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Ducati Monster 821 (2015-2020, all models) Maintenance Schedule

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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.

OilDucati 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 filterGenuine 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 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. This is quite hard to find. 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! You need part number 73740252A (and you need two).
Front brake padsStandard brake pads code is 61341021A. You can also use EBC FA630HH for more bite/feel.
Rear brake padsUse original part number 61340951A, EBC part number FA266HH for more bite/feel (and availability online)
Spark plugsNGK code MAR9A-J. Note they’re sold individually (and you have two cylinders).
Air filterThe part number for the air filter is 42610191A. You can also use K&N DU-1006.
Consumables for Ducati 821 series engines (Monster, Hyper)

You may also need the following general consumables to maintain your Monster 821.

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), with variations recommended between manufacturers. 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 (not necessary if you have a center 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 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.

Km. x1000115304560Time
mi. x1,0000.69182736(months)
Read 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 (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 necessary12
Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and
brake disc flange screws
12
Check the proper tightening of the rear brake disc and
phonic wheel bolts (with removal of rear wheel shaft, if
necessary)
12
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
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 lever12
Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls 12
Change coolant48
Check the coolant level and check circuit for damage12
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)
12
Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls 12
Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.012
Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety
devices (ex. ABS and DTC), electric fans and idling
12
Softly clean the motorcycle12
Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation
(Service Booklet)
12
Maintenance Schedule for the Ducati Monster 821

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

2018-2020 Ducati Monster 821 Owner's Manual Screenshot

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

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