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Ducati Multistrada 1200 (2010-2014, including S) Maintenance Schedule

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This is the Ducati Multistrada 1200 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is a motorcycle that launched in 2010 for 2011, replacing the earlier Multistrada 1100. It was produced until 2014, when the Multistrada 1200 DVT was released for 2015, basically a new motorcycle. So this maintenance schedule applies to the 2010-2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 and 1200 S, in all its forms.

Between 2010 and 2014, there were many variations on the Ducati Multistrada 1200, including

  • Multistrada S (S models have Öhlins suspension that’s electronically adjustable, called Ducati Electronic Suspension)
  • Multistrada S Touring (heated grips, hard luggage, and centre stand)
  • Multistrada S Granturismo
  • Multistrada “Pikes Peak” (named for winning the hill climb in 2010)
  • Multistrada S D-Air

All versions of the Multistrada shared the same basic platform, though they had some difference in panels and suspension components. Those don’t factor into the maintenance schedule, though.

All of these variants were options packages on top of the base Ducati Multistrada 1200.

The engine, chassis, and drivetrain is what they all had in common across the whole Ducati Multistrada 1200 line. They all have a Testastretta 11° engine borrowed from the 1198 superbike.

They all have throttle by wire, selectable engine mapping (full power with sensitive or relaxed throttle response, and reduced power with relaxed throttle response) and traction control adjustable through eight levels, called DTC (Ducati Traction Control).

What you need to service the Ducati Multistrada 1200

These are the base consumables you need to service the Ducati Multistrada 1200.

PartMultistrada 1200 spec
OilDucati recommends Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50 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.
Ducati viscosity table
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440038A for the Ducati Multistrada 1200. I’d suggest removing that and using a Hiflofiltro HF153RC 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 beltRemember to change that timing belt! Part number is 73740252A.
Front brake padsOEM part number is 61340411A (for one pair) or EBC FA244HH (2011-2014).
Rear brake padsOEM part number for the rear pads is 61340381A. You can also use EBC FA266HH for more bite and less fade as you apply pressure.
Air filterAir filter part number is 42610201A. You can also use K&N part DU-1007.
Spark plugsNGK code MAR9A-J. Note they’re sold individually.
Consumables for Ducati Multistrada 1200 2010-2014

Regular maintenance for Ducati Multistrada 1200

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

The best parts of maintaining the Multi 1200 are that

  • It comes with a centrestand, which makes maintaining the chain easy
  • The valve service intervals are a very human 24,000 km (15,000 miles) apart

So, this isn’t the same as air-cooled Ducs of old.

Every 1000 km perform the following maintenance:

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Maintenance Schedule Table

2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-Air-Stock Image
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-Air

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.

There are three main kinds of service

  • Service you do all the time — Chain maintenance and checking the oil level
  • Minor service — do this at 1,000km (usually the dealer will do it) and then every year or 12,000 kms (whichever comes first), then every year or 12,000 kms after.
  • Major service — do this every second service, every two years or 24,000 km (whichever comes first).

The service items are in the below tables.

Multistrada 1200 — Regular maintenance
Check the level of the engine oil
Adjust chain tension and lubricate with chain lubricant
Regular maintenance every 1,000 km on the Multistrada 1200

Ducati Multistrada 1200 — Minor service every 12,000 km or year (whichever first)
Read the error memory with DDS on the engine control units, vehicle and ABS
Change the engine oil (Shell Advance Ultra or Mobil 1 Synthetic)
Change the engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)
Clean the engine oil intake filter
Check the indicators and lighting
Check the safety devices (side stand switch, clutch lever switch, right switch engine stop switch and gear position sensor)
Check the battery charge level
Check the coolant level (Valvoline Zerex G05)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels (use Castrol DOT 4)
Check brake discs and pad wear
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (lubricate with chain lubricant)
Check final drive wear (not necessary at first service)
Check the freedom of movement of the side and central stand (if installed), lubricate with lithium soap-based grease
Check the tightening of the safety components (ex. wheel disc nuts, brake callipers, sprocket tightening)
Check rubbing points, clearance and freedom of movement of the flexible cables and electric wiring in view
Road test of the motorcycle, testing the safety devices (ex. ABS)
Fill out that the service was performed in the Warranty Certificate
Ducati Multistrada 1200 — Minor service

Ducati Multistrada 1200 — Major Service every 24,000 km or 2 years (whichever first)
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Replace the timing belts (only every 24000 km/60 months) (part 73740252A)
Replace the spark plugs (NGK MAR9A-J)
Replace the air filter (K&N DU-1007)
Replace the front fork oil
Replace the coolant (ethylene glycol-based coolant)
Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft
Ducati Multistrada 1200 — Major service

General Information on the Ducati Multistrada 1200

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 was a big update to the Multistrada 1100. Water cooling and tech like ABS were transformative to engine performance. And the maintenance intervals were twice as wide! That’s the benefit of water cooling in a nutshell.

At its release in 2010, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 quickly became the bike of choice for many motorcyclists worldwide due to its versatility across four modes of riding – Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro.

That’s the beauty of the Multistrada — it’s an everything bike. Sure, it’s not a dirt bike, but it really is a very capable sport bike, touring bike, and urban commuter.

The Multistrada 1200 was an early adopter for electronic keys. It took a lot of adjustment for people to get used to having the key in their pocket… and some people still aren’t used to it.

The engine is an 1198cc Testastretta 4-valve V-twin… yes, out of the Ducati 1198! But the motorcycle’s engine has been detuned and smoothed out for much flatter power delivery, and a paltry 150hp instead of the 1198’s 1980. Boo-hoo. You’ll still smoke most other motorcycles with the 1200.

It’s a lightweight bike, too, only weighing around 210kg (460lb) wet. That’s light for an adventure sport tourer.

By the way, that category isn’t “dual sport”. Many owners of Multistradas in the past thought — wait, does this long suspension travel and do these wide handlebars mean that I can do dirt? The answer is you can, but don’t expect to do any rock hopping. It’s capable on fire trails, but on sand or fine dirt, the sport touring tyres won’t really pass muster.

For a more up-spec model, look at the Multistrada 1200S with Öhlins suspension and lightweight wheels standard.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Owner’s Manual

Ducati multistrada 1200 maintenance schedule screenshot
Screenshot of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 maintenance schedule

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Multistrada 1200. You can download it below. You can download it from the Ducati website here.

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