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Old Nov 12th 2018, 12:33 PM   #1
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Someone recently posted a question about how long between engine rebuilds today, which sparked my question for how many miles are these engines good for. Does anyone here have a decent idea for tolerance checks ?
I did a blend of 2500 track miles and 2200 street miles on my 959 and to my knowledge it ran like a horse.
How many track miles can you put on these engines before desmo service?
How many miles can we go before we need a top end rebuild?
How many before we pull the crank and replace bearings, sleeves, valves?
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Old Nov 12th 2018, 12:39 PM   #2
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Someone recently posted a question about how long between engine rebuilds today, which sparked my question for how many miles are these engines good for. Does anyone here have a decent idea for tolerance checks ?

I did a blend of 2500 track miles and 2200 street miles on my 959 and to my knowledge it ran like a horse.

How many track miles can you put on these engines before desmo service?

How many miles can we go before we need a top end rebuild?

How many before we pull the crank and replace bearings, sleeves, valves?


Track miles idk but apparently this guy on a 959 made it to 83K miles before he got in a wreck, to me that says a lot about Ducati engines. Solid reliability.


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Old Nov 12th 2018, 02:23 PM   #3
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Track miles idk but apparently this guy on a 959 made it to 83K miles before he got in a wreck, to me that says a lot about Ducati engines. Solid reliability.


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83K miles - that's got to be close to 30K miles/yr (assuming he got one of the first ones)... I have a 43 mi round trip commute every day and I'm nowhere near that mileage...

Back on point - yes that is solid reliability
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Track miles idk but apparently this guy on a 959 made it to 83K miles before he got in a wreck, to me that says a lot about Ducati engines. Solid reliability.


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That guy is a she actually lol
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Old Nov 13th 2018, 07:35 AM   #5
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Mileage wise on track has a lot of variables depending on how the rider treats the engine. Thereís going to be a few thousand mile difference between the rider on the rev limiter all the time and one who always shifts 500 rpmís before redline.
If I remember right YongR had over 4,000 on his R and it was still going strong as his trackbike. Others here have had them blow up at just over 3,000 miles on the track.
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Old Nov 13th 2018, 09:49 AM   #6
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Mileage wise on track has a lot of variables depending on how the rider treats the engine. Thereís going to be a few thousand mile difference between the rider on the rev limiter all the time and one who always shifts 500 rpmís before redline.

If I remember right YongR had over 4,000 on his R and it was still going strong as his trackbike. Others here have had them blow up at just over 3,000 miles on the track.


Wow this motors are hard to blow up... i know lol , and if they did it at 3k miles Iím impressed, Iím really interested in intricate details as I want to get into track.


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It all depends on how you use the bike and if it's ever been starved of oil, even for a second.
My motor went boom around 18,000 miles; 11,000 road, the rest track.
As to why, the rod-bearings became sloppy and the cylinder hit the head while I was pinned in fourth approaching turn 5 at Barber.
The bike was dealer serviced, the last being 15,000 miles.
Before this, I had a minor walking sped tip-over in the grass with no visible, external damage. I had done this a couple of times when I first moved to GP-shift, accidentally putting it into 4th instead of second for corner, running off into the grass and tipping it over a walking speed before the tire wall.
Apparently, if the bike is on its side and running even for a second, it will be starved of oil. And well the rest, see above.
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My 1299 has 8000 track km and an unknown road km, I think 3000 . It has had a high side as well and not missing a beat to date. I tend to keep it in its torque range, but do occasionally hit rpm limit. My mechanic friend is on to me to do a rebuild or buy a 1299FE engine (new) off him.
That's about 1000 laps a year , rebuild every 8K at $6K is about $6.00 per lap. $3.00 lap for rear tires.
Thats enough , dont like looking at it this way !
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Old Nov 13th 2018, 03:44 PM   #9
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I'm in the middle of the 15k desmo service on my Anniversario. So far, most closing shims need to be one size larger with one of them needing to be 2 sizes larger. Most opening shims don't need to be replaced except 2, one needing one size larger and the other one size smaller. (One size is .05 mm or .002 inches)

It's done 4 trackdays at mid A level pace, and 15k pretty darn aggressive street miles.
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The next bike went to europe, not sure how many miles
he clocked there.


My 1199 has 15k miles now, the last few were at the track. That thing has never been banied. 2000 of those miles are probably track, 3000 are very spirited mountain riding.

This winter, i will be doing the full service, i don’t expect anything to be off (valve clearances)
Friend is a ducati tech and he says those superquadros are rock solid
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