The Ducati Monster 821 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
This applies to these models: the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Ducati Monster 821. It also applies to the Monster 821 Stripe, Monster 821 Stealth, and the Monster 821 Dark, which only had cosmetic differences.
The Monster 821 was released in 2015 to replace the earlier 796. It has the same 821 Testastretta engine that was in the Hypermotard of earlier years. It’s a great engine — but in terms of maintenance, the most important thing is that it has a wide (for Ducati) 18,000 mile or 30,000 km valve inspection interval. Considering that there are now four valves per cylinder as standard, this is a huge blessing!
The Monster 821 also has five-year belt replacement intervals, another large improvement over earlier manuals which required 2-year replacements (though most owners do it between four and five years anyway).
What you need to maintain the Ducati Monster 821
Aside from general motorcycle maintenance tools, the following is a list of consumables (things like oil, spark plugs etc.) you need to maintain the Ducati Monster 821.
|Oil||Ducati recommends Shell Advance Ultra motorcycle oil. You need 3.7L 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 for everything from street use to racing.|
|Oil filter||Genuine Ducati part is 44440037A. 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 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||Ducati recommends Shell Advance Coolant or a 35-40% mix of Glycoshell, a Nitrite, Amine, and Phosphate-free coolant. This is quite hard to find. But any ethylene glycol-based coolant will do the job.|
|Timing belt||Is it time to change the timing belt? Don’t put it off… a broken timing belt will cost you a lot! You need part number 73740252A (and you need two).|
|Front brake pads||Standard brake pads code is 61341021A. You can also use EBC FA630HH for more bite/feel.|
|Rear brake pads||Use original part number 61340951A, EBC part number FA266HH for more bite/feel (and availability online)|
|Spark plugs||NGK code MAR9A-J. Note they’re sold individually (and you have two cylinders).|
|Air filter||The part number for the air filter is 42610191A. You can also use K&N DU-1006.|
You may also need the following general consumables to maintain your Monster 821.
|Chain lubricant||The chain needs to be lubricated every 800 km/500 miles (or more, if it gets wet/dirty), with variations recommended between manufacturers. Motul chain paste is cheap and well-loved.|
|Chain cleaner brush||A chain cleaner brush makes cleaning off grime and then distributing new lubricant much more easy.|
|Paddock stand||Lubricating the chain and changing the oil both become a lot easier once you use an affordable paddock stand (not necessary if you have a center stand).|
|Cable lubricant||Remember 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.|
|Grease||Get a good lithium soap based grease for lubricating major components like your side stand, centre stand, and bearings.|
Regular maintenance for the 2018-2020 Ducati Monster 821
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
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. So replace/maintain those more often if you put them under duress.
Every 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Check engine oil level (top up with Shell Advance Ultra if required)|
|Check brake fluid level (Castrol DOT 4)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (lubricate with Motul chain paste)|
|Check brake pads, replacing if necessary (front: 2x EBC FA630HH, rear: EBC FA266HH)|
2018-2020 Ducati Monster 821 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. If you ride your motorcycle off road or in dirty or wet conditions, you might have to do maintenance more frequently than scheduled, particularly on the air filter and chain.
|Read the error memory with DDS and check of |
software version update on control units
|Check the presence of any technical updates and recall
|Change engine oil and filter (Shell Advance Ultra oil, KN-153 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 necessary||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and
brake disc flange screws
|Check the proper tightening of the rear brake disc and
phonic wheel bolts (with removal of rear wheel shaft, if
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check frame-to-engine fasteners tightening||•||•||•||•||–|
|Check wheel hub bearings||•||•||–|
|Check the proper tightening of final drive front and rear
|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 seals||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|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
|Check the free play of clutch lever||•||•||•||•||•||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)
|Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.0||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Final test and 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
General Information on the Ducati Monster 821
The Ducati Monster 821 remained basically the same between 2015-2020.
In 2018, Ducati revised the Monster 821 somewhat, with a new tank, tail section, headlight, and muffler. The intention was to make it more “classic” looking, like the original Monster 900.
The engine however stayed the same, as did the basic maintenance.
In 2021, the Monster 821 was replaced with a motorcycle simply known as the Ducati Monster.
Ducati Monster 821 Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it from the Ducati website here.