Ducati Monster S2R800 (2004-2008) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati Monster S2R800, made between 2004 and 2008.

The Ducati Monster S2R800 is the “smaller” of the two S2R Ducati Monsters, the larger being the S2R1000.

It’s based on the same engine block as the Ducati Monster 800 — a fuel-injected 803cc air/oil-cooled desmodromic SOHC 2-valve L-twin with belt-driven cams.

The same engine has been used for decades, recently in the Ducati Scrambler 800 (though with more advanced electronics).

In the S2R800, the engine makes 53.7 kW (73 hp) at 8250 rpm, and peak torque of 69 Nm (51 ft-lb) at 6250 rpm — a decent amount of power for a what is meant to be a smaller bike.

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Monster S2R800 Service Intervals

Generally speaking for the Ducati Monster S2R800, the service interval is every 7.5K miles/ 12K km or annually, at which point you change the oil and filter and do a bunch of checks.

Every 7500 miles / 12000 km (with no time interval), you check the valves and maybe change some shims.

Every two services or two years, you have to change the timing belts. This is a must! Note that these days, people tend to leave belts in place for four or five years, arguing that they’re the same belt used in modern bikes with 5-year change intervals. But the manual definitely says two years.

Finally, make sure you attend to the chain, and change the brake and clutch fluid regularly.

What you need to service the Ducati Monster S2R800

Servicing the Ducati Monster S2R800 is much like servicing any of the earlier air/oil-cooled fuel-injected V-twins.

Apart from normal motorcycle maintenance tools, here’s what you need.

PartDucati Monster S2R800 spec
OilThe manual recommends 10W-40 engine oil for most uses. A high-quality synthetic like Motul 7100 10W-40 would be ideal.
Oil filterThe standard Ducati part works, but the Hiflofiltro HF153RC is a drop-in replacement.
Brake fluidUse a DOT 4 fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4 full synthetic.
Spark plugsStandard type is NGK DCPR8E.
Timing beltRenew this before it’s too late! Part number is 73710051A.
Fork oilUse either Shell Advance Fork 7.5 or Shell Donax TA, 0.45L in each leg.
Brake padsEBC HH pads give better bite and feel. Front: FA181HH, Rear: FA047HH.
Air filterStandard air filter part number is 42610111A.
Chain mainteananceKeep a Motul chain care kit handy to keep your chain lubed.
Cable cleanerProtect all cable life is a popular cable lube.
General greaseUse Lithium soap-based grease for external parts.
Service items for Monster S2R800

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Monster S2R800

This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).

Every 1000 km/600 miles or 6 months:

Monster S2R800 regular maintenance
Check the engine oil level (Motul 7100 10W-40)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)
Check the brake pads. If necessary, contact your dealer to renew pads
Regular maintenance for the Ducati S2R800

Ducati Monster S2R800 Maintenance Schedule Table

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Ducati Monster S2R800. It’s in a simplified form, with the main items in the first table, and a “standard service checklist” below, separately.

Notes on the maintenance schedule:

  • Follow the earlier of distance or time intervals. Not every item has a time interval (or distance interval, e.g. changing brake fluid).
  • The break-in schedule is not shown as these bikes are all broken in.
Km x 10001224364860
Mi x 10007.51522.53037.5Every
Perform standard service checklist (see below)Year
Change the engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)Year
Change the engine oil filter (HF153RC)Year
Clean the engine oil pick-up filter3 years
Check the engine oil pressure2 years
Check and/or adjust the valve clearances
Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting
Check the tension of the timing beltsYear
Renew the timing belts (73710051A)2 years
Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessary (DCPR8E)
Check and clean the air filter
Change the air filter (42610111A)
Change the clutch and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)3 years
Check the steering head bearings
Check the clutch disc pack. Renew if necessary
Check the rear wheel cush drive
Check the wheel hub bearings
Change the front fork oil
Ducati Monster S2R800 maintenance schedule

Standard Service Checklist

Below is the standard service checklist for the Ducati Monster S2R800. Do it according to the schedule above.

Ducati Monster S2R800 standard inspection checklist
Check the brake and clutch fluid level
Note: fluid level can go down naturally with wear of the brake / clutch
Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cables
Check/lubricate the throttle/cold start cable (Protect all cable life)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the brake pads. Renew if necessary
Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)
Check the indicators and lighting
Check tightness of nuts and bolts securing the engine to the frame
Check the sidestand
Check tightness of the front wheel axle nut
Check tightness of the rear wheel axle nut
Check the external fuel hoses
Check the forks and rear shock absorber for oil leaks
Check the front sprocket retaining bolts
General lubrication and greasing (Lithium soap-based grease)
Check and recharge the battery
Road test the motorcycle
General cleaning
Ducati Monster S2R800 standard inspection checklist

About the Ducati Monster S2R800

Red top diagonal Ducati S2R800

The Ducati Monster S2R800 (often just called the Ducati S2R800) is part of the more modern Ducati Monster family of naked roadsters that Ducati has been making since 2003.

The Monsters are known for being stripped-back sports motorcycles. Back in the 90s, they inherited air-cooled engines while the superbikes (starting with the Ducati 916) were liquid cooled.

But the Ducati Monster S2R800 remained air-cooled for a long, long time. The S2R800 has the last “small capacity” air-cooled motor — small alongside its bigger sibling, the S2R1000.

The S2R800’s engine is a fuel-injected 803cc 90-degree L-twin motor. Each cylinder has a single overhead camshaft that is driven by a belt (so two belts in total), and each camshaft opens and closes two desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder (so four valves in total, but eight clearances).

The S2R800 is built on the platform of the Monster 800 which preceded it. They have a lot in common — not least of which is the engine, which is the same between them.

But the Ducati Monster S2R800 takes all the prizes for style. It has a single-sided swing-arm and a twin exhaust that snake their way around the wheel so you can see its glory. That, plus the little cowl and the dapper colour scheme that the S2R800 comes in, makes it a very handsome motorcycle.

Like most of the smaller Monsters, the S2R800 has a wet clutch rather than the classic dry clutch. So you miss out on the rattly sound of a dry clutch, something many Ducati owners enjoy for its uniqueness.

In terms of ride gear, the Monster S2R800 has capable but simple equipment. The front fork is an inverted 43mm non-adjustable unit. And the rear shock is a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock adjustable for preload and rebound damping.

Front brakes are via twin 300mm discs and four piston calipers.

Since the Monster 800 is relatively light, the engine and braking is adequate for spirited riding. But you may not be able to hurl down the straightways as quickly as on a Ducati superbike. No wonder Motorcyclist says it has “shades of the nasty-boy S4R“. It’s not a superbike, but it looks cool!

A well-maintained S2R800 should last you a long time. But beware that a lot of gremlins can creep up over time if a Ducati Monster S2R800 is not regularly serviced. Check Ducatimonster.org (this thread, for example) — a poorly-maintained Monster will need belts, valves serviced, spark plugs, fuel filters, and maybe a mapping before it will run smoothly. Owning a Ducati is, in the end, very different from owning a Japanese sport bike that may serve you well for an indefinite period.

Ducati Monster S2R800 Owner’s Manual

Below is a screenshot of the S2R800’s maintenance schedule for reference.

Ducati Monster S2R800 maintenance schedule screenshot
Screenshot of the S2R800’s maintenance schedule

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

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