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Ducati Supersport 950 and 950 S (2021+) Maintenance Schedule

This is the Ducati Supersport and Supersport 950 S maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

The Ducati Supersport range is the “comfortable superbike”, first released in 2017 as the Ducati Supersport and Ducati Supersport S, then updated in 2021 to the Supersport 950.

The Ducati Supersport 950 is primarily a Euro 5 anti-polution update, but it got a number of other updates including an updated electronics swuite including Bosch cornering ABS, traction control, a quick shifter, and wheelie control. The Supersport 950 also got design updates (increasing its resemblance to the Panigale V4), LED headlights with DRLs, and other details.

The Supersport 950 S version gets fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, plus a cover for the passenger seat and Ducati Red Tag on the wheel rims.

The 2021+ Ducati Supersport 950 has the same underlying platform as the Ducati Hypermotard 950 or the 2021+ Ducati Monster, so maintenance is quite similar.

The Ducati Supersport 950 / S has a 5-year timing belt change interval, as well as a 24,000 km (15,000 miles) “Desmo service” (valve inspection) interval, slightly shorter than that of the original Supersport.

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Maintenance schedule for the Ducati Supersport 950/S

This maintenance schedule below for the Ducati Supersport 950 is in the same format as in the manual, though altered to fit this screen.

Ducati separates out “customer” items and “dealer” items — they think customers should just change oil, check fluid levels, and grease obvious external things.

  • Note about harsh/dusty conditions: “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, this might translate in required service or replacement of the wear parts earlier than specified in the scheduled maintenance chart.”
  • Note about road use: “This scheduled maintenance chart is designed for road use. 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.”

If you want to track your Supersport, then talk to Ducati about getting a different service schedule.

Ducati Supersport 950 / S — Customer maintenance

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

Do these items every 1000 km / 600 miles, or 6 months — whichever comes earlier

Check the engine oil level
Check brake fluid level
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication
Check the brake pads. If necessary, replace, contacting your dealier if necessary.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Supersport 950

Ducati Supersport 950 / S — Dealer maintenance

Follow the following maintenance schedule, observing the distance or time interval — whichever comes earlier.

Oddly, the maintenance schedule for the Ducati Supersport has shorter intervals than the straight Supersport. It used to be 30,000 km for the Desmo service, and the 950S has 24,000 km Desmo desmo service intervals.

[D] items are those that dealers must do unless you have the official gear (DDS system).

Km. x1000112243648
mi. x1,0000.67.51522.530Every
[D] Read error memory with DDS 3.0 and check technical updates and recall campaigns on DCSYear
Change engine oil and filter Year
Check and clean air filterYear
Change air filter 
Change timing belts 5 years
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Change spark plugs 
Change coolant4 years
Change front fork fluid 45K km/27K mi
Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber sealsYear
Check brake and clutch fluid level  (Note 1)Year
Change brake and clutch fluid (Note 1)2 years
Check front and rear brake disc and pad wearYear
Check the proper tightening of brake calliper srews, brake disk screws, and rear and front wheel nutsYear
Check rear sprocket nut tighteningYear
Check the tightening of frame fasteners to engine, swinging arm, and rear shock absorberYear
Check wheel hub bearings Year
Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket and lubricate the rear wheel shaft
Check wear of chain, chain sliding shoes, front and rear sprocket, and final drive chain elongation, tension, and lubrication. Record detected elongation valueYear
(Note 1)
Replace final drive chain kit (Note 2)20K km (12K mi)
Check the play of steering tube bearingsYear
Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side standYear
Check that all 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 positionedYear
Check free play of rear brake lever and lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controlsYear
Check the free play of the cable clutch leverYear
Check tyre pressure and wearYear
Check the operation of all electric safety devices (clutch and side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)Year
Check lighting devices, turn indicators, horn and controls operationYear
Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (e.g. ABS and DTC), electric fans and idlingYear
Visually check the coolant level and sealing of the circuitYear
Softly clean the motorcycleYear
[D] Service coupon registration with turning off of service warning light on instrument panel with DDS 2.0 and filling in of the on-board documentation (Service Booklet) (Note 3)Year
Dealer maintenance schedule table for the Ducati Supersport 950 and 950 S
  • Note 1: The manual says just brake fluid, but we changed this to “brake and clutch fluid”, to match other manuals from Ducati.
  • Note 2: Ducati says “We recommend replacing the final drive chain kit within 20,000km/12,000 mi.” as a note under recording chain elongation.

General Information on the Ducati Supersport 950 and 950 S

The Ducati Supersport 950 is the sportbike for the ordinary person, all 7 billion of us who aren’t right now on a race track.

The Supersport 950 thus has, compared to superbikes, lower power, a more comfortable seating position, and a more accessible torque band than any superbikes (including the Panigale V2 and Panigale V4 of the day).

But the Supersport 950 and Supersport 950S are still very much sportbikes.

If you want a comparison, you can compare the Supersport 950 to the Kawasaki Ninja 1000, for example. The Ninja 1000 makes more power, but on the Ninja you sit comparatively bolt upright and with a comfortable knee angle.

Ducati Supersport 950 and 950 S display and controls
Display and controls of the Ducati Supersport 950

Just look at a Ducati Supersport 950 — with its design that hawks the Panigale V4, the single-sided swing-arm, and even the winglets (designed to deflect air onto the rider), it’s not a bike that says “I’m slow”.

The fact that the owners manual mentions that you should service it more often if you take it to the track is cue enough that this is a very capable sporting machine — people definitely track these.

In terms of maintenance, the Ducati Supersport 950 has a lot in common with its predecessor, teh Ducati Supersport and Supersport S. But the Supersport 950 has shorter maintenance intervals for a reason Ducati hasn’t clarified — there are now 24,000 km intervals between each Desmo service, rather than 30,000 for the Supersport.

One nice addition over the original Supersport, maintenance-wise, is that the Supersport 950 has a self-bleeding clutch — similar tech to what’s on the Panigale V4.

Ducati Supersport 950 Owner’s Manual

The manual says regarding the intervals:

  • The Oil Service 1000 must be carried out after the first 1,000 km/600 mi
  • The Oil Service (oil pourer) must be carried out every 12,000 km/7,500 mi.
  • The Desmo Service (wrench) must be carried out every 24,000 km/15,000 mi.
  • The Annual Service (calendar) must be carried out every 12 months.

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

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