Below is the Ducati Multistrada 1100 and 1100 S maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.
Ducati made the Multistrada 1100 and 1100S between 2007 and 2009. After that, Ducati replaced the Multistrada 1100 with the Ducati Multistrada 1200, with a very different motor.
The Ducati Multistrada 1100 succeeded the Ducati Multistrada 1000 DS, the original Multistrada, which was made between 2003-2006. The 1100 motor was not very different, and had the same fundamental underlying characteristics — air/oil-cooled, 2-valve-per-cylinder, an L twin with desmodromic valves, timing belt with regular replacement intervals, and regular valve inspection intervals.
From the 1100 series of motors, the valve and belt inspection/replacement intervals extended slightly from 10000 km (6000 miles) to 12000 km (7500 miles). Another is that the 1100 has a wet clutch. There are more details below in the full maintenance schedule.
The Ducati Multistrada 1100 was also released as an 1100 S, with a few exterior changes like Öhlins suspension and lightweight Marchesini wheels. But mechanically they’re the same, and thus have the same maintenance schedule.
From 2010, the Ducati Multistrada 1100 was replaced by the liquid-cooled and much more refined Ducati Multistrada 1200.
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Ducati Multistrada 1100 Service Intervals
Generally, the Ducati Multistrada 1100 has 7500 mile / 12000 km service intervals. At every service, change the engine oil and filter, and check / adjust the valve clearances.
The Multi 1100’s Desmodue engine has 2 valves per cylinder and Desmodromic valve timing, which means there are two clearances per valve. That makes eight clearances to check on the L-twin engine.
You also need to regularly replace the timing belts of the Multi 1100 S — every two years, even if you haven’t done the mileage.
Note that the Multistrada 1100 has a hydraulic clutch, so regularly replace the clutch fluid with the brake fluid.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 1100 / S
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Every 1000 km/600 miles miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Multistrada 1100 — Regular maintenance|
|Check engine oil level (use Castrol Power 1 4T 10W-40)|
|Check brake fluid level (Castrol DOT 4 to top up)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (maintain with a Motul chain care kit)|
|Check brake pads, replacing if necessary.|
Ducati Multistrada 1100 / S Maintenance Schedule Table
The following is the list of maintenance operations for the Multi 1100 with distance and time intervals. This maintenance schedule is in the same format as in the manual, though altered to fit this screen.
- The break-in service isn’t shown below (these bikes are all broken in)
- Follow the earlier of time or distance intervals.
|Km x 1000||12||24||36||48||60|
|miles x 1000||7.5||15||22.5||30||37.5|
|Change the engine oil (Castrol Power 1)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Change the engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Clean the engine oil pick-up filter||✓|
|Check the engine oil pressure||✓||✓|
|Check/adjust the valve clearances (1)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the tension of the timing belts (1)||✓||✓||✓|
|Renew the timing belts (Ducati OEM 73740211A)||✓||✓|
|Check and clean the spark plugs. Renew if necessary (NGK DCPR8E — you need 4 as it’s twin spark)||✓||✓|
|Check and clean the air filter (1)||✓||✓||✓|
|Change the air filter (DU-1004)||✓||✓|
|Check throttle body synchronisation and idle speed setting (1)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the brake and clutch fluid levels||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Change the clutch and brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||✓|
|Check and adjust the brake and clutch control cables||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check/lubricate the throttle/choke cables||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the brake pads. Renew if necessary||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the steering head bearings||✓||✓|
|Check the drive chain tension, alignment and lubrication (Clean with Motul chain care kit)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the clutch disc pack. Renew if necessary (1)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the rear wheel cush drive||✓||✓|
|Check the wheel hub bearings||✓||✓|
|Check the indicators and lighting||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check tightness of nuts and bolts securing the engine to the frame||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the side stand||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check tightness of the front wheel axle nut||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check tightness of the rear wheel axle nut||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Check the external fuel hoses||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Change the front fork oil||✓|
|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||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Wheels and tyres for the Ducati Multistrada 1100
The Multistrada 1100 runs radial tubeless tyres in sporty 17-inch size.
Here are the tyre sizes and pressures.
|Wheel||Tyre (Tire) size||Tyre (Tire) pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70-17||32 psi / 220 kPa / 2.2 bar|
|Rear||180/55-17||35 psi / 240 kPa / 2.4 bar|
About the Ducati Multistrada 1100
The Ducati Multistrada 1100 was Ducati’s second in the series, after the Multistrada 1000DS was launched in 2003.
The controversial styling of the Multistrada 1000 was retained in the Multistrada 1200. It was not too well received originally, but has aged well, and is now somewhat of a collector’s item, especially in 1100 S trim.
The same basic motor in the Multistrada 1100 was used in the Ducati Monster 1100 and the Ducati Hypermotard 1100. In fact, the same basic block (with updated electronics) is used in the Ducati Scrambler 1100 today.
OK, yeah, it’s an unconventional looking bike. But it works. If it weren’t a Ducati, people wouldn’t have been comparing it to a Ducati Superbike and maybe it’d have had an easier life.
The Multistrada 1100 and 1100S has a good, reliable engine. It’s an air-cooled L-twin, which means it has 7500 mile or 12000 km valve service intervals… and being a Ducati, it is quite likely that the valves will need to be serviced at those intervals.
Originally, the Ducati Multistrada 1100 was marketed as an “adventure tourer”. But since the definition of “adventure” has evolved, it’s worth noting that you shouldn’t mistake the 1100 for an off-road bike.
Yes, the Multi 1100 has a bit more clearance and suspension travel than a supersport bike, and it does have an upright seating position that means that you’ll have more control on gravelly surfaces or wet roads.
But the Multistrada 1100 is more of an “Adventure Sport Tourer”, a category that has been better defined since its time. In comparisons, it was often compared to a Suzuki V-Strom 1000, for example.
The Multi 1100, like its predecessor, gives you SOME wind coverage, but it errs on the side of sporting. You’ll still feel it all over your upper chest and head, unless you tuck your head down.
Overall, the Multistrada 1100, with its 69 kW/94 hp engine and ~225 kg (~500 lb) wet weight, is no rocket — but some deft shifting can still send you to over 60 mph (100 km/h) in under 4 seconds, if that’s how you want to treat your aging classic sport tourer.
The Multistrada 1100 is, at least, endowed with a lot of high-quality ride gear.
The front fork is a Marzocchi upside-down 43 mm unit that is fully adjustable, and the rear has a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock.
The front brakes are twin 320 mm semi-floating discs with 4-piston calipers.
The Ducati Multistrada 1100 was succeeded in 2010 by the much more advanced and liquid-cooled Ducati Multistrada 1200. But the Multistrada 1100 is becoming a sought-after collector’s item, especially the Multistrada 1100 S.
Ducati Multistrada 1100 Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Multistrada 1100. See a screenshot of one page below.
An archive copy of the manual is below.
You can download it from the Ducati website here.