This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati 999, one of the line of Ducati Superbikes that started with the Ducati 916 and ended with the Ducati 1198.
The Ducati 999 is based on a 998cc liquid-cooled-4-valve-per-cylinder V-twin engine (called an L-twin as it has a 90-degree angle). It has a desmodromic valve train and belt-driven cams, much like its predecessors.
The engine in the Ducati 999 makes 91 kW (124 CV / 122 bhp) at 9500 rpm, with max torque of 102 Nm (76 ft-lb) at 8000 rpm.
The Ducati 999S is a higher spec bike, with higher power tuning, Öhlins suspension components, and lightweight Marchesini wheels.
The Ducati 999 was superseded by the Ducati 1098, which along with a bigger engine returns to some of the classic styling elements of earlier Superbikes.
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Ducati 999 Superbike Service Intervals
Overall, the Ducati 999 Superbike has 6000 mile / 10000 km service intervals. At every service, change the oil and filter, check and adjust the valve clearances, and do a host of other checks.
You need to change the coolant every 12000 miles / 20000 km per the manual, but most motorcycle manuals recommend doing it every two years as well.
Ducati says that every two services (12000 miles / 20000 km) you need to replace the timing belts. If two years pass without doing that mileage, change them anyway.
Ducati also recommends changing clutch fluid, brake fluid, and fork oil every 18000 miles / 30000 km or 2 years.
What you need to service the Ducati 999 Superbike
If you’re servicing your Ducati 999 Superbike, you need the following consumable items per the service manual.
|Part||Ducati 999 / S Spec|
|Engine oil||The manual recommends “Shell Advance Ultra 4” engine oil, or another 10W-40 (to cover the maximum range of operating temperatures) engine oil. Motul 7100 10W-40 is a popular choice.|
|Engine oil filter||Use part 44440038A, or an aftermarket alternative like the Hiflofiltro HF153RC.|
|Timing belts||Change the timing belts when it’s due, or your valves are toast! Part for the Ducati 999 is 73740125A.|
|Coolant||Use an ethylene glycol-based high-performance coolant that’s silicate and phosphate free.|
|Spark plug||Use a Champion RH4HC or NGK CR9EK spark plug.|
|Air filter||Use the Ducati parts 42620171A and 42620181A, or you can use an aftermarket DNA air filter, part R-DU99S05-US (comes as a pair).|
|Fork oil||The manual recommends Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Shell Donax TA.|
|Brake/Clutch Fluid||The manual requires DOT 4 brake fluid, e.g. Shell Advance Brake oil or an alternative like Castrol DOT 4.|
|Chain grease||Use either SAE 80-90 gear oil or Shell Advance Chain lube, or another high-quality lubricant like that in a Motul chain care kit.|
Maintenance schedule for the Ducati 999 Superbike
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Ducati 999 Superbike.
The Ducati 999 Superbike has 10000 km (6000 mi) maintenance intervals at which the oil and filter need to be replaced, the belts inspected, and the valves checked. You also need to change the belts every 2 years, plus change a number of other parts periodically.
The service manual presents everything together in one table, which is a bit hard to read. Below you can find separate lists for regular maintenance (every 1000 km), as well as the maintenance schedule for every service interval
Ducati 999 regular maintenance
Below is the list of items you should do for regular maintenance on your Ducati 999 Superbike.
Every 1000 km / 600 miles, do the following checks.
|Ducati 999 regular maintenance|
|Check engine oil level (top up with Shell Advance Ultra 4 or Motul 7100 10W-40)|
|Check coolant level (top up with ethylene glycol-based antifreeze, e.g. Pro Honda HP, or distilled water + Water Wetter for track use)|
|Check clutch and brake fluid level (top up with Castrol DOT 4)|
|Check tyre wear and pressure|
|Check chain tension and adjust if necessary|
|Check chain lubrication condition and lube if necessary (Motul chain paste)|
|Check brake pad wear, replace if necessary|
|Check battery charging system (battery, reg/rec, alternator)|
Ducati 999 maintenance schedule table
Below is the complete maintenance schedule for the Ducati 999 / 999 S.
In addition to the below checks, do the items listed in regular daily maintenance.
|km x 1000||10||20||30||40|
|mi x 1000||6||12||18||24||Every|
|Change engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)||X||X||X||X|
|Change engine oil filter (HF153RC)||X||X||X||X|
|Check/clean engine oil intake filter||X|
|Check/adjust valve clearances||X||X||X||X|
|Check/Replace (R) timing belts (73740125A)||X||R||X||R||2 years|
|Change spark plugs (NGK CR9EK)||X||X||X||X|
|Change coolant||X||X||2 years*|
|Change fuel filter||X||X|
|Check throttle body sync and idling||X||X|
|Change air filter||X||X||X||X|
|Check engine oil pressure||X||X|
|Check cylinder compression||X||X|
|Change clutch and brake fluid||X||2 years|
|Check clutch and brake controls||X||X||X||X|
|Check steering bearing play||X||X|
|Clean fuel tank||X||X|
|Change front fork oil||X||2 years|
|Perform general lubrication and greasing||X||X|
|Check torque of safety-critical points of the vehicle (see below A for torque values)||X||X||X||X|
|Perform general testing (see below B)||X||X||X||X|
* This is not explicitly mentioned in the schedule, but is common practice.
A — Check for proper tightening (Torque Values)
The maintenance schedule for the Ducati 999 asks that you check the torque (or just proper tightening) of all the following parts.
Check the torque of the following components. The Ducati V-twin superbikes tend to shake themselves loose. The below torque values are from the service manual.
|Part||Torque value (Nm)|
|Torque value (ft-lb)|
|Engine/frame bolt locknut||60||44|
|Front wheel nut||63||46|
|Rear wheel nut||180||133|
|Steering head screws||23||17|
|Bottom yoke screws||14||10|
|Steering head assembly bolt||22||16|
|Handlebars clamp fastening screw||25||18|
|Fork pinch bolts||19||14|
|Rear swingarm / rear shock absorber screw||42||31|
|Rear shock absorber/ rocker arm bolt||42||31|
|Shock absorber reaction arm / rocker arm bolt||42||31|
|Swingarm pivot shaft screw||72||53|
|Suspension rocker arm / frame nut||42||31|
|Oil pipe connector on cooler||25||18|
|Oil pipe connector on casing||25||18|
|Front brake calliper bolt||43||32|
|Front brake disc screw||25||18|
|Rear brake calliper bolt||25||18|
|Rear brake disc screw||25||18|
|Spring drive pin / chain ring retainer||55||41|
|Chain ring nuts||46||34|
|Passenger grab strap bolt||9||7|
|Calliper plate pin||33||24|
B — General testing
When doing “general testing” (with every service), test the following components.
- Wheel hub bearings
- Rear wheel flexible coupling
- Sprocket nut
- Side stand
- Cooler electric fan
- Indicators and lighting devices
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Ducati 999 Superbike
The Ducati 999 Superbike comes with 5 Y-spoke lightweight alloy wheels and comes shod with sport tyres.
|Wheel||Tyre (Tire) size||Tyre (Tire) pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70 – ZR 17||2.1 bar (30 psi)|
|Rear||190/50 – ZR 17||2.2 bar (32 psi)|
Obviously, adjust the tyre pressures according to your intended purpose.
About the Ducati 999 Superbike
The Ducati 999 is the latest in a long line of Ducati superbikes that started with the iconic Ducati 916.
The Ducati 999 is also the successor to the Ducati 998, but is a huge departure in terms of design and style.
The 999 was designed by Pierre Terblanche, who brought us other masterpieces like the Ducati SportClassic range (the Sport 1000 and so on). The SportClassic was an instant hit and is now a collectible motorcycle, but it took a while longer before people started to appreciate the 999. It wasn’t appreciated at first — but it is today.
Like the Ducati 998 before it, the Ducati 999 is based on a 998 cc liquid-cooled L-twin engine. It has “desmodromic” valves, which means there’s a closer as well as an opener (in contrast with most other sportbike valve trains, which have a return spring).
The thing that make maintaining the Ducati 999 hard are the same as on any Ducati superbike: 8 valves, and a closer and opener for each — i.e. 16 clearances to check (and maybe adjust by replacing a shim) every 10000 km or 6000 miles. That’s quite aggressive!
The second thing to bear in mind is the belts. This is easier. Change them every 2-5 years. The manual says 2, but most people do it every 5 years.
Finally, tighten everything down periodically. The Ducati V-twin motorcycles tend to shake themselves loose.
Aside from that, maintaining the Ducati 999 is the same as any other bike: keep the fluids fresh, keep it clean, wipe down the chain and lube it sometimes, and you’re all good.
The Ducati 999 has good running gear in its base version. The front suspension is a Showa upside down 43mm fork with TiN treatment that’s fully adjustable for rebound and compression damping as well as for preload. The rear shock is a Showa shock that’s also fully adjustable.
The front brakes are twin Brembo 4-piston callipers biting onto 320mm semi-floating discs.
The Ducati 999S has higher-spec suspension — Öhlins front and rear. Brakes are the same as on the base model.
The Ducati 999 was replaced by the Ducati 1098, which brought back horizontal headlights and a single-sided swing-arm. But this makes the 999 quite unique.
Manual for the Ducati 999 Superbike
The above came from the manual for the Ducati 999 Superbike and from the workshop manual too.
You can get most Ducati motorcycle manuals online at Ducati’s website.