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Old December 16th, 2015, 06:57 AM   #51
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Yesterday at about 13,400 miles I noticed my clutch lever felt funny and I had to push the lever forward to seat it.

I looked down and noticed that the cable was frayed at the lever end.

After I got home I looked closer, and all but one wire are all frayed out ad disconnected.

Going in to the dealer for warranty replacement today after work.
Good luck with the warranty, they will likely point out that the cable end needs regular lubrication...and inspection.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 10:31 AM   #52
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Good luck with the warranty, they will likely point out that the cable end needs regular lubrication...and inspection.
Which, of course, is utter ridiculousness...and Ducati knows it because they redesigned the cable.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 12:33 PM   #53
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Actually, it's item #3 on the service schedule, page 75 of the service manual.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 03:02 PM   #54
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Actually, it's item #3 on the service schedule, page 75 of the service manual.
Thanks for the reference. That doesn't change the ridiculousness of it though. Clutch cables shouldn't fail, even with no lube, for several tens of thousands of miles. The fact that it is a common problem, for bikes with low mileage, sometimes even only a few hundred miles, combined with the fact that Ducati redesigned the part indicates that the failure is not a maintenance issue but a design issue.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 03:05 PM   #55
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Don't feel too bad if they don't cover it. At 12500 miles on my 1964 BMW my clutch cable started to fray and BMW would not cover it.

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Old December 17th, 2015, 08:02 AM   #56
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Thanks for the reference. That doesn't change the ridiculousness of it though. Clutch cables shouldn't fail, even with no lube, for several tens of thousands of miles. The fact that it is a common problem, for bikes with low mileage, sometimes even only a few hundred miles, combined with the fact that Ducati redesigned the part indicates that the failure is not a maintenance issue but a design issue.
"Common?" A few folks who are on forums are not an adequate sample. Bottom line is that the cable end must rotate in the lever or the cable will flex there and break. As for a "redesign," what would that be? I'll bet that the service instructions have not changed. Is this the first time you've seen them?

It only takes a second to check the cable end. It's a good idea to do that once in a while....
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"Common?" A few folks who are on forums are not an adequate sample. Bottom line is that the cable end must rotate in the lever or the cable will flex there and break. As for a "redesign," what would that be? I'll bet that the service instructions have not changed. Is this the first time you've seen them?

It only takes a second to check the cable end. It's a good idea to do that once in a while....
They redesigned the end of the clutch cable to have a sheath to prevent premature chaffing. The fact that they redesigned an part is enough credibility to say that it was "common" enough to warrant the expense of the redesign.

Of course it is good practice to check cables and what not, but that check shouldn't come before the scheduled maintenance interval.
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Old December 18th, 2015, 12:19 PM   #58
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There are a lot of "checks" that should be done more often...how often do you check your oil level?

Ducati spent nearly nothing on this...it's a running change, done by the supplier. And if a customer whines loud enough they would likely replace the cable. I lubed mine when I installed the Pazzos, and it has been just fine ever since. Didn't break the little pin, either. It's possible that the OEM lever's recess was just a tad too small for the cable end in some cases. It's called manufacturing tolerances. But that would fail very quickly, during warranty, and a competent mechanic would spot the reason.

Now, disco mode, that's a serious failure. Neglect on the part of an owner is not. And as usual, many problems are the result of some action (or lack of same) by the owner. I am not innocent, by any measure. However, I am an adult so I take responsibility for my mistakes.

I had a boss who was very British, a WWI buff, and he had a favorite saying on the subject (cue cockney accent):

"Honest Sarge, it came off in me (h)'and..."
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Old December 18th, 2015, 02:34 PM   #59
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The cable failed for me too. The new cable has a nice teflon bushing around the barrel to prevent recurrence.
My turn signal cancel button disappeared!
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Old December 29th, 2015, 10:04 AM   #60
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Good luck with the warranty, they will likely point out that the cable end needs regular lubrication...and inspection.
Just got the call. Covered under warranty and complete.
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