Ducati 1098 (2006-2010) Superbike Complete Maintenance Schedule

This is the Ducati 1098 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual, with reference to parts diagrams.

The Ducati 1098 was made between 2006 and 2010. All models of the Ducati 1098 were based on a 90-degree liquid-cooled L-twin with a desmodromic valvetrain (4 valves per cylinder) and belt-driven cams — though the R had a larger capacity engine.

The Ducati 1098 came in three principal varieties:

  • Ducati 1098 base model — 1099cc engine, Showa suspension (fully adjustable)
  • Ducati 1098S — same engine, but Öhlins front and rear suspension (T36PR rear shock) and steering damper, and lightweight Marchesini wheels
  • Ducati 1098R — 1198cc engine, Öhlins front and rear suspension (TTXR rear shock), and steering damper, Marchesini lightweight wheels, and a slipper clutch

The Ducati 1098R has a different engine — the 1198cc engine that would become the basis of the Ducati 1198, which succeeded the 1098 line.

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The Ducati 1098’s maintenance schedule shares a lot with the Ducati Streetfighter 1098 of the same era, and the 848 superbike.

What you need to maintain the Ducati 1098 (and 1098S, and 1098R)

The following is a list of consumables (things like oil, spark plugs etc.) you need to maintain the Ducati 1098 superbikes.

PartDucati 1098 spec
OilDucati recommends Shell Advance Ultra motorcycle oil. You need 3.7L for a complete oil change. It’s hard to find and expensive so people suggest Motul 300V 10W-40.
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440037A. I’d suggest removing that and using a HifloFiltro HF153RC oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.
Brake fluid, Clutch fluidDucati recommends Shell Advance DOT 4, but that’s quite hard to find, so Castrol DOT 4 Synthetic is a good and very high-quality alternative.
CoolantDucati recommends Shell Advance Coolant or a 35-40% mix of Glycoshell, a Nitrite, Amine, and Phosphate-free coolant. But any ethylene glycol-based coolant will do the job.
Timing beltIs it time to change the timing belt? Don’t put it off… a broken timing belt will cost you a lot! You need part number 73740252A.
Front brake padsStandard Ducati part number is 61340791A for the Brembo brakes. You can also use EBC FA447HH for more bite/feel.
Rear brake padsStandard Ducati part number is 61340381A for Brembo pads. You can also use EBC FA266HH for more bite/feel.
Spark plugsNGK code MAR10A-J. Note they’re sold individually.
Consumables for Ducati 1098

You may also need the following general purpose consumables.

Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
Motul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.
Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables and tools

Regular maintenance for the Ducati 1098 Superbikes

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

Every 1 000 km / 600 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier), perform the following maintenance:

Ducati 1098 regular maintenance
Check the engine oil level (top up with Motul 300V 10W-40)
Check the brake and clutch fluid level (top up with Castrol DOT 4 as necessary)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (lube with Motul chain paste or another chain lube)
Check the brake pads; replace if necessary
Ducati 1098 regular maintenance

Ducati 1098 Maintenance Schedule Table

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on the Ducati 1098.

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • The distances and times are mentioned below. Follow the earlier of the two intervals.
  • The break-in service is omitted (it would be done by now)
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Change the engine oil (High-spec, e.g. Motul 7100 10W-40)
Change the engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)
Clean the engine oil pick-up filter
Check the engine oil pressure
Check/adjust the valve clearancesDistance interval only
Check the tension of the timing beltsDistance interval only
Replace the timing belts (73740252A)
Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessary (MAR10A-J)
Check and clean the air filter
Change the air filter (K&N DU-1007)
Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels
Change the clutch and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)
Lubricate the flange ramps and slipper clutch centre
Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cables
Check/lubricate the throttle/choke cables (Protect all cable life)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the brake pads. Renew if necessary (FA447HH x 2, FA266HH)
Check the steering head bearings
Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (You may find a Motul chain care kit handy)
Check the clutch disc pack. Renew if necessaryDistance interval only
Checking the coolant level
Change the coolant (ethylene glycol pre-mix)
Check operation of electric fans and sealing of coolant circuit
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
Lubricate the clutch centre
Check and recharge the battery
Road test the motorcycle
General cleaning
Maintenance table for Ducati 1098

About the Ducati 1098 Superbike

The Ducati 1098 was the Ducati superbike that came after the Ducati 999 superbike.

It took the best bits of the Ducati 999 — the handling, and the more relaxed riding position compared to the earlier superbikes — and reintroduced a few classic bits of styling, like a single-sided swing-arm and dual front headlights.

But aside from that, the 1098 (and the race-spec 1098R) were incredible bikes that won multiple World SBK championships during its tenure.

The Ducati 1098 and 1098S are both based around the same engine. It’s a 1099 cc liquid-cooled four-valve-per-cylinder desmodromic L twin with belt driven cams.

Maintaining and owning the Ducati 1098 is much like owning any other Ducati superbike of the era. You have to do all the usual — change the brake fluids, filter, and fork fluid.

But because the Ducati 1098 is a Ducati, you also have to do frequent valve inspections (every 12000 km or 7500 miles), and also change the belts every two years.

Many owners opt to change the belts every four to five years, saying that the belt material is the same as on later model Ducatis who didn’t have as strict maintenance schedule requirements.

The 1098 is one of the last Ducati motorcycles to not have any rider aids. No ABS, no traction control, no cornering anything. As such, it’s quite a hard motorcycle to ride. But in the hands of someone capable, it’s exhilarating. (The Ducati 1098R does have traction control, but no ABS.)

The Ducati 1098 was superseded by the Ducati 1198 Superbike, the last of its line.

Ducati 1098 Owner’s Manual

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati 1098. You can see below that the Ducati 1098R follows the same maintenance schedule.

You can download the manual from the Ducati website here.

An archive copy of the Ducati 1098 R’s manual in pdf format is included below.

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