Ducati 848 EVO Corse Special Edition (2012-2014) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati 848 EVO Corse S.E. — sourced from the owner’s manual, with reference to online parts diagrams and fiches.

Ducati unveiled the 848 EVO Corse Special Edition (S.E.) at Intermot 2012 for the 2013 model year. It was made in the 2014 model year, too. Some might write it just as 848 EVO Corse and omit the “S.E.” from the end, but it’s implied (there was no non-special edition).

The Ducati 848 was released in a number of trims, primarily including the EVO and EVO Corse. Here are their maintenance schedules:

The Ducati 848 EVO Corse is the jewel in the line of 848 superbikes that accompanied their bigger superbike siblings, like the Ducati 1199 Panigale.

The Ducati 848 EVO superbikes took the 849 cc 8-valve liquid-cooled L-twin of the basic Ducati 848, and tuned it for around 11 kW (15 hp/CV) more power. In the Ducati 848 EVO Corse S.E., as in the Ducati 848 EVO Superbike, the engine made a peak of 103 kW (138 bhp / 140 CV) at 10500 rpm, with peak torque arriving at 9750 rpm. So it’s a relatively high-revving sportbike, but not as extreme as an inline four-cylinder bike.

The 848 EVO Corse S.E. also got full Öhlins front and rear suspension and a larger 330mm front brake rotor for the Brembo four-piston radial-mount caliper to bite onto.

The Ducati 848 EVO Corse was kept in business for a while, and was eventually superseded by the Ducati 899 Panigale from 2013.

This post was originally published on 11 October 2021, but has since been significantly updated and improved.

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Ducati 848 EVO Corse Service Intervals

The Ducati 848 EVO Corse Superbike, having a liquid-cooled L-twin engine with 4-valves per cylinder, shares similar service intervals with other Ducati superbikes of 7500 miles / 12000 km or one year between oil changes.

The valve service for the Ducati 848 Evo Superbike interval is the same without the time component — every 7500 miles / 12000 km.

You need to inspect the belt tension at the first regular service, and change the belt at the second. Both checking the belt tension and replacing the belt is every two services, alternating — see the schedule below.

The Ducati Superbikes also have liquid cooling, so the coolant needs to be replaced periodically. And as the clutch is hydraulic, replace the clutch fluid when you replace the brake fluid.

What you need to maintain the Ducati 848 EVO Corse

The following is a list of consumables (things like oil, spark plugs etc.) you need to maintain the Ducati 848 Corse.

As the 848 EVO Corse has more advanced ride gear, some of the required parts are different.

PartDucati 848 EVO Corse S.E. 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 Mobil 1 Synthetic 10W-40 to cover a wide range of operating temperatures.

Ducati 10w-40 oil for air-cooled 1000 engines
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part for the oil filter is 44440037A. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF153RC oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.
Air filterThe Ducati part for the air filter is 42610201A. You can also use a DU-1007 from K&N.
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 ENI Agip Permanent Spezial antifreeze, an OAT coolant. See here for some alternatives to ENI Agip antifreeze.

Those putting the Ducati 848 to race use prefer distilled water and Redline Water Wetter.
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 padsThe Ducati 848 EVO Corse has radial-mount Brembo calipers on a 330mm rotor, an update from the standard 848 superbike AND from the 848 EVO.

OEM brake pads are part number 61340791A, EBC HH pads (more available, and highly regarded) are part number FA447HH. Sintered pads give more bite and feel, but are harder on the discs.
Rear brake padsSame as the other models. Original part number 61340381A, EBC part number FA266HH for more bite/feel.
Spark plugsNGK code MAR10A-J. Note they’re sold individually.
Fork oilDucati recommends Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Shell Donax TA for use in the Öhlins suspension components. Many dealers opt for Öhlins fork oil.
Chain maintenanceYou can use any chain lubricant, but the Motul chain care kit is well-liked.
Consumables for Ducati 848 EVO Corse

Regular maintenance for the Ducati 848 EVO Corse

This is maintenance that you can do yourself.

Every 600 miles/1000 kms OR 6 months:

  • Lubricate the chain and check for play (use Motul Chain Paste or a full Motul chain care kit)
  • Check brake wear levels
  • Check oil level, top up with Mobil 1 Synthetic 10W-40 as necessary
  • Check brake and clutch fluid, top up with Castrol DOT 4 if necessary
  • Check radiator fluid, top up if necessary (with either a coolant that meets spec, like an ENI Agip Permanent Spezial alternative or distilled water + Redline Water Wetter)
  • Check tire tread and depth

These are regular maintenance operations. The owner’s manual has instructions on how to do them.

Ducati 848 EVO Corse Maintenance Schedule Table

Below is the list of maintenance operations for the 848 EVO Corse. This is from the manual, though modified to fit the screen.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • The Ducati 848 EVO Corse’s service intervals are every 12,000 kms or 7,500 miles OR 12 months. At every any of these points, check the table to see what’s due.
  • Follow the earlier of the time- or distance-based interval, other than those items marked (1).
  • For items marked (1), just follow the distance interval (ignore the time).
  • The break-in service has been omitted as it has already been done.
km x 10001224364860
miles x 10007.51522.53037.5
Change the engine oil (Mobil 1 Synthetic 10W-40)XXXXX
Change the engine oil filter (HF153RC)XXXXX
Clean the engine oil filter at intakeX
Check the engine oil pressureXX
Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)XXXXX
Check the tension of the timing belts (1)XXX
Replace the timing belts (part 73740252A)XX
Replace the spark plugs (NGK MAR10A-J)XXXX
Check and clean the air filter (1)XXX
Change the air filter (DU-1007)XX
Check throttle body synchronisation and idling (1)XXXXX
Check the brake fluid and clutch fluid levelsXXXXX
Change the clutch fluid and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)X
Check and adjust the brake and clutch controlsXXXXX
Check/lubricate the throttle/cold start controlsXXXXX
Check tyre pressure and wearXXXXX
Check the brake pads. Renew if necessaryXXXXX
Check the steering bearingsXX
Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)XXXXX
Check the clutch plates pack. Renew if necessary (1)XXXXX
Check the coolant levelXXXXX
Check the operation of electric fans and sealing of coolant circuitXXXXX
Change the coolant (ENI Agip Spezial, or Redline Water Wetter)X
Check the rear wheel flexible couplingXX
Check the wheel hub bearingsXX
Check the indicators and lightingXXXXX
Check tightness of nuts and bolts securing the engine to the frameXXXXX
Check the side standXXXXX
Check tightness of the front wheel axle nutXXXXX
Check tightness of the rear wheel axle nutXXXXX
Check the external fuel linesXXXXX
Change the front fork oil (Öhlins fork oil)X
Check the forks and rear shock absorber for oil leaksXXXXX
Check the front sprocket retaining boltsXXXXX
General lubrication and greasingXXXXX
Check and recharge the batteryXXXXX
Road test the motorcycleXXXXX
General cleaningXXXXX
Maintenance schedule for the Ducati 848 EVO Corse

About the Ducati 848 EVO Corse

Ducati 848 Evo Corse RHS diagonal studio black
Ducati 848 Evo Corse Black

The Ducati EVO Corse is the ultimate evolution of the Ducati 848 Superbike.

The Ducati 848 Superbike is the little alternative to the Ducati superbikes that included the 1098, 1198, and 1199 Panigale. It produces less power and is slightly higher geared, but shares a lot of chassis and body components — plus, they look quite similar.

The Ducati 848 was quite mid-range in spec, and the EVO was a step up with a more powerful engine and better front brakes. But the 848 EVO Corse is the ultimate incarnation.

Here’s how the models of Ducati 848 changed between the base model, EVO, and EVO Corse:

Spec848 (base)848 EVO848 EVO Corse S.E.
Peak power92 kW / 125 CV / 123 bhp @ 10000 rpm103 kW / 140 CV / 138 bhp @ 10500 rpm (larger Marelli throttle bodies, revised cams, cylinder heads)103 kW / 140 CV / 138 bhp @10500 rpm
Compression ratio12.1:113.2:113.2:1
Front brakes320mm discs, axial-mounted Brembo P4.32 calipers320 semi-floating discs, radial mounted Brembo M4.34 calipers330mm semi-floating discs, radial mounted Brembo M4.34 calipers
Front suspension43mm Showa forks, fully adjustable43mm Showa forks, fully adjustable43mm Öhlins fork, fully adjustable
Rear suspensionMonoshock, fully adjustableMonoshock, fully adjustableÖhlins monoshock, fully adjustable
Ride aidsSteering damperSteering Damper, Traction Control, Quickshifter
Ducati 848 vs EVO and EVO Corse specs compared

So the EVO Corse gets, on top of the already decent spec 848 EVO, full Öhlins front and rear suspension, a larger front brake disc (though the same radial Brembo calipers), and 8-stage traction control. An instant classic!

The 848 EVO Corse (as with the 848 EVO) has a lightweight aluminium tank that helps the EVO Corse drop a solid 1 kg (2.2 lb) of dry weight over the base model, while increasing fuel capacity by 2.5 L (0.66 US Gal). That’s an extra session or two on a track day.

The DTC (Ducati Traction Control) and DQS (Ducati Quick Shifter) are the same designs as on the 1199 Panigale. DTC monitors front and rear wheel speeds to detect rear wheel spin under acceleration, and tapers off power to ensure maximum traction. However, the 848 EVO Corse doesn’t use those components to modulate braking (it doesn’t have ABS as the 1199 Panigale does).

Maintaining the Ducati 848 EVO Corse is much like maintaining any other Ducati superbike.

There are 7500 mile (12000 km) maintenance intervals in which you have to tighten everything up and replace the oil, air filter, and spark plugs. (You didn’t have to change the spark plugs on every service with the original Ducati 848, but that changed with the higher-spec EVO engine.)

You also have to periodically check the belt tension, replace the belts, and also check and maybe adjust the valve clearances. It’s quite a job — removing fairings and a tank, then having a shim kit to adjust the shims on desmodromic valves for two pistons and four valves each — that’s 16 clearances to check.

The Ducati 848 EVO was eventually replaced by the Ducati 899 Panigale, which has — among other virtues — twice-as-wide valve clearance intervals and also chain-driven cams. Worth a look!

Ducati 848 EVO Corse Owner’s Manual

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual, as well as from online parts repositories. You can download the manual for the 848 Evo below.

Ducati 848 EVO Corse maintenance schedule screenshot
Ducati 848 EVO Corse maintenance schedule screenshot from manual

The Ducati 848 EVO Corse model has its own manual, with the same general maintenance schedule but different other details. You can get Ducati manuals from Ducati’s web site.

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