1997 Ducati 748 from United Kingdom


Flabbergasting sexy fantastic and more sexxxxxxy


Had the wires from alternator burn out and stopped charging the battery, easy fix though!

Was blowing coolant out of the water tank under the fuel tank, but was over filled by 1 millimeter of water? Very precise level or it looks like a head gasket gone! Be warned LOL.

Apart from that, nothing in 7000 miles, never misses a beat.. EVER...? Very reliable bike...

General Comments:

Turns more heads than a naked blonde... handles like a dream and the brakes are amazing, stops so much better than my GSXR750WP...

Left a CBR1100RR standing over the mountains last month, nothing keeps up with it in the twisty bits.. NOTHING ON EARTH...

Every Japanese bike owner hates you when you have one, because they're so much more exotic than a Japanese bike.

And servicing is cheap as hell now; belts, oil and filter was £80 last month at a local bike shop... cool as...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2008

2002 Ducati 748 from Canada


You must own one before you die


The master cylinder for the front brakes went, and there is no rebuild kit from Brembo. You have to buy the entire replacement. A radial model is available, but I already had Pazzo adjustable levers, which are not compatible, so I simply ordered a stock replacement. It was $200, and included only the master cylinder. You have to pay extra if you need a new brake switch, and have to use all the other old associated parts. It took 4 weeks to get from Ducati, so I assume it was delivered via donkey from the hills in Sicily and then by ocean-going freighter.

General Comments:

You don't ride this motorcycle; it rides you. All I need to do is simply THINK, and the motorcycle will do exactly what you want it to. Never in my life have I ridden such an incredible-handling bike. Without telling you to ride one, no further overall comments are possible.

Maintenance: Let's just say if you can afford to buy a Ducati, you must be able to afford to fix one. I would say approximately $1 spent = 1km ridden. Thank goodness the valve maintenance is only required once every two years or so. While you're at it, replace the rocker arms. The chrome has been known to flake off, and they will wear to where adjustment becomes impossible.

Comfort: Apparently, there is no Italian word for this. The seat is basically a pizza box, and the rearsets make you look like a dog in heat trying to get it on with a football. The clipons ensure that you continually fear vaulting over the handlebars. Ladies & gentlemen, this bike was built with one sole purpose, and that's just what it does - TO RACE.

Looks: this particular model is perhaps the most stunning motorcycle ever built. I'm partial to yellow, and the cat-eye fairing & single-sider that epitomizes Ducati will guarantee to get you a attention from the opposite sex, at every stop, every time. The first thing you do with this bike is change the clutch cover, and put something vented on, so everyone can see and hear it when you pull up to the lights. Add some carbon-fibre (and buy the real stuff, this IS a Ducati, remember), and you're good to go.

Sound: From stock, the bike is extremely restricted. However, the first thing any sport biker does when they purchase a new bike is replace the exhaust system anyways. Full system or slip-ons. I'd recommend the slip-ons. Full systems are nice, but if you wanted to add more power, you should have bought the 916. Slip-ons require no tuning after the fact; you just put them on and go. There are several exhaust manufacturers out there, so pick your favorite. Once the aftermarket exhaust is on, the sound is quite unique. The bike has a roar/buzz that sounds like a Stuka on a bombing run, and contribute to helping you stand out.

Overall, there are those who own Ducati's, and those who WISH they owned one. Make sure you are the former, and your existence will be complete.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2008

6th Jan 2011, 06:40

Oh I love Ducatis, if only I had an understanding bank manager.. but I digress, just wanted to say that was a fantastic review, informative and very funny. Cheers!

2001 Ducati 748 from United States of America


Unique, fun to ride, best looking bike ever


Computer glitch within the first 600 miles caused the bike to run very rich in the midrange. Dealer fixed at no charge.

No other problems.

General Comments:

This Ducati has been an outstanding machine. Handling can best be described with the word telepathic, reliability has been great, and looks are as good as they come on motorcycles.

Ducatis do have some trade offs however. Overall I would say that the maintenance costs are reasonable, but if you compare it to a Honda or a Yamaha it's a bit more expensive to own. Valve adjustment intervals happen every 6000 miles, which is the most expensive part of owning one. Be ready for that expense and you'll be very happy with your purchase. If you aren't ready you will curse each time that 6000 miles turns up on the clock.

Comfort is non-existent, this bike wasn't built for comfort and it's universally recognized that this may be one of the most uncomfortable motorcycles made. That being said, when I hit a good twisty mountain road I don't notice the ergos at all. I'm having the time of my life and the bike is so well balanced that the handling outshines the comfort by a mile.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2004