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Ducati 848 Maintenance Schedule

Ducati 848 Maintenance manual body shot

The Ducati 848 maintenance schedule — sourced from the owner’s manual. This also applies to the Ducati 848 Evo.

This applies to these models:

  • 2008 Ducati 848
  • 2009 Ducati 848
  • 2010 Ducati 848
  • 2011 Ducati 848, Ducati 848 Evo
  • 2012 Ducati 848, Ducati 848 Evo
  • 2013 Ducati 848, Ducati 848 Evo

The same maintenance schedule applies to the more limited edition models, like the Hayden limited edition and the Corse.

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What you need to maintain the Ducati 848

The following is a list of consumables (things like oil, spark plugs etc.) you need to maintain the Ducati 848.

Engine 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 848: EBC FA244HH for more bite/feel.
848 EVO: EBC FA447HH for more bite/feel.
Rear brake padsBoth standard and EVO use the same rear brake. Use original part number 61340381A, EBC part number FA266HH for more bite/feel (and availability online)
Spark plugsNGK code MAR10A-J. Note they’re sold individually.
Consumables for Ducati 848 and 848 EVO

You may also need the following general purpose consumables.

Chain lubricantmotorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteThe chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty). 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.
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 848/Evo

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

Every 600 miles/1000 kms:

  • Lubricate the chain and check for play
  • Check brake wear levels
  • Check fluids including oil, coolant, brake fluid, and clutch fluid
  • Check tire tread and depth

These are regular maintenance operations. The owner’s manual has a full guide on how to do it.

Ducati 848 Maintenance Schedule Table

List of operations with type of intervention (distance or time interval – whichever earlier).

This maintenance schedule is in the same format as in the manual, though if it were me I’d re-order it a bit.

The Ducati 848’s service interval every is 12,000 kms or 7,500 miles. At every one of these points, check the table to see what’s due.

km * 100011224364860
miles * 10000.67.51522.53037.5
Change the engine oilXXXXXX
Change the engine oil filterXXXXXX
Clean the engine oil pick-up filterX
Check the engine oil pressureXX
Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)XXXXX
Check the tension of the timing belts (1)XXX
Renew the timing beltsXX
Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessaryXX
Check and clean the air filter (1)XXX
Change the air filterXX
Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting (1)XXXXX
Check the brake fluid and clutch fluid levelsXXXXXX
Change the clutch fluid and brake fluidX
Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cablesXXXXX
Check/lubricate the throttle/choke cablesXXXXX
Check tyre pressure and wearXXXXXX
Check the brake pads. Renew if necessaryXXXXXX
Check the steering head bearingsXX
Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubricationXXXXXX
Check the clutch disc pack. Renew if necessary (1)XXXXX
Check the coolant levelXXXXX
Check the operation of electric fans and sealing of coolant circuitXXXXX
Change the coolantX
Check the rear wheel cush driveXX
Check the wheel hub bearingsXX
Check the indicators and lightingXXXXX
Check tightness of nuts and bolts securing the engine to the frameXXXXX
Check the sidestandXXXXX
Check tightness of the front wheel axle nutXXXXX
Check tightness of the rear wheel axle nutXXXXX
Check the external fuel hosesXXXXX
Change the front fork oilX
Check the forks and rear shock absorber for oil leaksXXXXX
Check the front sprocket retaining boltsXXXXX
General lubrication and greasingXXXXX
Check and recharge the batteryXXXXX
Road test the motorcycleXXXXXX
General cleaningXXXXX

General Information on the Ducati 848

The Ducati 848 was the successor to the Ducati 749.

It has an 849cc L-twin 4-valve-per-cylinder engine that’s water cooled.

The engine produces a stomping 92 kW (125 hp) at 10,000 rpm.

Things that disguish the Ducati 848 from its predecessors are

  • The single-sided swing-arm — makes the motorcycle look amazing.
  • Larger, more powerful engine than the 748cc engine in the 749
  • Different looks, reverting to the same aesthetic as the Ducati 917

The Ducati 848 Evo Corse also got traction control and other goodies, but no ABS.

Ducati 848 Owner’s Manual

Ducati 848 Maintenance schedule screenshot

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

The Ducati 848 Evo and Ducati 848 Evo Corse models had their owns manual, with the same maintenance but different other details. You can get those manuals from Ducati’s web site.

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