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A major service, otherwise known as a desmo service, can be carried out in intervals of anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 kilometres depending on your model of motorcycle. If you’re not sure when your Ducati is due for it’s major service, you can either find it in your owner manual, or contact us to find out more.

The lifespan of a motorcycle comes down to the quality of maintenance it has received. The major service is vital for keeping your bike happy and healthy, and will keep it running well for tens of thousands of kilometres. Although this service is only due every 20-30,000klms, some elements involved in this service are very time dependent and may need to be done sooner if you have not reached the required kilometres. Feel free to get in touch to find out what your motorcycle will benefit from going forward. 


Below is a list of tasks carried out when completing a major service.

  • Change engine oil and filter

  • Remove cam belt covers, belts, and rocker covers

  • Check and adjust valve clearances

  • Refit above parts and replace cam belts

  • Clean/replace spark plugs

  • Clean/replace air filter

  • Replace fuel filter

  • Check steering head bearing condition

  • Remove forks – service front end and refit

  • Change coolant

  • Check and set fuel injection/carburetors

  • Lube and adjust chain

  • Check/adjust tyre pressures and condition

  • Check brake pad condition

  • Change brake and clutch fluids

  • Lube pivot points

  • Lube/adjust throttle cable

  • Check coolant level

  • Check battery condition and charging system

  • Visual inspection – fork seals, brake lines, oil leaks etc.

  • Check headlights, indicators, stop lights etc.

  • Test ride

Get in touch with the team to 

arrange your next service

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