My local dealer has basically a set price from the Ducati manual for hours of labor to bill. The issue becomes when you ask for a specific quote for a complete service.
It is far easier to quote an air cooled 2v than a liquid cooled 4v. So my dealer breaks it down to X hours for belt replacement and then X price to inspect the valves. From there the price ranges drastically for the amount of valves, and which valves, need shimming. I think it's 15 minutes plus the cost of the shim for openers and 30 minutes plus shim for closers. So at the worst it could be 1 hour extra plus 4 shims for openers and 2 hours and 4 shims for closers. So when my dealer says your S4RS can run anywhere from $700-1,200 depending upon what actually needs to be done. That includes an oil and filter change, belt swap, coolant change, brake and clutch fluid change and valve inspection for around $700-800 then up to an additional $400 if all 8 valves need to be worked over. The price is a little more difficult to nail down. I've been told that on average 2 valves out of the 8 need to be shimmed properly and that the "average" price is around $900-1,000 for everything.
If you still have an extra couple of dollars burning a hole in your pocket you should ask to have your cams "degreed" when doing the belts. My interpretation is that there is a bit of play in the camshaft and gear and that there is a permissible slop during the engine build. The mechanics have all assured me if the gear and cam are off a bit, dialing this in to "zero" will really wake up the engine and attitude.
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Last edited by caferacermike; 11-01-2015 at 05:13 PM.