2016 Ducati Panigale 1299S.
Today's modern superbike is very complicated, from it's electronic fuel injection to it's electronic suspension, traction control, ABS brakes and electronic dash. Never mind the crazy hp it is making, now there is traction control to limit the amount of hp being delivered to the back wheel and so on.
Of course, there is so much electronics on modern bikes now, the factory has decided to run most of it through a little black box. They even call it "little black box".
And with GPS these days the factory even knows where your bike is, even if you don't.
Anyhow, nothing is simple any longer and taking care of your motorcycle is more important now than ever. If you take care of your motorcycle, it will last for many years.
What a Panigale looks like under all that body work
You can see there is no longer a frame supporting the engine, forks or swing arm. The engine is now the bridge between these two integral components.
The exhaust is also bolted to the bottom of the engine.
Changing the oil is not as easy as it once was, either. There are many other changes, as well. For example, Ducati no longer uses cam belts for spinning the cam shafts, now they use gears. Ducati has even changed the size of the valve shims, they are smaller now.
1980 Ducati 900 SS
The 1980 900SS is still fun to ride, sounds great and is definitely a lot easier to work on.
It has 2 Dell'orto carbs on it, simple suspension and is uncomfortable (hard seat) to ride for any long distances.
The new Ducati's still have a hard seat, have better suspension, do go faster (in the right hands) but tend to be a little hotter under the rider's seat.
We are a full service Ducati shop with extensive experience on; bevel drive models, cam belt models, Desmosedici and Panigales. Servicing Ducati and other Italian brands for over 33 years, you could say it's our passion.
Our approach to service is, to focus on quality rather than quantity because we are enthusiasts ourselves. We know how important it is for your Ducati to be in top running condition. Our parts inventory is one of the most comprehensive in Canada because we know you'd rather spend more time riding and less time wishing you were riding.
We take a comprehensive approach to servicing your bike which reduces downtime and long term maintenance costs. We feel it is important to listen to what our customers have to say, and offer advice, accordingly. We don't expect our customers to know everything about their Ducati. So, we try to explain procedures in practical terms and show them.
When we service your Ducati, we check and fix the little things that can eventually turn into big things. One example, mounting tires, it's not only mounting and balancing the tire. We'll check the wheel bearings, brakes calipers, brake pads and advise you of their condition and whether replacement or repair is advised. It all adds up to making your Ducati run better.
Previously nominated top Ducati service shop in North America for 3 consecutive years, we are constantly training and updating our skills. However, having book knowledge is not enough. An excellent mechanic has relevant experience, is analytical, and has a certain "touch" for the work at hand.
Ducati Service Intervals:
Cam Belts - every 2 years or 20,000kms
Fuel Filter - every year or 10,000kms
Major Service Interval - 2006 and prior models, every 10,000 kms
Major Service Interval - 2007 and up models, every 12,000 kms
We can't emphasize strongly enough the importance of following the recommended cam belt replacement schedule. The photo above shows the damage that a broken belt can cause. The belts were three years old. As you might expect this engine was not reparable.
Yes, there are many different views on this subject these days. Even the factory has changed their time period.
However, once the warranty period has gone by, if a cam belt breaks it is your responsibility, no one else.
Is it worth the risk?