Need some help guys.... a few weeks ago, I purchased a 2003 749 with 15K miles on it. When I checked the bike out, everything was fine, however after I loaded it up on my truck, and got it home 4 hours later, it wouldnt start. When I hit the start button, it sounded like the starter was very "weak" however it finally rolled over and the engine started while I had the choke on. After about 2 minutes, I pushed the choke back and the RPM's dropped, and the bike shut down. I then attempted to start it again, and nothing..... SPutter sputter sputter... I didnt want to burn out the starter so I left it alone for about 5 minutes... I came back out, and tried it again, and it started up. I drove it straight into the basement, and its been there ever since. I start it up everyday, but I am a little worried as what may have been causing the issues... BTW... The Engine Light comes on Intermitently. The previous owner disclosed this, and told me that his tech said it has to do with some wire that may have been pinched on the rear axle, and he guaranteed me that the light had nothing to do with the permormance of the bike. Also, the light does go out when riding, but at a stop light, the light tends to come on every now and then. All this I gathered within a 5 mile ride to the service station. Any thoughts on Any of this???? Thanks Guys!
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Re: 749 Starting Problem
I don't think there's anything wrong with your bike. I'm assuming that all the required services have been done and you have a good battery. The **9 bikes absolutely require a good strong battery. If you don't already have one get and use a battery tender. It will save you a lot of headaches with a weak battery. As for the starter speed, the 749 turns over S-L-O-W-L-Y. It's normal, if you're use to other makes it sounds like it won't start but it will. The Fast Idle lever, not a choke, once you start the bike, let it idle about 2000 RPM or so until the coolant temp gage stops flashing, then you can slowly back the lever to minimum, if you if you just push the lever back fast it drops the idle too fast and it will die. When it's not fully warm and you have a stock injection map it runs a little lean and will be cold blooded until fully warm. The occasional stall on a cold morning is not unusual even on a properly set up bike. I normally on cool mornings keep my fast Idle lever up until I'm either on a highway/freeway or a five or so miles in town before I turn it full off. She can be a real bitch to start if she's only a little warm, not cold/not hot, I really don't know why but mine does the same thing. I give it a minute and try again and she'll fire. All this goes away once she's fully warmed up. Once you get the knack of it you'll be fine, I don't even really have to think about it anymore.
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Check the inline fuse that is normally close to the battery. Also try again with the battery connected to the charger. Most batteries only have a life of around 5 to 6 years, often less on a bike due to vibration.
The battery IS DEAD. The buzzer is the starter solenoid not getting enough juice to close the contact inside itself. Check your battery connections and make sure they are TIGHT, charge the battery and see if it helps, if not - you need another battery or a shop to help diagnose the bike.
try a push start. if it starts go to autozone an purchase a can of Seafoam $10 pour 1/3 can into two gallons off gas an get on it right away get some high speeds in once in awhile..it night take about 10 miles before you will see a difference.
hi no way all the guy wants is money any good guy has the right test gear and would test all the charging /starter compnants before replacing the whole caboose buy youself a small cheap volt meter £5/£8 check the battery voltage start motor needle should go up to around 14 put lights on needle should not drop if this is ok then rr and stator is ok stop motor leave lights on if voltage drops rapidly battery is us hope this helps merlinv12
DickCanFixIt is right if the bike service was done recently. If done a year ago the dealer is pretty much off the hook. $700 is ridiculous for what they did. Just get a spray can of starting fluid and give a shot into the air cleaner. Add some fuel injector cleaner into the gas and ride through a few tanks of premium gas. After awhile you won't need the starter fluid. By the way, if you only ride the bike 100 miles a year you may want to sell it. As you have seen, they can be a money pit under some circumstances.
I was down 1/2 quart.
Is it usual to burn that much oil in 700 miles or did the mechanic forget to change the oil at the 600 miles service?
Husband bought a duplicate bike and he wasn't down at all.
I can see being down 1/2 quart with a total mileage of 1100 miles (maybe) but not in the 700 miles since the oil change.
Like a dummy I didn't check the fluids after the initial service.
It looks clean, but I'm planning a 1200 mile trip next week and am not quite sure if this is normal...if you experienced guys think its okay, I guess I'll have to make room in my bags to carry oil!
Any opinions appreciated...,1. Sounds like the mechanic didnt do his job right.
2. Just have your hubby do it. cheaper and you know its done right.......,,,
i'm about to purchase a 03 749 w abt 4000miles. mostly stock except for some CF add-ons. used to ride a monster400(yes they do have 400cc monsters!) back in my country and the maintenence wasn't costly.
was just wondering if you guys could offer me some advise mostly abt cost of maintenence. i would love to be mentally prepared for the costs involved..(tried to find these info in the forums but couldnt really get a definite answer)
1)i understand the 6K service would be up soon. any rough estimates on the cost of it?
2) is it about the same for the 12k service?
2) is the 6K and 12 K service(and so on every 6K) the only major ones the 749 need?
3)in between these how often should i send her for a regular servicing? (change of engine oil, spark plugs, etc)?
any help would be truly appreciated and cant wait to get back on a ducati!,First piece of advice, use the search function on this forum. You will be flamed otherwise. This question has been asked a million times.
The cost of servicing a Ducati will depend on the state of the bike. Generally, however, all interval services between 6000 and 12,000 miles will cost the same as any Japanese four. The major services, and this includes the 6000 and 12000 services will generally cost you between $600-$1200. This is a ball park figure, as this depends: (a) on the honesty of the mechanic; and (b) things like the valve clearance and age of the belts and the general condition of the bike.
As you have a 2003 749 with 4000 miles, expect the next service to be at the higher end of the scale because the bike will have to have the belts, fluids, valves and everthing checked or changed. This is because Ducati specify their maintenance schedule in terms of X,000 miles or 2 years, whatever comes sooner. This schedule is repeated throughout the bikes life and as time goes will come to include such things as the forks, etc.
I suggest that you do not skimp on any of this. However, Ducati's and especially the 749/999 bikes are not ticking reliability time bombs. If you look after your bike it will last you for many years to come, providing a fantastic ownership experience along the way.
I hope this is of some help.,,,