The most important part of owning a Ducati is keeping it reliable and safe!
Every care is taken with your Ducati whilst it is undergoing any type of service or performance work at G Tec Performance.
Your bike is stored indoors at all times and when not being worked on it will live under a dust cover! Sounds petty but it keeps things neat and clean!
I am frequently asked about the service schedule relating to the range, and there is a lot of misguided information being banded about with regard to mileage and time intervals given by Ducati. Most of the information you need should be found in your owner's handbook, however additional service information is often released from Ducati in the way of bulletins and campaigns, in the past this has been with regard to cam-belts, alternator nuts, rear axles etc.
Within the site you will find information relating to various models that may apply to your own Ducati. If you have any doubts or questions please feel free to drop me a line or give me a call.
The following links will take you to a various pages giving you a brief summary of the time and distance schedule laid out by Ducati that you should apply for different variants.
Within 6 Months or 600 miles of the PDI
Subsequent services (Pre 2007)
As a rough guide a 12 month service on any Ducati will cost you approximately £200 Inc parts and vat, this is dependant on mileage and belt intervals, so please give us a call for full details and costings. A brief guide;
Servicing is within every 12 months or every 6000 miles from date of PDI (which ever is sooner)
Cam-belts are replaced on the 2-year or 12000 miles intervals. Which ever is sooner!
The exception is the older 748R, this has a 12 month 6000 mile cam-belt replacement schedule.
(For the 2007 model range onwards Ducati has adopted a new low cost service structure along similar lines to the advise given during my time at Moto Cinelli, effectively if the machine has not covered the required mileage then the '12 month' service becomes a 'basic' oil change and safety check. Service mileage has also been increased to 7000 miles! For further details see www.ducati.com)
Ducati changed the type of belt used around the mid 90’s in favour of the Kevlar racing belt, these have proved to be very reliable and only underlying mechanical faults or lack of maintenance have proved to be a cause of any problems!
Ducati also now have a different procedures to replace cam-belts on the 2 valve, Stretta and Evolution engines, (the Stretta and Evo engines not having timing marks!) and the belt tension values are measured in Hz. It should be noted therefore that these engines should only have the belts fitted, timed, and tensioned with the appropriate tools and meters.
To follow are a few additional items that are done during a scheduled Ducati service when you bring your bike to G.Tec Performance, and these are inclusive of my standard service cost. (You wont pay more!)A main dealer will also do these items for you if you request them to – but remember to check with the dealer for additional labour cost!
Most of the Ducati models have their own little problems that during service should be looked out for.
These include checking alternator nuts on most models with exception to the very latest.
If an alternator nut comes loose the least it will do will be noisy, the extreme is a damaged crank, timing gears and possibly a broken cam-belt and bent valves, and on earlier models a split generator rotor and damaged stator can also be a result.
The repair bill on an older 916 could quite easily exceed the value of your pride and joy! (Don't worry, your engine doesn't come out for this operation!)
Owners of 748, 916 and the 996 engine derived Ducati’s may be aware of a ‘chrome’ issue surround the rockers on their machine.
This is something that can easily be overlooked! As the chrome on the rocker is very thin, the valve clearance when measured may well be within the tolerances given by Ducati, however, if the camshaft is removed prior to measurement the rockers can be visually inspected, this is the only way of telling if their condition is ok.
Failure to do so will eventually lead to an expensive repair when a faulty rocker and worn camshaft may have to be replaced.
Ever noticed that Ducati recommend that a service agent adjusts’ the chain on their models?
Most important on the single sided swing arm models! The reason is simple, the pinch bolts should be torqued up.
Over-tighten the bolts and it compresses the rear wheel bearing causing pre-load, this in turn causes the bearing to overheat with obvious disastrous consequences! When your Ducati is serviced the axle should be removed, cleaned, inspected and re-greased.
This is a VERY important safety issue!
What? Well you may ask! This is the Throttle Position Sensor, this is the little item that requires attention from 749 / 999, Multistrada models and onwards. If your Ducati decides that it does not want to idle properly and stall at the most inconvenient times it may well have gone out of calibration!
During a service this should be reset, the throttle balance re-set, and the engine management reset to give the correct emissions.
This can make a BIG difference to the performance of your bike and should be carried out if ever a replacement or performance CPU is fitted!!
It should be noted that only genuine Ducati parts are used unless specified otherwise.
Don’t be put off having your Ducati serviced correctly, if it is done to the service schedule there should not be too many shocks, leave it until something fails though and you may well have a big bill and have become another Ducati ‘unreliability’ statistic!
Corsa / RS service schedule
Those of you racing a Ducati Corsa are more than aware of what’s required to keep this particular breed of Ducati in good order, so if you want to contact me about a service plan and support for your Ducati Corsa, RS, track bike or track-day bike, including the possibility of a level of sponsorship or discounts, then please drop me a line.
For the spectators amongst you who are interested in this side of the subject, here’s a brief list of items recommended by Ducati to change on the older 998RS02 at 500kms (that’s 500, not 5000)
- Opening rocker arms
- Closing rocker arms
- Big-end shells (Rods are changed at 4000kms)
- Cylinders & Pistons
- Clutch plates
- Oil and filter
Plus other bits and pieces that are far too numerous to list!! As you can imagine it can get a little expensive!