Ôwhat is the secret of Ducati
Richard Llewellin, boss of Louigi Moto near Bristol
ÒIT helps if you are an ‘old-school’ biker,
as those boys have them as investments that they like to polish. ‘Modern’ Duke owners sometimes think they own Japanese bikes and can get caught out by corrosion and some models’ foibles.
ÒIF you own a bike from the 748-to-996 era the swingarm pivot bolt that goes through the cases can seize and mean you can’t get the engine out. Those bikes also had an issue with cush-drives delaminating. As the metal backing for the cush drives comes off it fires out and can destroy the hub and chain adjusters if not caught in time. Check for any kind of swarf in that area before it’s too late.
Òearly 748s, 916s, 749s and 999s didn’t have an anticorrosion coating on the inside of their steel fuel tanks. If the breather for the fuel cap gets blocked, water will get into the tank and rot it from the inside.
ÒON early Multistradas the fuel tank mounting screws seize into position. It’s partly because they leave the factory with threadlock and then DIY mechanics think they should always be like that and overtighten them. The idle air control valve, which is like an automatic choke, can seize. The ECU senses this and goes into a haywire map.
Òthe 1098 and 1198 models are my favourites Ð the quality control went right up with them and I think they are going to still be around long after most Panigales have been thrown away.ó
‘It helps if the owner is an ‘old-school’
You have to treat them well