The Ducati 1198 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
The Ducati 1198 was an update released in 2011. The engine has more capacity and it obviously has more power, but the maintenance for the 1198 is otherwise fairly identical to that for the Ducati 1098, and to that of other Ducati motorcycles of the era with similar engines (water-cooled, belt-driven cams with four valves per cylinder, e.g. the 848).
This maintenance schedule is the same for all the models of the 1198 — including the 1198S, 1198R, and 1198SP. Yes, even the R Corse, in those amazing colours, has the same maintenance schedule as the humble 1198.
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What you need to maintain the Ducati 1198
The following is a list of consumables (things like oil, spark plugs etc.) you need to maintain the Ducati 1198. You might want to check out a list of basic tools you might need as well.
|Oil||Ducati 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 filter||Genuine 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 fluid||Ducati 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.|
|Coolant||Ducati 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 belt||Is 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 pads||Standard Ducati part number is 61340791A for Brembo brakes. You can also use EBC FA447HH for more bite/feel.|
|Rear brake pads||Standard Ducati part number is 61340381A for Brembo pads. You can also use EBC FA266HH for more bite/feel.|
|Spark plugs||NGK code MAR10A-J. Note they’re sold individually.|
You may also need the following general purpose consumables.
|Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.|
|Motul 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.|
|Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.|
|Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.|
Regular maintenance for the Ducati 1198
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. If necessary, contact your dealer to renew pads|
Ducati 1198 Maintenance Schedule Table
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.
|Change engine oil (Shell Advance Ultra or Motul 7100)||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Clean engine oil filter at intake||•|
|Check engine oil pressure||•||•|
|Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the tension of the timing belts (1)||•||•||•|
|Change timing belts (part 73740252A)||•||•|
|Check and clean spark plugs. Change, if necessary (NGK MAR10A-J)||•||•|
|Check and clean air filter (1)||•||•||•|
|Change air filter (DU-1007)||•||•|
|Check throttle body synchronisation and idling (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT-4)||•|
|Check and adjust brake and clutch controls||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check / lubricate throttle / cold start controls||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check brake pads. Change, if necessary (EBC double hardened 2x FA447HH, 1x FA266HH)||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check steering bearings||•||•|
|Check chain tension, alignment and lubrication||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check clutch plates pack. Change, if necessary (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the coolant level||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change the coolant (ethylene glycol-based coolant)||•|
|Check electric fan operation and cooling circuit sealing||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check rear wheel flexible coupling||•||•|
|Check wheel hub bearings||•||•|
|Check the indicators and lighting||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check tightening of nuts securing engine-to-frame screws||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the side stand||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check front wheel nut tightening||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check rear wheel nut tightening||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check external fuel lines||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change front fork fluid||•|
|Check front fork and rear shock absorber for leakage||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check front sprocket fasteners||•||•||•||•||•|
|Lubricate and grease (Lithium Soap-based Grease)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check battery and recharge||•||•||•||•||•|
|Road test of the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Cleaning the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•|
(1) Operation to be performed only if set mileage (km/mi) is reached
General Information on the Ducati 1198
The Ducati 1198 was an update to the 1098 series of motorcycles that had redefined the direction in which the Ducati Superbike range was going.
Visually, the 1198 looks like what many people think a Ducati Superbike should look like. Single-sided swing-arm, under-tail exhuast, and twin headlights. Fans don’t ask for much!
But of course that’s only what’s on the surface. The Ducati 1198 was built to perform. With a massive 134Nm (97 lb-ft) of torque from its Testastretta Evoluzione engine, and a light weight of just 171 kg dry (377 lb), riding the 1998 is … bonkers. It’s like having the torque of a Harley, but at 10,000 rpm, and on something that weighs half as much. And somehow, the engine is louder.
The Ducati 1198 has fully adjustable Showa front suspension with carries radial mountings designed for the awesome stopping power generated by Brembo Monobloc callipers and 330mm discs. If you get the 1198S, of course, you’ll have fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, as well as lightweight Marchesini wheels.
Ducati 1198 Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it from the Ducati website here.