1w ago


Now that the bike is out on the road, I thought it would be interesting to discuss the cost of the project. This series was never meant to be a detailed "How To" type thing. More of just a window into the service and story of the bike. There are a million better sources for readers to better understand the details. I hope that some were interested enough to seek out that information. Maybe even some are thinking about tackling a similar project.

The thing that I always felt was missing from many posts, was cost. Maybe some did not want to share that information, or that they felt others would not be interested. For me I was always disappointed in not knowing. Cost needs to be a factor before jumping into a project. In the world of Italian vehicles, cost is often exaggerated, or treated like some mythical aspect of a project.

I hope to be able to shed some light on the subject. This will all be through the lens of this project, although I think it can be used for many bikes in this class. I did not have any special hook ups, or access to parts. I am just a guy in a garage with an American Express card and eBay account.

A good base goes a long way to reduce overall cost, I started with a clean example. It was not running when I picked it up, but had been run in the not to distance past. It is safe to say the bike did not see regular use for a couple of years though. There was nothing glaringly wrong. There was no "it made a funny noise one day, and it sat in the garage since" story. A few extra dollars spent, or hours invested in picking the right vehicle to start with is well spent. Many times those cheap bargains we see will end up costing more to finish, both in time and money.

After giving the bike a once over, I started ordering parts. All of the service items were OEM from Ducati. A fair bit could be saved if turning to the aftermarket. For me I use OEM parts because I feel it helps down the line should I choose to sell the bike. Especially in the Ducati world, buyers like seeing OEM parts used.

I spent about $350 with an online Ducati parts retailer (Ducati of Omaha) over two orders. This got me belts, filters, some needed gaskets, hardware for the tail and a few random bits. The tires set me back $300. Did not get the cheapest, or the newest most expensive ones. Just good quality, name bard tires that I have had good luck with (Power RS). Oil was $30, the batter $75, brake pads $125. There were a couple of parts I bought used via eBay. This total was about $150. A couple of those were redundant parts that I ended up not installing, and have not gotten around to selling yet.

That gives us a grand total of $1,030

Come on, if you were reading the internet you would be persuaded to think the cost would have been much higher. I will repeat that some could have done it for less. I did get lucky and the bike did not need anything other then normal serving. Obviously there is no accounting of labor costs as I did everything myself. I have a full time job, currently going to school for a Masters Degree and own a 100 year old house. I did not find that I was struggling to find the time to work on this bike. None of the jobs take more then a couple of ours. To prove a point, I probably could have done all the work over a weekend assuming I had all the parts. Point is, that even if you were paying someone to do the work for you, the cost just is not that high.

I had removed few parts from the bike that I did not like. I ended up selling them on eBay and recuperating about $300. This reduced the overall out of pocket to $730 for this project. I was going to just buy some cheap mirrors, but decided to just order a set from Ducati for $170. The bike deserves it. I have also been eyeing an open/vented clutch cover. Probably end up spending another $50-100 on one. These are one time costs, and more things I wanted to do, then needed to do.

Personally this is not a huge cost when you think about the performance and enjoyment this bike offers. I went through a similar process on my Monster S4 when I got it. Even though it is powered by the 916 superbike motor, the cost was about the same as this 1000SS.

Even going forward I do not see how this bike will cost much more then an "average" bike. Tires, oil, and brakes cost the same as a normal bike, and get consumed in the same time frame. That is just a cost of riding. What makes the Ducati scary is the belts. I hope that this series has shown that it is nothing to fear. At the end of the day it only adds about $175 to the yearly service cost every couple of years (The time frame is up for debate).

So when you first saw this project, did you think the end costs would be what they ended up being?

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Comments (3)

  • Excellent read, I admit in my head I was thinking about a grand (because it was a Duc) for you to do what had to be done to get the bike roadworthy. I spent $650.00 on my FLSTC. Took pretty much the same things, been sitting for years, so gaskets, fluids, tires, brake pads, and because it's just convienient. Hone the cylinders and put new rings in it. It still has to get the break-in done for the new rings. Then I can put the Amsoil in and done!

    Trying to convince someone that is standard for a bike that sits is the toughest part. It's usually "but it runs fine", yes right now it may, but catastrophic failure from a broken brake line later is not a chance worth taking. Thanks for the posts. Now get out and ride!

      7 days ago
    • Yeah I had figured it needed about a grand as well, so the budget was right on target. Like I said, the only thing different with this Ducati then say a Honda was the $200 in belts. Everything else would have needed to be done on any bike. Heck a...

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    • Sounds good! I know a little about both but have never ridden either. My sportbike days were when the 1983 Suzuki GS1150E was king. I had one and rode all the time, now my body can't take the ergonomics of the sportbikes, (artificial left...

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