The Ducati Monster 1200 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
This applies to these models — every model since the launch of the Ducati Monster 1200.
- 2014 Ducati Monster 1200
- 2015 Ducati Monster 1200
- 2016 Ducati Monster 1200
- 2017 Ducati Monster 1200
- 2018 Ducati Monster 1200
- 2019 Ducati Monster 1200
- 2020 Ducati Monster 1200
Yes, the Ducati Monster 1200 was first launched in 2013 and the core of the motorcycle hasn’t changed since then. Unlike the Diavel, Multistrada etc., the Monster 1200 never got the 1262cc (“1260”) DVT engine.
This maintenance schedule also applies to variants like the EVO and EVO ABS. In many markets, ABS was always on the Monster 1200 as a standard feature.
Ducati has also released some modified ones, including
- Ducati Monster 1200 S — with Öhlins fully adjustable suspension and lighter wheels, plus some other lighter parts
- Ducati Monster 1200 R — with a tweaked engine producing 9 more kW (15 more hp) of power
Both those are awesome, but the maintenance is the same.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster 1200
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Every 600 miles or 1000 kms OR 6 months (whichever is 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. If necessary, contact your dealer to replace pads|
Ducati Monster 1200 Maintenance Schedule Table
Below is a list of operations with type of intervention (distance or time interval – whichever occurs first).
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 most important part — the service interval of the Ducati Monster 1200 are HUGE compared to its predecessor.
You only have to check/adjust the valve clearance every 30,000 kms, and you only have to change the timing belts at the same interval – or every five years. MASSIVE. This will save you thousands and is worth the price difference on its own.
|Reading of the error memory with DDS and check of
Software version update on control units.
|Check the presence of any technical updates and recall |
campaigns (ask a dealer)
|Change engine oil and filter||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly||•||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearance||•||•||–|
|Change timing belts||•||•||60|
|Change spark plugs||•||•||–|
|Clean the air filter||•||•||–|
|Change air filter||•||•||–|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid||36|
|Check brake disc and pad wear. Change, if necessary||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and
brake disc carrier bolts
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check tightening of frame to engine fasteners||•||•||•||•||–|
|Check wheel hub bearings||•||•||–|
|Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||•||•||–|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket||•||•||–|
|Check the proper tightening of secondary drive front and
rear sprocket nuts
|Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) and sliding
|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
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the
side and central stand (if any)
|Visually check the fuel lines||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement
and positioning of hoses and electric wiring in view
|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 the safety electrical devices (side
stand switch, front and rear brake switches, engine stop
switch, gear/neutral sensor)
|Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Reset the Service indication through the DDS||•||•||•||•||•||–|
|Road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (ex.
ABS and DTC), electric fans and idling
|Softly clean the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation
(1) Operation to be performed only if set distance interval is reached
General Information on the Ducati Monster 1200
The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 was the first water-cooled Ducati Monster. The last air-cooled Monster was the Monster 1100.
It has a Testastretta (narrow head) 11-degree engine, with four valves per cylinder and water cooling. A HUGE change from the air-cooled big Monsters of the past.
While the Monster 1100 Evo ABS brought with it a lot of rider aids — like cornering ABS — the 1200 made that standard across the line of the large Monsters.
The Monster 1200 was also the first big Monster in a while to make a four-valve-per-head design standard. Previously, the S4 models had it, borrowing engines from the Ducati Superbikes. The 1200 brought that back.
Thankfully, the Monster 1200 also is easier to service than those old ones and has service intervals more than twice as long.
Ducati Monster 1200 Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it from the Ducati website.