The Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950SP maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
The Ducati Hypermotard 950 replaced the earlier model Ducati Hypermotard 939. The Hypermotard 950 has better suspension and wheels than the 939, somewhat changed ergonomics (it’s thinner and lighter), and it has updated livery. But for maintenance purposes the Hypermotard 939 and Hypermotard 950 are essentially the same bike — same motor, same fundamental components.
The Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP continue the same tradition of being an everyday, casual hooligan’s motorcycle. The engine is the same 937cc Testrastretta 11 degree V-twin as its predecessor, but the frame and ergonomics are new for the 2019 950 models.
The result is the same frantic everyday sports bike but with 4 kg (9 pounds) less kerb weight… due in part to the lower fuel capacity, of course.
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Regular maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 950 (and SP)
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Ducati 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 drive system, the brakes or the air filter. If the air filter is dirty, the engine could get damaged.” In other words, if you’re racing or riding in dusty areas, service the bike more regularly.
Here’s the everyday maintenance for the Hyper 950. Every 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Check engine oil level|
|Check brake fluid level|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication|
|Check brake pads, replacing if necessary.|
Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP Maintenance Schedule Table
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on the Ducati Hypermotard 950/SP 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 best news is: the maintenance intervals for the Hyper 950 are, like its predecessor, quite generous. There are still timing belts, but you don’t have to change them until you hit 30,000 km (or 18,000 miles), or 5 years. Things have changed since the days of earlier air-cooled Ducatis.
Some of the maintenance items need specialist Ducati equipment. But many of these things you can do yourself.
|Reading of the error memory with DDS and check of software version update on control units (if you have it)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change engine oil and filter||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly||•||•||•||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearances||•||•||–|
|Change timing belts||•||•||60|
|Change spark plugs||•||•||12|
|Clean air filter||•||•||–|
|Change air filter||•||•||–|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid||36|
|Check brake disk and pad wear. Change if necessary||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disk flange screws||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of the rear brake disc and phonic wheel||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check frame-to-engine fasteners tightening||•||•||•||•||–|
|Check wheel hub bearings||•||•||–|
|Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||•||•||–|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket||•||•||–|
|Check the proper tightening of final drive front and rear sprocket nuts||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) and sliding shoe wear||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive chain tension and lubrication||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary||•||•||–|
|Change front fork fluid||•||–|
|Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side and central stand (if any)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Visually check the fuel lines||•||•||–|
|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|
|Check the coolant level and check circuit for damage||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the battery charge level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|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|
|Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.0||•||•||•||•||•||–|
|Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC), electric fans and idling||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Softly clean the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (Service Booklet)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
General Information on the Ducati Hypermotard 950
The Ducati Hypermotard 950 and Hypermotard 950 SP continue the same thread that the Hypermotard 1100 started all those years ago — an aggressive sport bike with an upright posture that’s supposed to “do anything”.
Suprisingly, the Hypermotard these days has very few direct competitors. There are motorcycles that have a similar character from KTM, but nothing that’s quite the same as a Hypermotard. This is a sport bike in a very upright chassis. It seems like a well-kept secret among Hypermotard fans except that there are so many of them!
What makes a Hypermotard spaecial are
- A raucous engine — the 114 hp 937cc L-twin “Testastretta” engine is as lively as it always was, with a broad spread of torque in the “you’ll actually use it” RPM band (i.e. this is no high-revving 600 cc sportbike), and
- A wide handlebar, narrow sides, and low weight means it’s easy to throw the thing on the side for almost unlimited lean angle.
The major upgrades of the Hypermotard 950 over the Hypermotard 939 are
- A revised frame and seating position
- Revised tuning for the 937cc engine — 82% of peak torque is available from as low as 3000 rpm, peaking at 7,250 rpm
- Higher compression ratio — 13.3:1 vs the older 12.6:1
- Hydraulic clutch – no more clutch cable!
- Quickshifter standard on the SP (up and down)
- Six-axis Bosch IMU with cornering ABS
- Better suspension — even the base 950’s Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock are fully adjustable. Gone are the days of the soft suspension of the old 821. The SP has 48mm diameter forks — very wide and strong. Designed for wheelies and riding over kerbs.
- Improved TFT dash
What’s amazing about the Ducati Hypermotard 950 is that it has survived. It’s still a weird bike. Why isn’t it shaped like a sportbike, like the Supersport 950? Why isn’t it an adventure bike, like the Multistrada 950? And why isn’t it just a naked, like the 2021+ Monster? Oh yeah, those three bikes have the same engine, just in different chassis configurations. Ducati caters to everyone by changing controls, suspension, and position.
The Hypermotard 950 is still a wheelie, hooligan machine. It’s the kind of bike you get on to and immediately start having bad thoughts. It’s really hard not to zip through traffic on it, imagining drivers behind you getting angry… they are. But it doesn’t matter. You’ve already left.
The new Hypermotard is even narrower and shorter than previous years. This makes it more accessible for more riders… but it’s still a tall bike.
In an age where people like to spend their dosh on adventure bikes or impractical extreme bikes like the Panigale, the Ducati Hypermotard is still somehow a secret. Here’s a bike that’ll take you anywhere, contend with any sportbike that dares to challenge it, and always leave you feeling like you’ve really gotten the most out of every ride.
Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Hypermotard 950, and corroborated with the manual from the Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP. You can download it from the Ducati website here.