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Ducati Multistrada 1100 and 1100 S Maintenance Schedule

2009 Ducati Multistrada 1100 S-Stock Image

The Ducati Multistrada 1100 and 1100 S maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual. Ducati made the Multistrada 1100 and 1100S between 2007 and 2009. After that, Ducati replaced the Multistrada 1100 with the Ducati Multistrada 1200, with a very different motor.

The Ducati Multistrada 1100 succeeded the Ducati Multistrada 1000DS, the original Multistrada. The 1100 motor was not very different, and had the same fundamental underlying characteristics — air-cooled, 2-valve-per-cylinder, an L twin with desmodromic valves, timing belt with regular replacement intervals and valve inspection intervals.

From the 1100 series of motors, the valve and belt inspection/replacement intervals extended slightly from 10,000 km (6,000 miles) to 12,000 km (7,500 miles). Another change that affected maintenance is that the 1100 now has a wet clutch.

The Ducati Multistrada 1100 was also released as an 1100 S, with a few exterior changes like Öhlins suspension and lightweight Marchesini wheels. But mechanically they’re the same, and thus have the same maintenance schedule.

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Ducati Multistrada 1100 (non-S)

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 1100 / S

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:

Check engine oil level (use Castrol Power 1)
Check brake fluid level (Castrol DOT 4 to top up)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (maintain with a Motul chain care kit)
Check brake pads, replacing if necessary.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 1100

Ducati Multistrada 1100 / S 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.

Km. x100011224364860
mi. x1,0000.67.51522.53037.5
Months61224364860
Change the engine oil (Castrol Power 1)
Change the engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)
Clean the engine oil pick-up filter
Check the engine oil pressure
Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)
Check the tension of the timing belts (1)
Renew the timing belts (Ducati OEM 73740211A)
Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessary (NGK DCPR8E — you need 4 as it’s twin spark)
Check and clean the air filter (1)
Change the air filter (DU-1004)
Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting (1)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels
Change the clutch and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)
Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cables
Check/lubricate the throttle/choke cables
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the brake pads. Renew if necessary
Check the steering head bearings
Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (Clean with Motul chain care kit)
Check the clutch disc pack. Renew if necessary (1)
Check the rear wheel cush drive
Check the wheel hub bearings
Check the indicators and lighting
Check tightness of nuts and bolts securing the engine to the frame
Check the sidestand
Check tightness of the front wheel axle nut
Check tightness of the rear wheel axle nut
Check the external fuel hoses
Change the front fork oil
Check the forks and rear shock absorber for oil leaks
Check the front sprocket retaining bolts
General lubrication and greasing (Lithium soap-based grease)
Check and recharge the battery
Road test the motorcycle
General cleaning
Maintenance schedule for the Ducati Multistrada 1100

General Information on the Ducati Multistrada 1100

The Ducati Multistrada 1100 was Ducati’s second in the series, after the Multistrada 1000DS was launched in 2003.

The controversial styling of the Multistrada 1100 was much the same as the Multistrada 1000. It was reviled at the time (many called it “the ugliest Ducati ever”… to be fair, like saying “the least attractive supermodel”), but has aged well, and is now somewhat of a collector’s item, especially in S trim.

The same basic motor was used in the Ducati Monster 1100 and the Ducati Hypermotard 1100. In fact, the same basic block (with updated electronics) is used in the Ducati Scrambler 1100 today.

White Ducati Multistrada 1100S with black background

OK, yeah, it’s an unconventional looking bike. But it works. If it weren’t a Ducati, people wouldn’t have been comparing it to a Ducati Superbike and maybe it’d have had an easier life.

The Multistrada 1100 and 1100S had a good, reliable engine. It was an air-cooled L-twin, which means it has 7,500 mile or 12,000 km valve service intervals… and being a Ducati, it is quite likely that the valves will need to be serviced at those intervals.

It was marketed as an “adventure tourer” (I think). But don’t mistake the 1100 for an off-road bike. It has a bit more clearance and suspension travel than a supersport bike, and it does have an upright seating position that means that you’ll have more control on gravelly surfaces or wet roads.

But the Multistrada 1100 is more of an “Adventure Sport Tourer”, a category that has been better defined since its time. I’d compare it more to a modern Yamaha Tracer 900 or V-Strom 1050.

The Multi 1100, like its predecessor, gives you SOME wind coverage… but not a lot. You’ll still feel it all over your upper chest and head, unless you tuck in. And the wide handlebars mean that tucking in isn’t exactly intuitive.

Overall, the Multi 1100, with its 69 kW/94 hp engine and ~225 kg (~500 lb) wet weight, is no rocket — but some deft shifting can still send you to over 60 mph (100 km/h) in under 4 seconds. But I doubt you’d be flogging it like that very often!

Ducati Multistrada 1100 Owner’s Manual

2009 Ducati Multistrada 1100 S maintenance schedule screenshot
Screenshot from Multistrada 1100S owner’s manual maintenance schedule

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

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