907ie Owner Survey
by Craig Kenfield, 907ie #130 (in response to a DIOC request many years ago)
I put a deposit down on my 907 on November 29, 1990. I picked it up from Delano Sport Center in Minnesota on May 17, 1991. I paid $8170 for it, not including tax and license.
It was my first bike; a present to myself after finally finding a "real" job, and only two years after graduating from college! The first few months of ownership didn't go nearly as smoothly as I had hoped, with various aggravations due to self inflicted injuries and a less than stellar attitude from the original dealer's service department. (To be fair, I had taken the bike 650 miles away from them, but the service guy there had one of the worst attitudes I've come up against. He wouldn't return calls, and even responded "Yeah, that happens" to one of my complaints about the bike). The frustration level reached the point that I was considering selling it, and this after spending two years searching for a Ducati. Luckily, I discovered a much better dealer, Greenwood Honda, only 45 minutes from my house. The people there were a lot more interested in how the bike ran. (Update: Greenwood Honda no longer sells Ducatis)
At one point I sent a letter to Shell Barr (of Ducati) complaining about a few things. Surprisingly, I received a phone call from him soon after which was very informative and did wonders to my attitude towards this whole Ducati thing. It was touch and go there for a while, but this seemed to be a turning point. He worked with the mechanic at Greenwood Honda and finally I felt like someone was listening.
The only problems I had with the bike were fixed under warranty, and since the warranty has run out, it's run fine. Heck, even the clutch stopped squealing on it's own. Like I said, this bike was my first, and when it was new I found it a little intimidating. It was the first bike I spent any time on that I couldn't see the front wheel turn with the bars, and the tank made the bike seem huge. I can't believe how much lighter and smaller it seems 13,000 miles later.
What do I like about it? Well, let's see. How about the sound? During the season when I'm on it regularly I get used to it, but then each spring when I take it out for it's first jaunt, I'm reminded again. I like how it handles, though I don't have much to compare it to. The color. Under certain light, it almost seems to be glowing. The sheer redness of it has bummed out a Corvette owner and another rider, both of whom thought their repaints were pretty hot.
What I dislike; I can last about 150 miles on it before it starts to get painful. My wrists, arms, and shoulders get used to it as the season goes on, but the seat just doesn't cut it on the long rides. I keep threatening to buy a Corbin seat, but so far it hasn't happened.
Mechanical problems. It's had the fuel sender gasket replaced about four times. It was always done under warranty, but it still kept me from riding the bike for a few weeks that first year. I also had problems with it stumbling at steady throttle. This was one of the things Shell Barr called about, and it was partially fixed by readjusting the "tamper proof" EFI. Eventually, I was able to scam a European chip from an understanding Weber employee. He contacted the people in Italy, and they sent him a chip, which he sent to me. My lovely dealer in Minnesota would only sell me one. Get this, the service guy told me the bike wasn't supposed to come with one (even though I heard otherwise from EVERYONE else I talked to, including a Cagiva representative) but, what a coincidence, he just happened to have a couple in stock. They were "Warranty" parts, and he'd be happy to sell me one. Excuse me here, but since when did Cagiva start warrantying parts that were for off road use only? I gave up on that dealer soon after...