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So I'm gonna be getting a bike but I can't decide what I want! Iv done a lot of research about the Ducati monster 696. It seems to be a excellent starter bike. I wouldn't mind something a bit more sporty looking tho.

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In before all the "you should not get a ducati for your first bike" posts. I got a duc 848 corse as my first bike and have not laid it down once (knock on wood as im sure this will jinx me now ;) ).

With that being said, its all about the person on the bike, not the bike itself. If this is your first bike AND first time riding keep in mind this will be an expensive lesson if you damage the bike, parts are not cheap for ducs. Also, these things have alot of low end torque so very easy to get out of control if you are a complete novice. When i first got my bike i started riding around my neighborhood and then slowly made my way to back roads, then main roads, then the highway. Take it slow and be responsible and you will be fine.

If this is your first time riding i would highly suggest taking a motorcycle road course, in my state you can take either the basic or advanced course and if you pass you can use that to obtain your MC license instead of having to take the road test at the DMV, plus the information provided in the class is very useful for riders of all skill levels.

Best of luck!
 

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Thanks for the advice! I will 100% be taking the course also I don't have my heart set on a duc although I do love the look of them. Is there a bike you would recommend for a complete novice?
 

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Thanks for the advice! I will 100% be taking the course also I don't have my heart set on a duc although I do love the look of them. Is there a bike you would recommend for a complete novice?
My MC experience is limited to my duc which i've had for 2 years and a few rides on a cbr600 before that, will leave it up to the much more experienced members to suggest a good starter bike.

Although, i have heard many many times that ninja 250 are good bikes for a first timer.
 

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I started by taking the MSF course and then bought a 696 monster the next week. It's a very easy bike to learn on. I put 15,000 miles on it in 2 years and then got introduced to track days and bought the 848evo, which now has about 24,000 miles on it. I miss the monster in and around town and will be looking for another monster, hopefully a well cared for S4RS, next season and turn my 848 into track duty only. Never dropped either bike. I would say go for it! Maintenance is way cheaper on the air cooled 2V monster too.
 

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Welcome to the forum!

The Monster 696 is a perfect first bike, it really is. Can't fault it in any way for beginner wheels.

Only thing I can recommend is buying a used one instead of a new one because they're a bit on the expensive side for what they are and you can probably find a used one with an aftermarket exhaust for a few grand less then they are new.
 

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Sounds like you are on the proper track (no pun intended) for buying a Ducati and glad you are seeking advice from all these great sources of knowledge here!

Best of luck to you and welcome to the forum family BRENDAN !!! :)
 

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You guys are truly amazing!! I have another question. Would you guys recommend getting the 696 learning on it then taking the course, or do the course with the bikes they provide and if I enjoy it buy the 696?
 

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You guys are truly amazing!! I have another question. Would you guys recommend getting the 696 learning on it then taking the course, or do the course with the bikes they provide and if I enjoy it buy the 696?
Take the course before you buy the bike. This way, you understand the dynamics and feel comfortable before spending the money.
 

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With 18 years and 500,000 miles on two wheels. 12-13 years of that on a Ducati. I started off on a CBR600F3, a 96 & 98 (40,000 apx. on each). Then a CR 900 SS and a M900 at the same time. From there ive had $35K AMA superbikes to a 998 and several custom one off Ducatis that I built. And now at 32 years old im a MSF instructor with 7 Duc's.

Now you know where this opinion / advice is coming from.

I recommend (for a Ducati) a used late 90's Monster or SS or a newer Monster or HM if you have the money. Id try to keep the cost under $6K and you can find a good one for as low as $3,500-4K. And if you just have to have a SBK thats fine, just rember what you have underneath you and dont get distracted by the hottie giving you the eye in the lane next to you because your riding a Ducati.

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