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Old Mar 1st 2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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15000 mile Valve check... Really necessary??

We all know our bikes have this insanely expensive valve check job "requirement" every 15000 miles.... is this really necessary??? I mean if you could clear the Desmo Service indicator and just continue to ride... would this be injurious to the bike??? No doubt its recommended... but necessary???
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We all know our bikes have this insanely expensive valve check job "requirement" every 15000 miles.... is this really necessary??? I mean if you could clear the Desmo Service indicator and just continue to ride... would this be injurious to the bike??? No doubt its recommended... but necessary???
Don't flame me... just asking....
If the valves get a little out of adjustment from wear, worst case you lose some comptession. But I wold think you could wait untill 30k for that, unless you want to stay in warranty (IMEO)
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 12:08 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Trauma View Post
If the valves get a little out of adjustment from wear, worst case you lose some comptession. But I wold think you could wait untill 30k for that, unless you want to stay in warranty (IMEO)
Ok... so given that I will be out of warranty at that point... forget the service and just buy software that kills the silly reminder???
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same reason you go to the doctor every year for an overall check up. you prolly dont need it, but would you skip it?
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Old Mar 1st 2013, 12:16 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by duckyduc View Post
same reason you go to the doctor every year for an overall check up. you prolly dont need it, but would you skip it?
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Bit too early to tell how necessary it is to have the valves checked at 15K. Too few bikes have reached this mileage to know whether the valve train tends to maintain clearances. Certainly the need to have the valves checked at 15K depends on how the bike is ridden.

Track duty only, it certainly makes sense to check the valves earlier than 15K. Driven like a grandma and you might be good to go forever without checking the valves.

Generally valves sink into their seats with running, reducing opening valve clearances. When clearances are reduced too much, valves don't fully close which tends to result in carbon build up on the valve seats which causes a loss of compression and tends to allow the edge of the valve to build up heat which ultimately results in burnt valves. My guess is, valve replacement and seat facing is considerably more expensive than a valve clearance check and adjustment.
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Originally Posted by Stw View Post
We all know our bikes have this insanely expensive valve check job "requirement" every 15000 miles.... is this really necessary??? I mean if you could clear the Desmo Service indicator and just continue to ride... would this be injurious to the bike??? No doubt its recommended... but necessary???
Don't flame me... just asking....
what is your current milage
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The ducati website says that the valve clearance check doesnt need to be done until 24k miles. but in the owners manual it says 15k. a little confusing to say the least.
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Originally Posted by Stw View Post
We all know our bikes have this insanely expensive valve check job "requirement" every 15000 miles.... is this really necessary??? I mean if you could clear the Desmo Service indicator and just continue to ride... would this be injurious to the bike??? No doubt its recommended... but necessary???
Don't flame me... just asking....
Hi Stw,

IMO it's probably not necessary. I base this opinion on previous experience with the later DUCATI engines.
BUT i would say it is wise and advisable to have it done.
It could be cheap insurance just to be able to identify potential problems like premature cam failure while the mechanic is working in there.

From my personal experience it happened with one of my toys (not DUCATI), and it was the only one they had ever encountered, thankfully it was covered under warranty.
Remember the Superquadro is a totally new engine design. It also has some sort of coating on the cams which is not totally proven yet.
Whilst i have absolute confidence in DUCATI durability testing, we are to an extent Beta testing for them as well because we are the first owners.

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Old Mar 1st 2013, 02:18 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by reganc View Post
what is your current milage
Not even close to 15000... but there is a reason for this question....
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