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Old May 24th 2019, 02:34 PM   #1
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Questions about Ducati Supersport

Hello! New to the forum and was considering a Ducati Supersport but am very concerned about maintenance and reliability. This bike would be ridden everyday as my daily and I canít afford to have it done all the time.

Iím also wondering as to what I can do to the bike without voiding the warranty, like would adding the Akra full system, a air filter, pcv, and a tune void the warranty?

What has been the cost of ownership for this bike, and can I change my own oil without voiding the warranty? I saw people saying 150$ USD for oil change and that sounded crazy


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Old May 25th 2019, 03:49 PM   #2
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Bump, If someone could at the very least give some idea as to the reliability I would appreciate it, Iíve generally not heard good things about their reliability rate, not bashing Ducati in the slightest to be completely clear, they are gorgeous, amazing bikes, but I need something that isnít going to be down all the time. I live in FL so Itís riding weather all year round


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Old May 25th 2019, 05:07 PM   #3
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If it was notorious for problems, no one would buy one and the brand would not be in business. Does that mean the brand is flawless? No. Will you have issues? Only one way to find out. If it's appealing enough for you, you'll buy it. Otherwise, don't bother and find something else that you believe is less problematic. There is no problem free brand. If a motorcycle is your only form of transportation, then you're already off to a bad start. If you have a car but choose to ride, then clearly you can afford to possibly run into issues with a bike, especially if you're talkin about expensive aftermarket parts like an exhaust.

If a shop is only gonna charge you 150 for an oil change, that's a great price. Materials alone will cost you 70-100 depending on what kinda oil you choose. Warranties will only be voided if you have a problem with the bike that was caused by a part that didn't come on the bike from the factory. If you're considering aftermarket "engine performance mods" then you need to be willing to sacrifice the possibility of losing your warranty if it's that much of a concern. This ultimately depends on dealership relationship. You gotta pay to play.
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get a ninja300. i think that's what you need based on your comment above.
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i think you might be overthinking it when you're talking about the supersport. there's nothing really about that bike that screams maintenance or reliability issues. you're not going to void the warranty for something you really need unless you tear the bike apart. and the bike is not going to have to be put down unless you rip it and mistreat it and neglect it; it's not that kind of bike. buy and don't worry about it, two or three years later will come quick and you'll be on your own to do whatever you want with it which isn't much.
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I'd agree with all the above. These are pretty decent bikes. The Supersport uses the Testastretta motor, which is a pretty solid engine that Ducati has had for a while. I can do an oil change for 80 bucks on my Multi with Motul 300v. It can be done cheaper with Castrol, which is still a good motor oil.
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You didn't say what year or generation of Supersport so I have no idea what you're specifically asking about but I have one and it's awesome, reliable, and I love it very much. I use it for touring.
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Old May 26th 2019, 09:36 AM   #8
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You didn't say what year or generation of Supersport so I have no idea what you're specifically asking about but I have one and it's awesome, reliable, and I love it very much. I use it for touring.
has to be a 2017, 2018, or 2019 since those are the only supersports with possibly a warranty. before that, i got the last model year of the supersport which was 2007.

*my years might be off by a year or two
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If it was notorious for problems, no one would buy one and the brand would not be in business. Does that mean the brand is flawless? No. Will you have issues? Only one way to find out. If it's appealing enough for you, you'll buy it. Otherwise, don't bother and find something else that you believe is less problematic. There is no problem free brand. If a motorcycle is your only form of transportation, then you're already off to a bad start. If you have a car but choose to ride, then clearly you can afford to possibly run into issues with a bike, especially if you're talkin about expensive aftermarket parts like an exhaust.

If a shop is only gonna charge you 150 for an oil change, that's a great price. Materials alone will cost you 70-100 depending on what kinda oil you choose. Warranties will only be voided if you have a problem with the bike that was caused by a part that didn't come on the bike from the factory. If you're considering aftermarket "engine performance mods" then you need to be willing to sacrifice the possibility of losing your warranty if it's that much of a concern. This ultimately depends on dealership relationship. You gotta pay to play.


150 is just high to me because I always do my own oil changes. I do have a car, just choose to use it as little as possible. As for no problem free brand thatís true but from everything Iíve heard Ducati is more problem prone then a competing Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, it Suzuki. The Supersport is gorgeous though and is being considered for my next bike because it ticks all the boxes.


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get a ninja300. i think that's what you need based on your comment above.


What about my comment lead you to believe I need a Ninja 300? Iím not entirely sure how you meant that so Iím not gonna be a douche, but a 300 in no way would fit the bill. Also, if Iím on here asking about a 110Hp bike with 98Nm of torque, why would you suggest a ninja 300, being that itís polar opposite? If your assuming that this will be my first bike your flat out wrong, this would be my 3rd bike. I still have a lot to learn of course, but Iím not some freshly licensed squid.

The main reason Iím looking at this bike is it seems like it does everything a vfr800 does just better. But if your sitting here trying to be condescending, well, maybe you should hop on your bike and ride it into a wall ^.^ if your not being condescending and legitimately thought that I was a brand new motorcyclist, ignore the above sentence and I understand where your coming from.

Donít you just love how text doesnít convey body language or tone? ^.^


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