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Old March 20th, 2018, 11:27 PM   #11
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Interesting discussion as I have fiber belts on my car which are replaced per the Owners Manual by miles and not time. Every 90,000 miles.

I take my Hyper to the dealer and ask if there is anything they want to do. Open checkbook. Belts aren't mentioned as I'm still shy of 18,000 miles.

But then, I would never ride 9,000 miles with the same oil.

So, if it make you more comfortable, change that which offers more comfort.

Valve check
Oil and filter
battery
timing belts
clutch
brake pads and brake fluid
air filter
clutch cable

All sorts of wear and consumables.
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Old March 21st, 2018, 06:40 AM   #12
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I have a 2013 with 7200 miles on the clock. I will be taking mine in this spring for belts, brake flush, tires, coolant change and plugs since the tank will be pulled for the belt change anyway. Don't want to risk a belt failure due to age.
I highly recommend you do as much of the work as you can by yourself. For example, a ducati dealership will charge you about $40/sparkplug not including labor. (I'd suggest pulling the front plug - easy - it's probably fine and no plug change is necessary.)

At this point I do everything, including tires, with the exception of belts and valves.

The other thing about doing your own maintenance is that you become familiar with the bike, you may find loose parts, and you may find wear items you hadn't suspected etc... For me, it builds confidence in the machine..... and I'm a cheap bastard. win/win.
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Old March 21st, 2018, 06:19 PM   #13
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I have a 2013 with 7200 miles on the clock. I will be taking mine in this spring for belts, brake flush, tires, coolant change and plugs since the tank will be pulled for the belt change anyway. Don't want to risk a belt failure due to age.
Sounds like a plan. My buddy and I can do all of that but the belt. (translation, my buddy can do all of it but the belt)
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Old March 21st, 2018, 06:36 PM   #14
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I've done most of the work on my bikes and cars since the early 70's. I've done belts on my Monster and years back on a Porsche 944 I got as a car to work on with my son. I'm getting to the point where I sometimes just decide to let some one else do the work if I have trust in their abilities. I did do the clutch upgrade this winter and replace the clutch cable which included pulling the tank. While in there I changed out the air filter. I don't have the tools to tune the belt tension and figured just let the shop do it. Have done tire changes in the past too, but my friend sold off his equipment. Its a 3 hour drive to Bellevue Ducati so figured I would let them handle all the work while I run to the corporate office for meetings which is near by. Some of you have seen my toy I rebuild a few years back.

I questioned the time duration on the belt change but have decided just not to risk it.

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Old March 21st, 2018, 06:37 PM   #15
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ha. yes I am in the same boat. I just picked up a '13 Hstrada with 800 miles. looks like it was just off the showroom. I'm going to ride it this season and just do the belts over the winter.
Just curious. How much did you pay for her?
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Old March 21st, 2018, 06:42 PM   #16
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I've done most of the work on my bikes and cars since the early 70's. I've done belts on my Monster and years back on a Porsche 944 I got as a car to work on with my son. I'm getting to the point where I sometimes just decide to let some one else do the work if I have trust in their abilities. I did do the clutch upgrade this winter and replace the clutch cable which included pulling the tank. While in there I changed out the air filter. I don't have the tools to tune the belt tension and figured just let the shop do it. Have done tire changes in the past too, but my friend sold off his equipment. Its a 3 hour drive to Bellevue Ducati so figured I would let them handle all the work while I run to the corporate office for meetings which is near by. Some of you have seen my toy I rebuild a few years back.

I questioned the time duration on the belt change but have decided just not to risk it.

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Nice photo! Trust me, I'm not being critical, and I hope I didn't come off that way. Confession- I just spent like nearly 2 hours just to change the battery. (not my fault!... I think) I like to try to do stuff myself, but in realty, it's not what I do for a living. If I did every piece of maintenance on everything I owned, I still would not have 1% the experience of someone who does it for a living.
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Old March 21st, 2018, 07:24 PM   #17
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No problem, all good. I didn't take it as you being critical. I use to love to wrench, I'm a mechanical engineer by trade. But I find as I have gotten older the body gets mad at me if I get to contorted. haha. Bikes aren't too bad, but pulling motors, trans or front end rebuilts on cars really takes a toll. Oh one other minor detail, Bellevue Ducati is actually Redmond Ducati now. Bellevue sold out and relocated to Redmond Town Center.
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Old March 22nd, 2018, 02:57 AM   #18
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I thought moving to Italy was going to drain my wallet when the heavy lift MX came do. Couldn't have been more wrong. While price tags on bikes and OEM parts is pricey, labor is downright cheap. I paid a little over $36 USD per hour for labor.

Had a long business trip so took her in for leaking radiator (US shops wouldn't repair on bike - had to be removed and then no guarantees) and Andreani strut inserts (already had parts). When I pointed to the leaky bung on the radiator, the tech just replied "No Problem". Also had a few minor stripped bolts to replace.

5 hours of labor and associated parts = $367 USD. And I didn't have to replace the radiator, which most likely would have happened state side. They also performed 3 recalls under warranty, one being the CAN BUS filter issue. The other two I have to investigate as there were some language barrier issues but sounded like they did the TPS (which had already been swapped years ago) and the other had something to do with the clutch/ brake lines. Not sure about that last one but my clutch engages much better and they bled my front brakes, which were getting quite mushy.

Long story about saying I'm no longer worried about 18K mi service coming up. You guys have me a little worried about the belts but I'm going to hold out until next winter when the 18K will probably be due.
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Old March 22nd, 2018, 02:58 AM   #19
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Big shout out to Motoshop 2000 in Capua, IT! 4 gorgeous floors of Bimmers and all Italian makes.
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Old March 22nd, 2018, 05:00 AM   #20
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Just curious. How much did you pay for her?
$7k. it was traded in to a harley dealer. Dealer posted bike on a saturday afternoon, I was there monday morning when they opened with cash.
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