Ducati 1199 Panigale (2012-2014, including 1199 S, 1199 R, Corse) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati 1199 Panigale motorcycles — sourced from the owner’s manual, and also consulting parts diagrams.

This maintenance schedule applies to the Ducati 1199 Panigale, 1199 Panigale S (with the Öhlins suspension and the lighter Marchesini rims), and yes, even the 1199 Panigale R, despite the modified engine internals for more power — the maintenance is the same (for street riding, not track).

The Ducati 1199 Panigale was an important update to the Ducati 1198 superbike. It’s powered by an 1198cc L-twin “Superquadro” engine that makes a claimed 145 kW (195 hp) and 133 Nm of torque (98 lb-ft) with chain-driven camshafts, still in Desmoquattro configuration.

At the time, the Ducati 1199 Panigale had the highest power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycles — its kerb weight is an insanely light 188kg. That’s lighter than most 600cc bikes.

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Ducati 1199 Panigale Service Intervals

Overall, the Ducati 1199 Panigale (including S and R models) has 7500 mile / 12000 km or annual service intervals. At every service, change the oil and filter, and do a series of checks on the safety, suspension, and drivetrain systems.

The major “Desmo” service for the Ducati 1199 Panigale is every 15000 miles or 24000 km. That’s when you change the plugs and air filter, and check the valve clearances.

Luckily, Ducati moved to a gears and chain chain timing system for the 1199 Panigale, improving on the belt timing system from earlier pre-Panigale models because the belts don’t wear as much. Ducati mandates a 30000 mile / 48000 km inspection interval for the timing chain. The 899 Panigale shares this, too.

Chain driven cams in the Ducati Superquadro engine
Chain driven cams in the Ducati 1199 Panigale Superquadro engine

Beside that, regularly change the coolant, brake fluid, and clutch fluid.

Regular maintenance for the Ducati 1199 Panigale

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:

Regular maintenance for the Ducati 1199 Panigale
Check engine oil level (Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50)
Check brake and clutch fluid level (Castrol DOT 4)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication. (Motul chain paste)
Check brake pads. Replace if necessary. (Front: 61340961A, Rear: 61340381A)
Regular maintenance for the Ducati 1199 Panigale

Checking and Adjusting Chain Tension on the Ducati 1199 Panigale

Ducati Panigale 1199 Chain Slack

To check chain tension (a.k.a. chain slack) on the Ducati 1199 Panigale, follow the following steps.

  1. Get a steel ruler, and preferably something to protect your fingers from chain grease (which is annoying to clean off).
  2. Find the position on the chain where the chain is tightest, by moving the motorcycle around and watching chain deflection.
  3. Put the motorcycle on its side stand.
  4. Find the position in the middle of the chain (the lower segment) and push down on the chain with a finger.
  5. Measure the distance between the centre of the chain pins and the aluminium section of the swinging arm.

Target chain slack on the Ducati 1199 Panigale: 50-52 mm

If the chain slack is off, you need to adjust the chain slack. For this, you’ll need an eccentric wrench.

  1. Loosen the pinch bolts on the rear of the swingarm (there are two).
  2. Use the eccentric wrench on the toothed wheel to move the chain forwards and backwards. Be careful — tiny movements (of just a few mm) can significantly affect slack.
  3. Keep measuring chain slack as you go.
  4. Finally, tighten the pinch bolts to 58 Nm / 43 lb-ft.

Ducati 1199 Panigale 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 has the same content as in the manual, though altered for legibility.


  • This scheduled maintenance chart is designed for road use of the 1199 Panigale. If it is used on the track, even if not during sport competitions, all parts of the bike are more stressed so the routine maintenance operations must be carried out more frequently than indicated.
  • The distances and times are mentioned below. Whenever the first of either the time or distance interval is reached, the maintenance is required.
  • Some items are for Ducati techs to do (they need special equipment)
  • The break-in service interval is omitted.
km. x100012243648Every
mi. x10007.51522.530(months)
(Ducati techs) Read the error memory with DDS 2.0 and check whether any update is available for control unit software version12
(Ducati techs) Check whether there are technical updates and recall campaigns 12
Change engine oil and filter (Shell Advance Ultra)12
Clean engine oil mesh filter at intake
Desmo service: Check and/or adjust valve clearances
Visual check for wear of the chain timing system
Replace the spark plugs (NGK MAR9A-J)
Clean the air filter
Change the air filter (part # 42610341B)
Check the proper tightening of the clutch cover and clutch protection cover bolts
Check the proper tightening of the oil sump bolts
Check brake and clutch fluid level12
Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)24
Check brake pads. Replace if necessary (Front: 61340961A, Rear: 61340381A)12
Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disc carrier bolts12
Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening12
Check wheel hub bearings
Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft 24
Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket
Check the proper tightening of secondary drive front and rear sprocket nuts12
Check chain sliders for wear 12
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Use a Motul chain care kit)12
Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary 24
Change the front fork fluid36
Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals12
Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side stand 12
Visually check the fuel lines12
Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement and routing of the flexible cables and electric wiring12
Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls 12
Change the coolant (ethylene glycol pre-mix)36
Check the coolant level12
Check electric fan operation12
Check tyre pressure and wear 12
Check the battery charge level 12
Check idling 12
Check secondary air system operation
Check the operation of all electric safety devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/ neutral sensor)12
Check the indicators and lighting12
(Ducati techs) Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.012
Road test of the motorcycle, testing the safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC)12
Clean the motorcycle12
(Ducati techs) Fill out Warranty Certificate with service data12
Full maintenance schedule and service intervals for Ducati 1199 Panigale

About the Ducati 1199 Panigale

The Ducati 1199 Panigale was the most recent in Ducati’s superbike series that started way back with the Ducati 916.

As with all Ducati superbikes, the Ducati 1199 Panigale — whether in base, S, or R form — was a track-focused motorcycle, designed to be used at very least on winding roads with the tachometer halfway up.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale has a lot in common with the original 916 superbike. They’re both V-twin powered sportbikes with liquid-cooled 4-valve-per-cylinder engines.

But a lot of advances in tech from the 916 days mean that the 1199 is both more powerful AND more reliable, needing fewer services — valve services on the Ducati 1199 Panigale are every 15000 miles (24000 km), a huge jump from the early days of 6000-7500 mile service intervals.

The Ducati 1199 Panigale was a direct update to the Ducati 1198 superbike. The 1199 was also the first motorcycle to receive the “Panigale” name for its superbikes, something which Ducati has retained until today with the Ducati Panigale V4.

The 1199 Panigale has the same size engine as the 1198, but with a different layout (if the chain-driven cams didn’t give it away), though it makes roughly the same amount of power.

But the 1199 Panigale has an all-new electronics package that gives it cornering ABS and traction control as standard, as well as being one of the first production motorcycles with electronically adjustable suspension (in the S model).

The 1198 has a mass of torque in the bottom, that 1199 riders either adore, or don’t like as having been “uncontrollable”.

On top of that, the much reduced weight and the chassis redesign gives the 1199 stability one reviewer called “Fireblade-like”, incredibly — a compliment to both the Panigale and Fireblades!

The Ducati 1199 Panigale came principally in three different trims — the standard, S, and R spec, plus the exclusive 1199 Superleggera (not technically a Panigale, but like an evolved 1199 Panigale R). Here is how they differed in a nutshell:

Part1199 Panigale1199 Panigale S1199 Panigale R1199 Superleggera
Engine1198cc1198cc1198cc (lighter internals)1198cc (race spec)
Peak power143 kW (192 bhp)143 kW (192 bhp)143 kW (192 bhp)149 kW (200 bhp)
Front suspensionMarzocchi 50mm USD (mechanical)Öhlins NIX30 43mm, electronic adjustabilityÖhlins NIX30 43mm, electronic adjustabilityÖhlins FL196 43mm (mechanical)
Rear suspensionSachs (mechanical)Öhlins TTX36, electronic adjustabilityÖhlins TTX36, electronic adjustabilityÖhlins TTX36 (mechanical)
Wheels10-spoke aluminum3-spoke forged aluminum3-spoke forged alloy aluminum3-spoke forged magnesium
Wet weight190.5 kg (inc. ABS)190.5 kg (inc. ABS)189 kg177 kg
ExhaustStandardStandardFull TermignoniFull race Akrapovič
Ducati 1199 Panigale specs compared (standard, S, R)

The Ducati 1199 Panigale was superseded by the Ducati 1299 Panigale, the last of the big V-twin superbikes before the V4.

Ducati 1199 Panigale Owner’s Manual

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati 1199 Panigale, cross referencing against the S, R, and Superleggera models. You can see a bunch of screenshots below.

You can download the owner’s manual for the Ducati 1199 Panigale from the Ducati website here.

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