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I had 7,450 miles when the 'service icon' came on (I think). Had 7,524 by the time I got to dealer.

Approx. Costs:

Parts: $100
Labor $400
6% tax $30
Total $500

(Both exhaust valves needed adjusting)

Bike runs noticeably smoother now.

I did a nice ride home through the central PA mts and made it home on one tank.

The fuel light never came on until turning a corner @ 144.5 trip miles, then quickly, it went off again and stayed off the last couple miles til I Got home.

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Ow, that's pricey. I know beans about these engines. I wonder if the valves will need regular adjustment, like the old BMW air head, or settle in, like the VStrom.

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Greer,I did 30,000 miles on a second hand fuel injected air cooled Monster 900 S. I had the valves checked twice in that period and they were still in spec both times. I'm expecting the same from the scrambler after the initial check at 7500 miles.
 

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just picked my bike up fra the first service - according to the service rep the valves need adjustment every 24.000 km. i suppose the first adjust is at the 12k service.
 

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just picked my bike up fra the first service - according to the service rep the valves need adjustment every 24.000 km. i suppose the first adjust is at the 12k service.
I am now wondering if mine were off spec from day 1 because the bike has never been so smooth as it is now.

Fuel economy is at its best yet, too.
 

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I am now wondering if mine were off spec from day 1 because the bike has never been so smooth as it is now.

Fuel economy is at its best yet, too.
It's quite possible it was in spec. initially but settled during the break in period. That wouldn't be unusual.
 

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Bottom line, I am pleasantly surprised as to the degree of noticeable improvement.
 

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just picked my bike up fra the first service - according to the service rep the valves need adjustment every 24.000 km. i suppose the first adjust is at the 12k service.
The valves need to be INSPECTED every 12000km - adjustments when necessary.
 

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The valves need to be INSPECTED every 12000km - adjustments when necessary.
Ducati Maintenance

"The enjoyment of riding, reliability and maximum containment of maintenance costs are among the main criteria that drive every engineering project in Ducati. We have spread out services to intervals of 24,000 km (15,000 miles) and on some models the main Desmo Service is not necessary until 30,000 km (18,000 miles). Even the simplest services, the Oil Service, have been spaced out to 12,000 km (7,500 miles) or 15,000 km (9,000 miles), values that represent an absolute reference for high performance engines."

No mention of valve inspection every 12k.
 

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Case closed :) I'm quite certain he said valve adjustment but he might have referred to the timing belt - don't know. I'm not a mechanic.
 

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Ducati Maintenance

"The enjoyment of riding, reliability and maximum containment of maintenance costs are among the main criteria that drive every engineering project in Ducati. We have spread out services to intervals of 24,000 km (15,000 miles) and on some models the main Desmo Service is not necessary until 30,000 km (18,000 miles). Even the simplest services, the Oil Service, have been spaced out to 12,000 km (7,500 miles) or 15,000 km (9,000 miles), values that represent an absolute reference for high performance engines."

No mention of valve inspection every 12k.
"SOME MODELS"

Not the Scrambler.

Check your users manual, it's every 12000km.


Edit... Just saw Ogre's post - so you can see it there.
 

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That's a good result Ogre, sounds like they were out from the start now it's a lot smoother running , You've certainly put the miles on :cool: bet your other bikes are feeling a little left out :rolleyes:
 
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