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Hello All,

I previously owned a 2005 Brutale 750S for a short while and was lucky enough to put a couple thousand miles on it. The bike brought a smile to my face every time I rode it and I knew there was only one thing that would ever make me sell it… I ended up purchasing an engagement ring and have been bike-less for the past year. I’m really considering another Brutale. I’ve searched high and low but haven’t found anything in regards to maintenance/service cost. I know it’s relative to your location but maybe this would be a good thread to post your average cost on the 7,500 mile service at a dealership or at a local shop.

For anybody that lives in San Antonio I’d love to know where you get your bike serviced. Ducati San Antonio wants $900 for labor + $200-$300 in parts i.e., (fluids, shims and whatever else they can think of putting on the bike at that time.) For a complete 7,500 mile interval service I’m looking at $1,100 on the low side!? Does this seem correct? Are ya‘ll paying this much every where else in the US? I’ve also thought about taking the Brute to the dealer for the valve adjustment (still need to call for pricing) and finding a good mechanic to maintain the rest of the bike such as the brakes, fluids, forks, electrical, etc. I’m good enough to change the oil and a few other small things but don’t have the knowledge or tools to work on the other 97% of the bike. I’d really love to own it for the LONG HAUL but I know the wife/checkbook won’t go for a toy that would potentially cost $1,100 every 7,500 miles. Let me know if ya'll have any creative suggestions or if this bike is just out of my league.



Thanks in advance.

ARK
 

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I just took my 910R in for the 7500 mile service. I was quoted about the same as what you were. There are quite few things that are called for at this service such as, fuel filter replaced, service the rear hub bearings, valve clearance check, throttle bodies adjusted, and CO level checked are a few of the major items.

I guess if you want to knock the price down you can tell them specifically what you want done and then do the rest yourself.
 

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I would tell them to remove the valve check/adjustment out of the price quote. My bike has 20K on the clock and I have yet to need a valve adjustment. But Ive been paying the damn fee to have them checked every other service! That alone will knock down the price of the service by a nice nice amount.
 

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I'm having my 7500 mile service done on my 910R Brutale as we speak. The service is 1100.00, and I have been told that the mechanic had to adjust 5 valves!
 

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Interesting. I have had 3 valve checks done, the least one was at 18500 miles, and they are all still within spec. Not a single valve has been shimmed to date.
 

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Aside from G. Rand has anyone actually had a mechanic adjust the valves because they were way out?

How will the bike run/feel if the valves are out? Is there a way we can pick this up without having to pull the top of the engine off?

$1,100 sounds nuts. I'd replace filters and other consumables but as for checking things i'd leave it (unless it's under warranty). If the bike runs well then why bother spending $$$ to have someone say 'it runs well'? Save the cash for when something breaks.

I have the 24,000km service coming up at the start of the New Year on my S4R. Warranty runs out in March so i don't think i'll bother with the whole valve thing unless it costs me peanuts. Oil, filters, belts, sure. It runs fine so i don't see the point.
 

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Truthfully valves are not all that hard to adjust, but I agree leave them they are most likely fine-unless you have developed an audible clicking noise. As far a checking the clearance the manual can walk you through that if its that important to you and you will learn something.

I am right about at the 7,500 mile point on my 910s. Fortunately winter is nearing and I am in the northeast so I will have quite a bit of time to tinker. Ill change the plugs, fuel filter and air filter myself. Oil gets done right at the end of the season (cheap stuff) and again in the spring (Mobil1 full synthetic). The only thing I have not done is the rear bearing check but It does not seem to be too difficult so long as you follow the proper directions and tork settings (and this gave me a reason to buy a new S&K tork wrench anyway!). I view it as a learning experience with the goal being that I know this bike inside and out over the next year or so.

I used to have a friend (very good mechanic) who would say "If someone can build it, then you can take it apart and put it back together - just pay attention and take your time"
 

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I was quoted $300-$400 plus up to $200 for parts at motorider near milwaukee for the 7500 mile service, that includes valve check
 

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I was quoted $300-$400 plus up to $200 for parts at motorider near milwaukee for the 7500 mile service, that includes valve check
Now thats cheap!!! Mine cost me about $1200 at Pro Italia.
 

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I had one valve that needed adjusting at my 7500 mile service. I did my service at home and when I found the valve clearance too tight, I took the bike completely dismantled to the dealer in San Francisco and they charged me an hour of labor. They were going to charge me around $900 dollars, valve check included, but that was about 2 years ago.

My understanding is that the shim under bucket (not sure if I'm remembering that name correctly) valves get tighter as time goes on, so that's why I took it in. Even though some members have found valves in need of adjustment at 600 miles, I don't think that's the norm. I would definitely have them checked at 7500 miles just for the peace of mind.....my opinion.
 

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$1100-$1200 sounds about right.
I received this quote in California and Texas while I was researching the cost of the bike (before purchase).
 

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I paid $838.53 for my 7500 mile service done back in March on my '05 Brute. I had been quoted a couple hundreds above this to cover for valve adjustment which wasn't needed in the end. This was done at Munroe Motors in San Francisco.
 

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Had mine done last year and it was way lower then what you all are saying?? $385 for everything accept no valve adjustment, no need!
 
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