This is the Ducati Diavel 1260 S maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual, and consulting with the service manual and parts diagrams.
Ducati released the Ducati Diavel 1260 S in 2019, taking the new 1262cc 119kW/162hp DVT engine from the XDiavel. It was released alongside the Ducati Diavel 1260, but with significantly upgraded riding gear.
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
Here is how the Ducati Diavel 1260 and 1260 S differ:
|Part||Diavel 1260||Diavel 1260 S|
|Suspension||50mm fully adjustable inverted fork||Öhlins 48mm fully adjustable inverted fork, TiN treatment|
|Rear suspension||Preload and rebound adjustable shock||Öhlins fully adjustable shock|
|Front||Brembo M4.32 callipers, PR18/9 master cylinder||Brembo M50 callipers, PR16/19 master cylinder|
|Wheels||14-spoke cast rims||Cast/machined 10-spoke rims|
|US MSRP (indicative)||$20295||$23195|
The Ducati Diavel 1260 S is an even more considerable upgrade to the 2nd gen Ducati Diavel than the standard Diavel 1260.
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Ducati Diavel 1260 S Service Intervals
Generally speaking, service intervals for the 2019-2022 Ducati Diavel 1260 S are every 9000 miles or every 15000 km, at which point you change the oil and filter and spark plugs, and do a whole bunch of checks.
The major “Desmo” service interval for the Ducati Diavel 1260 S is every two services, or 18000 miles / 30000 km. That’s when you change the air filter, change the timing belt, and do the valve clearances.
As the Ducati Diavel 1260 S DVT motor has a 4 valve per cylinder Desmodromic design, there are 8 valves and thus 16 clearances to check, as there is both an opener and a closer. Further, changing one clearance on a valve can affect the other.
Because the 1260 DVT motor has belt-driven cams, you also have to change the timing belts at every major service. The recommended interval is every five years if you haven’t changed them on a distance interval recently.
Finally, make sure to keep the coolants (engine coolant and brake / clutch fluid) fresh per the schedule.
What you need to service your Ducati Diavel 1260 S
Here’s a list of maintenance items that the manual specifies.
|Part||Ducati Diavel 1260 S spec|
|Engine oil||The manual recommends Shell Advance 4T Ultra 15W-50, or another 15W-50 oil that meets JASO MA2 spec or API SN, e.g. Mobil 1 15W-50.|
|Oil filter||Oil filter part is 44440038A. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF153RC.|
|Chain maintenance||The Diavel has a chain. Keep it maintained with a Motul chain care kit.|
|Air filter||Part number for the air filter is 42610491A. A common upgrade is the K&N DU-1112. There are also alternatives from Sprint, DNA, etc.|
|Spark plug||Type NGK MAR9A-J.|
|Brake and clutch fluid||Use a high-grade DOT 4, e.g. Castrol DOT 4.|
|Front brake pads||Pads for the 1260 S (Brembo M50) are part number 61341101A.|
|Rear brake pads||Pads for the 1260 S (same as regular 1260) are part number 61340941A.|
|Fork oil||Ducati recommends Shell Donax TA in the 1260 S’s fork (648cc per leg).|
|Coolant||Ducati recommends ENI Agip Permanent Spezial Antifreeze (pure). You can also use Zerex G30. (See this analysis)|
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Diavel 1260 S
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Every 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Ducati Diavel 1260 S regular user maintenance|
|Check engine oil level|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level (top up with Castrol DOT 4)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication|
|Check brake pads, replace if necessary|
Ducati Diavel 1260 S Maintenance Schedule
The following is the maintenance schedule for the Ducati Diavel 1260 S.
This maintenance schedule is in the same format as in the manual, though altered to fit this screen. It’s a lot like the maintenance schedule for the previous Ducati Diavel with the 30,000 km major service interval gap.
- Items marked [D] are for dealers to do as they require specialist equipment.
- Major service intervals are every 30000 km (18000 miles), where you have to change the timing belts (if you didn’t change them at the 5 year mark) and adjust the valve clearance
- Follow the earlier of the time-based or distance-based interval
|[D] Rear error memory with DDS 2.0 and check software version update on control units||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change engine oil and filter (Mobil 1 15W-50, HF153RC)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly||•||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearance||•||•||–|
|Change timing belts||•||•||60|
|Change water pump belt||•||•||60|
|Change spark plugs (MAR9A-J)||•||•||–|
|Clean plugs with metal mesh filters on heads||•||–|
|Clean air filter||•||•||12|
|Change air filter (DU-1112)||•||•||–|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||36|
|Check brake disk and pad wear. Change if necessary||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disk flange screws||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check frame-to-engine fasteners tightening||•||•||•||•||–|
|Check wheel hub bearings||•||•||–|
|Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||•||•||–|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket||•||•||–|
|Check the proper tightening of final drive front and rear sprocket nuts||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) wear.||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive chain tension and lubrication||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary||•||•||–|
|Change front fork fluid||•||–|
|Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side and central stand (if any)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Visually check the fuel lines||•||•||–|
|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 (Zerex G30)||•||48|
|Visually check the coolant level and sealing of the circuit||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the battery charge level||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the operation of all electric safety devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Reset the service indication through the DDS 2.0||•||•||•||•||•||–|
|Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC), Cruise Control device, electric fans and idling||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|Softly clean the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (if you’re an official mechanic)||•||•||•||•||•||12|
About the Ducati Diavel 1260 S
Ducati released the Diavel 1260 S alongside the Diavel 1260 for the 2019 model year.
The Ducati Diavel 1260 S is like the Diavel 1260 but even more high spec. It’s still a high-spec, stunning-looking sport cruiser.
You can visually identify a Diavel 1260 S from the gold forks. If you’re familiar with the colour schemes, that too.
While the Ducati Diavel 1260 base model is already a lot of motorcycle — massive engine, competent chassis, and comfort for days — the 1260 S takes the same basis and adds premium race-spec components.
The core of the Diavel 1260 S is the same basic engine block as found in the 1260 base model and the latest XDiavel. The engine is a 1262cc liquid-cooled 8-valve desmodromic “Testastretta” V-twin that makes 119 kW (162 hp) of peak power at 9500 rpm, with peak torque of 129 Nm (95 ft-lb) at 7500 rpm.
Like the base model, the Diavel 1260 S handles well. It has an upright riding position with relaxed ergonomics. While not a cruiser, your knees are at a gentle bend, and the reach to the handlebars doesn’t make you lean over too far (unlike the Streetfighter V4 for example). And there’s plenty of ground clearance, as can be seen from the photo.
The improvements are quite considerable over the base model Ducati Diavel 1260.
Firstly, there’s the suspension. While the base model has great suspension — 50mm fully adjustable forks up front, and a preload and damping adjustable rear — the 1260 S one-ups this considerably with Öhlins fully adjustable front and rear suspension. The new forks not only give much sportier performance, but also have less unsprung mass.
Note that some owners of the S on forums find the Öhlins too stiff. Better isn’t better for everyone — you might be able to save yourself a few grand.
Secondly there’s the brakes. While both bikes have Brembo calipers up front, the standard 1260 has the mid-spec M 4.32 calipers, whereas the 1260S has beefier M50 calipers.
Thirdly, the wheels. Ducati S bikes typically have lightweight wheels, and the Ducati Diavel 1260 S is no exception.
Finally, the 1260 S comes with a few standard trick bits that many owners end up paying for, like a quick shifter and a comfort seat.
The 1260 S also has a DRL in its front headlight that’s exclusive — you can’t get it as an option on the base model!
Ducati revised the Ducati Diavel model range for the 2023 model year, releasing the Ducati Diavel V4, using the same Granturismo motor as in the Multistrada V4.
Reference — Ducati Diavel 1260 S Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Diavel 1260 S (2020). It’s the same for all model years.
You can download it from the Ducati website here.