The Ducati Panigale V4 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual. The Ducati Panigale V4 succeeded the already successful Ducati 1299 Panigale.
So you’re going to service your own Ducati Panigale V4 Superbike are you? Brave soul! Here’s the full maintenance schedule.
Ducati released three distinct motorcycles in the Panigale V4 range. They have the Panigale V4 base model, the Panigale V4 S model with higher-spec Öhlins suspension and Marchesini wheels, and the V4R, with a race-spec engine that produces even more power.
Nonetheless, the maintenance schedule for all Panigale V4 motorcycles is the same. So this maintenance guide applies to the 2018, 2019. 2020, and 2021 (and future) Ducati panigale V4 models.
It also is the same as the models with other decals, like the Panigale V4 S Corse.
The whole Panigale V4 line has chain-driven cams for the “Desmosedici Stradale V4” engine, which is Ducati’s own name for their four-valve-per-cylinder V4 engine that’s tuned for road usage. Apart from the short run in 2007-08 of the Ducati Desmosedici RR, this is the first time Ducati has had a V4 engine in a road-going motorcycle.
Another maintenance-specific fact is that the Panigale V4 has a self-bleeding clutch. One less maintenance task for you!
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What you need to service your Ducati Panigale V4
Ducati specifies fluids that aren’t easy to get online. Even dealers often give substitutes. But here’s what they recommend, plus some alternative suggestions.
|Part||Ducati Panigale V4 spec|
|Engine oil||Ducati recommends “Shell Advance DUCATI 15W-50 Fully Synthetic Oil”, or another oil that is the 15W-50, meets API standard SN, and/or JASO standard MA2. Some alternatives are|
* Mobil 1 15W-50 Full Synthetic
* Motul 300V — a commonly mentioned favourite for the V4
|Oil filter||The V4 engine uses the same oil filter as many other high-end Ducatis, and you can use a HifloFiltro HF159 as an easy-to-obtain replacement.|
|Spark plugs||Standard spark plugs are NGK LMDR10A-JS (easiest to get from a dealer).|
|Air filter||Ducati part number for the air filter is 42610691A.|
|Brake fluid/Clutch fluid||Ducati specifies using DOT 4, so use something high quality like Castrol DOT 4 full synthetic.|
|Front brake||Part # for the front brake pad set is 61341271A.|
|Rear brake||Part # for the rear brake pad set is 61340381A.|
|Chain management||Ducati doesn’t specify a chain lube, so use something well-liked like Motul chain paste, or maybe clean it with a Motul chain care kit.|
|Battery||Dead battery? If it hasn’t happened, it will happen. The replacement you need is a Yuasa YT7B-BS (12V – 6.5Ah 10HR) (common to many Ducati motorcycles)|
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Panigale V4
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Note that Ducati says that “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.” One usually does not take their Panigale down dusty roads, but still, since it can lead to engine damage, attend to these items more often.
Every 1000 km/500 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Check engine oil level (A) (Shell Advance Ducati or Motul 300V 15W-50)|
|Check brake fluid level (Castrol DOT 4)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain paste)|
|Check brake pads and replace if necessary (B)|
- (A) The maintenance schedule table suggests checking the oil level twice as often (ever 500 km/300 miles or 6 months on for the V4R.
- (B) The manual suggests contacting the dealer to replace brake pads.
Ducati Panigale V4 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.
This scheduled maintenance chart is designed for a road use of the Panigale V4. If it is used on the track, even if not during sport competitions, all parts of the motorcycle are more stressed so the routine maintenance operations must be carried out more frequently than indicated. You can get customised advice from Ducati about how you intend to use your Panigale V4.
A few notes about maintaining a Ducati Panigale V4:
- The cams are chain driven, which means no belts to replace. Hooray!
- The valve inspection service interval is 24,000 km or 15,000 miles. Not as generous as the most wide intervals in the twin motors, but not bad.
- As this is a V4 desmosedici motor, there are 16 valves, each with both an opening and closing cam… so 32 measurements and potential adjustments to make.
- Some of the below items can only be done by a Ducati mechanic (I’ll mark these [D]) as they need Ducati diagnostic equipment.
|[D] Reading of the error memory with DDS 2.0 and check of software version update on control units||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change engine oil and filter||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change engine oil mesh filter assembly||•||•||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearance||•||•||–|
|Visual check for wear of the chain timing system||•||•||–|
|Visually check the wear of the oil pump drive chain||•||–|
|Change spark plugs||•||•||–|
|Clean air filter||•||•||12|
|Change air filter||•||•||–|
|Replace the aluminium fastening screws of clutch cover, generator cover, and oil sump||•||•||–|
|Check thickness of clutch disk pack and/or replace it||•||•||–|
|Replace clutch bell||•|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid||24|
|Check brake disk and pad wear. Change if necessary||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disk flange screws||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel hub bearings||•||•||–|
|Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||•||•||24 (1)|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket||•||•||–|
|Check the proper tightening of final drive front and rear sprocket nuts||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive chain tension and lubrication||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive chain sliders for wear||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary||•||•||24|
|Change front fork fluid||36|
|Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check for proper tightening of the frame-to-engine fasteners and swinging arm||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the screws fastening the RH tripod to the rear bank||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side stand||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Visually check the fuel lines||•||•||–|
|Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement and positioning of hoses and electric wiring in view||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check coolant level (3)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Visually check the coolant level and sealing of the circuit||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check electric fan operation (2)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check idling (2)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the battery charge level (from the instrument panel menu)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check secondary air system operation||•||•||–|
|[D] Reset the variable-length intake manifold system (VIS) using DDS 2.0||•||•||–|
|[D] Adjustment of the Bowden cable of the exhaust valve opening through the DDS 2.0||•||•||•||•||•||–|
|Check the operation of all electric safety devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check lighting devices, turn indicators, horn and controls operation||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.0||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (e.g. ABS and DTC)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Softly clean the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (Service Booklet)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
- (1) Not specified in the maintenance table for the V4R.
- (2) These were grouped together with the road test in earlier versions of the manual, but separated out in later ones.
- (3) Not mentioned in some versions of the manual
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Ducati Panigale V4
The manual says that the Panigale V4 arrives shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP “tubeless” tyres.
Here are the tire sizes and recommended pressures.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70-ZR17||Road: 2.3 bar (33.36 psi)|
Track: 2.3 bar (33.36 psi)
|Rear||200/60-ZR17||Road: 2.1 bar (30.46 psi)|
Track: 1.8 bar (26.10 psi)
The manual also has suggested tyre pressures for if you have a pillion. But that isn’t a common use case. I’d suggest you find your own ideal pressure in that (somewhat uncommon) situation.
General Information on the Ducati Panigale V4
The Ducati Panigale was a huge departure from Ducati, who had made their brand for decades on L twins (which is a V-twin but 90 degrees).
Ducati launched the Panigale V4 and V4S in 2018 — and the motorcycling world has loved it.
The Panigale is the latest in a series of motorcycles that started with the Ducati 1199 Panigale. Even though the engine layout is new, Ducati kept the Panigale name.
The Panigale V4 is powered by a 1103cc 90-degree V4 engine with 4 desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder. The compression ratio is 14.0:1.
It’s liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, and run by full ride-by-wire.
The power output is monstrous — 157.5 kW (214 hp) at 13,000 rpm, and 124 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm. No wonder the Ducati has so many rider aids to make sure you don’t loop the thing — it’s powered by the latest generation of the Bosch 6-axis IMU giving traction control and ABS, all with lean angle as an input.
There are many other rider aids/safety features too, like wheelie control, slide control, riding modes, brake control, and automatic tyre calibraiton.
Ducati also released a slightly tamer (well, less extreme) street-oriented bike in 2020 with the Panigale V4’s engine, though in different guise and tune: the Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4S.
Ducati Panigale V4 Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Panigale V4. You can download it from the Ducati website here.