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Ducati 1098 (base, S, R) Complete Maintenance Schedule

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The Ducati 1098 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

The Ducati 1098 was made between 2006 and 2010. So this maintenance schedule applies to the

  • 2007 Ducati 1098, Ducati 1098S, and Ducati 1098R
  • 2008 Ducati 1098, Ducati 1098S, and Ducati 1098R
  • 2009 Ducati 1098, Ducati 1098S, and Ducati 1098R
  • 2010 Ducati 1098R (only R model this year)

The main difference between the base version 1098 and the up-spec Ducati 1098S is the presence of lighter Marchesini wheels and Öhlins forks. But apart from that, the motors are the same

Yes, the Ducati 1098R is a very different bike, with the 1198cc engine that would become the Ducati 1198‘s base.

But despite this, the maintenance for the Ducati 1098R is the same! You can see that in the maintenance schedule for the 1198.

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Ducati 1098R

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The Ducati 1098’s maintenance schedule shares a lot with the Streetfighter of the same era, and the 848 superbike.

What you need to maintain the Ducati 1098 (and 1098S, and 1098R)

The following is a list of consumables (things like oil, spark plugs etc.) you need to maintain the Ducati 1098 superbikes.

PartDucati Streetfighter 1098 spec
OilDucati recommends Shell Advance Ultra motorcycle oil. You need 3.7L for a complete oil change. It’s hard to find and expensive so people suggest Mobil 1 Synthetic. A lot of Ducati owners use Shell Rotella T6… check out the Ducati forums.
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440037A. I’d suggest removing that and using a HifloFiltro HF153RC oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.
Brake fluid, Clutch fluidDucati recommends Shell Advance DOT 4, but that’s quite hard to find, so Castrol DOT 4 Synthetic is a good and very high-quality alternative.
CoolantDucati recommends Shell Advance Coolant or a 35-40% mix of Glycoshell, a Nitrite, Amine, and Phosphate-free coolant. But any ethylene glycol-based coolant will do the job.
Timing beltIs it time to change the timing belt? Don’t put it off… a broken timing belt will cost you a lot! You need part number 73740252A.
Front brake padsStandard Ducati part number is 61340791A for Brembo brakes. You can also use EBC FA447HH for more bite/feel.
Rear brake padsStandard Ducati part number is 61340381A for Brembo pads. You can also use EBC FA266HH for more bite/feel.
Spark plugsNGK code MAR10A-J. Note they’re sold individually.
Consumables for Ducati 1098 and 1198 S, R, SP

You may also need the following general purpose consumables.

motorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standPaddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
motorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteMotul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.
Valvoline full synthetic lithium soap-based greaseAlways good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
motorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantUse Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables

Regular maintenance for the Ducati 1098 Superbikes

This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).

Every 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:

Check the engine oil level
Check the brake and clutch fluid level
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication
Check the brake pads; replace if necessary
Ducati 1098 regular maintenance

This is quite a wide gap for checking these parts of the motorcycle, and I’d consider them “minimum”.

Ducati 1098 Maintenance Schedule Table

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The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.

This maintenance schedule is in the same format as in the manual, though altered to fit this screen.

The distances and times are mentioned below. Whenever the first of either the time or distance interval is reached, the maintenance is required.

Km. x10001224364860
mi. x1,0007.51522.53037.5
Change the engine oil (High-spec, e.g. Motul 7100, or Shell Rotella T6 used by many)
Change the engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)
Clean the engine oil pick-up filter
Check the engine oil pressure
Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)
Check the tension of the timing belts (1)
Replace the timing belts (73740252A)
Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessary (MAR10A-J)
Check and clean the air filter (1)
Change the air filter (K&N DU-1007)
Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting (1)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels
Change the clutch and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)
Lubricate the flange ramps and slipper clutch centre
Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cables
Check/lubricate the throttle/choke cables (Protect all cable life)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the brake pads. Renew if necessary (FA447HH x 2, FA266HH)
Check the steering head bearings
Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (You may find a Motul chain care kit handy)
Check the clutch disc pack. Renew if necessary (1)
Checking the coolant level
Change the coolant (Valvoline Zerex G05)
Check operation of electric fans and sealing of coolant circuit
Check the rear wheel cush drive
Check the wheel hub bearings
Check the indicators and lighting
Check tightness of nuts and bolts securing the engine to the frame
Check the sidestand
Check tightness of the front wheel axle nut
Check tightness of the rear wheel axle nut
Check the external fuel hoses
Change the front fork oil
Check the forks and rear shock absorber for oil leaks
Check the front sprocket retaining bolts
General lubrication and greasing
Lubricate the clutch centre
Check and recharge the battery
Road test the motorcycle
General cleaning
Maintenance table for Ducati 1098

(1) Operation to be carried out only at the specified distance intervals.

General Information on the Ducati 1098

The Ducati 1098 was the Ducati superbike that came after the Ducati 999.

It took the best bits of the Ducati 999 — the handling, and the more relaxed riding position compared to the tiner earlier superbikes — and reintroduced a few classic bits of styline, like a single-sided swing-arm and dual front headlights.

But aside from that, the 1098 (and the race-spec 1098R) were incredible bikes that won multiple World SBK championships.

The 1098 is one of the last Ducati motorcycles to not have any rider aids. No ABS, no traction control, no cornering anything. As such, it’s quite a hard motorcycle to ride. But in the hands of someone capable, it’s exhilarating.

Ducati 1098 Owner’s Manual

Ducati 1098 Maintenance Schedule screenshot

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it from the Ducati website here.

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