DUCATI service : Looking after your DUCATI...
All about us... We are, and always have been a workshop focused company. We are a small independent workshop that is fully authorised by Ducati to look after your bike.
All our workshop team are Ducati factory trained, very experienced and work only on Ducati motorcycles.
What does this mean to you? It means that your Ducati will be serviced to the highest possible standard by someone who not only knows how to carry out routine maintenance work, but knows exactly what to check on each specific model. We feel this is the only way to a well maintained Ducati.
Fully Authorised AND independant : We are a fully authorised Ducati dealer, but we remain independent, so you get the best of both: prior to 2005 we were a tiny workshop servicing Ducati's without any support or technical benefit of any connection to Ducati. We continue to be a small workshop where you and your bike get the personal attention we are known for, we now have all the the benefits of full support from the Ducati factory:
Moto Rapido are one of the few workshops that can offer the best of both...
- Small, personal and professional service
- Fully Ducati authorised workshop facility
- Desmosedici Authorised workshop
- Dedicated service adviser - firstname.lastname@example.org - who will advise and go through the work required excactly
- Always up to date with factory revised service bulletins
- 100% of the Ducati specialist tooling in house
- Award winning factory trained technicians - see here
- We always use genuine Ducati service parts
- Free new courtesy Bike or Car for your to use when we're servicing your Ducati
- Workshop collection and delivery service - FREE locally too.
- Fully flexible servicing, we can advise and discuss just what YOUR Ducati needs, rather than just go by the recommended service list, this keeps your bill sensible too!
- Split hourly rates: have two hourly rates, for simple jobs, tyre fitting, valeting, chain adjustments etc we charge HALF price, and our regular hourly rate is low too at just £55 per hour.
- We are proud that our servicing prices are as sharp as when we were a small stand alone workshop, so you get more without paying more.
DUCATI Servicing : What's involved...
The important bit about servicing YOUR bike...
No two bikes are the same, so we tailor the servicing to fit your bike perfectly.
While all Ducati's are scheduled for servicing every 12 months, not everyone covers the same mileage every year, so we need to adjust the servicing accordingly.
If you have riden 3000 miles in 2 years you won't need as much done as a rider who has covered 12,000, equally 6000 miles round Brands Hatch is a long way so we are happy ot adjust the service items to suit you and your Ducati.
Ducati servicing made easy...
Ducati's up to model year 2006...
This is to cater for bikes that are due the larger service because they have reached the time limit (2 year intervals) but have not reached the mileage (12,000 intervals). This is 'Service 3-B'
Ducati's from 2007 onwards...
Just call 01962 873982 (workshop direct) or email Phil (email@example.com) for advise and pricing of servicing your Ducati.
SPECIALIST SERVICING OPTIONS...
These are the some of the more specific service options available in the Moto Rapido workshop. Below are the most popular options for the dedicated Ducati owner, for the rider or racer who wants the very best out of their bike, developed from our experience with our own Ducati's on road and track, this is the kind work that our reputation is built on. Not available at your average Ducati dealer!
Desmodromic head Refresh: (aka Top end blueprint)
The desmodromic valve operating system used by Ducati is, as all race derived systems, particularly sensitive to the components being set perfectly, so worn rockers or camshafts, valves not seating properly or covered in exhaust carbon and unmatched shim tolerances all result in poor running, difficult starting, poor throttle response, less power and increased oil consumption.
This is often refered to as a 'top end blueprint' and is very popular with our track day customers and racers, setting the desmo valve system to exact tolerances, rather than factory built ones, simply makes your Ducati as it should be. We often do this service along with cam timing (see below) to get the best out of the desmo V twin engine.
We remove both cylinder heads, strip and professionally clean them completely, de-coke and pro clean the pistons, barrels and heads, check valve guide condition and replace if required (usually 24000 miles of road use) clean and lap the valves / valve seats, replace worn rockers, replace collets and stem seals. Then assemble each head and set the valve clearances exactly, clean barrels/cases and replace base gaskets and refit the heads.
2 valve per head motors - £370 + parts required
As each motor requires different parts, these prices exclude the cost of gaskets, O rings, stem seals and valve collets etc that your bike would need. Other parts (valves, rockers, valve guides, cams, cam bearings etc) are in addition and we will advise accordingly. No additional labour is charged for fitting these as part of this service.
The fun bit...
As we have the heads apart and on the bench for this service, upgrade Camshafts, race rocker springs, R/RS/Corse rockers, rocker covers etc are fitted free! and it is an ideal time for head porting / gasflowing !
Moto Rapido “Dr Desmo” Major set up service
This is a MAJOR Rebuild (sometimes and called 'Blueprinting') specifically designed by us to get your Ducati running and handling the very best it can.
Every motorcycle is built to a manufacturing tolerance rather than being hand build precisely. This service changes that, this is why we get such good results by carefully setting everything to the exact settings.
We are happy to advise and amend the list of service items on this and all our services to suit your bikes needs exactly - Just call the workshop to go through what your bike specifically needs. This is where our workshop really gets its reputation, there are many Ducati trained mechanics but few can strip and rebuild a motor to this specification. The same people who build our race motors, carry out this level of engine work. Precision and attention to the finest detail are everything.
Everything included in the the major service for your bike PLUS a total engine build as follows...
This is a very involved job, clearances can be changed by altering base gasket size or machining of the barrels
A very worthwhile note… We can now remap the majority of Ducati ECU's and eprom chips in house. So if you have a special requirement for your 1098 / 848 / 999 etc we can now reamp these ECU's with upgraded fuel tables, ignition tables, alter RPM limits etc, just call (some more info here).
(Please note: a running in period is required for new piston kits before we can run your bike on the dyno)
Service labour Prices…
2 valve per head motors - £995
** Upgrade or performance parts marked are fitted free as part of this service, many other tuning parts (engine parts, exhuast systems etc) are also available with free fitting when we have your bike on the operating table for this service, speak to us about what you would like your Ducati to do and we can go through the options.
Cam timing - Dialing in the cams...
Again, a matter of getting your Ducati running just right. Perfect Cam timing is critical to getting the most out of the Ducati motor, often overlooked in favor of big exhaust kits or high compression pistons. this is an excellent way of getting more from your motor without spending fortunes.
We have many sets of cam timing, each designed for a particular task and model, more top end power, more mid range or more bottom end grunt.
The latest generation of motors (Testastretta superbike, monster and Multistrada) have adjustable cam pulleys fitted as standard so there is little expense, an ideal upgrade to scheduled services.
Previous models can be fitted with lightweight adjustable pulley sets too.
Prices for cam timing: Cam timing is charged at our regular service labour rate (£55.00 per hour) as some models take longer than others to set up. It takes approximately 4-5 hours, less if done during a service.