Ducati Multistrada 1200 (2011-2014, including S) Maintenance Schedule

This is the Ducati Multistrada 1200 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is a motorcycle that launched in 2010 for 2011, replacing the earlier Multistrada 1100. It was produced until 2014, when the Multistrada 1200 DVT was released for 2015. So this maintenance schedule applies to the 2011-2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 and 1200 S, in all its forms.

Here are all the models of Ducati Multistrada that Ducati has released:

Many of these models come in a number of variants, e.g. S, Pikes Peak, Enduro, and Grand Touring, which change their options including brakes, suspension, wheels, electronics, and external accessories.

Between 2011 and 2014, there were many variations on the Ducati Multistrada 1200, including

  • Multistrada S (S models have electronically adjustable Öhlins suspension)
  • Multistrada S Touring (heated grips, hard luggage, and centre stand)
  • Multistrada S Granturismo
  • Multistrada “Pikes Peak” (named for winning the hill climb in 2010)
  • Multistrada S D-Air

All versions of the Multistrada shared the same basic platform, though they had some difference in panels and suspension components. Those don’t factor into the maintenance schedule, though.

The engine, chassis, and drivetrain is what they all had in common across the whole Ducati Multistrada 1200 line. They all have a Testastretta 11° engine borrowed from the 1198 superbike.

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is based on an 1198 cc liquid-cooled dual-spark “Testastretta 11 degree” engine with four valves per cylinder. It makes peak power of 110 kW (150 CV / 148 hp) at 9250 rpm, and peak torque of 124.5 Nm (92 ft-lb) at 7500 rpm. It’s a significant upgrade from the air/oil cooled 2-valve motor powering the outgoing Multistrada 1100.

All Multistrada 1200 models have throttle by wire, selectable engine mapping (full power with sensitive or relaxed throttle response, and reduced power with relaxed throttle response) and traction control adjustable through eight levels, called DTC (Ducati Traction Control).

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What you need to service the Ducati Multistrada 1200

These are the base consumables you need to service the Ducati Multistrada 1200.

PartMultistrada 1200 spec
OilDucati recommends Shell Advance 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. It’s hard to find and expensive so people suggest Motul 7100 15W-50.
Ducati viscosity table
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440038A for the Ducati Multistrada 1200. I’d suggest removing that and using a Hiflofiltro HF153RC oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.
Brake fluid, Clutch fluidDucati recommends Shell Advance DOT 4, but that’s quite hard to find, so Castrol DOT 4 Synthetic is a good and very high-quality alternative.
CoolantDucati recommends Shell Advance Coolant or a 35-40% mix of Glycoshell, a Nitrite, Amine, and Phosphate-free coolant. But any ethylene glycol-based coolant will do the job.
Timing beltRemember to change that timing belt! Part number is 73740252A.
Front brake padsOEM part number is 61340411A (for one pair) or EBC FA244HH (2011-2014).
Rear brake padsOEM part number for the rear pads is 61340381A. You can also use EBC FA266HH for more bite and less fade as you apply pressure.
Air filterAir filter part number is 42610201A. You can also use K&N part DU-1007.
Spark plugsNGK code MAR9A-J. Note they’re sold individually.
Consumables for Ducati Multistrada 1200 2010-2014

Regular maintenance for Ducati Multistrada 1200

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

The best parts of maintaining the Multi 1200 are that

  • It comes with a centrestand, which makes maintaining the chain easy
  • The valve service intervals are a very human 24,000 km (15,000 miles) apart

So, this isn’t the same as air-cooled Ducs of old.

Every 1000 km / 600 mi or 6 months perform the following maintenance:

Ducati Multistrada 1200 regular maintenance
Check engine oil level (Motul 7100 15W-50)
Check brake fluid level (Castrol DOT 4)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain care kit)
Check brake pads. If necessary, replace.
Ducati Multistrada 1200 regular maintenance

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Maintenance Schedule Table

2014 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-Air-Stock Image
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring D-Air

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle 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.

There are three main kinds of service

  • Service you do all the time — Chain maintenance and checking the oil level
  • Minor service — do this at 1000km (usually the dealer will do it) and then every year or 12000 kms (whichever comes first), then every year or 12000 kms after.
  • Major service — do this every second service, every two years or 24000 km (whichever comes first).

The service items are in the below tables.

Multistrada 1200 — Regular maintenance
Check the level of the engine oil
Adjust chain tension and lubricate with chain lubricant
Regular maintenance every 1,000 600 mi km on the Multistrada 1200

Ducati Multistrada 1200 — Minor service every 12,000 km or year (whichever first)
Read the error memory with DDS on the engine control units, vehicle and ABS
Change the engine oil (Shell Advance Ultra or Mobil 1 Synthetic)
Change the engine oil filter (Hiflofiltro HF153RC)
Clean the engine oil intake filter
Check the indicators and lighting
Check the safety devices (side stand switch, clutch lever switch, right switch engine stop switch and gear position sensor)
Check the battery charge level
Check the coolant level (Valvoline Zerex G05)
Check the brake and clutch fluid levels (use Castrol DOT 4)
Check brake discs and pad wear
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (lubricate with chain lubricant)
Check final drive wear (not necessary at first service)
Check the freedom of movement of the side and central stand (if installed), lubricate with lithium soap-based grease
Check the tightening of the safety components (ex. wheel disc nuts, brake callipers, sprocket tightening)
Check rubbing points, clearance and freedom of movement of the flexible cables and electric wiring in view
Road test of the motorcycle, testing the safety devices (ex. ABS)
Fill out that the service was performed in the Warranty Certificate
Ducati Multistrada 1200 — Minor service

Ducati Multistrada 1200 — Major Service every 24,000 km or 2 years (whichever first)
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Replace the timing belts (only every 24000 km/60 months) (part 73740252A)
Replace the spark plugs (NGK MAR9A-J)
Replace the air filter (K&N DU-1007)
Replace the front fork oil
Replace the coolant (ethylene glycol-based coolant)
Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft
Ducati Multistrada 1200 — Major service

About the Ducati Multistrada 1200 (2011-2014)

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 (2011-2014) was the latest in the line of Multistradas — big-engined adventure sport touring bikes that have been one of the category leaders since their first launch in 2003 with the Ducati Multistrada 1000DS.

But the Ducati Multistrada 1200 was a big departure for Ducati. The Multistrada 1200 was the first multistrada to get

  • Liquid cooling in the engine
  • A more advanced engine altogether — four valves per cylinder, and much longer service intervals
  • Traction control and ride modes
  • Electronic suspension (in the S model)

On top of that, the Multistrada 1200 got a big power bump, with 150 CV (110.3 kW / 148 bhp) at 9250 rpm representing a ~50% bump over its air/oil-cooled predecessor. This is sportbike level power.

Ducati released the Multistrada in a number of different trims. They all shared the same engine, chassis, and drivetrain. But they differ in the suspension spec.

The base model Multistrada 1200 (2011-2014) got a fully adjustable Marzocchi 50mm USD fork up front, and a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear. That’s already quite impressive.

The S and Pikes Peak models both get a significant suspension upgrade. First, the front fork is a 48mm Öhlins fully adjustable fork, and the rear shock is an Öhlins monoshock. But the fork also is electronically adjustable for compression and rebound damping, and the rear shock is electronically adjustable for compression damping, rebound damping, and pre-load.

The Multistrada 1200 S / Pikes Peak’s electronic suspension system wasn’t “active”, like in modern models with Skyhook suspension, but it was a first start.

With Ducati’s Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), the suspension settings change with each riding mode. You can dive into the menus to customise the damping on the fork, and damping and preload on the shock. You still have to change fork preload manually.

The Multistrada 1200 was an early adopter for electronic keys. It took a lot of adjustment for people to get used to having the key in their pocket, but that’s now standard practise on high-end sport tourers.

In terms of maintenance, the Multistrada 1200 was also very different from its air/oil-cooled predecessor.

Most notably, the valve service intervals for the Multistrada 1200 are wider. Gone are the days of having to look at the valves every 12000 km (7500 miles); the intervals on the Multistrada 1200 are literally double.

Also, the recommended service interval for the timing belts for the Ducati Multistrada 1200 are every 5 years or 24000 km — again, much wider than on the predecessor.

Reference — Ducati Multistrada 1200 Owner’s Manual screenshots

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Multistrada 1200 from 2014 and verified as being similar to other manuals. Some info also came from parts catalogues online.

Ducati multistrada 1200 maintenance schedule screenshot
Screenshot of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 maintenance schedule

You can download the manual from the Ducati website here.

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