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Ducati 1198 (S, SP, R, Corse) Maintenance Schedule

2009 Ducati 1198-Stock Image

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.

2010 Ducati 1198 R Corse-Stock Image
Ducati 1198 R Corse. Look at me! LOOK AT ME

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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.

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 T4… check out the forums.
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440037A. I’d suggest removing that and using a K&N KN-153 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. I believe you need two for a V-twin. 😉
Consumables for Ducati 1098 and 1198 S, R, SP

You may also need the following general purpose consumables.

ProductThumbnailDescription
Chain lubricantmotorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteThe chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty), with variations recommended between manufacturers. Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.
Chain cleaner brushmotorcycle maintenance - chain cleanerA chain cleaner brush makes cleaning off grime and then distributing new lubricant much more easy.
Paddock standmotorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standLubricating the chain and changing the oil both become a lot easier once you use an affordable paddock stand (not necessary if you have a center stand).
Cable lubricantmotorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantRemember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.
GreaseGet a good lithium soap based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and bearings.
General motorcycle consumables — Brake fluid, chain lube, clutch lube, and grease

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
Regular maintenance for Ducati 1198

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.

Km. x100011224364860
mi. x1,0000.67.51522.53037.5
Months61224364860
Change engine oil (Shell Advance Ultra)
Change engine oil filter (K&N KN-153)
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 (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 (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
Maintenance schedule for the Ducati 1198

(1) Operation to be performed only if set mileage (km/mi) is reached

General Information on the Ducati 1198

The 1198 was born to perform and with a colossal 97lb-ft (134 Nm) of torque from its Testastretta Evoluzione engine and dry weight of just 171kg (37 7lb) it always delivers. Its victory-driven technology comes directly from Ducati’s World Championship-winning race bikes – and it’s evident in every detail of the bike.

Fully adjustable Showa front suspension carries radial mountings designed for the awesome stopping power generated by Brembo Monobloc callipers and 330mm discs.

Fully adjustable Showa suspension at the rear and lightweight 10-spoke wheels complete an impressive set-up. For 2011 the 1198 is available in traditional Ducati red with a racing black frame and graphite grey wheels.

Ducati 1198 Owner’s Manual

Ducati 1198 Owner's Manual Screenshot

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

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