Ducati Monster 1200 S Maintenance Schedule (2017+)

This is the Ducati Monster 1200 S 2017+ maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual, parts diagrams, and the service manuals.

This applies to the Ducati Monster 1200S from 2017+, with the upgraded engine, IMU, and some other improvements.

The Ducati Monster 1200 S, as with the base model 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200, is 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 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200 base model and S models, this motor makes 110 kW (150 hp) of power at 9250 rpm, with 126 Nm (93 lb-ft) at 7750 rpm. Peak power is about 10% higher than in the earlier 2014-2016 Ducati Monster 1200 S.

Here are all our Ducati Monster maintenance schedules:

The 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200 S was significantly upgraded from the 2017+ Monster 1200 base model in terms of ride gear. The 1200 S got

  • 48mm Öhlins fully adjustable forks (vs 43mm Kayaba forks, though still fully adjustable)
  • A fully-adjustable Öhlins rear shock (vs a preload and damping adjustable Sachs rear shock)
  • Lightweight 3-spoke alloy wheels
  • Larger Brembo M50 brakes
  • Other lightweight carbon fibre components

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Ducati Monster 1200 S Service Intervals

One of the benefits of the liquid-cooled Testastretta-11 engine in the Ducati Monster 1200 S is the longer service intervals.

Oil service intervals for the Monster 1200 are every 9000 miles / 15000 km or every year. At every oil service, also change the oil filter, and look over the maintenance schedule for things to lubricate, clean, or otherwise check.

You only have to check/adjust the valve clearance every 18000 miles / 30000 km, and you only have to change the timing belts at the same interval — or every five years. Less checking valves and belts means more time riding.

The Monster 1200 S 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 S (2017+)

When servicing your Ducati Monster 1200 S, you need the following spare parts and consumables.

Most of these are common to the base model 1200 S, but some are different.

PartDucati Monster 1200 S 2014-2016
OilDucati recommends Shell Advance 4T Ultra 15W-50 motorcycle oil the Monster 1200 S, or another 15W-50 oil that meets specs of JASO MA2 or API SN.

An alternative high-grade synthetic is Mobil 1 15W-50.
Ducati viscosity table
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440038A for the Ducati Monster 1200 S. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF153RC oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.
Brake fluid, Clutch fluidDucati recommends Shell Advance DOT 4, or another high-grade synthetic brake/clutch fluid like Castrol DOT 4 Synthetic.
CoolantDucati recommends ENI Bike S (formerly known as Agip), an ethylene glycol-based coolant that’s silicate, phosphate, nitrate, borate, and amine free. An alternative is Motorex M3.0.
Timing beltRemember to change that timing belt! Part number is 73740252A.
Front brake padsOEM part number is 61341101A (for one pair) or EBC FA447HH. Note these parts are unique to the S.
Rear brake padsOEM 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 filterAir filter part number is 42610191A. You can also use K&N part DU-1006.
Spark plugsNGK code MAR9-J. Note it’s a twin spark motor — two per head.
Fork oilDucati wants you to periodically change the fork oil. Recommended fork oil is Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Shell Donax TA, which you can get from your dealer.
Chain maintenanceKeep your chain clean and lubed with a Motul chain care kit.
Consumables for Ducati Monster 1200 S 2017+

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster 1200 S

This is the regular maintenance for the Monster 1200 S (that you can mostly do yourself).

Every 600 miles or 1000 kms OR 6 months (whichever is earlier), do the following:

Check engine oil level (top up with Mobil 1 15W-50 as necessary)
Check brake fluid level (top up with Castrol DOT 4 if necessary)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (maintain with a Motul chain care kit).
Check brake pads. If necessary, replace (FA447HH, FA266HH)
Core maintenance every 600 miles or 1000 km on Ducati Monster 1200 S (all years)

Ducati Monster 1200 S (2017) Maintenance Schedule Table

This maintenance schedule for the Ducati Monster 1200 S is in the same format as in the manual.

The 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200 has a similar maintenance schedule to the earlier 2014-2016 model.

The main things about the schedule are that valve clearance and timing belt change intervals are every 30000 km (18000 mi). Change belts every five years if you don’t clear that distance.

Notes on the 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 dealers usually do that service (and it has likely passed)
km x1000 15304560Time
miles x1000 9182736Months
[D] Read the error memory with DDS and check of Software version update on control units.12
[D] Check for any technical updates and recall campaigns12
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 (NGK 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 necessary12
Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disc carrier bolts12
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 nuts12
Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) and sliding shoe wear12
Check final drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)12
Check steering bearings. Lubricate, if necessary (Lithium soap-based grease)
Change front fork fluid (Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Shell Donax TA)
Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals12
Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side and central stand (if any)12
Visually check the fuel lines12
Check rubbing points, clearance, freedom of movement and positioning of hoses and electric wiring in view12
Lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls 12
Change coolant (Motorex M3.0)48
Check the coolant level and check circuit for damage 12
Check tyre pressure and wear 12
Check the battery charge level12
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
Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC), electric fans and idling12
Softly clean the motorcycle12
[D] Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (Service Booklet)12
Maintenance schedule table for the Ducati Monster 1200 S (2017+)

About the Ducati Monster 1200 S (2017+)

The Ducati Monster 1200 S released in 2017 keeps the same fundamental platform of the first Monster 1200 released in 2014 — but improves it across multiple dimensions.

The 2017+ Monster 1200 S is still a Ducati Monster through and through. It’s a naked sportbike or streetfighter, with a detuned superbike engine, handlebars, and a lot of style.

The heart of the 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200S is still an 1198cc liquid-cooled 90-degree L-twin. It has dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder that are desmodromically activated. That much is the same as the 2014-2016 Monster 1200 and 1200 S.

Where it’s different is that the 2017+ models have been tuned for more power.

Spec2014-2016 Monster 1200 and 1200 S2017+ Monster 1200 and 1200 S
Peak power101 kW (135 hp) at 8750 rpm108 kW (147 hp) @ 9250 rpm
Peak torque118 Nm (87 ft-lb) @ 7250 rpm124 Nm (91 ft-lb) @ 7750 rpm
Compression ratio12.5:113.0:1
Tech featuresTraction control, ABS, ride modesCornering ABS and traction control, wheelie control
Comparing 2014-2016 vs 2017+ Monster 1200 and 1200S

The “more power at higher revs” theme is common across many motorcycles tuned for compliance with Euro 4 regulations.

The Monster 1200 S gets significant updates over the base model Monster 1200, too. Here’s how the 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200 S is different from the 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200 (base model):

Part2017 Ducati Monster 12002017 Ducati Monster 1200 S
Front suspension43mm fully-adjustable KYB inverted fork48mm fully adjustable Öhlins inverted fork (beefier, better brand)
Rear suspensionPreload and rebound adjusted Sachs monoshockÖhlins fully adjustable monoshock (more adjustability, better brand)
Front brakes2 x 320mm discs, Brembo M4.32 callipers (Brembo, but entry-level)2 x 330 mm discs, Brembo M50 callipers (superbike level)
Wheels10-spoke alloy wheelsY-shaped 3-spoke wheels (unsure if lighter)
Wet weight213 kg (470 lb)211 kg (465 lb) (slightly lighter, particularly in unsprung mass)
DRLs* No DRLs* Yes DRLs
* LED turn signals
* Carbon fiber mudguard
Comparing specs of the 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200 and 1200 S

Those details may not seem like a lot, particularly as the base model 2017+ Ducati Monster 1200 is so capable — for example, the base model already has fully adjustable forks.

The net effect is discernible in aggressive riding. The improved forks means that the bike is more quick to settle after shocks (e.g. cornering, or harsh bumps), and the improved brakes means that you have stopping power for extended periods, e.g. long days at the track.

The long-term benefit of the 1200 S is that it will always be a more desirable collector.

But both bikes are very capable on the street, and many will be happy to save the expense, and leave suspension upgrades as a future option.

Ducati Monster 1200 S (2017+) Owner’s Manual

The above maintenance schedule was sourced from the owner’s manuals for the 2017+ Ducati Monster, and parts came from parts references online.

You can download the user manual from the Ducati website.

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