The Ducati Monster 796 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
This is the maintenance schedule for all Ducati Monster 796 models made from 2011-2014, including those with ABS.
The core maintenance schedule for the Monster 796 is very similar to that of the 696, as it’s the same engine but with a longer stroke — the Monster 696’s bore and stroke is 88×57.2mm, whereas the 796’s is 88x66mm, giving the L-twin a total displacement of 803cc.
The 796’s air-cooled 803cc desmodromic 2-valve L-twin engine was the engine later used in many other motorcycles, including today’s Ducati Scrambler 800 (i.e. the Ducati Scrambler that’s not the 1100).
Thus, the maintenance schedule is quite similar — you’re looking at 12,000 km valve and belt inspection intervals, and are required to replace the belts every 24,000 km or two years (but people usually do this every five years).
What you need to service the Ducati Monster 796
|Part||Ducati Monster 796 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 10W-40 or Mobil 1 15W-50
* 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 796, as it is with many 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 796 is air-cooled. Your coolant is air!|
|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 796
This 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 (top up with Mobil 1 10W-40 or Mobil 1 15W-50)|
|Check the brake and clutch fluid levels (use Castrol DOT 4 brake fluid)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (use Motul Chain Paste for lubrication)|
|Check the brake pads. Replace if necessary.|
Ducati Monster 796 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.
This maintenance schedule is in the same format as in the manual, though altered to fit this screen.
|Change the engine oil (Mobil 1 10W-40 or Mobil 1 15W-50)||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change the engine oil filter (HF153RC)||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Clean engine oil filter at intake||•|
|Check the engine oil pressure||•||•|
|Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the tension of the timing belts (1)||•||•||•|
|Replace the timing belts (73740211A)||•||•|
|Check and clean the spark plugs. Replace if necessary||•||•|
|Check and clean air filter (1)||•||•||•|
|Change the air filter (DU-6908)||•||•|
|Check throttle body synchronisation and idling (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||•|
|Check and adjust brake and clutch controls||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check/lubricate the throttle/choke cables||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check brake pads. Replace if necessary||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check steering bearings||•||•|
|Check chain tension, alignment and lubrication||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check clutch plates pack. Change, if necessary (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check rear wheel flexible coupling||•||•|
|Check the wheel hub bearings||•||•|
|Check the indicators and lighting||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check tightening of nuts securing engine-to-frame screws||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the sidestand||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check front wheel nut tightening||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check rear wheel nut tightening||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check external fuel lines||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change the front fork fluid||•|
|Check front fork and rear shock absorber for leakage||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check front sprocket fasteners||•||•||•||•||•|
|Lubricate and grease (Lithium soap-based grease)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check battery and recharge||•||•||•||•||•|
|Road test the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Clean the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•|
(1) Operation to be carried out only at the specified distance intervals.
General Information on the Ducati Monster 796
The Ducati Monster 796 was made between 2010 and 2013. It has an 803 cc L-twin air-cooled 2-valve engine, just like the Ducati Monster 800 and the modern Ducati Scrambler. It’s fuel-injected and makes 64 kW (87 hp), with max torque coming on at a modest 6250 rpm.
The engine is based on that of the Ducati Monster 696, but with a slightly longer stroke. At the time, it was still the “smaller” alternative to the larger Monster 1100, and was a favourite for people who wanted all the style and sound of the bigger bike but without the weight or bias towards higher power.
The Monster 796 also got a bunch of styling updates over the 696, most notably the single-sided swingarm with the under-seat exhausts. It was one of the last Monsters with those two design features.
The front suspension was pretty basic on the 796, but it works fine. The Showa front forks are non-adjustable, though the Sachs rear monoshock is fully adjustable. But the suspension works well for the gentler riding that you’re expected to do on the Ducati Monster 796.
The riding position is typical Monster — this isn’t a comfortable, upright touring bike, but rather one that wants to be a sport bike. You’re leaned a bit over the handlebars and expected to use the throttle to keep yourself upright. But it’s not uncomfortable, especially for modest rides of 1-3 hours.
Power delivery on the Monster 796 is a balance between exciting and predictable. In some markets, the 796 might make and adequate second bike for riders looking to stay in the naked class.
Maintaining the 796 is a little intense. The relatively short 12,000 km/7,500 mile service intervals for the valves comes up surprisingly quickly — if you use the bike regularly, you might be annoyed at having to fork out for that service every couple of years. Most air-cooled Ducatis need at least one of the valves adjusted during their inspection (unlike many Japanese motorcycles), which means a considerable outlay, unless you learn to do it yourself.
From 2014/15 onward, the Ducati Monster 796 was replaced by the Ducati Monster 821, which had a larger-capacity, much more powerful water-cooled engine with longer maintenance intervals… but which lost the single-sided swing-arm.
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Ducati Monster 796
The Ducati Monster 796 has the following tyre sizes and pressures.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure|
|Front||120/70-ZR17||220 kPa/2.2 bar/32 psi|
|Rear||160/55-ZR17||250 kPa/2.5 bar/36 psi|
Ducati Monster 796 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.