The Ducati 959 Panigale maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
The Ducati 959 Panigale replaced the Ducati 899 Panigale in 2016, and was replaced by the Panigale V2 in 2020. It plays the part of the “little brother” to the bigger Ducati superbikes, but any observer would agree that 959 is a big enough engine!
The Ducati 959 Panigale is called just that, with no S models available (typically a Ducati S superbike has uprated suspension and lighter wheels). It did also come in the guise of the Ducati 959 Panigale Corse, which has Öhlins suspension, Akrapovič mufflers, a lighter battery, and a great paint scheme that it’s hard to pull your eyes off.
The 959 Panigale has a 955cc V-twin desmodromic engine that makes 116 kW (157 hp) and 107 Nm (79 lb-ft) of torque. Both the front and rear suspension are fully adjustable, even without the Corse model’s Öhlins.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati 959 Panigale
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
The best part is that the Ducati 959 has timing chains, like its predecessor the 899, so no belts to replace.
But maintaining the 959 Panigale is not for the faint of heart. A brief look at forums shows that doing things like changing spark plugs can take many hours of labour, as you have to undo quite a lot (not just the fairings!) to get at them. Don’t try this unless you’re brave.
The manual says that “Using the motorcycle under extreme conditions, such as very damp and muddy roads or dusty and dry environment, could cause above-average wear of components like the dry system, the brakes or the air filter. If the air filter is dirty, the engine could get damaged.”
The regular maintenance for the Ducati 959 Panigale is as follows.
Every 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Check engine oil level (spec is Shell Advance 4T Ultra 15W-50)|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level (both using a high-spec DOT 4)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication. Lubricate with chain lubricant. Replace if necessary. (a Motul chain care kit is a good thing to have on hand)|
|Check brake pads. If necessary, replace. (Front: 2x 61340121A, rear: 61340381A)|
Ducati 959 Panigale Maintenance Schedule Table
This is the full maintenance schedule for the 959 Panigale.
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier. Minor services are at multiples of 12,000 km (7,500 mi), with major services every second minor service (every 24,000 km or 15,000 miles). Many items have to be done every 1-2 years as well.
This maintenance schedule is in the same format as in the manual, though altered to fit this screen in web format.
Note: This scheduled maintenance chart is designed for a road use of the 959 Panigale. If it is used on the track, even if not during sport competitions, all parts of the bike are more stressed so the routine maintenance operations must be carried out more frequently than indicated.
[D] means a Ducati dealer needs to do these.
|[D] Read the error memory with DDS 2.0 and check of Software version update on control units||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change engine oil and filter (Shell Advance 4T Ultra 15W-50 oil and part 44440312B oil filter)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly||•||•|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearance||•||•|
|Visual check for wear of the chain timing system||•|
|Change spark plugs (NGK MAR9A-J)||•||•|
|Clean air filter||•||•|
|Change air filter (OEM part 42610491a or K&N DU-1112)||•||•|
|Check the proper tightening of the clutch cover and clutch protection cover bolts||•||•||•||•|
|Check the proper tightening of the oil sump bolts||•||•|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||24|
|Check brake pads. Change, if necessary (Front: 2x 61340121A, rear: 61340381A)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disc flange screws||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check wheel hub bearings||•||•|
|Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft (lithium soap-based grease)||•||•||24|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket||•||•|
|Check the proper tightening of secondary drive front and rear sprocket nuts||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check chain sliders for wear||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary||•||•||24|
|Change the front fork fluid||36|
|Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side stand||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Visually check the fuel lines||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement and positioning of hoses and electric wiring in view||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change the coolant (Ethylene glycol pre-mix)||•||36|
|Check the coolant level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check electric fan operation||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the battery charge level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check secondary air system operation||•||•|
|Check the operation of all electric safety devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D]Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.0||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Road test of the motorcycle, testing the safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Cleaning the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Fill out Warranty Certificate with service data||•||•||•||•||•||12|
General Information on the Ducati 959 Panigale
The Ducati 959 Panigale an evolution of 899 Panigale but with a larger 955cc engine. The Corse version is a higher-spec one with components from Öhlins and Akrapoviç.
The 959 Panigale is meant to be the “street”-friendly version of the bigger superbikes, and it definitely is. The 899 Panigale and the 959 Panigale both are very easy to ride on the street, compared to their bigger siblings that can be unrefined at lower speeds and send you to an early grave when all you’re trying to do is tip-toe your way around an urban roundabout.
At 10,000 rpm in first gear the Ducati 959 Panigale is doing around 100 km/h — maybe 15-20% shy of superbikes, but that slightly shorter gearing does make it more accessible.
But the 959 is no pusscat. With as much power as earlier generation superbikes only a decade ago, the 959 can be fierce at the track as well. It’s just that you can take it to the farmers market too, if you feel like making an entrance.
The interesting thing is that the Ducati 959 Panigale has quite a few interchangeable parts with its bigger stablemates. Some people put full exhaust systems from a 1299 Panigale onto their 959, and with a re-map, they get a cost-effective (compared to a full aftermarket exhaust system) upgrade.
Ducati 959 Panigale Owner’s Manual
Note the warnings in the manual saying you should get the Ducati service centre to do maintenance.
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it from the Ducati website here.