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Old Oct 18th 2019, 05:32 AM   #1
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When to change fork fluid?

Looks like the maintenance schedule calls for changing fork fluid at 36months. When are you guys changing yours? I've heard the school of though that you dont open them up until they starts leaking. If it matters, I'm specifically interested for the 1299s.

Does your answer change if it's low mileage (<5k miles) without hard use (street only)?
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Old Oct 18th 2019, 08:50 AM   #2
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Looks like the maintenance schedule calls for changing fork fluid at 36months. When are you guys changing yours? I've heard the school of though that you dont open them up until they starts leaking. If it matters, I'm specifically interested for the 1299s.

Does your answer change if it's low mileage (<5k miles) without hard use (street only)?
If its been longer than 36 months that your bike has been built, change the fork and shock fluid. It seems like you don't ride a lot so maybe stick to the time tables vs mileage tables. I wouldn't wait for a problem to occur, you will be better off being proactive than reactive with a motorcycle and a Ducati specifically.
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Old Oct 18th 2019, 09:46 AM   #3
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According to a Öhlins technician i spoked to the most important oil change is the first one.
You should do it right away.
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Old Oct 18th 2019, 07:13 PM   #4
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I Ride: red 2015 Multistrada
I'm changing mine right now because of a failed seal. Only 4700 miles and the oil looked good. My owners manual, 2015 base Multistrada, only says every 18,000 miles with no time recommendation. I think something around 5000-7500 would be good depending on how you ride.
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Old Oct 18th 2019, 10:36 PM   #5
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I have opened a duc showa fork with 25k Km recently.
the outer tube was worn.
Fork pieces are expensive.
so, in my opinion: best would be a full service after run in.
important is checking all ptfe faces for included metal chips.
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Old Oct 19th 2019, 01:26 AM   #6
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I Ride: '16 Pani R, 1098R Bayliss.
I did mine after 3 track/race seasons. Would guess around 120 hrs riding max, and the oil was dark grey and thicker compared to new oil.
It took a fair bit of cleaning to remove all of the residues before reassembly too.
I will do mine at least once a season in future.
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Old Oct 31st 2019, 02:22 PM   #7
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I Ride: 1199 Panigale S (2014)
Started to think of changing my fork fluid now as well. 2014 1199S with 12K km. No leaks etc. Is it enough to just change oil or should I replace seals etc. at the same time? Recommendations appreciated.
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