This is the Ducati Monster 1200 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual, parts diagrams, and the service manuals.
This applies to every model since the launch of the Ducati Monster 1200 made from 2014-2016, including the Monster 1200 S (which shares a manual, but has different parts).
Here are all our Ducati Monster maintenance schedules:
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Liquid-cooled Ducati Monsters
The Ducati Monster 1200 has always been based around an 1198 cc “Testrastretta 11-degree” liquid-cooled 90-degree L-twin motor. It has dual overhead cams, 4 valves per cylinder with desmodromic actuation.
In the original 2014-2016 Ducati Monster 1200, the engine made peak power of 100 kW (135 hp) at 8750 rpm, and 118 Nm (87 ft-lb) fo torque at 7250 rpm. This made it the most powerful Monster to date — a shade more powerful than the Ducati Monster S4Rs.
Ducati released a number of variants of the Ducati Monster 1200. The most important of these were the:
- Ducati Monster 1200 S — with 48mm Öhlins fully adjustable suspension, lighter 3-spoke wheels, larger Brembo M50 brakes, and other lightweight components
- Ducati Monster 1200 R — as with the S, but with a tweaked engine producing 9 more kW (15 more hp) of power
There were some other models, like the Anniversario, which were essentially the same as the 1200 S but in different colour schemes.
In 2017, Ducati updated the Monster 1200 (and 1200 S), giving it more power, more electronics, and more up-to-date emissions compliance.
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Ducati Monster 1200 Service Intervals
One of the benefits of the liquid-cooled Testastretta-11 engine in the Ducati Monster 1200 is the longer service intervals.
Oil service intervals are every 9000 miles / 15000 km or every year. At every oil service, change the oil, and also change the oil filter. Further, look over the maintenance schedule (below) for things to lubricate, clean, or otherwise check to see if they need replacing.
You only have to check/adjust the valve clearance every 30000 km / 18000 miles, and you only have to change the timing belts at the same interval — or every five years. This means the major “Desmo” service comes up less often. Less checking valves and belts means less expense and more time riding.
The Monster 1200 has a hydraulic clutch, so make sure to replace the fluid when you do the brake fluid. Also, needless to say, keep the coolant fresh.
What you need to service the Ducati Monster 1200 (2014-2016)
When servicing your Ducati Monster 1200, you need the following spare parts and consumables.
|Part||Ducati Monster 1200 2014-2016|
|Oil||Ducati recommends Shell Advance 4T Ultra 15W-50 motorcycle oil for all its motorcycles, or alternatively “motorcycle engine oil having the same degree SAE 15W-50 and meeting the following specifications JASO: MA2 and API: SM”. You need 3.4L for a complete oil change. An alternative high-grade synthetic is Mobil 1 15W-50.|
|Oil filter||Genuine Ducati part is 44440038A for the Ducati Monster 1200. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF153RC oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.|
|Brake fluid, Clutch fluid||Ducati recommends Shell Advance DOT 4, or another high-grade synthetic brake/clutch fluid like Castrol DOT 4 Synthetic.|
|Coolant||Ducati recommends ENI Bike S (formerly known as Agip) antifreeze, an ethylene glycol-based coolant that’s silicate, phosphate, nitrate, borate, and amine free. An equivalent alternative is Motorex M3.0.|
|Timing belt||Remember to change that timing belt! Part number is 73740252A.|
|Front brake pads||OEM part number is 61341021A (for one pair) or EBC FA630HH.|
|Rear brake pads||OEM part number for the rear pads is 61340951A. You can also use EBC FA266HH for more bite and less fade as you apply pressure.|
|Air filter||Air filter part number is 42610191A. You can also use K&N part DU-1006.|
|Spark plugs||NGK code MAR9-J. Dual spark — two plugs per head.|
|Chain maintenance||Keep your chain clean and lubed with a Motul chain care kit.|
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster 1200
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Every 600 miles or 1000 kms OR 6 months (whichever is earlier), perform the following maintenance:
|Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster 1200|
|Check engine oil level (Shell Advance 4T Ultra 15W-50)|
|Check brake fluid level (Castrol DOT 4)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication|
|Check brake pads. If necessary, contact your dealer to replace pads|
Ducati Monster 1200 Maintenance Schedule Table
This maintenance schedule for the Ducati Monster 1200 is in the same format as in the manual, re-ordered a bit for legibility.
Notes on the below maintenance schedule:
- [D] means you may need dealer tools to do this (e.g. their service computers)
- Follow the earlier of the time-based or distance-based interval.
- The break-in service is omitted as the period has passed.
|[D] Reading of the error memory with DDS and check of Software version update on control units.||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change engine oil and filter (Mobil 1 15W-50, HF153RC)||•||•||•||•||12|
|Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearance||•||•||–|
|Change timing belts (73740252A)||•||•||60|
|Change spark plugs (MAR9-J)||•||•||–|
|Clean the air filter||•||•||–|
|Change air filter (DU-1006)||•||•||–|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||36|
|Check brake disc and pad wear. Change, if necessary||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disc carrier bolts||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check tightening of frame to engine fasteners||•||•||•||•||–|
|Check wheel hub bearings||•||•||–|
|Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||•||•||–|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket||•||•||–|
|Check the proper tightening of secondary drive front and rear sprocket nuts||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) and sliding shoes wear||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive chain tension and lubrication||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary||•||•||–|
|Change front fork fluid (Shell Advance Fork 7.5)||•||•||–|
|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||•||•||•||•||12|
|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|
|Change coolant (ENI Bike S, Motorex M3.0)||•||48|
|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 the safety electrical devices (side stand switch, front and rear brake switches, engine stop switch, gear/neutral sensor)||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Reset the Service indication through the DDS||•||•||•||•||–|
|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|
About the Ducati Monster 1200 (base model)
The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 was the first liquid-cooled Ducati Monster. The last air-cooled Monster was the Monster 1100.
The Ducati Monster 1200 keeps the same general spirit of the Ducati Monster — a stripped down superbike in a comfortable chassis with handlebars. It’s a little less aggressive and extreme than the Ducati Streetfighter (which took a break between the 1098 and the Ducati Streetfighter V4), but it’s not at all sedate.
The Monster 1200 is based on the “Testastretta” (narrow head) 11-degree engine, an 1198cc liquid-cooled four-valve-per-cylinder 90-degree L-twin. It makes a huge amount of power — 101 kW or 135 hp, the most a Ducati Monster had ever produced.
The Monster 1200, as the biggest Monster in the range (the smaller of the pair being the Monster 821), also gets high-spec riding equipment.
Suspension on the base model Ducati Monster 1200 is a KYB 43 mm fully adjustable fork, with a the rear shock also being a fully adjustable Sachs progressive monoshock.
The base model Monster 1200 gets huge 320mm discs, with radially mounted Brembo M4.32 4-piston calipers, which are mid-spec for sport bikes.
The differences with the 2014-2016 Ducati Monster 1200 S are that the S gets:
- Fully adjustable Öhlins suspension front and rear, including beefier 48mm forks. This makes for suspension that reacts better to shocks such as bumps and aggressive cornering, settling more quickly, and giving the rider more confidence.
- Better Brembo M50 brakes on larger 330mm rotors. These are the same calipers as on the Ducati superbikes, though a smaller master cylinder means the braking is still gentle enough for everyday use.
- Different wheels (not sure if lighter).
- DRLs — so you have visible eye candy.
In base trim, the Monster 1200 weighs 209 kg full of fluids and fuel — which is quite lightweight for a 100+ kW standard bike!
The Monster 1200 also gets a full ride-by-wire enabled safety pack, including ABS, DTC, and various power modes.
The Ducati Monster 1200 was updated in the 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200, getting more power, cornering ABS, and Euro 4 compliance.
Ducati Monster 1200 Owner’s Manual
The above maintenance schedule was sourced from the owner’s manual, and parts came from parts references online.
You can download the user manual from the Ducati website.