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Ducati 999 Superbike Maintenance Schedule

Ducati 999 superbike - maintenance schedule cover photo

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati 999, one of the line of Ducati’s Superbikes that started with the Ducati 916 and ended with the Ducati 1098.

The Ducati 999 is based on a 998cc liquid-cooled-4-valve-per-cylinder V-twin engine (called an L-twin as it has a 90-degree angle). It has a desmodromic valve train and belt-driven cams, much like its predecessors.

The engine in the Ducati 999 makes 91 kW (124 CV / 122 bhp) at 9500 rpm, with max torque of 102 Nm (76 ft-lb) at 8000 rpm.

The Ducati 999S is a higher spec bike, with higher power tuning, Öhlins suspension components, and lightweight Marchesini wheels.

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What you need to service the Ducati 999 Superbike

If you’re servicing your Ducati 999 Superbike, you need the following consumable items per the service manual.

Engine oilThe manual recommends “Shell Advance Ultra 4” engine oil, or another 10W-40 (to cover the maximum range of operating temperatures) engine oil. Motul 7100 10W-40 is a popular choice.
Engine oil filterUse part 44440038A, or an aftermarket alternative like the Hiflofiltro HF153RC.
Timing beltsChange the timing belts when it’s due, or your valves are toast! Part for the Ducati 999 is 73740125A.
CoolantUse an ethylene glycol-based high-performance coolant that’s silicate and phosphate free.
Spark plugUse a Champion RH4HC or NGK CR9EK spark plug.
Air filterUse the Ducati parts 42620171A and 42620181A, or you can use an aftermarket DNA air filter, part R-DU99S05-US (comes as a pair).
Fork oilThe manual recommends Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Shell Donax TA.
Brake/Clutch FluidThe manual requires DOT 4 brake fluid, e.g. Shell Advance Brake oil or an alternative like Castrol DOT 4.
Chain greaseUse either SAE 80-90 gear oil or Shell Advance Chain lube, or another high-quality lubricant like that in a Motul chain care kit.
Ducati 999 basic service parts

Maintenance schedule for the Ducati 999 Superbike

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Ducati 999 Superbike.

The Ducati 999 Superbike has 10000 km (6000 mi) maintenance intervals at which the oil and filter need to be replaced, the belts serviced, and the valves checked.

The service manual presents everything together in one table, which is a bit hard to read. Below you can find separate lists for regular maintenance (every 1000 km), as well as the maintenance schedule for every service interval

Ducati 999 regular maintenance

Below is the list of items you should do for regular maintenance on your Ducati 999 Superbike.

Every 1000 km / 600 miles, do the following checks.

Ducati 999 regular maintenance
Check engine oil level (top up with Shell Advance Ultra 4 or Motul 7100 10W-40)
Check coolant level (top up with ethylene glycol-based antifreeze, e.g. Pro Honda HP, or distilled water + Water Wetter for track use)
Check clutch and brake fluid level (top up with Castrol DOT 4)
Check tyre wear and pressure
Check chain tension and adjust if necessary
Check chain lubrication condition and lube if necessary (Motul chain paste)
Check brake pad wear, replace if necessary
Check battery charging system (battery, reg/rec, alternator)
Ducati 999 — Regular checks every 1000 km / 600 mi

Ducati 999 maintenance schedule table

km x 100010203040
mi x 10006121824Every
Change engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)XXXX
Change engine oil filter (HF153RC)XXXX
Check/clean engine oil intake filterX
Check/adjust valve clearancesXXXX
Check/Replace (R) timing belts (73740125A)XRXR2 years/20K km
Change spark plugs (NGK CR9EK)XXXX
Change coolantXX
Change fuel filterXX
Check throttle body sync and idlingXX
Change air filterXXXX
Check engine oil pressureXX
Check cylinder compressionXX
Change clutch and brake fluidX
Check clutch and brake controlsXXXX
Check steering bearing playXX
Clean fuel tankXX
Change front fork oilX2 years/30K km
Perform general lubrication and greasingXX
Check torque of safety-critical points of the vehicle (see below A)XXXX
Perform general testing (see below B)XXXX
Ducati 999 maintenance schedule

A — Check for proper tightening (Torque Values)

Check the torque of the following components. The Ducati V-twin superbikes tend to shake themselves loose.

  • Chain sprocket
  • Engine/frame bolt locknut
  • Front wheel nut
  • Rear wheel nut
  • Steering head screws
  • Bottom yoke screws
  • Steering head assembly bolt
  • Handlebars clamp fastening screw
  • Fork pinch bolts
  • Rear swingarm / rear shock absorber screw
  • Rear shock absorber/ rocker arm bolt
  • Shock absorber reaction arm / rocker arm bolt
  • Swingarm pivot shaft screw
  • Suspension rocker arm / frame nut
  • Oil pipe connector on cooler
  • Oil pipe connector on casing
  • Front brake calliper screw
  • Front brake disc screw
  • Rear brake calliper screw
  • Rear brake disc screw
  • Spring drive pin / chain ring retainer
  • Chain ring nuts
  • Passenger grab strap bolt
  • Calliper plate pin

B — General testing

When doing “general testing”, test the following components.

  • Wheel hub bearings
  • Rear wheel flexible coupling
  • Sprocket nut
  • Side stand
  • Cooler electric fan
  • Indicators and lighting devices

Tyre sizes and pressures for the Ducati 999 Superbike

The Ducati 999 Superbike comes with 5 Y-spoke lightweight alloy wheels and comes shod with sport tyres.

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure (cold)
Front120/70 – ZR 172.1 bar (30 psi)
Rear190/50 – ZR 172.2 bar (32 psi)
Tyre sizes and pressures

Obviously, adjust the tyre pressures according to your intended purpose.

About the Ducati 999 Superbike

Ducati 999 naked chassis

The Ducati 999 is the latest in a long line of Ducati superbikes that started with the iconic Ducati 916.

The Ducati 999 is also the successor to the Ducati 998, but is a huge departure in terms of design and style.

The 999 was designed by Pierre Terblanche, who brought us other masterpieces like the Ducati SportClassic range (the Sport 1000 and so on). The SportClassic was an instant hit and is now a collectible motorcycle, but it took a while longer before people started to appreciate the 999. It wasn’t appreciated at first — but it is today.

Like the 998 before it, the Ducati 999 is based on a 998 cc liquid-cooled L-twin engine. It has “desmodromic” valves, which means there’s a closer as well as an opener (in contrast with most other sportbike valvetrains, which have a return spring).

The thing that make maintaining the Ducati 999 hard are the same as on any Ducati superbike: 8 valves, and a closer and opener for each — i.e. 16 clearances to check (and maybe adjust by replacing a shim) every 10000 km or 6000 miles. That’s quite aggressive!

The second thing to bear in mind is the belts. This is easier. Change them every 2-5 years. The manual says 2, but most people do it every 5 years.

Finally, tighten everything down periodically. The Ducati V-twin motorcycles tend to shake themselves loose.

Aside from that, maintaining the Ducati 999 is the same as any other bike: keep the fluids fresh, keep it clean, wipe down the chain and lube it sometimes, and you’re all good.

The Ducati 999 has good running gear in its base version. The front suspension is a Showa upside down 43mm fork with TiN treatment that’s fully adjustable for rebound and compression damping as well as for preload. The rear shock is a Showa shock that’s also fully adjustable.

The front brakes are twin Brembo 4-piston callipers biting onto 320mm semi-floating discs.

The Ducati 999S has higher-spec suspension — Öhlins front and rear. Brakes are the same as on the base model.

The Ducati 999 was replaced by the Ducati 1098, which brought back horizontal headlights and a single-sided swing-arm.

Manual for the Ducati 999 Superbike

The above came from the manual for the Ducati 999 Superbike and from the workshop manual too.

Ducati 999 999s 999r maintenance schedule screenshot

You can get most Ducati motorcycle manuals online at Ducati’s website.

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