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.

Red ducati hypermotard 796
Red Ducati Hypermotard 796

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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 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:

Checking the engine oil level (SAE 15W-50 e.g. Motul 300v)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels (top up with DOT 4 brake fluid)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)
Check the brake pads, replace if necessary (front: 2x FA244HH, 1x FA266HH)
Everyday maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 796

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.

Answering the big questions everyone wants to know about Ducatis:

  • Valve inspections on the Hypermotard 796 are every 12,000 km or 7,500 miles.
  • Belt changes on the Hypermotard 796 are every 24,000 km or 15,000 miles, or 2 years (though most people do it every 4-5 years).


  • 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 7.51522.53037.5
Months — other than those marked (1)1224364860
Change the engine oil (SAE 15W-50 e.g. Motul 300v)
Change the engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)
Clean the engine oil pick-up filter
Check the engine oil pressure
Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)
Check the tension of the timing belts (1)
Renew the timing belts
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 (1)
Change the air filter (DU-1006)
Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting (1)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels
Change the clutch and brake fluid (DOT 4)
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 steering head bearings
Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (use a Motul chain care kit if necessary)
Check the clutch disc pack. Change if necessary (1)
Check the rear wheel cush drive
Check the wheel hub bearings
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
Change the front fork oil (Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Donax TA)
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

General Information on the Ducati Hypermotard 796

Ducati hypermotard 796 rhs white

Ducati’s friendlier 803cc Hypermotard 796 is a stormer of a machine — it’s far from being “entry level”.

The 796 is 12kg 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 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 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 engine produces 60 kW (81 hp) at 7,000 rpm and 76 Nm (56 ft-lb) at 6,250 rpm.

The peak power figure This 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 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 unadjustable, 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.

Ducati Hypermotard 796 Owner’s Manual

2010-2012 Ducati Hypermotard 796 Owner's Manual Screenshot

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

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