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Old September 9th, 2018, 06:23 PM   #1
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So after trying out the Multi 950 and loving it and trying out the Hyperstrada as well, a used 2016 Hyperstrada came up for sale and I pulled the trigger on it. I'm now a proud Ducati owner and my god do I love this bike. It does leave me with a few questions as I'm defiantly not a Ducati officianado and this is the first time I will be owning a motorcycle for riding basically year round. So that being said...

1) Is there any precautions for maintenance you guys would advice for a Hyper that is going to get ridden in the rain routinely?

2) Chain lube of choice? As this is basically my first child I could use some pointers on how to raise her. I have done a lot of reading around the forums but I'm still coming up short on some answers, hence the questions.

3) I'm confident with a wrench but I've only ever changed the oil on my previous motorcycles. Someone told me that working on a Ducati isn't like any other bike and requires special tools? Is there truth to this?

I'll be coming back with more questions and hopefully contribute to this forum over the years to come. The wife said the next bike you own better be one for the next 10 years. Here is hoping I made the right choice!
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Old September 10th, 2018, 05:39 PM   #2
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You made a choice, that is a good thing. 10 years depends on how well maintained she is, just like the wife, but I think you did well. If you're not used to maintaining your own bike(s), and you can afford to have your dealer do it, that's great. But if you do it yourself, it's not difficult at all, the difficult part is resetting the service reminders. Also, the recommended oil change interval is a bit too steep at every 9000 miles, maybe if you are a very careful rider, that may save you some money and you can follow the recommended routine. I do mine at about 4,500, but ymmv. I think Ducati's have their own character, a little quirky at times, but they are extremely fun to ride. I've owned a 900ss, 749s, and now the 16 hyper just like you. Love(d) them all. Fun and easy to work on bikes. Just search or post as things come up.
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Old November 1st, 2018, 07:10 PM   #3
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Talking about chain lube is like talking about oil but I like the stuff:
https://www.bikebandit.com/manuals-t...n-lube/p/29822

It's what Ari Henning uses and I like Ari.
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Old November 2nd, 2018, 03:37 AM   #4
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Couple notes from a 5 yr/ 15K mile owner:

1. Chain Lube: whatever you choose, keep in mind that the chain guard was designed MUCH too short. I have grease stains on every non-black article of clothing ever worn riding. Thick grease will build up under the tail section and pannier. Recommend looking into extending the guard.

2. Rain: On good tires, she's very confident in the rain. The riding position offers a lot of stability and control. You'll need better driving lamps as the stocker blows goat. Never had any known water intrusion issues but have started noticing some corroded terminal leads, like the starter and O2 plugs.

3. Oil Changes: Do recommend intermediate change. I've ridden in very rainy locations and would also recommend an air filter change, which requires pulling the gas tank. It sucks, but the rain here tends to be pretty dirty from road quality and my filters were completely clogged at 6K miles.

Cheers!
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Old November 2nd, 2018, 05:20 AM   #5
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For chain lube Maxima Chainwax has been my preferred product for over 20 years. I'm a motorcycle commuter and I like that it's a wax and doesn't fling off. I tend to get 20K + miles out of my chain and while I don't ride the Hyper after the roads are salted, my Suzuki DR650 sees year round use and abuse and the chainwax keeps the corrosion and wear at bay.
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Old November 2nd, 2018, 02:07 PM   #6
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So after trying out the Multi 950 and loving it and trying out the Hyperstrada as well, a used 2016 Hyperstrada came up for sale and I pulled the trigger on it. I'm now a proud Ducati owner and my god do I love this bike. It does leave me with a few questions as I'm defiantly not a Ducati officianado and this is the first time I will be owning a motorcycle for riding basically year round. So that being said...

1) Is there any precautions for maintenance you guys would advice for a Hyper that is going to get ridden in the rain routinely?

2) Chain lube of choice? As this is basically my first child I could use some pointers on how to raise her. I have done a lot of reading around the forums but I'm still coming up short on some answers, hence the questions.

3) I'm confident with a wrench but I've only ever changed the oil on my previous motorcycles. Someone told me that working on a Ducati isn't like any other bike and requires special tools? Is there truth to this?

I'll be coming back with more questions and hopefully contribute to this forum over the years to come. The wife said the next bike you own better be one for the next 10 years. Here is hoping I made the right choice!
1. Just make sure all the rubber boots on the electrical connectors are intact. I had one split open and let water in.

2. Honda White Graphite. Seriously the best stuff I've ever used.

3. There are a few special tools for working on the engine, but for regular maintenance you don't need that. The only "special" tools I needed were just uncommonly large sockets. Oh yeah, and the steering stem tightening tool.
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