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Old Mar 23rd 2019, 04:29 PM   #1
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Clutch gone soft after 3 rides

Picked her up 2 weeks ago V4S

Everything about the bike is incredible

but today after just my third ride on the bike, the clutch started to go soft

I know it is a common issue on the bike

But my question is, does changing the clutch slave fix the problem?

Or does the recall work fixes it? As I havenít heard very positive responses about the problem getting fixed
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Old Mar 23rd 2019, 04:48 PM   #2
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yep after the 3rd time . they came out with a smaller diameter line to fix it . so they say . i'm thinking it's heat causing the air and the whole lines needs to be wrapped
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Old Mar 23rd 2019, 08:01 PM   #3
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My bike had the clutch line recall done before I picked up my bike from the dealer and I've never had an issue with the clutch going soft at all.

So either my bike never had a clutch issue or the smaller diameter line fixes the issue.
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Old Mar 23rd 2019, 09:05 PM   #4
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I have the same issue, but it didn't happen until about 6+ months after I purchased it (V4S). Bear in mind I have two other bikes, and the Ducati isn't ridden much. As of last night I only had 1170 miles on the V4S.

What I've been told by the service manager of my dealership is that the problem is actually the line being too close to the motor, causing the fluid to boil. He also said that those that have had the recall completed, to include some racers, don't have the issue. I will have the recall work done this Friday, so we'll see. I'll be sure to provide feedback.

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Old Mar 23rd 2019, 09:07 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by RODOLFO View Post
Picked her up 2 weeks ago V4S

Everything about the bike is incredible

but today after just my third ride on the bike, the clutch started to go soft

I know it is a common issue on the bike

But my question is, does changing the clutch slave fix the problem?

Or does the recall work fixes it? As I havenít heard very positive responses about the problem getting fixed
I'd try the recall first. See my post below for the explanation I got from the service manager at my dealership.

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Old Mar 23rd 2019, 09:09 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by darkling View Post
yep after the 3rd time . they came out with a smaller diameter line to fix it . so they say . i'm thinking it's heat causing the air and the whole lines needs to be wrapped
My dealership service manager says it's the line being too close to the motor, causing the fluid to boil. I'd try the recall fix first. You can always wrap the line afterwards if needed. My recall work will be done Friday, so I'll see if it fixes the problem.

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Old Mar 23rd 2019, 09:10 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by PanigaleV4S View Post
My bike had the clutch line recall done before I picked up my bike from the dealer and I've never had an issue with the clutch going soft at all.

So either my bike never had a clutch issue or the smaller diameter line fixes the issue.
Good to know, but how long have you had the bike? My problem didn't show up until about 6 months after I bought the bike.

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Old Mar 24th 2019, 05:20 AM   #8
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I've had both the clutch slave and master cylinders replaced and the problem still exists for me. While sitting in the garage or with short casual rides, it goes soft slowly, over many weeks. But during a track day, it'll consistently go from very firm to completely flaccid within 40 laps. My best guess at this point is that it is heat related. I get my hose replaced next weekend and then I have a track day the following weekend, so I should be able to verify the fix then. Bleeding the clutch is an easy 2-minute procedure, but it would be very nice not to have to worry about it.
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I had the smaller hose installed and it cleared the issue. I have done 3 track days after the install with no change in lever feel.
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Old Mar 25th 2019, 12:45 PM   #10
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Anyone consider heat shielding the line ? There some decent aircraft line protections/shield
available.
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