This is the maintenance schedule for the first gen Ducati Diavel, released in 2011 and produced until 2014, with an 1198cc engine. It was replaced in 2015 with 2nd Gen Ducati Diavel, which had a new twin spark engine.
Some of the 2nd gen Ducati Diavels were available in 2014, as a 2015 model year. It’s a little confusing. But you should know which one you have!
During its lifetime, the Ducati Diavel 1st Gen was released in a number of different trims. Some are largely aesthetic, but the Carbon and AMG SE versions have DLC-coated fork tubes and Marchesini lightweight wheels. The Strada has a screen and bags. There are a couple of other variants with some combinations of the above, too.
But they all kept the underlying 1198cc Testastretta 11 degree L-twin engine that produces 121 kW (162 hp) at 9500 rpm, so the maintenance schedule is the same for all of them.
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What you need to service your Ducati Diavel
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 Ducati Diavel.
|Part||Ducati Diavel spec|
|Oil||Ducati recommends “Shell Advance 4T Ultra 15W-50“. 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 7100 15W-50.|
|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 MAR9A-J.|
|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 Castrol DOT 4 fluid.|
|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 1st 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 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Ducati Diavel 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|
2011-2014 Ducati Diavel 1st 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. It’s similar to the 2nd gen, but the service interval is slightly narrower, and some parts are different.
This maintenance schedule is in the same format as in the manual, though altered to fit this screen.
Items marked [D] are for Ducati dealers to do (they need the fancy gear).
|km x 1000||12||24||36||48||Time|
|mi x 1000||7.5||15||22.5||30||(Months)|
|[D] Read the error memory with DDS and check the software version update 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, but Motul 7100 15W-50 is also well-liked by dealers. Oil filter part number is 44440038A)||•||•||•||•||12|
|Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearance||•||•||–|
|Change timing belts (73740252A)||•||•||60|
|Replace the spark plugs (NGK MAR10A-J)||•||•||–|
|Clean the air filter||•||•||–|
|Change the air filter (DU-1007)||•||•||–|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||36|
|Check brake disc and pad wear. Replace, if necessary||•||•||•||•||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||•||•||•||•||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 the 1st gen Ducati Diavel (2011-2014)
The Ducati Diavel 1st Gen (then just known as the Ducati Diavel) was Ducati’s second foray into the power cruiser market, the first one having been a long time ago.
The riding position of the Ducati Diavel is quite standard, but so comfortable that it can be compared to a cruiser bike with mid controls. Knees are at a relaxed open angle, and the handlebars are far back enough that no forward lean is necessary to ride it.
The base of the Diavel is the 1198 degree Testastretta engine from the superbike range. It’s tuned for more road-going use, but not that much… it still makes a pretty insane 121 kW (162 hp), which puts many other muscle bikes to shame!
The Diavel actually has a mixed identity. Even though it’s marketed as a cruiser, there’s a lot that’s still very Ducati about it. 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 impressive given the size of the Ducati Diavel and its power.
And finally, the Ducati Diavel 1st gen likes to rev. It has good torque even from just 3000 rpm (when it’s above 60 ft-lb/80 Nm at the wheel, and doesn’t drop below there all the way to the redline — which is above 10000 rpm. That’s very sporty performance.
So pretty much the only thing that the Ducati Diavel 1st gen has in common with most cruisers motorcycles is that it has a twin and a comfortable seating position.
The Ducati Diavel 1st gen came in a number of iterations over its 5 year (2011-2014) lifespan. The engine, brakes, rear shock, chassis, and electronics were all the same over this period, but there were a few variables that changed between them. These were as follows:
|Part||Base model, Cromo, Dark||Dark||Carbon||AMG Special||Strada|
|Fork||Marzocchi 50mm||Marzocchi 50mm with DLC coating||Marzocchi 50mm with DLC coating||Marzocchi 50mm with DLC coating||Marzocchi 50mm|
|Shock||Sachs monoshock||Sachs monoshock||Sachs monoshock||Sachs monoshock||Sachs monoshock|
|Wheels||14-spoke light alloy||14-spoke light alloy||Marchesini forged/machined 9-spoke||AMG 5-spoke wheel||14-spoke light alloy|
|Wet weight||239 kg||239 kg||234 kg||245 kg (540 lb)|
|Accessories||–||–||Carbon fiber panels, seat cover, mud guard||Alcantara seat, sport exhaust, carbon fiber parts||Touring screen + seat, back-rest, luggage, power outlets|
The Diavel got a stablemate a couple of years after initial launch, the Ducati XDiavel, with a bigger, more advanced DVT engine, more tech, and an even more comfortable (feet splayed out) seating position.
Ducati Diavel 1st Gen Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for a Ducati Diavel from 2014, checked against other years.
You can download the manual from the Ducati website here.