Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen (1198cc, 2015-2018) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule for the second-generation Ducati Diavel, released in 2015 and produced until 2018, with an 1198cc Testastretta-11 engine. It was replaced in 2019 with the new Ducati Diavel 1260.

The first-gen Ducati Diavel was made between 2011 and 2014. It was quite similar but had an earlier generation engine. Note that this 2015+ Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen was available in mid-2014, but known as a 2015 model year.

The Ducati Diavel 2nd gen has a twin spark engine. It has more mid-range torque, thanks to a re-tune of the engine (see below for details).

Here are the other motorcycles in the Ducati Diavel and XDiavel range:

The Ducati Diavel 2nd gen was released in a variety of flavours:

  • Base model, with Marzocchi DLC-coated fully-adjustable forks (previously a higher-end option), and a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock.
  • Carbon, with lightweight Marchesini forged and machined 9-spoke wheels, and other carbon fibre parts
  • Titanium (limited run of 500), with even lighter “Marchesini Dedicated” lightweight wheels, a stainless steel muffler and ceramic-coated exhaust tubes, and many other titanium, carbon fibre, and metal finished touches, and a tank-mounted number plaque.

In 2019, the Diavel 2nd Gen was replaced by the Ducati Diavel 1260 with the DVT motor.

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Ducati Diavel 2nd gen (2015-2018) Service Intervals

The 2nd gen Ducati Diavel has generous 9000 mile / 15000 km service intervals, extending from the 1st generation Diavel. This is because of refinements in the 2015 model’s twin-spark engine.

Every 9000 mile / 15000 km service or every year, change the engine oil and filter. You should also either clean or change the air filter, and do a usual list of checks.

Every second service (18000 miles or 30000 km) is the major “Desmo” service in which you should change the spark plugs, change the timing belts, and check / adjust the valve clearances. This is the big one and it’s usually quite an expensive service.

Ducati also recommends changing the fork fluid at this point, something that not every manufacturer does.

Because the Diavel has belt-driven cams, you have to also replace the belts on a time interval — every 5 years.

Besides that, regularly replace the engine coolant and brake and clutch fluid.

What you need to service your Ducati Diavel (2nd gen, 2015-2018)

So you service your own Ducatis do you? Awesome! (Even if you’re just changing the oil.)

Here are the things you need to service your own 2nd Gen Ducati Diavel.

PartDucati Diavel 2nd Gen spec
OilDucati recommends “Shell Advance 4T Ultra”. This is hard to come by, but their core requirement is a JASO MA spec oil, which could include any high-grade oil like Motul 300V or Motul 7100. Many owners like Shell Rotella T6 — a diesel oil that meets high-performance motorcycle specs (including JASO MA).
Oil filterChange the filter every time you change the oil. The Ducati part number is 44440038A. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF153RC, a high-quality replacement that’s easier to change.
Timing beltsDucati part number for the toothed timing belts is 73740252A.
Spark plugsThe spark plugs are NGK MAR10A-J. Note this is a different spark plug to the 1st gen, and you need 4 now (not 2). Twin spark!
Air filterThe standard air cleaner part number is 42610201A. Use a K&N part for easier availability, part number DU-1007.
Chain maintenanceYour standard Diavel has a chain drive (the XDiavel has a belt). Motul chain paste is a popular chain lubricant, and a Motul chain care kit gives you a few extra useful bits.
Brake padsFront brake pads part is 61340901A (for one pair), or the EBC part number is FA447HH. Rear brake pads part is 61340941A, or the EBC part number is FA209/2HH.
Brake and clutch fluidUse DOT 4 fluid only.
Fork fluidDucatis need their fork fluid changed every 2 years (unusual as a motorcycle maintenance task). Ducati recommends Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Donax TA.
Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen replacement/maintenance parts

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen

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

Every 1000 km / 600 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:

Ducati Diavel 2nd gen regular maintenance
Checking the engine oil level
Check the brake and clutch fluid level
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication
Check the brake pads
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Diavel

2015-2018 Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen 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 is in the same format as in the manual, though altered to fit this screen.

The 2nd Gen 2015-2018 Ducati Diavel’s maintenance schedule is very similar to the 1st gen, other than that intervals have been extended from 12,000 km (7,500 mi) to 15,000 km (9,000 mi). This is due to the refinements in the 2015-2018 Diavel’s twin spark engine.


  • Those items we’ve marked [D] are really for the dealer to do.
  • The break-in service is omitted as the break-in period has passed
km x 100015304560Every
mi x 10009182736(months)
[D] Read the error memory with DDS and check for software version updates on control units12
[D] Check whether there are technical updates and recall campaigns12
Change engine oil and filter (Ducati recommends Shell Advance Ultra. Oil filter part number is 44440038A)12
Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Change timing belts (part number 73740252A)60
Replace the spark plugs (NGK MAR10A-J)
Clean the air filter
Change the air filter (K&N DU-1007)
Check brake and clutch fluid level 12
Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4 only)36
Check brake disc and pad wear. Replace, if necessary (2 x FA447HH + FA209/2HH)12
Check the proper tightening of brake caliper bolts and brake disc carrier bolts12
Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening12
Check tightening of frame to engine fasteners
Check wheel hub bearings
Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft
Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket
Check the proper tightening of secondary drive front and rear sprocket nuts12
Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) and sliding shoes wear 12
Check final drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)12
Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary
Change the front fork fluid
Visual check of front fork and rear shock absorber seals12
Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side and central stand (if any)12
Visual check of the fuel lines12
Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement and positioning of hoses and electric wiring in view12
Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls 12
Change coolant (Ducati requires ethylene glycol-based coolant)48
Check the coolant level and check circuit for damage 12
Check tyre pressure and wear12
Check the battery charge level12
Check the operation of the safety electrical devices (side stand switch, front and rear brake switches, engine stop switch, gear/neutral sensor)12
Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls 12
[D] Reset the Service indication through the DDS
Road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC), electric fans and idling 12
Softly clean the motorcycle 12
[D] Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation 12
Maintenance schedule for the Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen (2015-2018)

About 2015-2018 Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen

Ducati Diavel Carbon 2015-2018 RHS outdoor by cliff
Ducati Diavel Carbon

The Ducati Diavel was Ducati’s second foray into the power cruiser market, the first one having been a long time ago.

The 2nd gen Ducati Diavel was an update to the 1st gen Ducati Diavel, which sold up until 2014.

The 2nd generation Ducati Diavel has a number of upgrades, mostly to the engine. Peak power is the same at 121 kW (162 hp), but there’s more mid-range torque, thanks to the new twin-spark engine, along with revised intake and exhaust ports, cam timing, and a large bump in compression ratio up to 12.5:1 (up from 11.5:1).

The fuel injectors on the 2nd gen 2015-2018 Ducati Diavel have also been relocated, targeting fuel onto the rear of the hot intake valve instead of the relatively cold surface of the intake port hole.

The twin spark engine burns the fuel/air mixture more efficiently and in a shorter period of time. All of this adds up to more reliability and a broader spread of torque. Mind you, the Diavel always was known for having a broad and generous amount of torque.

Aside from that, the 2nd gen Ducati Diavel retains its mixed identity. Is it a cruiser, a muscle bike, or a naked bike? Even though it’s marketed as a cruiser, there’s a lot that’s still very Ducati about the Ducati Diavel. It leans, for one thing. It’s lightweight, for another — at only 234 kg (516 lb) wet, it’s almost in naked bike territory, which is crazy given the amount of power they have. And finally, they rev high.

So pretty much the only thing it has in common with most cruiser motorcycles is that it has a twin and a comfortable seating position.

Ducati also changed the livery of the 2015+ Diavel range.

Reference: Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen Owner’s Manual

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the 2nd Gen 2015-2018 Ducati Diavel. Note the wider service intervals. See screenshots below.

You can download it from the Ducati website here.

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