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Ducati Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S (2018-2020, including Pikes Peak, D-Air, Grand Tour, Enduro) Maintenance Schedule

2018-2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260-Stock Image

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

This maintenance schedule is for all models of the Ducati Multistrada 1260 released in 2018, including the variants with different trim levels. Here are the basic different trims of the 1260:

  • Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Pikes Peak: same as the basic S, but in different livery to celebrate that Ducati once won a race up a hill (OK, we get it, Ducati, you are good at racing)
  • Ducati Multistrada 1260 D-Air: Has an Dianese-made airbag jacket that you wear that inflates if you crash (as detected by the bike)
  • Ducati Multistrada 1260 Grand Tour: Long-range oriented, with luggage, centre stand, more LED lights, and an adjustable comfortable seat, and the optional Ducati multimedia set-up is standard. (All Multistrada 1260s have cruise control btw)
  • Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro: Spoked wheels (19 inch front), slightly more off-road tyres, adventure-looking luggage boxes, radiator guard, engine protection guard, oil sump guard, bigger kickstand base, off-road footpegs

The Multistrada 1260 uses the same motor found in the Ducati Diavel 1260, as well as the XDiavel, which had been using it for a couple of years already.

The Multistrada 1260 still uses timing belts. This was replaced with a timing chain in the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 and V4S, which was a huge upgrade.

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Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 1260

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

Important note from Ducati on the air filter: “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.”

Therefore, replace the air filter more often if necessary.

Every 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:

Regular maintenance — Ducati Multistrada 1260
Check engine oil level
Check brake fluid level
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication
Check brake pads, replace if necessary.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 1260

Ducati Multistrada 1260 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 basic maintenance intervals of the Multistrada are every 15000 km (9000 mi), with a valve service every two of those.


  • In case of off-road use, it is necessary to perform the maintenance operations more frequently than scheduled.
  • Items marked [D] may need specialist equipment by a dealer.
Km. x1000115304560Time
mi. x1,0000.69182736(months)
[D] Reading of the error memory with DDS 2 and check of software version update on control units12
Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns12
Change engine oil and filter 12
Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Change timing belts 60
Change spark plugs
Clean plugs with metal mesh filters on heads
Clean air filter
Change air filter
Check brake and clutch fluid level 12
Change brake and clutch fluid 36
Check brake disc and pad wear. Change, if necessary12
Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disc flange screws12
Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening 12
Check frame-to-engine fasteners tightening
Check wheel hub bearings
Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft
Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket
Check the proper tightening of final drive front and rear sprocket nuts12
Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) and sliding shoe wear12
Check final drive chain tension and lubrication12
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 view12
Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls12
Change coolant 48
Visually check the coolant level and sealing of the circuit 12
Check tyre pressure and wear 12
Check the battery charge level12
Check the operation of the safety electrical devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)12
Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls 12
[D] Activate LED front lighting (if any) through DDS 2.0 12
[D] Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.0
[D] Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC), Cruise Control device, electric fans and idling12
Softly clean the motorcycle12
[D] Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation 12
Maintenance schedule for the Multistrada 1260

General Information on the Ducati Multistrada 1260

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 is an update from the earlier Multistrada 1200 DVT. It brings the higher capacity 1262 DVT engine from the Diavel.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Pikes Peak

Like every other Multistradas since 2003, the Ducati Multistrada 1260 is a sport touring motorcycle that is highly adept at both sport and touring.

Unlike the first Multistradas, however, the newest Multistrada 1260 comes with a smattering of off-road capability — particularly the Enduro models with their spoked rims. They definitely look the part though, though this editor will note that I’d much rather drop a 20-year-old CRF250L in the dirt than a $30,000 Multistrada. I think I’d have a heart attack. I get stressed out enough about scratching a new phone.

I do realise, though, that sometimes the trappings of wealth have their enticements…

Back to the motorcycle, the Multistrada 1260S has a 1262cc 90-degree L twin engine with DVT, which is “Desmodromic Variable Timing”, i.e. variable valve timing to optimise for both low-end torque and high-end power. It’s a water-cooled,DOHC 4-valve-per-cylinder engine, as all high-end Ducatis have been since the 1200 (and superbikes before that).

The Multistrada 1260 isn’t just an engine, though. It comes with a whole lot of aids to help with long trips like a quick shifter (which reduces shifting stress), a TFT instrument panel, Ducati Skyhook supsension, fully adjustable riding modes, cruise contro, wheelie control, cornering lights (thanks to the IMU, which also gives it cornering ABS), and a hands free comms system. And heated grips.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Owner’s Manual

2018-2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 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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