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Ducati Multistrada V4 and V4S (2021+) Maintenance Schedule

2021 Ducati Multistrada V4S

This is the Ducati Multistrada V4 and V4S maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

The V4 and V4S share a similar maintenance schedule; the V4S benefits from higher-spec suspension and lighter wheels, but that doesn’t affect the maintenance.

The Multistrada V4 was a massive upgrade from the previous Ducati Multistrada 1260. It uses a new V4 Granturismo engine that sets itself apart even from its V4 brethren with changes including:

  • The V4 Granturismo has a timing chain, not timing belts (similar to some Panigale engines but unlike the last Multistrada)
  • The V4 Granturismo no longer has desmodromic valves (unlike most Ducati engines)
  • The V4 Granturismo has two more cylinders than the V2 engines (thought I’d leave this for last!)

In terms of maintenance, the most significant change for the V4 Granturismo engine is the 60000 km (48000 mi) valve service intervals — so wide, that many owners may never experience them more than once (if that).

Aside from those significant updates, the Multistrada V4 and V4S continue their legacy of being a high-end and very capable sport and adventure-touring machine, able to take you distances very quickly, very comfortably, and in unique Ducati style.

Ducati Multistrada V4S red akrapovic exhaust RHS in front of mountains

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Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada V4 and V4S

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:

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
Multistrada V4 and V4S maintenance schedule

Ducati Multistrada V4 and V4S 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.

In case of off-road use, it is necessary to perform the maintenance operations more frequently than scheduled.

There are four kinds of service

  • The break-in service (“Oil service 1000”), which is done once, after 1000 km (600 mi)
  • The Annual Service, which is done every 12 months
  • The “Oil Service”, which is done every 15000 km/9000 mi or 24 months
  • The Valve check, which is done every 60000 km/37280 mi
  • Ducati recommends changing the chain and sprockets before 20000 km/12000 mi, but after that only as necessary.

Generally, you can think of the Ducati Multistrada V4’s service intervals as a 15000 km/9000 mi service interval, with some things to do every 2-3 intervals, and a valve service ever 60000 km/37280 mi.

The maintenance schedule is quite complicated (even for Ducati), with a raft of things necessary at different intervals of time and distance. We’ve done what we can to clarify it below.

PeriodicityBreak-in serviceOil serviceValve check
km x 100011560
mi x 10000.6937.23
Months624n/aEvery
[D] Read error memory with DDS 3.0 and check for technical updates and recall campaigns on DCSXXXYear
Change engine oil and filterXXX
Check and clean air filterX
Change air filter30000 km/18000 mi
Check and/or adjust valve clearanceX
Change spark plugsX
Change coolantX4 years
Change front fork fluid45000 km/ 27000 mi
Visual check of the front fork and rear shock absorber sealsXXXYear
Check brake and clutch fluid levelXXXYear
Change brake and clutch fluid2 years
Check front and rear brake disk and pad wear. Change if necessaryXXYear
Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and front and rear brake disk screwsXXYear
Check front and rear wheel nuts and rear sprocket nut tighteningXXYear
Check the tightening of frame fasteners to engine, swinging arm and rear shock absorberXX
Checking the front and rear wheel hub bearings and the steering tube bearing playXXYear
Check the silentblocs on rear sprocket and lubricate the rear wheel shaftXX
Check wear of chain, front and rear sprocket, and final drive chain elongation, tension and lubrication.
Detected elongation value:___________ (cm/in)
XXXYear
Replace the final drive chain kit (recommended)Within 20,000 km/12,000 mi.
Check the freedom of movement and tightness of the side standXXXYear
Check that all rubber gaiters and flexible hoses in view (e.g. fuel, brake and clutch hoses, cooling system, bleeding, drainage, etc.) are not cracked, are properly sealing and positionedXXXYear
Check free play of rear brake leverXXXYear
Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controlsXXYear
Check the freedom of movement of the swinging system for side bags and top caseXXYear
Check tyre pressure and wearXXXYear
Check the operation of all electric safety devices (clutch and side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)XXXYear
Check lighting devices, turn indicators, warning horn and controls workXXXYear
[D] Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (e.g. ABS, DTC and VHC), electric fans and idlingXXXYear
Visual check of the coolant level and of sealing of the circuitXXXYear
Clean the vehicleXXXYear
[D] Record the service coupon, turn off the warning light on the instrument panel using the DDS 3.0, and fill out that the service was performed in the service bookletXXXYear
Ducati Multistrada V4 maintenance schedule table

Wheel and tyre sizes for the Ducati Multistrada V4

In base trim, the Ducati Multistrada V4 has a 19 inch front wheel and 17 inch rear, in light alloy cast. The S models can also have wire-spoked rims.

The Multistrada V4 ships with Scorpion Trail II, Scorpion Rally, or Scorpion Rally Street tyres, all tubeless.

The pressure recommended depends on the tyre used, and the amount of luggage fitted. (And rider/passenger weight, and riding style, and where riding, etc.)

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure
Front120/70-19 M/C 60WTrail II: 2.4 bar (35 psi)
Rally: 1.6-1.8 bar (23-26 psi)
Rear170/60-17 M/C 72WTrail II: 2.5-2.9 bar (36-42 psi)
Rally: 1.6-2.2 bar (23-32 psi)
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Ducati Multistrada V4

General Information on the Ducati Multistrada V4 and V4S

Ducati Multistrada V4 going around corner

The Ducati Multistrada V4 is an update from the earlier Multistrada 1260, and a massive one.

The Multistrada V4 continues the legacy of the Multistrada motorcycles which started in 2003 with the Multistrada 1000DS.

Back in 2003, that ugly duckling of a motorcycle (which is now somewhat of a collectible classic) was received with mixed press. It wasn’t the most beautiful thing in the world (for a Ducati), and it had no off-road prowess, unlike the BMWs and earlier Honda Africa Twins that had been making waves.

But the Multistrada did what it promised — it offered long-range touring comfort on roads, which is where most people ride.

Since that launch, the bigger adventure touring motorcycle manufacturers have also begrudgingly admitted that their motorcycles are mostly ridden on the road. And that’s OK. At the same time, the Multistrada has gravitated gently towards dirt, with higher suspension clearance and options for spoked rims, knobby tires, and engine guards.

It would be a brave adventurer though who’d risk damaging their Multistrada V4 by dropping it on a fire trail!

The Ducati Multistrada V4 is a huge step forward in engine technology from the outgoing V-twin that it replaced.

First and foremost is the engine in the Ducati Multistrada V4 — not just a detuned block from the Panigale or Streetfighter V4, the Ducati Multistrada V4’s engine is known as the “V4 Granturismo”.

V4 granturismo engine in the Ducati Multistrada V4
V4 granturismo engine in the Ducati Multistrada V4

The V4 Granturismo engine is a 1158cc liquid-cooled V4 that makes 125 kW (170 hp) at 10500 rpm. It makes peak torque of 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 850 rpm — and what’s more important, it makes a lot of that torque down low.

Rather than using a desmodromic valvetrain, the V4 Granturismo uses a spring valve system. The general explanation from Ducati was that in the past, desmodromic valvetrains could move more quickly at high RPMs. These days, spring valve technology performs as well, and make maintenance more easy.

As standard, the Ducati Multistrada V4 comes with a lot of technology, including riding modes, power modes, cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, and an intelligent brake light. These are almost standard on high-end motorcycles these days, but they’re worth mentioning.

Grey Ducati Multistrada V4 2022

Probably most impressive from a maintenance perspective for the Ducati Multistrada V4 is the 60000 km (36000 mi) valve clearance checks. A six-fold increase in the distance needed between valve checks since the days of the air-cooled L twins changes a lot for what long-distance travelling looks like.

Aside from the engine, the Multistrada V4 comes with some really incredible new technology like adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection, both as options, enabled by front and rear radar detection.

The Ducati Multistrada also comes as a V4S spec, which adds “Skyhook” suspension, a semi-active suspension system with an auto-levelling function. The base model has 50mm fully adjustable inverted forks. Both the V4 and V4S have the same suspension travel.

Ducati Multistrada V4/V4S Owner’s Manual

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Multistrada V4 and V4S (they share a manual).

We consulted parts fiches and catalogues for the part numbers needed to maintain your Multi V4.

You can download it from the Ducati website here.

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