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:
- Ducati Diavel 1st gen (1198 cc, 2011-2014): Base model, 7500 mile / 12000 km service intervals
- Ducati Diavel 2nd gen (1198 cc, twin spark, 2015-2018): Twin spark engine, 9000 mile / 15000 km service intervals
- Ducati Diavel 1260 DVT (2019-2022): Base model, Brembo M 4.32 calipers, Marzocchi / Sachs suspension
- Ducati Diavel 1260 S DVT (2019-2022): Brembo M50 calipers, Öhlins suspension
- Ducati XDiavel (2016-2020): Base model
- Ducati XDiavel S (2016+) (WIP) — M50 calipers, other cosmetic components
- Ducati XDiavel Dark (2021+) (a blacked out version, but with similar base model components) (WIP)
- Ducati Diavel Black Star 2021-2022 (WIP) — M50 calipers
- Ducati Diavel V4 (2023+) — V4 Granturismo engine, Stylema calipers
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.
|Part||Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen spec|
|Oil||Ducati 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 filter||Change 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 belts||Ducati part number for the toothed timing belts is 73740252A.|
|Spark plugs||The 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 filter||The standard air cleaner part number is 42610201A. Use a K&N part for easier availability, part number DU-1007.|
|Chain maintenance||Your 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 pads||Front 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 fluid||Use DOT 4 fluid only.|
|Fork fluid||Ducatis need their fork fluid changed every 2 years (unusual as a motorcycle maintenance task). Ducati recommends Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Donax TA.|
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|
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 1000||15||30||45||60||Every|
|mi x 1000||9||18||27||36||(months)|
|[D] Read the error memory with DDS and check for software version updates on control units||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Check whether there are technical updates and recall campaigns||•||•||•||•||12|
|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 bolts||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||12|
|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 nuts||•||•||•||•||12|
|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 seals||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side and central stand (if any)||•||•||•||•||12|
|Visual check of the fuel lines||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement and positioning of hoses and electric wiring in view||•||•||•||•||12|
|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 wear||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the battery charge level||•||•||•||•||12|
|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|
About 2015-2018 Ducati Diavel 2nd Gen
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.