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May 24, 2004, 12:30 PM

I'm beginning to get discouraged about the ownership of a Ducati as a result of being told that a Ducati Monster 620 with 1000miles will require about $2k worth of service for this year alone.

I'm awaiting clarification on this number from another forum where it was posted as a reply to one of my many posts. It seems to me that there is no way on this godly green earth that a bike would necessitate $2k for maintenance in a year. I mean I can understand if you put 20k miles on it -- maybe. Otherwise it doesn't seem like a Ducati is a practical bike to own.

Can some people here who actually own Ducatis chime in on realistic maintenance costs?

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May 24, 2004, 12:57 PM

That sounds quite high to me, especially for a 2 valve air cooled Duc.

At 1,000 miles, the next scheduled service would be at 6K. Shouldn't be more than a few hundred for the 6K check. If you change your own oil and do the normal checks prior to dropping it off and only have the valves checked, you can save even more. Get a service manual. It will pay for itself during the first service. Wrenching on your own bike saves you time and money. Plus you get intimately familiar with your bike.
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May 24, 2004, 01:30 PM

yup, the 2 valvers are much cheaper to service than the 4 valvers. An example of service cost for a 996 (4 valver), is around $300-$600 for a 6000 mile service. It could be more if you need other things done (like replacing tires, etc). But those really aren't part of this service. The monster will be considerably cheaper. The amount I've saved in insurance has more than made up for the high maintenance costs.
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May 24, 2004, 02:59 PM

The correct response to your quetion, Pax, is "How much you got?"

Actually, I have no clue, but I always hear Duc maintenance is high. But that does sound very high. Try another dealership. I hear the one in Richmond is good, but probably a hike for you. Good luck!
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May 24, 2004, 03:14 PM

yeah, whoever told you $2k has no clue what they are talking about. Call MotoEuropa in Richmond 804-355-0550

http://www.motoeuropa.com/
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May 24, 2004, 03:43 PM

I am glad you have disspelled this myth for me.

Another thing I hear is that when you wreck or drop a Ducati it's much more expensive to fix than dropping a Japanese bike. I guess the parts on an Italian bike can be expensive, but when a bike crashes, it crashes. It wouldn't be cheap to fix a suzuki that got into a 20mph crash. Crashes are just expensive period, right?
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May 24, 2004, 05:34 PM

Yep, most crashes are expensive. The advantage to a Monster is that it doesn't have expensive bodywork/fairings to get damaged. After market parts are generally cheaper than OEM pieces.
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May 24, 2004, 05:46 PM

Also, I found that wrecks can be very expensive because ya have a tendency to upgrade parts instead of just replacing them.
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