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MTS: 11 1200 (Red)


Joined: 06 Oct 2018
Posts: 2
Location: Springfield

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:29 pm Reply with quote

Good day to you all, I'm getting ready to get my first Ducati, and this one being the 2011 MTS. I've ridden Ducs before, mainly on demo days, so they aren't too foreign to me. My big concern is since I like to be able to maintain what I own without having to throw it at a dealer (and the nearest one is at least 3 hours away), knowing what I need to know to keep it in tip-top shape.

Here is the listing as of this posting.

I was able to secure it's initial service and 15,000 mile service history, but I have nothing for the 30k mile interval. I've been quoted $1200 from two different dealers from two different parts of the state (I live in SW Missouri). From the dealer that serviced it, it has had the rear brake inspected and no faults to be found. There appears to be some cosmetic damage to the left side, close to the and on the tank fiberglass. The bike does have crash bars and frame sliders with the left slider showing some wear. It is missing the left fairing pocket cover as well. I have secured pricing to NOT be what is shown as listed.

Since I do not know if the services have been completed at 30k miles, and with the quotes easily being over a grand, I'm looking to be able to see how much of these services I can do myself. I'm not a professional motorcycle/car mechanic, but I've done my share of spark plugs, oil, tires, brakes, filters, etc to be competent and comfortable. I fix office electronics on the day to day, so I do know my way around a screw driver. Wink

So what do you all think? Is this type of servicing something I can do without the dealer, or is it definitely needed for this model engine? Also, are there any Ducatisti in the SWMO/NWAR/NEOK/SEKS area who are handicapable for something like this?

Thank you for your time and input!
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MTS: 10 1200S (Red)


Joined: 15 Sep 2011
Posts: 2528
Location: Chicago Suburbs, USA

PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:45 am Reply with quote

If you have the aptitude, you can definitely complete on your own, and there's many threads on this site with info on how and settings. $1200 is about the low side at a dlr., but as I last did I found a local guy who did it for $350 + the belts I bought myself.
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MTS: 05 1000S DS (Black)


Joined: 16 Jan 2008
Posts: 330
Location: Vancouver, Canada

PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:12 pm Reply with quote

I bought my multi for the simplicity of the air head among other attributes. By the sound of your posting you should be fine. Make sure to take your time and have all your ducks in a row. You will need a few things to get you going for example a way to keep you valves from falling into the cylinders during shimming by using forceps or a compressed air fitting. You will also need a special tool to measure the sims though not expensive.
This info is for the 1000 but will give you an idea.

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