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Old May 23rd 2019, 07:50 PM   #1
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Having Second Thoughts

I am about to sign on the dotted line for a 2019 V4 S Corse, but after reading about the recalls, bulletins, and issues members have posted on this forum I'm having second thoughts. This will be my first Ducati.

I completely understand the growing pains associated with a relatively new model and I've tried to do as much research as possible. The main reason why I'm having second thoughts is the closest dealership with an excellent reputation is 4 hours from where I live and if I'm going run into a ton of issues it could be problematic. The distance to the dealership also explains why I haven't bought a Ducati sooner, but once I saw the V4 S Corse it was love at first sight!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old May 23rd 2019, 08:36 PM   #2
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Just do it. If this is the bike you want everything else is just going to feel like 2nd best.

Whichever bike you are also considering is also a really good bike and is probably a little more reliable, but it’s not the one that you want.

The bike may not be as reliable as the BMW or the Japanese bikes, but it’s pretty close and it’s an f-ing great bike to ride.
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Old May 23rd 2019, 08:38 PM   #3
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Sign the papers n forget about it.

These purchases are primarily an emotional purchase. Logic goes out the window for almost everyone. In this case, recalls and issues may or may not happen. It's the same for the 1199's and 1299's. Some owners have had flawless experiences and some have had lemons from day 1. You could end up with the golden v4s corse but if you don't sign, you won't know. If you're handy with tools and are able to get your wrench on, you may even be able to work on the bike yourself. Maybe not for recalls n such but still. The joys of ownership of an Italian exotic outweighs the potential problems for most, including myself even though I haven't really had any major issues......yet. Take that for what it's worth.
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Old May 23rd 2019, 08:57 PM   #4
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That's a long ride to the dealer, but honestly modern Ducati's are much more reliable than they used to be. That being said, they have "Character" and its something you will either love, or hate with a passion. Remember, on forums you hear more about problems than you do about people who are happy.

These bikes have massive fans, and there is a reason this company thrives.
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Old May 23rd 2019, 09:23 PM   #5
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I think Double0 makes a valid assessment. The bikes have a host of electrical gremlins FOR SURE. Unfortunately, Ducati never bothered to sort the 99s issues and it looks like many of them have migrated to the V4. A few of us have extensively gone through these bikes to the point of building custom harnesses and new electrical systems and have quite a bit of real data not "chat board"data. The electronic doodads are cool. The electrical systems are garbage. The components are cheap and poorly made. The system from a reliability perspective is a shit show. The mechanical hardware (fasteners) are substandard compared to the Japanese bikes. The OEM Brembo MCs are not as good as the Nissin stuff. The calipers are great. The styling is top notch. The motor so far seems good sans the same things that plagued the 99s. What do you want in a bike? If its looks, the latest electronics that you will never use a bike that is priced based on its brand not on its quality, and a dry ass raping if god forbid you need a factory part, get the Duc. If you want a bike that you can ride with confidence every day, a brand that is supportive of aftermarket efforts (relatively open architecture ) and a bike that is supported by the aftermarket parts guys for true performance parts not bolt on BS, get a ZX10R. I ride Duc's exclusively but I have the resources (frontal lobotomy) to support the frustration. Understand that all the guys on this board who rave about their rides represent a small number of the actual owners. Visit a few dealerships and see what's piled up outside the service door. If you can support the brand, get it. If you can't either financially or psychologically, get something else. I would also stay shy of the "awesome" comments from guys with 300 miles on their bikes. Bikes are for sure top of the food chain from a styling perspective and i know that is a big deal to a lot of people.
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Old May 24th 2019, 01:13 AM   #6
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Last year I was highly tempted to get a V4S, but there was just too many reliability issues for my liking. I ended up with an S1000RR and I'm very happy with my decision. I prefer to avoid annoying recalls, trips back and forth to the dealership for warranty issues, and ultimately missing riding time. If I could afford to have several bikes then I might have made room for a V4 though

I recently had a test ride on an R1, and I have to say that if I wanted a bike with more "character" than the BMW I would probably have gotten an R1M. That engine was very nice, and I loved the sound it made!
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Old May 24th 2019, 04:24 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by DukeSilver View Post
I am about to sign on the dotted line for a 2019 V4 S Corse, but after reading about the recalls, bulletins, and issues members have posted on this forum I'm having second thoughts. This will be my first Ducati.

I completely understand the growing pains associated with a relatively new model and I've tried to do as much research as possible. The main reason why I'm having second thoughts is the closest dealership with an excellent reputation is 4 hours from where I live and if I'm going run into a ton of issues it could be problematic. The distance to the dealership also explains why I haven't bought a Ducati sooner, but once I saw the V4 S Corse it was love at first sight!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Looks are skin deep..Do the research!!!
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Old May 24th 2019, 04:24 AM   #8
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I had the golden unicorn for the 1199 model. Never had issues everyone else experience, I was sad to see her go.

Now for the recalls, that is with any new first gen model vehicle. I will say, i have the 2019 V4R, and i havent received any recall on the bike yet (i have only had it a few months so far), but I am more than willing to deal with recalls when they come up. Its more of issues that are not recalls but more due to manufacture ignorance, that I cant stand. But again, no issues with the 2013 1199, maybe they worked them all out on the 2012 model, or the people who built my bike that Wednesday were just having a great day

In short, get the bike, enjoy it, and love it for everything it is
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Old May 24th 2019, 04:42 AM   #9
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I would not own a bike where the closest dealer was four hours away. Even if you have a truck to get it there or ride it, that’s too much time. I had a KTM RC8R and I was two hours from a dealer, and it needed warranty work. I got it done but I had to bug friends to follow me up take me home, and when it was ready take me back. Too much running around.
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Originally Posted by DCPanni View Post
I would not own a bike where the closest dealer was four hours away. Even if you have a truck to get it there or ride it, thatís too much time. I had a KTM RC8R and I was two hours from a dealer, and it needed warranty work. I got it done but I had to bug friends to follow me up take me home, and when it was ready take me back. Too much running around.
Agree 100%, regardless of brand. Unless the bike is being purchased as an
investment/collection and will see minimal miles.
My local dealer closed a couple of years ago and the nearest is either a 3 hr
round trip, or across the border in another country. It has pushed me into
dropping dealer service completely, though I have got to know my Ducatis
much better.
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