After riding my middleweight sport standard bike(Kawasaki Ninja 650R) for a year and several thousand miles, I decided it was time to start looking for my target bike. When I decided to get my motorcycle license, I went to the NY International Motorcycle Show to get a feel for what's out there.
With the abundance of Japanese bikes on the road, I wanted something different. I shied away from Ducati as they are considered the exotics and generally expensive to buy and own. As a result, I was drawn to the 2011-2012 Triumph Daytona 675. More specifically the R model with pearl white/black paint, with red subframe and full Ohlins suspension. The British bike had a different feel and sound compared to the sea of Japanese supersports normally found on the road. The 675cc inline three cylinder engine has a very unique and addictive sound. Its a symphony incorporating the smoothness of a Japanese inline 4 and the deep tone of a twin cylinder with an intake whistling that sounds like a jet turbine engine. I was hooked.
When it came time to find a used Daytona, I had trouble locating a reasonable priced example. Andres happened to stumble on a Craigslist ad for a 9k mile 2008 Ducati 1098 Superbike well within my price range and only 50 miles away. Although I was in the market for a middleweight 600cc supersport, I was cautiously excited to check out the big 1098cc superbike.
I admit I was sold as soon as I saw it. If you haven't been around a Ducati Superbike before, I promise the oozing presence of the bike will stay with you forever. The beautiful curves, Ducati red, ginormous twin undertail exhaust that twists around under the seat, and single sided swingarm add up to arguably one of the most visually appealing bikes ever made. Add in the rattle of the exposed dry clutch and the unique roaring exhaust note that reverberates through your body and its an unforgettable experience. This was purely a purchase of passion and I just got lucky it turned out well.
On to the questionably low price. The bike wasn't perfect but I saw the potential. Mechanically the bike was fine. The bike sat for a year which was fine because I planned to do a oil, coolant, and timing belt change immediately. Unfortunately, the bike had a salvage title. Apparently some kids went on a rampage in the seller's town and vandalized vehicles and property. Sadly, they keyed the nose, left side fairing, tail on both sides and top & sides of the fuel tank. Due to the cost to repair the damage and a nick(not through he primer) on the left side of the frame, the bike was deemed totaled. I confirmed with my insurance that the would insure it and it was valued at more than the selling price even with a rebuilt title. We had a deal and she was coming home.