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Ducati Scrambler - Owner's Manual > Running-in recommendations

Riding the motorcycle / Running-in recommendations

Maximum rpm

Rotation speed for Break-in period and during standard use (rpm):

  1. Up to 600 mi (1000 km);
  2. From 600 mi (1000 km) to 1553 mi (2500 km).

Up to 600 mi (1000 km)

During the first 600 mi (1000 km) keep an eye on the rev counter, it should never exceed: 5,500 ÷ 6,000 rpm.

During the first few hours of riding, it is advisable to run the engine at varying load and rpm, though still within recommended limit.

To achieve this, roads with plenty of bends and even slightly hilly areas are ideal for the most efficient break-in of the engine, brakes and suspensions.

For the first 62 mi, use the brakes gently. Avoid sudden or prolonged braking. This will allow the friction material on the brake pads to bed in against the brake disks.

So that the mechanical parts of the motorcycle can adapt to each another, and especially so the life of the basic engine parts is not affected, avoid harsh accelerations and do not run the engine at a high rpm for an extended time, especially uphill.

It is also advisable to inspect the drive chain frequently and lubricate as required.

600 mi (1,000 km) to 1,553 mi (2,500 km)

From 600 mi to 1,553 mi you can squeeze some more power out of your engine. However never exceed 7,000 rpm.

Important During the entire Break-in period, carefully observe the indications on the scheduled maintenance chart and servicing recommendations in the Warranty Booklet. Failure to follow these instructions releases Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

from any liability whatsoever for any engine damage or shorter engine life.

Strict observance of Break-in recommendations will ensure longer engine life and reduce the likelihood of overhauls and tune-ups.

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Pre-ride checks

Attention Failure to carry out these checks before riding may lead to motorcycle damage and injury to rider and passenger.

Before riding, perform a thorough check-up on your bike as follows:

ABS light

After Key-On, the ABS light stays on.

When the vehicle speed exceeds 3 mph (5 km/h), the warning light switches off to indicate the correct operation of the ABS.

Attention In case of malfunction, do not ride the motorcycle and contact a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Service Center.

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Check that the front (1) and rear (2) phonic wheels are clean.

Attention Clogged reading slots would compromise system proper operation. It is advisable to disable ABS in case of very muddy road surfaces, as in these conditions the system might be subject to sudden failure.

Attention Prolonged wheelies could deactivate the ABS system.

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Starting the engine

Attention Before starting the engine, become familiar with the controls you will need to use when riding.

Attention Never start or run the engine indoors. Exhaust gases are poisonous and may lead to loss of consciousness or even death within a short time.

Move the ignition key to position (1, Fig 92). Make sure both the green light N and the red light on the instrument panel come on.

Important The oil pressure light should go out a few seconds after the engine has started.

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Attention The side stand must be fully up (in a horizontal position), as its safety sensor prevents engine start when down.

Note The engine can be started with side stand down and the gearbox in neutral. When starting the bike with a gear engaged, pull the clutch lever (in this case the side stand must be up).

Check that the stop switch (2, Fig 94) is positioned to (RUN), then press the starter button (3, Fig 94).

Let the motorcycle start without operating the throttle control.

Note If the battery is flat, system automatically inhibits starter motor cranking operation.

Important Do not rev up the engine when it is cold. Allow some time for oil to be heated and reach all points that need lubricating.

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See also:

 Ducati Scrambler - Owner's Manual > Riding the motorcycle

 Ducati Scrambler - Owner's Manual > Moving off

Disengage the clutch by squeezing the clutch lever. Push down the gear change lever firmly with the tip of your foot to engage first gear. Raise the engine revs, turn the throttle twistgrip while gradually releasing the clutch lever. The motorcycle will start moving off. Release the clutch lever completely and accelerate. To shift up, close the throttle to slow down the engine, disengage the clutch, lift the gear change lever and let go of the clutch lever.

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