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Ducati Monster Monster 900 i.e. Maintenance Schedule

Ducati Monster 900 i.e. red RHS studio

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati Monster 900 i.e., made between 2000 and 2003.

The Ducati Monster 900 i.e. is an update on the venerable Ducati Monster 900 (carburettor-fed), taking the carburettors and replacing it with a fuel injection system.

Here are all our Ducati Monster maintenance schedules:

The Monster 900 has a 904 cc engine with a bore and stroke of 92 x 68 mm, and a compression ratio of 9.2:1. According to the manual, it makes max power of 57 kW (78 CV/76 bhp) at 8250 rpm, with peak torque of 73 Nm (54 ft-lb) made at 6750 rpm. The final drive is via a dry clutch and chain drive.

The Ducati Monster Monster 900 i.e. was eventually replaced by the Ducati Monster 1000 i.e. from 2003, the first time the largest capacity Monster had been increased in capacity since launch.

On and by the way, the “i.e.” in Monster 900 i.e. isn’t Latin for id est (“that is”), but stands for iniezione elettronica, which is Italian for “Kraftstoffeinspritzung”. You’re welcome.

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What you need to service the Ducati Monster 900 i.e.

Servicing the Ducati Monster 900 i.e. is much like servicing any of the earlier air/oil-cooled fuel-injected V-twins.

Apart from normal motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need.

PartDucati Monster 900 i.e. spec
OilThe manual recommends 10W-40 engine oil for most uses. A high-quality synthetic like Motul 7100 10W-40 would be ideal.

Ducati Monster fuel-injected 2-valve oil recommendation
Oil filterThe standard Ducati part 44440038A works, but the Hiflofiltro HF153RC is a drop-in replacement.
Brake fluidUse a DOT 4 fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4 full synthetic.
Spark plugsStandard type is NGK DCPR8E or a Champion RA6HC. Remember you need 4 (this is a twin spark engine).
Timing beltRenew this before it’s too late! Part number is 73740211A.
Fork oilUse either Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Shell Donax TA, 0.45L in each leg.
Brake padsEBC HH pads give better bite and feel. Front: FA244HH (this is a change from the earlier carburettor-fed Monster), Rear: FA047HH.
Air filterStandard air filter part number is 42610091A. You can also use a K&N DU-9098.
Chain mainteananceKeep a Motul chain care kit handy to keep your chain lubed.
Cable cleanerProtect all cable life is a popular cable lube.
General greaseUse Lithium soap-based grease for external parts.
Service items for the Ducati Monster 900 i.e.

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster 900 i.e.

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

Every 1000 km/600 miles or 6 months:

Ducati Monster 900 i.e. regular maintenance
Check the engine oil level (Mobil 1 10W-40)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels (top up with Castrol DOT 4)
Check tyre pressure and tread wear
Check the drive chain tension, alignment, and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)
Check the brake pads. Change if necessary. (Front: FA244HH, Rear: FA047HH.)
Check for loose fasteners, and re-torque as necessary
Lubricate control cables, and check for kinks
Check battery fluid level & charge state
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster 900 i.e.

Ducati Monster 900 i.e. Maintenance Schedule Table

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Ducati Monster 900 i.e..

Generally speaking

  • Service intervals are every 10000 km or 6200 miles.
  • Every two services or two years (some do it every 4-5 years), you have to change the timing belts.
  • Follow the earlier of distance or time intervals except for those marked (1) — for those, don’t worry about the time interval (e.g. you don’t have to arbitrarily check the valves every two years if it has been sitting).
km x 100010203040Replace
mi x 10006.212.418.624.8Every
Change the engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)RRRR
Oil filter (HF153RC)RR
Air filter (part DU-9098)ClRClR
Valve clearanceCCCC
Timing belt (check tension, or replace) (part 73740211A)CRCR2 years OR 20K km / 12K mi
Spark plugs (NGK DCPR8E)C/RC/RC/RC/R
Fuel filterRRRR
Throttle body sync & idle speed settingCCCC
Air filterRRRR
Engine oil pressureCC
Brake pads (Front: FA244HH, Rear: FA047HH)CCCC
Clutch and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)CRCR2 years
Clutch disc pack. Replace as necessaryCCCC
Rear wheel rubber cush driveCCCC
Fuel tankClCl
External fuel hoses (check for kinks/routing)CCCC
Steering bearing playCCCC
Front forks & rear shock absorber (check for leaks/pitting)CCCC
Front fork oil (Shell Donax TA)RR
Torque of all nuts and bolts (especially engine and wheel mounts)CCCC
Wheel hub bearingsCCCC
Clutch and brake levers/controlsC/LC/LC/LC/L
General lubrication of external parts (side stand, pivots)LLLL
Battery fluid level & charge stateCCCC
Front sprocket fastening plateCCCC
Ducati Monster 900 i.e. maintenance schedule table

General Information on the Ducati Monster 900 i.e.

The Ducati Monster 900 i.e. brought fuel injection for the first time to the Ducati Monster 900.

It’s the same basic motorcycle — a 904cc L-twin (a V-twin on its side) in a trellis frame, powering the rear wheel via a dry clutch and a chain drive.

The engine is a 2-valve-per-cylinder design with desmodromic valve actuation, meaning that there’s both an opener and a closer for each valve. Each valve thus has two shims for which clearances need to be checked, giving a total of 8 clearances.

The engine in the Ducati Monster 900 i.e. is not a massive powerhouse, and was never designed to be. Those coming from sportbikes or even sporty standards like the Speed Triple of the time may be disappointed by the early rev limit.

Visually, the Monster 900 i.e. is as stunning as it always was. The lines of the wheel, tank, and exposed trellis frame are something that we just don’t see today (especially as trellis frames are now considered an inefficient use of metal — they’re strong, but heavy).

Checking the clearances is a rite of passage for many Ducati Monster aficionados. Changing a shim is a bit more involved and requires a bit of nous — but it’s still doable by the home mechanic, especially with guidance. The service manual gives details on how to do it.

There were various models of the Ducati Monster 900 i.e. released, including the Dark, Chromo, and City, and S. They were all the same basic motorcycle but came with different components and designs, most notably the front suspension on the higher-end models being fully adjustable Showa forks, and the rear shock being either a fully adjustable Sachs/Boge shock or sometimes an Öhlins unit.

Since many of these components have been swapped out, check the spec of the bike you’re looking at (or own) and see how it compares against the originals.

Ducati Monster 900 i.e. Owner’s Manual

You can download Ducati manuals from Ducati here, although the one for the Monster 900 i.e. is no longer available.

Further, the Monter 900 i.e.’s manual didn’t actually have a maintenance schedule in it. There was a complicated one in the service manual, but people adapted the service manual from there based on their own experience.

Below is a screen grab of the maintenance schedule that’s reproduced above. It’s essentially an amalgam of the manual from the Monster 900 (same block, carburettor-fed) and the Monster 1000 i.e. (bigger engine, fuel injected).

Ducati Monster 900 i.e. maintenance schedule screenshot

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