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Old May 4th 2018, 03:13 AM   #1
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Noisy chain / drivetrain

I just picked up my V4 (base) a few days ago and noticed upon arriving home and riding through my underground parking that the bike was making a pretty noticeable clunking / clattering noise when rolling on and backing off the throttle. The more suddenly, the worse. I inspected the chain and it was indeed loose.

Took my bike back to the dealership today and they tightened it up and said they must have missed it during the PDI (I wasn't too pleased about that). After getting it back, I'm noticing that it's still making a metallic sounding pop under the same conditions. I've never encountered this with any of my bikes before.

Is there something in the drivetrain that's noisy on this model or do I have to go back to the dealership and raise hell? My worry is that something may have gotten jarred due to the loose chain and is now damaged. Any advice?

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Old May 4th 2018, 03:43 AM   #2
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Old May 4th 2018, 04:34 AM   #3
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a loose chain on purchase is normal because the chain will stretch the first time you ride it . could need adjusted within the first 50 miles. especially with a bike that has over 90 PF torque. the first chain stretch is part of the break in . from that point chain tightening becomes less frequent . (like maybe every 2-4000 miles)

on the ducati the difference tween too loose the just right is very small

on the ducati over tightening the chain can damage the countershaft or seals and bearings in that area as well as the case that it runs through.

more than likely the dealer did nothing wrong and the chain was spot on from the factory.
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Old May 4th 2018, 04:19 PM   #4
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a loose chain on purchase is normal because the chain will stretch the first time you ride it . could need adjusted within the first 50 miles. especially with a bike that has over 90 PF torque. the first chain stretch is part of the break in . from that point chain tightening becomes less frequent . (like maybe every 2-4000 miles)

on the ducati the difference tween too loose the just right is very small

on the ducati over tightening the chain can damage the countershaft or seals and bearings in that area as well as the case that it runs through.

more than likely the dealer did nothing wrong and the chain was spot on from the factory.
Agreed!
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Old May 4th 2018, 06:43 PM   #5
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Thanks guys. I took it back to the dealer and they adjusted it to be on the tighter side of the allowed range instead of right in the middle. I trust that they would not over tighten it (I hope) in lieu of my complaining.

It seems like the chain slapping the guard and making that racket on these is a characteristic of the bike (or so they told me). This is my fourth Ducati and it's definitely a first being remotely this noisy (well, as far as the drivetrain goes, haha). I'll report back if anything self destructs :P.

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Old May 4th 2018, 11:42 PM   #6
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It's a characteristic of the bike. I asked them about the chain slap as well and they said the chain was in spec when I took it in for the 600 mile service. Not gonna worry about it too much, only really happens when I back off the throttle abruptly at low speeds.
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Old May 5th 2018, 06:53 AM   #7
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It's normal.
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Old May 5th 2018, 03:13 PM   #8
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It's not normal for any other bike on the planet
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Old May 5th 2018, 05:54 PM   #9
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It's not normal for any other bike on the planet
I'm pretty sure there isn't any (at least an extremely small number, if they do exist) bikes with the oil pump/dry sump system the V4 has either. The counter rotating crank is new for street bikes as well. Not saying you don't have a point, just saying the V4 is an extremely unique bike in many aspects so it can be difficult to determine if something you're experiencing is an issue or just normal operation.

I have a feeling like the swingarm design and something regarding the counter rotating crank is what's causing the chain to slap upon abrupt shutting of the throttle.
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