Ducati Hypermotard 821 and 821 SP Maintenance Schedule

The Ducati Hypermotard 821 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual, cross-referencing to parts diagrams and other sources.

The Ducati Hypermotard 821 was produced between 2013 and 2015. It replaced both the Hypermotard 1100 and Hypermotard 796 with a radically different engine to both — a liquid-cooled four-valve-per-cylinder design.

Both the Hypermotard base model and SP are based on the same underlying tech — the 821cc engine, a trellis frame, and the same seating position. But they’re very different in suspension, wheels, and brakes.

2014-2015 Ducati Hypermotard SP-Stock Image
  • Suspension: The standard Hypermotard has a 43mm KYB fork and a Sachs shock, offering 6.7 inches of travel in front and 5.9 in back, whereas the SP has 50mm Marzocchi fork and an Öhlins shock, offering 7.3 inches of front travel and 6.9 in back
  • Wheels: The standard Hypermotard 821 has cast aluminum wheels, whereas the SP has lightweight forged Marchesini wheels.
  • Brakes: The standard Hypermotard has Brembo M4-32 monoblock brakes with four-piston calipers. The SP has the same components plus a radial-pump master cylinder.

Other SP upgrades include a tapered aluminum handlebar (in place of steel), magnesium cam covers and carbon-fiber front fender and cam-belt covers.

Regardless, maintenance on them is the same.

Generally, maintenance for the Hypermotard 821 is similar to its stablemate the Hyperstrada 821.

Black Ducati Hypermotard 821

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Ducati Hypermotard 821 Service Intervals

The general service intervals for the Ducati Hypermotard 821 are, like for all 821 Testastretta motors, 9000 miles or 15000 km, or annually.

At every service, change the oil and filter, and do a once-over of the motorcycle.

The major valve service interval is every 18000 miles or 30000 km.

Be sure to change the timing belts once every five years or 30000 km — whichever comes sooner.

Finally, make sure to regularly replace the brake fluid and coolant, and to service the chain.

Tools you may need to maintain your motorcycle

To maintain your motorcycle you need to make sure you have the best oil and other consumables, motorcycle-specific tools, and other tools for your workshop.

Below we’ve listed:

What you need to maintain the Ducati Hypermotard 821

The following is a list of consumables (things like oil, spark plugs etc.) you need to maintain the Ducati Hypermotard 821.

PartDucati 821 Consumables
OilDucati recommends Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50 motorcycle oil, or another high-quality synthetic motorcycle oil like Motul 7100 15W-50 or Mobil 1 Synthetic 15W-50.
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440037A. I’d suggest removing that and using a HifloFiltro HF153RC oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.
Brake fluid, Clutch fluidDucati recommends Shell Advance DOT 4, but that’s quite hard to find, so Castrol DOT 4 Synthetic is a good and very high-quality alternative.
CoolantDucati recommends Shell Advance Coolant or a 35-40% mix of Glycoshell, a low-silicate, and nitrite-, amine-, and phosphate-free coolant. Motorex M3.0 is a suitable alternative.
Timing beltIs it time to change the timing belt? Don’t put it off… a broken timing belt will cost you a lot! You need part number 73740252A (and you need two).
Front brake padsStandard brake pads code is 61341021A. You can also use EBC FA630HH for more bite/feel.
Rear brake padsUse original part number 61340951A, EBC part number FA266HH for more bite/feel (and availability online)
Spark plugsNGK code MAR9A-J. Note they’re sold individually (and you have two cylinders).
Air filterThe part number for the air filter is 42610191A. You can also use K&N DU-1006.
Consumables for Ducati 821 series engines (Monster, Hyper)

You may also need the following general consumables to maintain your Monster 821.

Paddock Stand — Makes maintaining your chain or doing other maintenance much easier.
Motul chain paste — one of the most highly-regarded chain lubes. Easy to apply, doesn’t fling off. If you need more stuff, get the Motul chain care kit as an affordable package.
Always good to have on hand lithium soap-based grease for lubing external pivot points (like the swingarm) and bearings.
Use Protect all cable life to lubricate your cables and controls.
General motorcycle maintenance consumables and tools

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 821 and Hypermotard 821 SP

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:

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 821
Check engine oil level
Check brake fluid level
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication
Check brake pads. If necessary, contact your dealer to replace pads
Base maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 821

Ducati Hypermotard 821 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.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • Continue following it in the pattern shown.
  • The break-in service is omitted (it was due at 1000 km, which has passed on all these bikes)
km x 100015304560Time
miles x 10009182736Months
Read the error memory with DDS and check for software version updates on control units.12
Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns12
Change engine oil and filter 12
Clean engine oil filter at intake
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Replace the timing belts 60
Change spark plugs 60
Change the air filter
Check brake fluid level 12
Change brake fluid 36
Check pad wear and brake discs. Replace if necessary12
Check tightening of the safety components (brake disc flange screws, brake calliper screws, front/rear wheel nuts, sprocket and final drive sprocket nuts)12
Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication12
Check final drive wear (chain, front and rear sprockets) and chain sliding shoes12
Visual check of front fork and rear shock absorber seals 12
Change the front fork fluid
Check the freedom of movement and tightening of side and central stand (if installed)12
Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement and positioning of hoses and electric wiring in view12
Check coolant level 12
Change coolant 48
Check electric fan operation 12
Check tyre pressure and wear 12
Check the battery charge level12
Check idling12
Check the operation of the safety electrical devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine stop switch, gear/neutral sensor)12
Check the indicators and lighting 12
Reset Service indication through DDS
Road test of the motorcycle, testing the safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC)12
Softly clean the motorcycle12
Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (Service Booklet)12
Maintenance schedule for Ducati Hypermotard 821

About the Ducati Hypermotard 821

The Ducati Hypermotard 821 was a big change in direction for the Hypermotard family.

The original Ducati Hypermotard was the Hypermotard 1100. It was an unusual direction for Ducati — an upright sport bike with lots of ground clearance and wide handlebars for easy steering.

The original Hypermotard was based on the aging (but awesome) 1087cc air/oil-cooled motor that powered a number of other motorcycles, including the Ducati Monster 1100.

The Hypermotard 821 and 821 SP took that formula but radically revamped the motor for the 821.

The heart of the new-for-2013 821 Hypermotard is the 821cc Testastretta 11-degree engine that also powers the Ducati Monster 821 (which came out later, but which stuck around for longer).

It’s a liquid-cooled, four-valve-per-cylinder engine that puts out a peak of 81 kW (110 CV / 109 bhp) at 9250 rpm, and a peak of 89 Nm (66 ft-lb) at 7750 rpm. So while it’s an easy-breathing liquid-cooled engine, it’s still quite midrange-focused, not a high-end screamer.

The base model Hypermotard 821 has non-adjustable Kayaba 43mm USD forks at the front, and a Sachs monoshock at the back that’s just adjustable for preload.

The SP model has much more advanced suspension, with a 50mm Marzocchi fully adjustable fork at the front, and a fully adjustable Öhlins shock at the rear.

Both bikes have mid-range (but competent) Brembo M4.32 calipers gripping big 320mm semi-floating discs, and come standard with ABS, DTC, and riding modes.

The Hypermotard 821 was made until 2015, after which it was replaced by the Hypermotard 939, using the 937 cc engine that powered an even greater range of motorcycles.

Ducati Hypermotard 821 and 821 SP Owner’s Manual

Ducati Hypermotard 821 Owner's Manual Screenshot
Screenshot from Ducati Hypermotard 821 Owners Manual

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

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