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Old March 7th, 2015, 11:29 AM   #11
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You are right Peoples1234. Winters seem to get longer and more brutal around here the older I get and I do just want to ride. I got a great deal on my bike just before the holidays and have it just sitting in a heated garage and haven't been able to enjoy it.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 05:45 AM   #12
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A little bit lubrication and it lasts forever! Thats the trick

I'm sure you can afford a new cable only 30 US

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Old March 8th, 2015, 07:34 AM   #13
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It would be helpful to know where the break is. I doubt it was kinked - the sheath and cable are sold as as a single assembly and the routing is a leisurely loop over the engine.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 07:39 AM   #14
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I bought my HS back in Dec and have only had a chance to ride it 2 times due to the weather here in the north east. I joined this forum to see how others like these bikes and to be honest, I'm scared to take it out on the road when the weather breaks. Between rotor issues, neutral sensors, clutch cables, etc.... these things sound about as reliable as the Chinese scooters you buy at Pep Boys. My last bike 2011 Z1000 had just under 10,000 miles on it when I traded it in. I didn't do anything except change the oil, tires and brake fluid. I'm really starting to have buyer's remorse and question the reliability of such an expensive machine.
Never had a problem with mine - you can't expect european bikes to be engineered to japanese standards. Don't be frightened - just ride.

Use the winter to go over the bike - add a 4mm allen to your kit, some spare fuses and 24mm wrench. Should keep you from being stranded.

I've had 6k miles of trouble free riding.

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Old March 8th, 2015, 12:18 PM   #15
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In this forum, it is always Ducati's fault, never the owners fault! Would be interested to know why people drive Ducati just to complain? I think there is a better way don't buy Ducati! The second sentence is always my Japanese bike was much better!

Please do me a favor buy BMW!!!

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Old March 8th, 2015, 12:30 PM   #16
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In this forum, it is always Ducati's fault, never the owners fault! Would be interested to know why people drive Ducati just to complain? I think there is a better way don't buy Ducati!

Gruss Steffen
I'm not following your logic. How is it the owners fault for the clutch cable snapping? There isn't a clutch fairly that is going around snipping cables, so there must be another common factor...Ducati.

No bike is perfect, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't hold Ducati to a standard (not up on a pedestal). In this day and age, certain things are just not acceptable. If people didn't "complain", then we would all still be riding little Cucciolo's around.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 12:53 PM   #17
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It's always breaks at the top where the clutch lever is! so a little bit oil from time to time and thats it! Thats old!!

With Ducati you need to do a little more than driving!

The quality of the complain makes it!!!

Gruss Steffen

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Old March 8th, 2015, 01:54 PM   #18
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Use the winter to go over the bike - add a 4mm allen to your kit, some spare fuses and 24mm wrench. Should keep you from being stranded.

I've had 6k miles of trouble free riding.
Quick question...what's the 24mm wrench for? Do you mean open ended spanner or would some good multigrips do the trick?
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Stay calm and do your maintenance

Steffen is apparently having a bad day, but he's basically correct. If that cable broke right at the lever end, then it was from corrosion and lack of lubrication. The barrel end must be free to rotate in the lever, or it will always cause this kind of failure. These bikes do seem to have a problem with corrosion and water entry, but I suspect that some owners use too much pressure when they wash the bike or are careless about maintenance, especially in wet conditions. That would include lubing the clutch cable end before 10k miles.

When some of the magazine guys whined about the clutch action, that started the criticism. Then we have the complainers on the forums, like baying hounds. The end result is that dealers are having trouble selling them and resale values have plummeted. I'm with Steffen, you can ask for help but please quit yer bitchin'. Or go elsewhere, please.

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Old March 8th, 2015, 02:02 PM   #20
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Quick question...what's the 24mm wrench for? Do you mean open ended spanner or would some good multigrips do the trick?
I think that's for getting to the fuse block under the LH fairing. You have to hold the flat nut thing on the back of the mounting bolt. I'd think an adjustable wrench or a pair of slip-joint pliers would do fine. Yes, you can get to it without removing the fairing, but not until you get a good look at it first.
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