The Ducati Sportclassic maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
The Ducati Sportclassic motorcycles were released in four pretty visually distinct variants.
- Ducati Sportclassic Sport 1000: Café-racer styled (slightly more comfortable from 2007 onward), forward leaning sport bike. Was a monoposto in 2006, with a single Sachs fully-adjustable shock, left side only, and a dry clutch.
- Ducati Sportclassic Sport 1000S: Retro-style fairing, but otherwise the same as the Sport1000.
- Ducati Sportclassic Paul Smart 1000LE: A limited edition and visually stunning silver/green painted Sport 1000S with an Öhlins upside-down fully adjustable fork, Öhlins fully adjustable left-side rear shock. Ultra rare, 2000 worldwide only.
- Ducati Sportclassic GT1000: By far the most common as it’s more comfortable. Higher handlebars, twin shock absorbers, and non-adjustable forks.
- Ducati Sportclassic GT1000 Touring: Same as the GT1000 but with chrome fenders, a small luggage rack, a higher handlebar, and a windscreen.
Fundamentally all of the Sportclassic motorcycles had the same base — a 992cc air-cooled V-twin engine, similar to that of the Ducati Monster 1000.
Some models had a wet clutch from 2007 onward.
Fine, you want some photos? Here are some I liberated from various auction sites. I couldn’t find many original Ducati stock images.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Sportclassic motorcycles
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 the engine oil level|
|Check the brake and clutch fluid levels|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication|
|Check the brake pads. If necessary, contact your dealer to renew pads|
Ducati Sportclassic 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.
|Change the engine oil||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change the engine oil filter||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Clean the engine oil pick-up filter||•|
|Check the engine oil pressure||•||•|
|Check and/or adjust the valve clearances (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the tension of the timing belts (1)||•||•||•|
|Renew the timing belts||•||•|
|Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessary||•||•|
|Check and clean the air filter (1)||•||•||•|
|Change the air filter||•||•|
|Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the brake and clutch fluid levels||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Change the clutch and brake fluid||•|
|Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cables||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check/lubricate the throttle/cold start cable||•||•||•||•||•|
|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||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|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||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check and recharge the battery||•||•||•||•||•|
|Road test the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•||•|
|Check the wheels and spokes as indicated in the workshop manual (1)||•||•||•||•||•|
General Information on the Ducati Sportclassic 1000
The Ducati Sportclassic 1000 range was obviously a design throwback.
Designed by Pierre Terblanche (who also designed the 999), the Sportclassic was actually an instant classic that somehow sold terribly. Poor sales were attributed to the high price and to the Global Financial Crisis which hit at that time.
Now, these are all classics. It’s reasonably easy to find a GT1000 that you can work on, even if it needs some love. The real treasure is the Paul Smart 1000LE, though, which probably lives in someone’s museum, garage, or living room.
All Sportclassic motorcycles share the same engine, but they all have different suspension configurations. From 2007, many (all?) came with a wet clutch, too.
Ducati Sportclassic 1000 Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it from the Ducati website here.