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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 10-04-2018, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Bleeding clutch now every 200 miles

Ducati ****** up again! My bike apparently doesnít have the master recall in it but I have to bleed the master on the clutch like every 200 miles . I canít believe these guys dropped the ball this hard on such a basic function on a motorcycle . All for those stupid looking fancy pants aluminum brackets that hold the fluid res off the bars . They kink the line and trap air that over a shorter and shorter time causes the clutch to stop functioning properly . First you notice you canít find neutral . Then you start loosing more and more clutch until it only works with the quick shift. I hope someone from Ducati actually reads the comments off this forum so the 2019ís donít have the same problems .....
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grip bars , grab throttle and twist !
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Yeah I've seen reports that there are some owners who are now bleeding every 2 tanks of fuel. Imo they should really be doing this recall across all models, regardless of whether or not its included in the 'affected' units.
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Agreed ! Itís terrible !

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If the master recall properly addresses this issue then I don't see why they wouldn't just make it optional for any owner to do. You'd think it would be cheaper than any possible lawsuit that could arise from an accident relating to clutch.
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I'd have to check the paperwork but my V4S had "all" outstanding recalls already done when I got it, in August. The clutch has been bled once by the dealer and another 3x by me (quick bleed). The local Ducati performance shop says they can usually fix it going to a higher performance Motul DOT4, but I haven't done that yet.
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OK, I hate to be rude but you started it.

Einstein's definition of insanity:

"Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome."

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Just trying to keep a good attitude about it... until a longer term fix can be found
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Just trying to keep a good attitude about it... until a longer term fix can be found
This ain't rocket science.

There can be only three sources of the problem:

(1) Leaking clutch slave.
(2) Leaking line/fittings.
(3) Leaking master cylinder.

There is no "longer term fix".

I would make Ducati fix the dam*ed thing now, .... or fix it myself.

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The meme was a joke. I gave the dealer the opportunity to fix it at the first service. Since then it has required one additional bleed, so now I have something to show them indicating it needs additional attention.
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