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2017-2020 Ducati Monster 797 Maintenance Schedule

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The Ducati Monster 797 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

This applies to these models:

  • 2017 Ducati Monster 797
  • 2018 Ducati Monster 797
  • 2019 Ducati Monster 797
  • 2020 Ducati Monster 797

This maintenance schedule also applies to the Ducati Monster 797 Plus, which only had cosmetic differences.

The Ducati Monster 797 hasn’t been changed since its release. It’s a simpler Ducati Monster — without most electronics or even water cooling — and so kind of a “retro” release.

Things you need to maintain the Ducati Monster 797

The Ducati Monster thankfully has a double-sided swing-arm. As cool as the single one looks, it always makes servicing a little hairy unless you have exactly the right tools (and really trust them!)

Firstly, you may need the following tools to service the Ducati Monster 797: Essential Motorcycle maintenance Tools.

Engine oilDucati recommends Shell Advance Ultra motorcycle oil for all its motorcycles, or alternatively “motorcycle engine oil having the same degree SAE 15W-50 and meeting the following specifications JASO: MA2 and API: SM”. You need 3.4L for a complete oil change. It’s hard to find and expensive so people suggest Mobil 1 Synthetic. A lot of Ducati owners use Shell Rotella T4… check out the forums.
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440038A the Ducati Scrambler. I’d suggest removing that and using a K&N KN-153 oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.
Brake fluid, Clutch fluidDucati 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.
CoolantDucati recommends Shell Advance Coolant or a 35-40% mix of Glycoshell, a Nitrite, Amine, and Phosphate-free coolant. But any ethylene glycol-based coolant will do the job.
Timing beltIs 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 73740242A (replacing 73740281A).
Front brake padsOEM part number for the front pads is 61341021A. You can also use EBC FA630HH for more bite and less fade as you apply pressure.
Rear brake padsOEM part number for the rear pads is 61340761A. You can also use EBC FA213HH for more bite and less fade as you apply pressure.
Air filterAir filter part number is 42610191A. You can also use K&N part DU-8015.
Spark plugsNGK code DCPR8E. Note they’re sold individually.
Consumables for Ducati Monster 797

You also may need the following general consumables for servicing the Monster 797.

ProductThumbnailDescription
Chain lubricantmotorcycle maintenance tools - motul chain pasteThe chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty). Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.
Chain cleaner brushmotorcycle maintenance - chain cleanerA chain cleaner brush makes cleaning off grime and then distributing new lubricant much more easy.
Paddock standmotorcycle maintenance tools - paddock standLubricating the chain and changing the oil both become a lot easier once you use an affordable paddock stand.
Cable lubricantmotorcycle maintenance - cable lubricantRemember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.
GreaseGet a good lithium soap based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and bearings.
General motorcycle consumables — Brake fluid, chain lube, clutch lube, and grease

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster 797

This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).

Important

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. Therefore, this might translate in required service or replacement of the wear parts earlier than specified in the scheduled maintenance chart.

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. If necessary, contact your dealer to replace pads

Ducati Monster 797 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.

The distances and times are mentioned below. Whenever the first of either the time or distance interval is reached, the maintenance is required.

In case of off-road use, it is necessary to perform the maintenance operations more frequently than scheduled.

Km. x1000112243648Time
mi. x1,0000.60.751522.530(months)
Reading of the error memory with DDS and check of
software version update on control units
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 clearance
Change timing belts 60
Change spark plugs
Clean air filter
Change air filter
Check brake fluid level 12
Change brake fluid 36
Check brake disc and pad wear. Change, if necessary12
Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and
brake disc flange screws
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 seals12
Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the
side and central stand (if any)
12
Visually check the fuel lines12
Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement
and positioning of hoses and electric wiring in view
12
Check the free play of clutch lever 12
Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls 12
Check tyre pressure and wear 12
Check the battery charge level 12
Check secondary air system operation
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
Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety
devices (ex. ABS) and idling
12
Softly clean the motorcycle12
Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation
(Service Booklet)
12

General Information on the Ducati Monster 797

The Ducati Monster 797 was introduced in 2016 and released in 2017. It has been released every year since then.

It was one of the “entry-level” Monsters, though not low power enough for A2 or LAMS license schemes. Nonetheless, it had a simpler, air-cooled, 2-valve-per-cylinder engine that made it more accessible than the higher-power water-cooled engines in the bigger and more advanced Monsters.

The Monster 797’s engine made 55.1 kW (73.9 hp) and 51 lb-ft (69 Nm) of torque, making it a willing engine that is easily capable of highway speeds and a lot of fun acceleration.

Ducati Monster 797 Owner’s Manual

2018-2020 Ducati Monster 797 Owner's Manual Screenshot

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it below. You can download it from the Ducati website here.

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