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Wet or dry clutch?

Which does the V have?
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I heard my first dry clutch last weekend. I thought the bike was broken! Yes, it was a Duc.

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I heard my first dry clutch last weekend. I thought the bike was broken! Yes, it was a Duc.
Yeah... Ducs sounds like no motor oil in them....

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Yeah... Ducs sounds like no motor oil in them....
That is exactly what it sounded like!

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That is exactly what it sounded like!
And a few loose nuts/bolts in them....

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dry is cool

I had a 95 Monster 900 and the dry clutch took some time to get used to, I sure miss that bike it was awesome. Miss my 77 Ducati 900SS even more. Hoping I will have that zen experience with my V like I have with my Ducati's. Now with the 44 tooth sprocket I know its getting close, but will it ever be as smooth?
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Don't get me wrong... I love Ducati...

The reason I never own one is maintenance cost... Old Ducs need to have valves adjusted every 3500 miles... Newer ones every 7000 miles... A few friends of mine own Ducati and dealer charge an arm and a leg for service...

If you know how to do valves adjustment... May be not too bad to own one...

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You can do most Ducati maintenance yourself these days. I loved my Monster and had zero issues for the 25,000 miles I owned it. In fact, I only sold it so I could have to two bikes instead of one. It kept its resale value nicely.
I'm on the fence if I'll end up owning one again in the future, but I'm not betting against it, either.
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Dry clutches don't sound too bad if you leave the stock closed clutch cover on them. Most ducati owners I know put the aftermarket open baskets on them, which gives them a tamborine-esque quality and more volume.

Doesn't Harleys use dry clutches?
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...Is there anyone that makes an aftermarket wet clutch cover with clear lexan window that allows the clutch to been seen through the case?
I remember seeing one, don't remember who makes it though. IMO, it wasn't worth it though because it almost always had an oil film on the window and it gets worse when the oil gets a few miles on it and starts to turn dark. Plus, most of us with dry clutch Ducatis change the pressure plate to an anodized billet piece with stainless springs to make it look pretty. Ducatisi LOVE the dry clutch sound.

Madurra: Some of the really older Harleys used dry clutches but modern ones use a wet clutch (unless they are converted to dry by the owner). Difference between a Harley wet and most all other wet clutch bikes is that the Harley has a separate primary drive where the clutch resides so the engine, primary and transmission all have separate oil.

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