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    Thread: your pick, Interceptor or 900SS?

    1. Member Cr4shT3st's Avatar
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      03-01-2012 04:02 PM #1
      Anyone have real experience with either of these bikes? I'm looking at a 91-95 carb'd 900SS/SP or a 98-00 VFR800i. I'm a new rider and want to eventually carry a passenger and a small amount of luggage for weekend trips. I'd like to get something sporty but not race-replica. I'm not shy about doing maintenance myself, so periodic adjustments aren't a bother. Catastrophic failures are a concern.

      Is there a good reason to pick on over the other? Used prices are comparable.

      And yes, I'm taking the MSF course.


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      03-01-2012 05:35 PM #2
      I don't think I'd pick either of those as a first bike, but if it has to be one of the two, I'd go w/ the Honda. Newer, and should be less to repair in the even that you drop it.
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      03-01-2012 06:24 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by Mk1Racer View Post
      I don't think I'd pick either of those as a first bike, but if it has to be one of the two, I'd go w/ the Honda. Newer, and should be less to repair in the even that you drop it.
      I'll second the above. Plus that's considered by many to be the best VFR.

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      03-01-2012 06:43 PM #4
      IF you choose the 900SS, the desmo valve service is recommended every 6000 miles (at least on mine it is) and they generally run $7-800 at a dealership but there are plenty of people out there who do their own: http://www.ducatitech.com/2v/maint/adjust/

      Look up the desmodromic valve-trains if you get a chance. Neat stuff.

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      03-01-2012 07:00 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Darkness View Post
      IF you choose the 900SS, the desmo valve service is recommended every 6000 miles (at least on mine it is) and they generally run $7-800 at a dealership but there are plenty of people out there who do their own: http://www.ducatitech.com/2v/maint/adjust/

      Look up the desmodromic valve-trains if you get a chance. Neat stuff.
      I've looked at maintenance on the 2v desmos. After doing 24 valves on a BMW S38, it doesn't seem so bad

      I'm an engineer and therefor a total gear geek. The desmo valvetrain and cam-driven cams on the VFR are way sexy to me.
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      03-01-2012 08:55 PM #6
      Having owned and maintained variants of both the more logical decision would be the VFR. I think that you give up little to nothing by choosing the Honda in this case and the resale of the VFR at this point is phenomenal.

      The Ducati is a solid choice but for sport touring the nod goes to the V-4.

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      03-02-2012 11:25 AM #7
      I love them both but I'd go VFR. And as Spinnaker said, many consider that gen VFR to be where Honda peaked with the model.

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      03-02-2012 05:17 PM #8
      I don't think the VFR, with the side mounted radiators, is "cheaper" to crash. In fact, VFRs don't crash well and it's hard to mount sliders, as the radiators get in the way.

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      03-02-2012 05:57 PM #9
      How about a K1200RS? They are very comfy to ride and they crash pretty okay.


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