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Hi all! Just got my 2016 Scrambler Classic! It's actually my very first motorcycle. The Scrambler is a stunning motorcycle, just took it for a first ride - awesome feeling.

However, I do have some questions regarding the maintenance, since I plan to keep this bike for a long time and want to take good care of it.
The Scrambler already has 4000 miles on it, as far as I know I am the third owner. The bike looks to be in very good condition, however I was not able to get a maintenance history from the dealership so I don't know what has been done on it. Assuming the owner is following the maintenance schedule, it has probably gone through the 600 mile service. The next one coming up is probably the Desmo A service... But the bike is already 5 years old, so does that mean I have to take it in for timing belt change? Is that an emergency? What happens if the timing belt fails? The engine oil looks fairly dark, should I change that as well? I know maintenance on the Scrambler can be pricy, any suggestions on lumping on several service items to save time/money?

I appreciate all your suggestions/feedback.
Thanks!
 

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I'll let others chime in on the rest since I'm too new to scramblers to know, but my $0.02 is that any used vehicle I buy from anyone I don't know personally I change the oil immediately because you just never know. The oil gets dirty/dark almost immediately so that fact isn't worrisome, but if you don't have any evidence that it has the correct type and amount of oil and was replaced recently then it's better safe than sorry to start fresh.
 

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My Icon is of a similar vintage and mileage, but this year's service will include replacing the timing belts for reason of age not mileage - if one fails it's an expensive rebuild so better safe than sorry in my book ... It's unlikely yours will have already been replaced at this stage. Might as well do the oil change at the same time.
 

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Rule 1 of buying a used bike... if there is no service history, assume none of it has been done properly.
(actual rule 1 is not buying a pricey bike with 0 history but the heart wants what it wants right...)

So it's going to need a basic service at a minimum, air filter, oil + oil filter and a good check over all the points in the service guide (found various places online)

Due to it's age, if you've got no proof the belts have ever been changed, they need replacing too. It's a pricey job at a dealership, you could see if there are any Ducati specialist private mechanics nearby. Often cheaper and anyone who regularly works on older Duc's has done a million belt swaps.
If you don't swap them and a bet fails, it's very likely your engine will be toast and either need a whole new second hand engine or a very expensive rebuild. (probably cost more than you paid for the bike)
So don't delay on the belts... as mentioned, time is as important as mileage and the factory interval periods are 15,000 miles or 3 years, whichever comes first. So you could be two whole years overdue!

The desmo valve service is due every 7500 miles, so you're a while off that yet but the cost of doing a vale check while the belts are being done is negligable, so its just a good idea to have that done at the same time.

At nearly 5 years old, it's time to replace the brake fluid as well.
I'd also check the production date of the tyres, they only last 4ish years, so if they are original (unlikely at the rear but possible on the front) time for new rubber as well.

Not as vital but 5 years is when you want to start thinking about fresh fork oil, it's not done a lot of miles but the oil breaks down over time. The rear shock isn't serviceable so you'd have to just replace it but chances are it's probably fine.
 

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Ditto on the above. Change the oil and filter ASAP. Inspect the belts for cracks.
If you don't already have, get a good set of metric tools; for starters.. sockets, wrenches, allen T-handles, and an 8 qt drain pan, turkey baster, 3 feet of clear hose for the calipers.
Checking craigslist for used sets could save you a bunch. Find how to videos on youtube.
 
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