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Hello everyone, I was planning on buying a Ducati Scrambler, I already did my research on the bike, although I still can't seem to decide whether to get the Yamaha XSR900 or the Street Twin. I know that Ducati as a brand has become more reliable throughout the years.

I was all set in getting the new scrambler till I saw someone say the 2nd service maintenance cost of Ducati scrambler was $1000+ is that true? So you have the bike serviced every 7500 miles? Why does it cost that much for the 2nd service? Is it because they replace the valve or something? And does the 3rd, 4th, 5th service maintenance charge still be over $1000+ or will it go down?

Sorry, I'm a bit new to bikes. And if anyone knows the service miles and cost for maintaining an XSR900 and a street twin, feel free to comment and let me know.
Thanks guys, cheers.
 

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At the only Scottish dealer the cost of the major service is £464, that's about $580. Any shims required would be extra. If it is due a set of cam belts you could add another $100. So a major service including belts shouldn't cost more than about $600 - $700
 

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... and please correct me if I'm wrong Derek but the expensive part of the service is mileage based rather than time based? So for me who is a wuss and only manages 3000 km a year my expensive service is a way off yet.

I'd still say these aren't the cheapest bikes to run/maintain so if that's a concern MLOTE, you and your wallet may be happier with one of the Japanese offerings (I'm speaking from an Australian perspective here).
 

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Yes, you are correct. Major desmo service is every 7,500 miles. That's about 3 yearly for me. I ride about 10,000 miles a year but that's spread over 4 bikes.
 

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... and please correct me if I'm wrong Derek but the expensive part of the service is mileage based rather than time based? So for me who is a wuss and only manages 3000 km a year my expensive service is a way off yet.

I'd still say these aren't the cheapest bikes to run/maintain so if that's a concern MLOTE, you and your wallet may be happier with one of the Japanese offerings (I'm speaking from an Australian perspective here).
It's not purely mileage based. Belts require doing 2 years or 15,000 miles. Which ever comes first. Even if the bike isn't used the belts still stretch under tension.
 

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It's not purely mileage based. Belts require doing 2 years or 15,000 miles. Which ever comes first. Even if the bike isn't used the belts still stretch under tension.
And if you read the Owner's Manual the belts are stated as requiring changing ever 15,000 mile or 5 years, whichever comes first. This came as a surprise to me because all the other 803cc engines are stated as changing the belts at 15,000 miles or 2 years.

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Hello

The maintenance cost is not the only part of a bike ownership costs : fuel, tyres, insurances are also important costs to take in account. The initial price and selling revenue are also part of the ownership costs.

On my previous bikes, I made a comparizon including all these elements and I came to the conclusion that my Ducati ST2 was less expensive per km than my Honda VFR800 : 0.23 Euro/km vs 0.26 Euro/km

The Ducati ST2 needs to be serviced every 10000 km when the Scrambler needs to be every 12000 km. So service cost should be even smaller than the ST2 one.

Ducati ST2 : Le Web [email protected] > Budget d'entretien
Honda VFR800 : Le Web [email protected] > Budget d'entretien
 

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I just had my 7,500 mile service and it came out to a hair over $800. It would've been almost $200 less, but I did a poor job maintaining my chain so I had them replace it.
 

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I just had mine done here in Austin. Came to $937. The dealer said both my valves needed adjustment....So soon? Maybe. I have ridden it hard on several occasions.
 

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And if you read the Owner's Manual the belts are stated as requiring changing ever 15,000 mile or 5 years, whichever comes first. This came as a surprise to me because all the other 803cc engines are stated as changing the belts at 15,000 miles or 2 years.

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Thanks for that, I really do hope this is the case. Seems like there is some conflicting info around but you'd hope the manual is the one to go with...
Booking mine in for its 2 year service tomorrow. Could be cheaper than expected!
 

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I have had it on good authority from a Ducati Service Centre that 5 years is definitely the case for the Scrambler belts and apparently they use a new belt which is also being used on the new Monster 797. He couldn't say for sure whether these belts could be used on the previous 803cc bikes but if the pulleys and tensioner rollers are the same, then probably yes.
 

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15000 mile service done (belts changed). Grand total £780 which includes £620 for Desmo serv, new manifold studs and nuts (previous were fully corroded) and new front tyre (MP3). Surprised they didn't try pushing new discs and pads (I checked wear beforehand and would have refuted it as they seem fine even with the amount of hooning and pillion use). Had to ride home in an hour of hail and sleet. Happy days.
 

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...to add, for 3 days I had a Hyperstrada loan bike. Avoid this bike at all costs. Its like wrestling an antelope in a sleeping bag. Horrible bike with no apparent function in the real world. Also took out a 1200S Monster for an hour, wonderful. Loved it.
 

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Normal wear on my 2015 Icon at 30,000 km (~18500 miles):
2 x Front and rear disk pads - replaced under Ducati Worry Free Program - no charge
1 x set new tires (Pirelli MT60) - US$450
Steering bearings - ~US$160
Final drive kit (chain & sprockets) - ~US$180
Valve adjustment incl. 'shims' & timing belt @ 24,000 km (~15000 miles) - replaced under Ducati Worry Free Program - no charge but there's much discussion on this forum on the topic.
1 x new battery after three years - ~US$150
Air and oil filters, oil, brake fluid and spark plugs - ???
And, just for fun, petrol used under my circumstances @ average consumption of 20.32 km/L - ~US$1419.84.
The next service is due at 36,000 km (~22500 miles) at which time I will need a new rear brake disk.

I would think this is about average for any bike regardless of manufacture.
 

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Normal wear on my 2015 Icon at 30,000 km (~18500 miles):
2 x Front and rear disk pads - replaced under Ducati Worry Free Program - no charge
1 x set new tires (Pirelli MT60) - US$450
Steering bearings - ~US$160
Final drive kit (chain & sprockets) - ~US$180
Valve adjustment incl. 'shims' & timing belt @ 24,000 km (~15000 miles) - replaced under Ducati Worry Free Program - no charge but there's much discussion on this forum on the topic.
1 x new battery after three years - ~US$150
Air and oil filters, oil, brake fluid and spark plugs - ???
And, just for fun, petrol used under my circumstances @ average consumption of 20.32 km/L - ~US$1419.84.
The next service is due at 36,000 km (~22500 miles) at which time I will need a new rear brake disk.

I would think this is about average for any bike regardless of manufacture.
While seeing no problem with your costs I'm very surprised at the short life of your brake discs. I've never had to replace a rear brake disc on any bike due to wear and the front discs on my ST4s lasted to 50,000 miles although I probably should have replaced them a few thousand miles earlier.
 

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Yes a lot of city riding will be harder on the brakes. I do very little city riding.
 

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Hello everyone, I was planning on buying a Ducati Scrambler, I already did my research on the bike, although I still can't seem to decide whether to get the Yamaha XSR900 or the Street Twin. I know that Ducati as a brand has become more reliable throughout the years.

I was all set in getting the new scrambler till I saw someone say the 2nd service maintenance cost of Ducati scrambler was $1000+ is that true? So you have the bike serviced every 7500 miles? Why does it cost that much for the 2nd service? Is it because they replace the valve or something? And does the 3rd, 4th, 5th service maintenance charge still be over $1000+ or will it go down?

Sorry, I'm a bit new to bikes. And if anyone knows the service miles and cost for maintaining an XSR900 and a street twin, feel free to comment and let me know.
Thanks guys, cheers.
I just traded my Scrambler on an XSR900. My 7500 mile service was $592 US. Yamaha is about $200 US. Ride both bikes. There's no comparison. Strangely, Ducati North America has called twice in the last week to ask about my bike and was shocked when I told them the reasons why I traded it.
 
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