This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono, including the RVE spec. This was sourced from the owner’s manual, also referencing parts diagrams online.
The Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono is a revitalisation of the Hypermotard line. The Mono sells concurrently with the Hypermotard 950 RVE, which is powered by an L-twin engine, like the rest of Ducati’s middleweight lineup.
But the Hypermotard 698 Mono is powered by a 659 cc single-cylinder engine, dubbed the “Superquadro Mono” for being derived from the Superquadro engine. It is a high-revving, high-power (for a single) unit that makes 57 kW / 78 hp at 9750 rpm in base trim, or more if you get it with the race exhaust and tune.
Final drive is via a slipper clutch and chain.
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Overview — General Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono Service Intervals
Like many liquid-cooled Ducati V-twin motorcycles, the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono has service intervals of 9000 mi / 15000 km, at which the oil, oil filter, and air filter should be changed and a bunch of other things checked, too.
Ducati recommends you also change the oil every year, if you don’t do that distance.
This is a little remarkable for a high-spec single-cylinder engine, as well as for a Supermoto-style motorcycle. This kind of motorcycle typically has service intervals that are much shorter, sometimes even counted in hours.
The Ducati Hypermotard 698’s “Desmo Service”, which is the major valve inspection, needs to be done every 30000 km / 18000 mi. Yes, the engine has desmodromic valves, but there’s only one cylinder, which means there are just eight clearances to check.
Aside from this, be sure to regularly check and replace the coolant and brake and clutch fluid — the Hypermotard 698 has a hydraulic clutch.
What you need to service your Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono
Ducati specifies fluids that aren’t easy to get online. Even dealers often give substitutes. But here’s what Ducati recommends, plus some alternative suggestions.
|Part||Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono spec|
|Engine oil||Ducati recommends “Shell Advance DUCATI 15W-50 Fully Synthetic Oil”, or another oil that is the 15W-50, meets API standard SN, and/or JASO standard MA2. A good option is Mobil 1 15W-50 Full Synthetic.|
|Spark plugs||Standard spark plugs are NGK MAR9A-J (easiest to get from a dealer).|
|Coolant||Ducati recommends ENI Agip Permanent Spezial Antifreeze or an equivalent.|
|Brake fluid/Clutch fluid||Ducati specifies using DOT 4, so use something high quality like Castrol DOT 4 full synthetic.|
|Chain management||Ducati doesn’t specify a chain lube, so use something well-liked like Motul chain paste, or maybe clean it with a Motul chain care kit.|
|Battery||You need a HJT7B-FPZ-SCR 4Ah LX lithium battery.|
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 698
Below is the list of things to check on your motorcycle regularly. Every 1000 km / 600 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier), perform the following maintenance:
|Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono regular maintenance|
|Check engine oil level through sight glass. Top up if necessary (Mobil 1 15W-50)|
|Check brake fluid level (Castrol DOT 4)|
|Check tire condition, pressure and wear (see below for tire specs)|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain paste)|
See below for guidance on drive chain maintenance
|Check brake pads thickness and replace if necessary|
Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono Maintenance Schedule Table
The following is the list of maintenance operations for the Hypermotard 698 Mono.
A few notes about maintaining a Ducati Hypermotard 698:
- The break-in service isn’t shown, as it’s usually done by a dealer during the warranty period.
- Some of the below items can only be done by a Ducati mechanic (marked [D]) as they need Ducati diagnostic equipment.
|km x 1000||15||30||45||60||Time|
|mi x 1000||9||18||27||36||(months)|
|Change engine oil and filter||✓||✓||✓||✓||24|
|Change oil filter||✓||✓||✓||✓||24|
|Check and clean the air filter and, if necessary, the airbox||✓||✓||✓||✓||24|
|Change the air filter||✓||✓|
|Check / adjust valve clearances||✓||✓|
|Change the spark plugs||✓||✓|
|Change spark plugs||✓||✓|
|Replace the water pump seal, and visually check the water pump bushing||✓||✓|
|Change front fork fluid||✓|
|Check the tightening of frame fasteners to engine, swinging arm and rear shock absorber||✓||✓||✓||✓||24|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||✓||✓||✓||✓||24|
|Change brake and clutch fluid||24|
|Change the coolant||48|
Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono Annual Service
Below is the list of what to do on your Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono at the annual or 9000 mile / 15000 km service.
|Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono basic service (annual / 9000 mile / 15000 km)|
|[D] Read the error memory with DDS 3.0|
|[D] Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns on DCS|
|Check coolant level and sealing of coolant circuit|
|Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals|
|Check brake and clutch fluid levels|
|Check front and rear brake disc and pad wear. Change if necessary|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disk screws (front and rear)|
|Check front and rear wheel hub bearings and steering tube bearing play|
|Check and lubricate the final drive, check chain sliding shoe and guide|
See below on chain maintenance
|Check the front and rear sprocket condition, and tightness of nuts|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side stand|
|Check that the visible wiring and hoses (e.g. steering area and handlebar controls wiring, fuel, brake, clutch, cooling system, breather hoses, etc.) for cracks, tightness and correct positioning|
|Check free play of rear brake lever|
|Check freedom of movement and lubrication of handlebar and pedal controls|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the operation of all electric safety devices (clutch and side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)|
|Check lighting devices, turn indicators, horn and controls operation|
|Check idling and idle speed|
|Check operation of electric fans|
|Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (e.g. ABS, ACC, and BSD)|
|[D] Reset the service indication through DDS|
|[D] Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (Service Booklet)|
|Softly clean the vehicle|
Chain Maintenance or the Ducati Hypermotard 698
The maintenance schedule above specifies the regular chain maintenance interval for the 698, but you should maintain it more often if you put the chain under duress — e.g. at the track or otherwise racing.
To check the slack on the Hypermotard 698, put it in neutral, and find the tightest part of the chain by rolling it around and watching the bottom part of the chain move up and down. Put the motorcycle onto its kickstand on a level surface.
Check the slack on the lower part of the chain, midway between the sprockets, and check it in multiple places (move the motorcycle forwards and backwards) as chains wear unevenly.
Slack on the Ducati Hypermotard 698 is defined as the free vertical movement of the chain.
Target chain slack for the Ducati Hypermotard 698: 46 – 48 mm (1.81 – 1.81 in)
If the chain slack is out of spec, you need to adjust it. Ducati says that a service center needs to adjust it, but chain adjustment is a regular part of motorcycle maintenance. You can follow the below guide.
Adjusting chain slack on the Hypermotard 698
To adjust the chain slack on the Hypermotard 698, follow the steps below. As with measuring chain slack, make sure that the motorcycle is on a level surface on its kickstand, in neutral, with no weight on it (e.g. no tail bag).
- Loosen the rear axle with a breaker bar and the adjuster lock nuts on either side of the axle.
- Turn the adjuster nuts to tighten (or loosen) the chain. Keep checking the chain tension to see if it has come within spec.
- Keep an eye on the adjuster alignment marks on either side of the axle. Make sure that the adjustment is to the same point.
- When you’re done, tighten the axle, and the lock nuts.
- Re-check the chain slack again to make sure it’s still within spec.
Tire sizes and pressures for the Ducati Hypermotard 698
The manual says that the Ducati Hypermotard 698 arrives shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso 4 tubeless radial tires.
Here are the tire sizes and recommended pressures.
|Wheel||Wheel size||Tire size||Tire pressure (cold)|
|Front||3.5 x 17 in||120/70-17||2.5 bar / 36 psi|
|Rear||5 x 17 in||160/60-17||2.5 bar / 36 psi|
About the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono
The Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono is something old but something very new for Ducati.
Ducati has been known for a few things — high-performance street bikes, desmodromic timing, and L-twin engines. But as of late, Ducati has been breaking this mold, releasing motorcycles that are off-road oriented, that lack desmo engines, and that have engine configurations other than twins.
The Hypermotard 698 is the latest in the Hypermotard line, which Ducati started over 15 years prior. The original Ducati Hypermotard (now known as the Ducati Hypermotard 1100) was powered by the 1100-class air/oil-cooled engine. It’s widely known as a fun motorcycle, inducing its owner to do wheelies and all other kinds of bad behaviour.
Ducati replaced the Hypermotard 1100 with the Hypermotard 821 with a liquid-cooled Testastretta-11 motor. That was quickly replaced by the 939, with the 937-cc engine that powers so much of Ducati’s middleweight lineup. In fact, Ducati concurrently sells a Ducati Hypermotard 950 which shares that same engine.
But the Hypermotard was never (in the eyes of fans of the sport) a “true” supermoto. Supermoto / supermotard motorcycles are supposed to be lightweight and very simple — originally, they were dirt bikes with street tires, and maybe lower suspension and slightly better brakes, for more aggressive race use.
While the Hypermotard 698 is not as lightweight as a dirt bike, and is not derived from a dirt bike (though Ducati may release a Ducati Enduro 698 — we’ll see!), it’s certainly lighter than most other motorcycles that Ducati produces.
For reference, here are a few curb weights of Ducati’s enduro / Hypermotard sport motorcycles, per their owner’s manuals:
|Model||Weight (kg / lb)||Power (kW / hp)|
|Ducati Hypermotard 1100S||186 kg / 410 lb||61 kW / 83 hp @ 7500 rpm|
|Ducati DesertX||223 kg / 492 lb||81 kW / 110 hp @ 9250 rpm|
|Ducati Scrambler 800||196 kg / 432 lb||54 W / 73 hp @ 8250 rpm|
|Ducati Hypermotard 950||200 kg / 441 lb||84 kW / 114 hp @ 9000 rpm|
|Ducati Hypermotard 698||160 kg / 353 lb||57 kW / 78 hp @ 9750 rpm|
-  Estimate: Quoted weight in running order w/o fuel is 177 kg, with a 12.4L tank
-  In Running order, 90% full tank
-  Estimate: Quoted weight in running order without fuel is 151 kg, with a 12L tank.
So while the Hypermotard 698 is not the most powerful of the bunch, it’s not bad (somewhere in the middle), and it’s by far the lightest — even lighter than the very light-feeling Ducati Scrambler 800.
Part of the reason that the Ducati Hypermotard 698 is so lightweight is that Ducati has kept components to a stripped-back spec. The rear tire is a 160-profile tire. The front has only one brake disc (a 330mm unit) and caliper. There is no fairing or wind protection. The front instrument cluster isn’t a fancy TFT. And so on.
However, the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono does come with quite a few bits of tech, including cornering ABS and traction control, and even riding modes. It even has some special tricks up its sleeve, like “slide by brake”, which works even when ABS is off. Another fun feature is the wheelie control, which doesn’t prevent wheelies, just stops them from getting too extreme.
From a maintenance perspective, it’s very interesting that Ducati has chosen to continue with desmodromic timing in the Ducati Hypermotard 698’s engine (the Superquadro Mono).
The Ducati Superquadro Mono revs very high for a single-cylinder engine of this capacity — higher than the similar engine in the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto / KTM 690 SMC, for example, which is a natural competitor to the Ducati Hypermotard 698. Those engines would produce more power but are limited by their peak RPMs.
Ducati says that it can produce its high-revving single only thanks to desmodromic timing, which allows the engine to open and close its valves with precision even at high revs.
Desmo timing is normally a bit annoying for home maintenance. But with just one cylinder and such wide service intervals, plus chain-driven camshafts (no belts), it’s not much of a sticking point here. There are just more clearances to check.
Reference — Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono Owner’s Manual Screenshots
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono You can download it from the Ducati website here.