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Ducati 916 bp why I bought one and covered 37,000 miles

If you have ever thought of buying a Ducati and are put off by some stories or talk on the net about reliability, electrics, servicing. Have a read of my guide and my
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to see what the ownership of a Ducati 916 bp since 2006 has been for me. I hope I can help you if you are making a decision to buy one. I have 49000 miles on the clock in 2015. When I bought the bike it had only 12000 miles.
There are lots of good forums and also Ducati and their main website has information to help. I registered my 916 with them and am a member.

Here are some of the facts about a 916
I bought the Ducati 916 biposto and have a blog detailing the time I have owned the bike. I always get so many comments .  It always draws attention and admiring looks and I feel it still can hold its head up with new models. I like the look of the front, the fairing and its twin lights. The sound of the termis and its handling. It helps to have so much race history and to see so much success on the track. Carl Fogarty found fame from this bike with some trick pieces and a tuned engine.

On the road it picks up so quickly and is light and slim. When driving in traffic it is easy to fit between cars. I have not hit the mirrors of cars compared to some bikes I have owned. I recently checked the mpg and achieved 142 miles with 13 litres of petrol. 49mpg. On a international run from the UK to Italy, on the motorway it returned 70mpg.

My first job was cleaning bikes at 15 and when I left school started life as a motorcycle mechanic. My bikes over 30 years have all been Japanese bikes until this Ducati. From hearing so many bad things about Italian bikes give me some time…

The electrics are crap:
Ducati have Japanese designed electrics and my bike has only let me down once, a flat yuasa battery caused by the regulator rectifier failing. I replaced it with a friends Suzuki tl1000 regulator rectifier and it has been starting every day since. 32,500 miles so far. I have fitted a mosfat regulator rectifer since. Have a look at my blog ducati 916 why i bought one on wordpress for more details.

It lives outside and starts each time with a push on the button.

Maintenance and servicing parts are high:

I have carried out all my own servicing so cant agree. Parts are reasonable with other manufactures. Air filters are foam and just need cleaning. Oil filter is easily accessible and changed. Only two Plugs to change. The petrol tank is only held by one screw and disconnected with push on petrol pipes and a breather. Cam belts could be expensive but with so many sites and forums, this can be carried out. So much information out there on how to fix.

It will always break down:

I have used it in all weathers and have notched up over 23,000 trouble free miles in three years. I did have to stop in Clapham once when the clutch stopped working, as a dry clutch I was able to remove the allen screws holding the cover, tighten up the nut on the basket that had come loose and carry on the journey.

Some features I did not know:

With adverse weather and high winds, a gust of wind lifted the cover like a parachute pulling the bike opposite to the side stand, smashing to the ground. The fairing scratched and the mirror flew off. The bolt that holds the mirrors is a brass shape with a thin necked head. This is made this way so when there is pressure on the bolt the head sheers keeping the mirrors in one piece. I don’t know of any other bike that has that.

If you need to jump-start the bike. The positive lead of the battery is visible from the fairing, it is so easily connected to jump leads.

Removing parts can be carried out easily.

It has a single sided swing arm and a wheel that can be removed with one nut. Front mudguard is held on with only 4 bolts to plastic clips.

It takes only 10 zuess clips to remove the fairings. Both sides can be removed. The front fairing is held on with only 4 screws.

To remove the rear seat there are two rubber clips and one light connector to remove the seat off the bike.

 It still makes me smile when I go out for a ride and having read most reviews think the most relevant comment is
“its a race bike with lights”.
What more can I say.
vinnychoff

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