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enlighten me, Please because I know the answers are here, as to the affordable older bikes in this arena, if any. I see all models are pricey but with everything, some models slip thru the cracks,by people not in the know.
So are there affordable worthy models in either or both Makes.

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Don't know much about the Ducati scene, other than that the older Monsters are fairly affordable, but I've heard that there can be carburetor issues with 'em. And possibly the service intervals can be a headache.
IMO the BMWs are a great choice. Lots of availability, great quality, and stone simple to work on. Not tons of them on the Cafe scene. And you've got the Euro thing workin' for you.. Which is nice...

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it depends on what you mean by affordable? /5 and /6 BMWs as wellas R90s and R100s could still behad realtivley cheap if you are not looking got show room examples ($2000-3000). 80's and 90's beemers are probably going to be cheap but I just can't think of the models. Rosko got an awsome deal on his monolever paris-dakkar locally. I also don't see the "flying brick" BMWs selling for a lot these days (K series bikes) either.

Early monsters are also cheap (remember the model came out in 1993), I got offered a late 90's 750 for $1000 needing nothing (to be fair it did have title issues because it was registered in canada at one point). Pasos and other 80's ducatis (excepting the really rare models) can still be had in that same couple of grand range but I am pretty sure all of them have wiring issues). Some of the best deals I have seen though are on the supersports from the 90's (750s and 900s) essentially sportier monsters (the line the monster was created from) they don't have the hipster cache that the monster has nor are they considered sport bikes by the testrastretta crowd because they use the aircooled DS motor.

These are all bikes that have pretty much disappeared from the internet scene because the owners can't get what they think they are worth for them there, you will get a better deal locally through the paper. I read all the ebay ads and only found one duc supersport which was bid to slightly over $1500 with a little time left.

If you are talking about 60's ducs and bmws the answer is probably no but the small widecases tend to come up once in a while as affordable. in the 70's though Duc made a whole bunch of bikes that nobod talks about like the parallel twins (dahrma anyone) and the 860GTs which are unloved, voted the worst ducatis by many motorcycle mags, and can still be had for cheap. If you can get an 860GT because the parallel twin's undoing was 1) it was painfully slow, and 2) the valvetrain eats itself regularly.

Personally, I am going to disagree with FR and say try to find a supersport Duc, I feel they are the best bargains going. Plus they have that ducati sound.
 

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Dude, you didn't disagree with me, you just mentioned an alternative Duc, which to be honest, I totally forgot about, hence my squirmy disclaimer at the beginning...

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see you guys are always like a one legged man ...you have information a man can use.Unlike a one tooth man ...because he coulnt even take care of his tooth....he has useless information...

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see you guys are always like a one legged man ...you have information a man can use.Unlike a one tooth man ...because he coulnt even take care of his tooth....he has useless information...

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I don't get it
 

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a one legged man has useful information ,he even looks like he has something urgent to say limping towards you .."hey the subway is closed" see thats ussful information ..but when a man with one tooth starts heading your way to tell you something, you really distrust everything he says.
and since im stealing a mans jokes, I should also tell you, if your walking down the street and you see a naked man running towards you ...whatever you do turn and run with him ..because whatever is behind him is going to be SOME SCARY sh.....

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see you guys are always like a one legged man ...you have information a man can use.Unlike a one tooth man ...because he coulnt even take care of his

Thats some deep shit
My Pops use to say
" never trade a healthy cow for a three legged mule "
I have carried that with me all my life .
dont know what it means i just have never forgot it


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I know this is a couple of moths old, but if you are looking for info on the Monster, look no further than ducatimonster.org. I'm on there under the same screen name as this site, and these guys know EVERYTHING about Monsters, and alot about other Ducati's.

You can't beat a Ducatisti. <img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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It was supposed to make that noise... wasn't it????
 

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BMW's are a great bike to cafe out. Here is mine and a link to lots of cafeboxers! I am not the greatest mechanic, but I find airheads easy to work on if you just take your time, read, read, and read about whatever you want to do to the bike before you execute.

http://www.rockerboxer.com/page/page/1415111.htm



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I've never really been a bmw fan, but that is a nice lookin' bike.

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There is an R100S solo seat model in black cherry fade at my local ducati dealership. It has about 2000 miles. I actually was considering it (espically since the dealer would talk about financing) until I found out they wanted $7000. It was one of dealer's personal bikes and a wonderful specimen but I bought my new ducati instead because I can actually use it without hurting the value too much. This same dealer also has a Krauser racing R100 that is stunning.

Since march when this thread was first posted, I have noticed a slight bump up in the prices of older duc Supersports (espcially the 900). Some of the late 70's early 80's air heads have begun to appreciate a little more as well. /6 bikes are starting to move out of the bargain range. It has been an interesting year.

I have an aversion to shaft drive bikes, which is probably why I haven't owned a BMW yet, but if the right R69S, /2 or /5 came along it would be hard to resist....
 
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