15 Secrets Ducati Owners Rarely Share

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Owning a Ducati is a dream come true for many motorcycle enthusiasts. With their distinctive Italian design, roaring engines, and impressive performance, these bikes are the peak of two-wheeled luxury and speed. But behind the scenes, Ducati owners tend to keep a few things to themselves. Let’s explore 15 of them.  

Maintenance Intervals

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Ducati’s highly tuned engines require more frequent maintenance than other motorcycles. The recommended service interval is every 7,500 miles, which can be expensive for owners. Additionally, some models require valve clearances to be checked every 15,000 to 18,000 miles, adding to the overall maintenance cost.

Cost of Ownership

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Owning a Ducati comes with a bigger price tag, not just for the bike but also for accessories, parts, and dealer fees. The partnership with Shell means that Ducati recommends their premium fuel and lubricants, which can be costly.

Heavy Clutch Lever Pull

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The heavy-duty clutch springs in Ducati bikes require more force to pull the clutch lever, which can be exhausting over time. Installing an aftermarket clutch slave cylinder can alleviate some of this force, but it is not a universal solution.


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This is a common issue experienced by Ducati motorcycle owners, particularly on certain models like the Diavel. Its V-twin engines are known for their significant vibration that can render mirrors useless and cause bolts and fasteners to rattle loose. It can also create discomfort for the riders and affect the bike’s handling. Proper maintenance and frequent checks are essential to mitigate these issues.

Heat Dissipation

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The high-performance engines of Ducati bikes generate significant heat, especially on air-cooled models. The heat is primarily dissipated through the engine block, cylinder head, and exhaust system. It can be uncomfortable for riders, especially when stopped for extended periods.

Fuel Consumption

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Performance comes at a cost, and for Ducati, that cost includes fuel efficiency. Ducati bikes have high-compression, high-revving engines designed to deliver maximum power and torque. These engines are optimized for output rather than fuel economy, so they burn more fuel, especially when ridden aggressively.

Battery Life

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Ducati motorcycles are famous for their cutting-edge technology and advanced electronic systems. While these electronics enhance the riding experience, they also significantly demand the motorcycle’s battery. Ducati owners often need to replace or recharge their batteries more frequently. It is particularly true if the motorcycle is not ridden regularly, as the battery can lose charge over time even when the bike is stationary. 

Wind Buffeting and Noise


The OEM windscreen on some Ducati models can direct wind into the rider’s upper chest and neck area, leading to buffeting and noise. The Multistrada models, particularly, can experience wind buffeting and noise, especially for taller riders. A taller windscreen can help alleviate these issues.

Fragility of Certain Parts

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Some parts of the Ducati bike, such as the steering lock mechanism, can be fragile and prone to failure. The radiator and radiator cover on some Ducati models can be particularly fragile. A single drop or fall can cause major damage, leading to costly repairs. Owners should be aware of these potential problems and take measures to prevent them. 

Difficulty in Low-Speed Maneuvers

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Ducatis are designed for immense output so they can be less comfortable at low speeds. Riders might experience significant vibration and roughness when cruising through town. Some Ducati models’ tall and wide designs can challenge low-speed maneuvers, such as parking, turning, or stopping in tight spaces.

Limited Ground Clearance

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Low ground clearance can lead to hang-ups, where the underbody or overhangs come into contact with the road surface. This can damage it and potentially lead to accidents. The Multistrada models have relatively low ground clearance, making off-road riding more difficult and increasing the risk of damage.

Limited Storage Space

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Some Ducati models have little storage space. This is a concern for riders carrying luggage or gear.

High Center of Gravity

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Certain models have a tall and wide design. As a result, the bike’s center of gravity is higher, making it more prone to tipping over at slow speeds.

Limited Visibility

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High seats and wide handlebars in some models can limit visibility, especially for shorter riders. As a result, it is difficult to maneuver in tight spaces or through city traffic.

Low Dealer Network


While Ducatis are famous worldwide, their dealer network isn’t as extensive as other brands. This can make finding parts and servicing more challenging, especially in remote areas.

Written by Johann H