This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP — sourced from the owner’s manual, referencing other parts sites.
The Ducati Hypermotard 950 is the latest in a long line of street bikes that started with the original Ducati Hypermotard 1100. The Hypermotard is a line of compact, upright street motorcycles with “middleweight” motors.
The latest in the line, the Ducati Hypermotard 950, replaces the earlier model Ducati Hypermotard 939. It has a lot in common, including the 937cc liquid-cooled four-valve-per-cylinder Testastretta 11-degree L-twin engine. But Ducati made a number of improvements in the Hypermotard 950, including to the frame, ergonomics, and electronics.
The result is that the Hypermotard 950 is the same everyday casual hooligan bike, but with lighter weight (4 kg / 9 lb) despite more keep-alive functions.
From 2024, the Hypermotard 950 is sold concurrently with the Ducati Hypermotard 698 Mono, a high-spec single-cylinder supermotard.
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Ducati Hypermotard 950 Service Intervals
Like other motorcycles with the Testastretta 11-degree motor, the Ducati Hypermotard 950 has 9 000 mile / 15 000 km or annual service intervals. Since the Hypermotard 950 is a high-performance motorcycle people often use for the track, you may want to service it more often if it’s being put under duress.
At every regular service, change the oil and filter, and go over the motorcycle to check for leaks, loose items, or wear.
Every 18 000 miles / 30 000 km, do the major service: Change the spark plugs, change the air filter (if not done so recently), and inspect the valve clearances.
The Ducati Hypermotard 950 has a four-valve-per-cylinder engine with two cylinder heads. As it has desmodromic valves, you have to check the opener and closer clearance, which makes a total of 16 clearances on a two-cylinder engine. Be aware that changing the clearance in an opener will affect the clearance in a closer, and vice versa.
Aside from that, be sure to change the timing belts every five years, even if service intervals aren’t reached.
Regularly change the brake fluid, coolant, and even the fork fluid sometimes.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 950 (and SP)
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Note that Ducati suggests that if you race your bike, or ride your Hypermotard 950 in damp, dusty, or dry environments, then you should maintain it more regularly, paying particular attention to the chain, the brakes, and the air filter.
Here’s the everyday maintenance for the Ducati Hypermotard 950. Every 1000 km/ 600 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP regular maintenance|
|Check engine oil level|
|Check brake fluid level|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (maintain with Motul chain care kit)|
|Check brake pads, replacing if necessary.|
Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP Maintenance Schedule Table
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on the Ducati Hypermotard 950/SP 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.
The best news is: the maintenance intervals for the Hyper 950 are, like its predecessor, quite generous. There are still timing belts, but you don’t have to change them until you hit 30,000 km (or 18,000 miles), or 5 years. Things have changed since the days of earlier air-cooled Ducatis.
Some of the maintenance items (marked [D]) need specialist Ducati equipment. But many of these things you can do yourself.
|km x 1000||15||30||45||60||Time|
|miles x 1000||9||18||27||36||Months|
|[D] Read the error memory with DDS and check for software version updates on control units||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change engine oil and filter||•||•||•||•||12|
|Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly||•||•||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearances||•||•||–|
|Change timing belts||•||•||60|
|Change spark plugs||•||•||12|
|Clean air filter||•||•||–|
|Change air filter||•||•||–|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid||36|
|Check brake disk and pad wear. Change if necessary||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disk flange screws||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of the rear brake disc and phonic wheel||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check frame-to-engine fasteners tightening||•||•||•||•||–|
|Check wheel hub bearings||•||•||–|
|Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||•||•||–|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket||•||•||–|
|Check the proper tightening of final drive front and rear sprocket nuts||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) and sliding shoe wear||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive chain tension and lubrication||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary||•||•||–|
|Change front fork fluid||•||–|
|Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side and central stand (if any)||•||•||•||•||12|
|Visually check the fuel lines||•||•||–|
|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|
|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 all electric safety devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.0||•||•||•||•||–|
|Final test and 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 (Service Booklet)||•||•||•||•||12|
Wheels and Tire Pressure for the Ducati Hypermotard 950
The Hypermotard 950 comes with Y-shaped 3-spoke light alloy wheels, and is shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres.
The Hypermotard 950 SP comes with W-shaped 3-spoke Marchesini wheels and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP v3 tyres.
Here are the standard tire sizes and pressures for both
|Wheel||Tyre (Tire) size||Tyre (Tire) pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70-17||2.5 bar (36 psi)|
|Rear||180/55-17||2.5-2.9 bar (36-42 psi)|
About the Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP
The Ducati Hypermotard 950 and Hypermotard 950 SP continue the same thread that the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 started all those years ago — an aggressive sport bike with an upright posture that’s supposed to “do anything”.
Surprisingly, the Ducati Hypermotard these days has very few direct competitors. There are motorcycles that have a similar character from KTM, but nothing that’s quite the same as a Hypermotard.
The Ducati Hypermotard 950, like its predecessors, is a sport bike in a very upright chassis. It seems like a well-kept secret among Hypermotard fans… except that there are so many of them!
What makes a Hypermotard spaecial are
- A raucous engine — the 84 kW / 114 CV (113 hp) 937cc L-twin “Testastretta” engine is as lively as it always was, with a broad spread of torque in the “you’ll actually use it” RPM band (i.e. this is no high-revving 600 cc sportbike), and
- A wide handlebar, narrow sides, and low weight means it’s easy to throw the thing on the side for almost unlimited lean angle.
The Hypermotard 950 looks, at first blush, a lot like its predecessor, the Ducati Hypermotard 939. After all, they share the same engine and many parts.
The major upgrades of the Hypermotard 950 over the Hypermotard 939 are
- A revised frame and seating position
- Revised tuning for the 937cc engine — 82% of peak torque is available from as low as 3000 rpm, peaking at 7,250 rpm
- Higher compression ratio — 13.3:1 vs the older 12.6:1
- Hydraulic clutch – no more clutch cable!
- Quickshifter standard on the SP (up and down)
- Six-axis Bosch IMU with cornering ABS and traction control
- Better suspension — even the base 950’s Marzocchi forks and Sachs shock are fully adjustable. Gone are the days of the soft suspension of the old Hypermotard 821 (non-SP). The SP has 48mm diameter forks — very wide and strong. Designed for wheelies and riding over kerbs.
- Improved TFT dash
What’s amazing about the Ducati Hypermotard 950 is that it has survived. It’s still a weird bike. Why isn’t it shaped like a sportbike, like the Supersport 950, which has the same engine? Why isn’t it an adventure bike, like the Multistrada 950? And why isn’t it just a naked, like the 2021+ Monster?
Those three bikes have the same engine, just in different chassis configurations. Ducati caters to everyone by changing controls, suspension, and position.
The Hypermotard 950 is still a wheelie-happy, hooligan machine. It’s the kind of bike you get on to and immediately start having bad thoughts. It’s really hard not to zip through traffic on it, imagining drivers behind you getting angry… they are. But it doesn’t matter. You’ve already left.
The new Hypermotard is even narrower and shorter than previous years. This makes it more accessible for more riders… but it’s still a tall bike.
In an age where people like to spend their dosh on adventure bikes or impractical extreme bikes like the Panigale, the Ducati Hypermotard is still somehow a secret. Here’s a bike that’ll take you anywhere, contend with any sportbike that dares to challenge it, and always leave you feeling like you’ve really gotten the most out of every ride.
Reference — Ducati Hypermotard 950 and 950 SP Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Hypermotard 950, and corroborated with the manual from the Ducati Hypermotard 950 SP. You can download it from the Ducati website here.