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Old March 9th, 2018, 08:01 AM   #1
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replace belts at X mileage?

Hey all,

I have a 2013 hyperstrada with very low miles on her. I'm talking like 5,000 or so. That's shameful... stressful job and new baby, etc. kept me from riding.

I'm in the process of getting back into riding and want to make sure the bike is good to go. I didn't ride at all last year.

Thoughts on whether the belts need to be replaced? The owner's manual says 60 months or 18,000 miles. I'd really like to avoid doing this, especially since nearest dealer is hours away. Maybe I can put it off until next year?

Thoughts? I think the valves should be fine. I can change the oil, brake fluid, etc. by myself.
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Old March 9th, 2018, 08:31 AM   #2
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Belts are fine. Even my belts after 4 years and 15k miles look fine. Getting a little sloppy, but still in great shape.
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Old March 9th, 2018, 08:43 AM   #3
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Belts are fine. Even my belts after 4 years and 15k miles look fine. Getting a little sloppy, but still in great shape.
Awesome. I'm willing to take *some* risk anyways. If 5 people hopped on here and told me I was insane for considering not replacing, I'd replace so figured I'd check.
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Old March 17th, 2018, 03:32 PM   #4
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Five years and I'd change them. is it worth the gamble??
I have seen belts snap, low mileage but over time. The belts looked new!!!
But try telling that to the valves and pistons that kissed.
Not worth it IMHO
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Old March 18th, 2018, 06:41 AM   #5
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I just replaced the belts on my 2013 with 9955 miles. The old ones definitely looked worn and loose.
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Old March 18th, 2018, 12:02 PM   #6
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It's true if a belt fails ... it's expensive. I had a failure at 20K miles but not sure if it was the belt or a seized Cam bearing that was the initial cause of the problem.

But, in any case, the damage was done and it took out the front head. Piston and cylinder were OK, everything else replaced. Total cost? (warranty) $8000!!!! Yes, more than the bike is worth. Absurd!

I bought my bike used with 19K on the clock and dealer "claimed' the 18K service had been done. Either they were lying (quite possible) or the service work was done WRONG, which led to failure. (this also possible)

Getting a qualified Ducati master mechanic to do the work is just as important was doing the job in the first place. Find someone GOOD to do this job, even if far away. Worth it IMO.

Important to have the belts "Tuned" properly. Yes .. they actually use a tuning fork to set the tension. But lots more subtle things involved too. Not for amateurs.

All that said ...
At 5K miles I would not worry much. My failure was unusual on a high miles bike that was worked on by an unqualified mechanic. (he was fired after working on my bike)

You should be FINE to at least 12K miles. You could have your mechanic check belt tension and condition for you. Much cheaper than the full 18K service with belt replacement.

I honestly believe many Ducati dealers totally skip the actual belt replacement ... and only check belt tension and belt condition ... and if all looks good, they button it back up. Same true (in some cases) with valve adjustment.

Sad but too true. (inside info from one former and one current certified Ducati mechanics)
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Old March 18th, 2018, 03:06 PM   #7
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I'm with mentalist. Rubber degrades over time - it's not that expensive to have done and you'll sleep better at night.
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Old March 18th, 2018, 05:19 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone! Maybe I'll ride it this season and change belts at end of this season or start of next. I'll check manufacturer bike date as well. It's a 2013 model so I assume it's right at 60 months.
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Old March 19th, 2018, 04:50 AM   #9
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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.
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Old March 20th, 2018, 08:42 PM   #10
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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.
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