Ducati Hypermotard 796 (2010-2012) Maintenance Schedule

The Ducati Hypermotard 796 (2010-2012) maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

The Ducati Hypermotard 796 is a smaller sibling to the Hypermotard 1100, which was otherwise just known as the Ducati Hypermotard (before other size variations came along).

Despite the number in its name, the Hypermotard 796 has an 803cc engine. It’s the same air/oil cooled 2-valve-per-cylinder L-twin engine being used in Ducati Scrambler motorcycles a decade later (albeit with more advanced electronics).

However, the engine was actually totally new for the Hypermotard 796 and soon after its contemporary the Monster 796.

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Ducati Hypermotard 796 Service Intervals

The basic service interval for the Hypermotard 796 is every 7500 miles / 12000 km, or every year. At each of these intervals, change the oil and filter, and give the motorcycle a once-over.

The valve inspections on the Hypermotard 796 are every 12000 km or 7500 miles, with no time interval.

Timing belt changes on the Hypermotard 796 are every 24000 km or 15000 miles, or 2 years (though most people do it every 4-5 years).

As the Hypermotard 796 has a hydraulic clutch, change the clutch and brake fluid at the same time, every two years.

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 796

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

Every 1 000 km / 600 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier), perform the following maintenance:

Ducati Hypermotard 796 everyday maintenance
Checking the engine oil level (SAE 15W-50 e.g. Motul 7100 15W-50)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels (top up with Castrol DOT 4 brake fluid)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain care kit) (see below
Check the brake pads, replace if necessary (front: 2x FA244HH, 1x FA266HH)
Everyday maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 796

To check chain tension on the Ducati Hypermotard 796:

  1. Put the motorcycle on its side stand, with no weight on it, on a level surface.
  2. Push the chain down and release it, to get it into a static state.
  3. Measure the distnce bween the chain pin center and the swingarm’s chain guard.
  4. Repeat the measurement a few times, with different sections of the chain.

Target chain slack for the Hypermotard 796: 37-39mm

If the chain slack is out of spec, you need to adjust it.

  1. Release the pinch bolts at the rear.
  2. Use an eccentric wrench to adjust the chain slack.
  3. Measure the chain slack.
  4. Once you’ve reached the correct chain slack, tighten the pinch bolts to 31 Nm / 23 lb-ft.

Ducati Hypermotard 796 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.


  • Keep following this maintenance schedule in the pattern shown.
  • Operations marked with (1): Follow the distance interval only (ignore the time interval)
  • The break-in service is omitted, as it’s no longer relevant.
km x1000 1224364860
miles x 1000 7.51522.53037.5Every
Change the engine oil (SAE 15W-50 e.g. Motul 7100 15W-50)Year
Change the engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)Year
Clean the engine oil pick-up filter3 years
Check the engine oil pressure2 years
Check/adjust the valve clearances
Check the tension of the timing belts
Renew the timing belts2 years
Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessary (NGK DCPR8E or Champion RA4 HC, 0.7-0.8 mm gap)
Check and clean the air filter
Change the air filter (DU-1006)2 years
Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting
Change the clutch and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Check the steering head bearings
Check the clutch disc pack. Change if necessary
Check the rear wheel cush drive2 years
Check the wheel hub bearings2 years
Change the front fork oil (Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Donax TA)3 years
Maintenance schedule for the Ducati Hypermotard 796

Annual maintenance checklist

Belos is the annual maintenance checklist for the Ducati Hypermotard 796. Follow it according to the schedule above.

Ducati Hypermotard 796 Annual Maintenance Checklist
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels
Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cables
Check/lubricate the throttle/choke cables
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the brake pads. Change if necessary (front: 2x FA244HH, rear: 1x FA266HH)
Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (use a Motul chain care kit if necessary)
Check the indicators and lighting
Check tightness of nuts and bolts securing the engine to the frame
Check the sidestand (grease with lithium soap-based grease)
Check tightness of the front wheel axle nut
Check tightness of the rear wheel axle nut
Check the external fuel hoses
Check the forks and rear shock absorber for oil leaks
Check the front sprocket retaining bolts
General lubrication and greasing
Check and recharge the battery
Road test the motorcycle
General cleaning
Maintenance schedule for the Ducati Hypermotard 796

Hypermotard 796 Tire sizes and pressures

The Ducati Hypermotard 796 runs tubeless sport type tyres.

WheelWheel sizeTire sizeTire pressure (cold)
FrontMT3.50 x 17″120/70-ZR172.2 bar / 32 psi
RearMT5.50 x 17″180/55-ZR172.2 bar / 32 psi
Tire sizes and pressures

About the Ducati Hypermotard 796

Ducati hypermotard 796 rhs white

The Ducati Hypermotard 796 is a motard-type motorcycle (upright but sporty) based on the 803cc air/oil cooled Desmodue engine.

It’s the “entry-level” little sibling to the bigger and burlier Ducati Hypermotard 1100. But in reality, the Hypermotard 796 is a stormer of a machine — it’s far from being a beginner’s bike.

The Hypermotard 796 is based on the 803cc desmodromic two-valve air/oil cooled L-twin engine. The engine runs a compression ratio of 11.0:1. The engine itself is quite a feat of engineering — higher capacity and power than the 696 motor, but weighing 4.2 lb (around 2 kg) less.

The engine produces 60 kW (81 hp) at 7,000 rpm and 76 Nm (56 ft-lb) at 6,250 rpm.

The 796’s motor is fuel injected. It was the most fuel efficient motor of the time, hitting over 51 mpg. But it won’t be that efficient if you’re riding it like most people ride Hypermotards!

The 796 is 12 kg lighter and its seat is 20mm lower than the Hypermotard 1100, which makes it easier to ride and in the real world, and (almost) every bit as fast from A to B.

The peak power figure isn’t much shy of the Ducati Hypermotard 1100’s peak power of 90 hp. So how different could the smaller Hyper be?

Well, it does feel different. They’re both air/oil cooled and belt driven, but the smaller Hypermotard has a wet clutch with an Adler Power Torque plate, which has a back-torque limiting system for smoother shifts and lighter action at the lever.

The 796’s suspension is also more basic than the 1100s. The front 43mm Marzocchi forks are entirely non-adjustable, though the Sachs rear shock is adjustable for preload and rebound. There’s no SP version of the 796 (S or SP versions of Ducati bikes typically had fully adjustable Öhlins suspension).

The motorcycle that replaced both the 1100 and the 796 was the Ducati Hypermotard 821. It had a wet clutch and liquid cooling… and also wider service intervals thanks to its more advanced Testastretta engine. But it also came with its share of foibles.

Besides that, the Ducati Hypermotard 796 has looks to die for, with under-seat silencers and an exposed rear wheel with a single-sided swingarm.

Ducati Hypermotard 796 Owner’s Manual

Ducati hypermotard 796 maintenance schedule screenshot
Ducati hypermotard 796 maintenance schedule screenshot

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual. You can download it from the Ducati website here.

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