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Fellow ducsters,

I have had my '09 848 for 2 years now and have been pilling the miles on with lots of road trips and track days. The bike is serviced correctly by a ducati dealership. The odometer is close to 20,000miles (32,000km) now and i am wondering if there is anything issues which i should be looking out for or anything i can preempt? I have already changed the chain and sprockets (renthal) in the last 1000 miles).

All advice welcome, thanks in advance!
 

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Well, truth be told, I'd just ride the thing.

The 848's are notorious for bad crank bearings and big end bearings. I saw substantial wear on my bearings at 15k and I think most 848's will see issues around the same mileage. We've had many members report big end rod being failure around 25k miles, which could be the type of oil they use or the kind of wear they're putting on the machine.

However, if you're gonna pull the engine apart to replace those bearings, you might as well go ahead and do a complete re-build, which is very expensive even if you do it yourself. So most people tend to run their motors until they go pop and then buy a used one on ebay. Since the 09' isn't an EVO, I don't think you have much to worry about since those engines are all over ebay for not much money.

Outside of that one major issue, everything else is basic maintenance. A lot of people neglect standard maintenance things like sprockets, chains, hydraulic fluid, coolant, suspension refresh, wheel bearings, brake pads, these are all stuff that needs to be done eventually and may not show any symptoms or sign of failure. So it's a good idea to do those things on a frequent basis like oil changes and air filter swaps, which should be done every 3k miles.

Hope that helps and don't worry about the engine issues until something gives you a sign to start worrying.
 
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