The Ducati Monster 696 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
The Ducati Monster 696 was a significant upgrade from the 695. It’s still an air-cooled 2-valve Desmodromic L-twin with modest displacement of 696cc, but power is up about 10% to 59 kW (80 hp), which is quite a lot given the bikes small size and light weight. The Ducati Monster 696 got a TFT display, similar to those on the Superbikes of the time, an upgrade (though not aesthetically! – ed) from the old twin dials on the 695.
Like the old 695, the Monster 696 lacks an oil cooler. That said, many owners add oil coolers to bring operating temperatures down — something commonly discussed on Ducati Monster forums. (e.g. here).
The maintenance and parts are the same for all years of Ducati Monster 696, 2008-2014, including the ABS versions available from 2010 (other than the ABS parts of course).
The service intervals are very similar to those of the Ducati Monster 796, which was the same engine but with a longer stroke, giving it 803cc displacement.
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What you need to maintain the Ducati Monster 696
Don’t be intimidated about maintaining your Monster 696. It’s just a two-cylinder naked bike — everything’s there for you to do!
So aside from some basic motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need to maintain your Monster 696.
|Part||Ducati Monster 696 spec|
|Engine oil||Ducati recommends Shell Advance motorcycle oil. It’s hard to find, expensive, and not necessary, so most users suggest other JASO MA-rated 15W-50 or 10W-40 high-grade oils, e.g. Mobil 1 15W-50, or even Shell Rotella T6 — controversial as it’s a “diesel oil”, but it’s JASO MA rated… used by a lot of Ducati fans — check the forums.|
|Oil filter||Genuine Ducati part is 44440038A the Ducati Monster 696, as with many other air-cooled Ducati motorcycles. I’d suggest removing that and using a Hiflofiltro HF153RC oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.|
|Brake & Clutch fluid||Ducati 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.|
|Coolant||The 696 is air-cooled so doesn’t need coolant.|
|Timing belt||Is it time to change the timing belt? Don’t put it off… a broken timing belt will cost you a lot (bent valves)! You need part number 73740211A.|
|Front brake pads||Use EBC FA244HH double-hardened pads, a popular upgrade for more bite and less fade as you apply pressure.|
|Rear brake pads||Use EBC FA266HH double-hardened pads, matching the front pads, for more bite and less fade as you apply pressure.|
|Air filter||OEM part for the air filter is 42610191A. You can also use K&N air filter part DU-6908.|
|Spark plugs||NGK code DCPR8E. Note they’re sold individually.|
|Grease||Use lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points and bearings.|
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster 696
Maintaining your Ducati Monster 696 is similar to maintaining other air-cooled Monsters. You have valve service every 7.5K mi (12K km), and expect to have to make some changes to the shims.
Aside from that, keep the bolts tightened, the chain lubed, the liquids fresh, and a Monster 696 will last a long time… until some noob crashes it.
Below is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Every 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Checking the engine oil level (use a high-grade synthetic oil, e.g. Mobil 1 15W-50)|
|Check the brake and clutch fluid levels (use Castrol DOT 4)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (maintain with a Motul chainc are kit)|
|Check the brake pads. If necessary, contact your dealer to renew pads|
Ducati Monster 696 Maintenance Schedule Table
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.
- The break-in maintenance is omitted as that time has passed.
- General maintenance intervals are every 7500 miles/1200 km OR every year. Whenever that period has passed, check to see what needs to be done.
- For most items, follow the earlier of the distance or time-based interval.
- (1) For these items, follow the distance only — i.e. don’t worry if the time interval has passed, you don’t need to adjust the valve clearances every year if it isn’t ridden.
|Change the engine oil (Mobil 1 15W-50)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change the engine oil filter (HF153RC)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Clean the engine oil pick-up filter||•|
|Check the engine oil pressure||•||•|
|Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the tension of the timing belts (1)||•||•||•|
|Renew the timing belts (73740242A)||•||•|
|Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessary (NGK DCPR8E)||•||•|
|Check and clean the air filter (1)||•||•||•|
|Change the air filter (DU-6908)||•||•|
|Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the brake and clutch fluid levels||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change the clutch and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||•|
|Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cables||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check/lubricate the throttle/choke cables (Protect all cable life)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the brake pads. Renew if necessary (2 x FA244HH, 1 x FA266HH)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the steering head bearings||•||•|
|Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (maintain with a Motul chain care kit)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the clutch disc pack. Renew if necessary (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the rear wheel cush drive||•||•|
|Check the wheel hub bearings||•||•|
|Check the indicators and lighting||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check tightness of nuts and bolts securing the engine to the frame||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the sidestand||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check tightness of the front wheel axle nut||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check tightness of the rear wheel axle nut||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the external fuel hoses||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change the front fork oil||•|
|Check the forks and rear shock absorber for oil leaks||•||•||•||•|
|Check the front sprocket retaining bolts||•||•||•||•|
|General lubrication and greasing (use lithium soap-based grease)||•||•||•||•|
|Check and recharge the battery||•||•||•||•|
|Road test the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•|
General Information on the Ducati Monster 696
The name pretty much says it all. The Ducati Monster 696 is a “mid-size” incarnation of the Ducati Monster, sold alongside the Monster 1100.
Even though it’s the smaller of the two Ducati Monsters, the diminutive (but not small) 696 makes as much power as the Monster 900 that started it all. It’s got a lot of spark to it, which means that the 696 is not really an entry-level motorcycle! In fact, with twin Termignoni cans on it, it can sound and feel wonderful to ride. Don’t think of this as a competitor to the Suzuki SV650; this is its own beast.
A truly entry-level motorcycle is the Ducati Monster 659 1st gen — which is the same as the 696 but with reduced stroke and lower-power timing.
The Ducati Monster 696s engine is a 696cc (don’t laugh! the numbers don’t always correspond to the size… just look at the Monster 796 with its 803cc engine) L-twin with 2 valves per cylinder — proper old-schol Monster, designed for low-end torque, not necessarily top-end power.
The 696 retains a lot of the styling characteristics that the old Monsters have. It still has a prominent trellis frame. But it has a few modern touches, including the LCD dash, the more “streetfighter” headlight (not just a round circle like on the vintage bikes), and high exhausts. It also lacks the single-sided swingarm of its bigger siblings.
Probably the biggest threat to the Monster 696 came not from the same stable but from Suzuki’s SV650. They had been the “poor person’s Monster” for so long that they provide a viable alternative with a similarly attractive chassis, modest (but ample) power delivery, and a lot higher reliability with much wider service intervals. It’s water-cooled, but that’s also a benefit for many.
The Monster 696 is easy to ride. It has a low seat height, comfortable handlebars, and more upright ergos than Monsters of the past with a bit of a reach to get to the controls. The main downsides are that the mirrors are almost unusable.
This is quite common to the point of Ducatis to the point that many of the faithful consider it part of the ownership experience! (But then we try a bike with smooth mirrors and we think… how did I live without this??)
Ducati Monster 696 Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it below. You can download it from the Ducati website here.