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service intervals for major items to frequent

Doesn't look like MV has caught up to world standard Ducati service intervals yet. If I were to commute with the F4 it would be in the shop multiple times a year for major items. Does it really need valve check, plugs, chain tensioner, timing checks, and fuel filter so soon?

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So how many miles would you do in a year ? Never knew Ducati set the world standard, they sure did not 15 yrs ago.
Valve check every 12K does not seem much for a high performance motor ? Same with the other items I thought it's pretty okay for such a new model.
And fuel filter, with the crappy fuel we get sold, well worth changing that one every time.

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A bunch of checks required at just 3800 miles incl but not limited to plugs, throttle body, idle speed, etc. Some of this requires a bit of dismantling to get to. Looks like old school maintenance schedule. Ducati is double this. Valves on the F4 are stated to be checked at just 7500, again Duc is double this. This is what I am referring to. For those of us who rack up miles say 10-15K a year that is a lot of dismantling or scheduling for service. I am over 10K miles a year. Looks like I'll be riding the Duc much more. I am looking forward to the day when the intervals for valves, fuel system, plugs, suspension to be more along the lines of the 50K intervals of modern high performance cars. Bikes have a very long way to go and I'm sure all of the manufacturers know this.

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Donsy, and others who knows these bikes better than I as I am newbie, do general users go with the manual stated intervals or do most spread them apart to the 12K which you have stated? Thanks. I am still looking for a foolproof passionate place for which to bring my bike to get service done. Not to say that I have had any nightmares with the places I have brought my Duc to, but it seems the available dealer services are working for volume, often booked for work. I am not entirely confident if the job can be done right every time and am looking for a reference for fooproof servicing as I am a high miles rider. Thanks

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Mate, I understand what you're saying, I would add though that I would not keep comparing the Ducati to the MV, very different motor construction right there.
If I gave my opinion on some of those service schedule's, I would be stoned to death on the forum, you might have to wait till someone like Balz comments on your questions. I will copy your questions to the Maintenance section so other MV riders might chip in also.

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Fragile, for these bikes...and someone else will correct me if I am way out of line here...the valve schedule is a bit aggressive. Things don't tend to be out of spec at the first or second service. The wear surfaces are pretty hard. Additionally, if your valve are out of tolerance, you will encounter hard starting problems before any mechanical damage can occur as the valves will tend to "hang open" longer and cause poor performance.

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Mate, I understand what you're saying, I would add though that I would not keep comparing the Ducati to the MV, very different motor construction right there.
If I gave my opinion on some of those service schedule's, I would be stoned to death on the forum, you might have to wait till someone like Balz comments on your questions. I will copy your questions to the Maintenance section so other MV riders might chip in also.
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Lots of Jap bikes also have maintenance schedules that are crazy....valve inspection at a first service (600 miles -1000km) is a hold back from a time of much poorer materials and quality control, yet there are bikes that call for it....
I have yet to find a valve out of spec on my 2008 MV in over 22K miles. Most of those things you see are "inspection" items and that's all you do...look to make sure they're OK.
Daily rider, commuter?....Buy it, ride it, take care of the usual things like oil, filters and chain and enjoy it.

But if you flog it hard like a race bike every ride you had better check all that stuff....

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I don't know, I shower everday even though I don't stink;-)
I am pretty sure I could save a mint on dirty towel cleaning,the water bill and Axe 'sexy mofo' body wash if I just wait until I stink :-)
I think the engineers just don't want you to stink
yeah, the price is high, but so is gas:'(

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I too was bothered by the 7500mi valve check. The shop wants 8 hours @ $96.00 to check them. That's a lot of money (for me). I was riding every day and racked up almost 5000mi in about 5 months. Once I heard about the cost of maintenance. I parked it and have only put a few hundred mi on in the last 6 months.
I'd like to ride more but was told by the shop that if I didn't follow the schedule my warranty would be void if anything motor related were to happen.

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