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What can you tell me about late model Ducati ownership? Maintenance service plan or can they be DIY'ed? My reason for asking is I have Ducati tastes with a Honda budget, lol. I can afford the bike but am worried about maintenance costs as I tend to put many miles on my toys in a short period of time.
Can't speak to the water cooled 4 valve models. Never had one of those.

But I can tell you that the 2 valve aircooled models are extremely simple machines. It's what I really like about them. There's nothing difficult about them, it's all simple DIY.

For example, the belts can be done in 1/2 hour, no biggie. They're aircooled, so no radiator, waterpump, etc to mess with. Regular maintenance like oil, filters, plugs, etc. could not be simpler.

Even the desmo valve system isn't difficult. It's really not much different than any other shim style valve system. There's one more adjustment (adjusting the opener shim), but it's not a big deal. Plus, they are very stable and don't need much adjustment. And, there's only four valves, total.

I view them as the mc equivalent of a 911, mechanically. Very sturdy and designed to be worked on.
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