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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 12-11-2006, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question for you Ducatistas

I'm strongly considering the new 1098 but I've never owned a Duc. I've always had Japanese liter bikes and they are virtually "bullet-proof"...never a problem and require very little service. How are Ducati's servicewise? Do they require a lot of service over time? I'd certainly appreciate any input, such as average cost of maintenance, etc.

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I want that 1098 like no other.



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Ducati's require the same maintenance as all bikes...just different intervals
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Supposedly all the new 2007 Ducatis have longer maintenance intervals than before. I think 7500-miles now instead of 6000-miles. Something like that.

The thing with the Ducatis is that the valves require more often adjustments than other bikes of other makes. When you wring out that much oomph from a V-twin, something's gotta give.

As far as electricals and various things go, the Italians and the Brits may have come a long way, but they're still behind the Germans and the Italians.

I think that it's a badge of pride to the Eye-ties and the Redcoats to have vehicles with easy-to-fix flaws.

My Tuono likes to reset all the clocks and digital settings now and then just for the fun of it.
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Supposedly all the new 2007 Ducatis have longer maintenance intervals than before. I think 7500-miles now instead of 6000-miles. Something like that.

The thing with the Ducatis is that the valves require more often adjustments than other bikes of other makes. When you wring out that much oomph from a V-twin, something's gotta give.

As far as electricals and various things go, the Italians and the Brits may have come a long way, but they're still behind the Germans and the Italians.

I think that it's a badge of pride to the Eye-ties and the Redcoats to have vehicles with easy-to-fix flaws.

My Tuono likes to reset all the clocks and digital settings now and then just for the fun of it.
That's still better maintenance than my old Honda...The valves have to be adjusted every 3000 miles...
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I appreciate the responses....keep 'em coming. The Ducati website states that maintenance costs are 50% cheaper on the '07s. I guess it's a trade-off of sorts. I've had as much as 50K miles on a bike and it never needed the valves adjusted. Fact is, the only things I've ever done to any bike is the routine maintenance...tires, plugs, oil/filter, chain/sprockets, brake pads/fluid.

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i was sold on the 07 r1 for sure till all of a sudden this bike came out. I alreayd reserved one i think its def a better bike. very close hp but so much more practical loads of tq. if u want one id get one now, i reserved mine some time ago n there was onyl one left after mne at my dealer.
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i was sold on the 07 r1 for sure till all of a sudden this bike came out. I alreayd reserved one i think its def a better bike. very close hp but so much more practical loads of tq. if u want one id get one now, i reserved mine some time ago n there was onyl one left after mne at my dealer.
When are you suppose to pick it up?
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When are you suppose to pick it up?
February.



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Maintenance is one of those recurring themes with Ducati, and most of it is related to the Ducati desmodromic valve system and realted requirements. The desmo valve system is very precise, and therefore requires precise adjustments to avoid valve problems. The benefit is added horsepower from the engine not having to overcome the force of 8 very stiff valve springs (or 16 in an inline-4 engine). However that carries with it the need to have the valve adjustments done routinely to avoid problems. You might be able to ignore valve checks on a Honda for 30,000 miles and not have a problem, but if you do that with a Ducati you're asking for trouble. 7,500 miles on the valve checks is not bad at all, and I think you'll find that Ducatis are very reliable today if they are well-maintained. And if you do have a problem, Ducati has the best warranty in the business (not just on paper, but in practice). Go for the 1098, but get your deposit down quick before the spring allocation is sold out! I got to see one in person back in August and it literally blew my socks off, so cool that pictures on the internet and in magazines don't do it justice!
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Maintenance is one of those recurring themes with Ducati, and most of it is related to the Ducati desmodromic valve system and realted requirements. The desmo valve system is very precise, and therefore requires precise adjustments to avoid valve problems. The benefit is added horsepower from the engine not having to overcome the force of 8 very stiff valve springs (or 16 in an inline-4 engine). However that carries with it the need to have the valve adjustments done routinely to avoid problems. You might be able to ignore valve checks on a Honda for 30,000 miles and not have a problem, but if you do that with a Ducati you're asking for trouble. 7,500 miles on the valve checks is not bad at all, and I think you'll find that Ducatis are very reliable today if they are well-maintained. And if you do have a problem, Ducati has the best warranty in the business (not just on paper, but in practice). Go for the 1098, but get your deposit down quick before the spring allocation is sold out! I got to see one in person back in August and it literally blew my socks off, so cool that pictures on the internet and in magazines don't do it justice!
Good to hear....and can't wait to see a 1098!!!!



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Good to hear....and can't wait to see a 1098!!!!
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If I got a Ducati, new or old, I would learn how to adjust those desmo valves myself. Plus, if I was to get a Duck, I would probably get the ST4s.
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Feb 9/10 will be the national showroom launch for the 1098! Make plans to visit your local dealer to check a 1098S out in person!
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Feb 9/10 will be the national showroom launch for the 1098! Make plans to visit your local dealer to check a 1098S out in person!
NICE! I can't wait.



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I order the 1098 tricolore...
At the time for delivery I will have to sell my mom and dog.
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Serious...I will need sell my hayabusa. And I love my busa but I own other Ducatis and not using much the Busa.
I think the Italian hold the value. the japs are high produced.
Bike is about passion not reason.
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Bike is about passion not reason.
and if you can pull it off, sell the 'busa and your mom, but keep the dog.
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I order the 1098 tricolore...
At the time for delivery I will have to sell my mom and dog.
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Serious...I will need sell my hayabusa. And I love my busa but I own other Ducatis and not using much the Busa.
I think the Italian hold the value. the japs are high produced.
Bike is about passion not reason.
Post pics when you pick it up.



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The new maint intervals on the 1098 are 12000 miles...twice what they are for the older Ducs.....mostly due to better processes and closer tolerances. This will make the 1098 compete both on performance and service.
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