardless of their specs. I'd be ape over the Yamaha FZ-07 if only it came with SR400 looks. I've never considered myself a Ducati person, except I've thought I'd like to try a GT1000 and maybe a Monster if I could relax the seating position a bit. The Scrambler looks like just the ticket to me.


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Question - is it true that the valve adjustment for this bike will be at every 7000 miles and cost a $1000 each time?

I always liked the idea of a Ducati but could never see myself owning one until now! Though, that also depends on the servicing costs.


NO. There's a valve inspection every 7500, to see if they need adjusting. Actual adjustments are actually not often required. You DO need to replace the timing belts every 15,000 miles or 5 years. That, along with valve adjustment is $700-$1,000. A valve inspection, along with oil change, should be under $300.
Today is the first I've discovered about the valve adjustment intervals and cost. I'm wondering if it is more common that they don't need adjusting each 7500 miles or if that is wishful thinking. It does concern me about costly $1000 service bills being too frequent since I'm a daily rider. And I prefer to have professionals perform maintenance for me. As a street rider I tend to ride hard. I don't ride dirt although I was looking forward to. I'm wondering if my street riding style is more or less of a concern on needing valve adjustments every 7500 miles. This is bummer news to me and is making me 2nd guess the purchase. Or has me thinking maybe waiting awhile until there are more rider reports from owners after accruing 7500 miles. Or dare I say wait for the 2016 model. Just thinking out loud here. Mulling over information on the ducati scrambler as I discover it.
 

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I hope I keep this one that long to find out. I keep getting a new bike around every 4000-5000 miles. Somebody help me!
I think I over reacted earlier when I read the valve adjustment service schedule.

I still want it.

And I hear you, I'm now selling the Bonnie I got last year to get this bike. I can be so bike fickle! I also need help :)
 

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funny! I had a bonnie, you can see it in my profile pic. Then I watched the long way down and the long way around movies and had to get an adventure bike. the tiger. did that and sold that last month to get the scrambler. geez, I'm so transparent!
 

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When I was a kid, I was a dirt bike freak. My first bike was a Yamaha YZ80. Loved that bike, road it into the ground. I started riding my friend's Japanese road bikes when I got my license at 15. When I started making some $$, I fell into the Harley crowd. I owned two custom HD Low Riders. I was into it big time. But the novelty wore off a bit when Harley's became mainstream. Then I gave up motorcycles once I became a father and my wife began her battle with breast cancer (which she beat into submission, thank God). My boys are 11 and 13 now, and my wife is healthy. So I'm back in the game. I too looked at Monsters but was intrigued by older, custom enduros and scramblers. Then I saw the Ducati Scrambler and knew it was for me at first sight. I see the DS as a mix between my first dirt bike and road bikes. And oh yeah, I'm an Italian-American, so....
 

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I like upright bikes. I don't really care what I'm riding so long as it's comfortable and fun to ride. I sold a TW200 last fall when the Scrambler was being talked about. I want something about the same size, but with more power. All of the adventure bikes made currently sit too high off of the ground for all the street riding I'll be doing. And something like an Ossa Explorer isn't made to be used on the highway. I have liked riding my former 1970s 2 stroke enduros, but just want something new and enjoyable.

Low slung, low center of gravity, wide handlebars. That's where it's at for me. I've never really thought much about having any Ducatis in the past other than cheap, used Monsters. I had a Speed Triple, but flew too close to the sun with all that power and the police reminded me that you can actually go to jail for doing 'speed limit triple.'

I am anxious to hike a leg over one of these bikes to see if it is what I think it is.
 
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