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Ducati NYC Desmo Service Quote

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I picked up a 2004 999s for a decent price that is in very good condition for 19,500 miles. It seems it needs the desmo service since I have the wrench icon on the LCD and I dont have any service history documents. The ducati shop here in NYC gave me a service quote for $2100. This is at a $75/hr labor rate.

What do you all think? The front fork seals need to be replaced as well as one of them has just started leaking and they said it could be about $700 just to service the forks.

Any insight would be appreciated!
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It sounds like the commenter has recently acquired a 2004 Ducati 999s at a reasonable price but has noticed that it requires a Desmo service, as indicated by the wrench icon on the LCD display. Without any service history documents, the Ducati shop in NYC has quoted $2100 for the service at a $75/hr labor rate. Additionally, it appears that the front fork seals need to be replaced, with an estimated cost of around $700 for the fork service alone.
It's understandable that the commenter may be concerned about the costs associated with servicing their new bike, especially since the quotes they've received appear to be quite expensive. However, it's important to keep in mind that Ducati motorcycles are known for their high-performance engines, which require regular maintenance to keep running at their best. A Desmo service is a crucial part of this maintenance, and it's recommended that it be performed every 15,000 miles or so.
Regarding the fork service, it's not uncommon for fork seals to wear out over time and begin to leak. While $700 may seem like a lot for this type of service, it's worth noting that a proper fork service involves disassembling and cleaning the fork tubes, replacing the seals, and reassembling the forks with fresh oil. This can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, especially on a high-performance motorcycle like the 999s.
In summary, while the costs associated with servicing a Ducati motorcycle may seem high, it's important to remember that these bikes require regular maintenance to perform at their best. It may be worth getting a second opinion or seeking out a reputable independent mechanic who specializes in Ducati motorcycles to see if there are any cost-saving options available.
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