Ducati Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S (2018-2020, including Pikes Peak, D-Air, Grand Tour, Enduro) Maintenance Schedule

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 maintenance schedule and service intervals — sourced from the owner’s manual.

This maintenance schedule is for all models of the Ducati Multistrada 1260 released in 2018, including the variants with different trim levels.

All variants of the Multistrada 1260 use the same basic motor — a 1262cc DVT liquid-cooled 4 valve per cylinder dual spark L twin. In base trim it makes 83 kW (113 hp) at 9000 rpm, and 96 Nm (71 ft-lb) at 7750 rpm. The Enduro uses the motor from the last gen Multistrada.

Here are the basic different trims of the Ducati Multistrada 1260. They vary in engine, suspension, brakes, electronics, and a few aesthetic features like carbon fibre panelling.

PartBase 12601260 S1260 D-Air1260 Pikes Peak1260 Enduro (2019+)
Fork48mmSachs SkyhookSachs SkyhookÖhlinsSachs Skyhook
Rear shockSachsSachs Skyhook Sachs SkyhookÖhlins TTX36Sachs Skyhook
Brakes320mm discs, Brembo M4.32330mm discs, Brembo Evo M50330mm discs, Brembo Evo M50330mm discs, Brembo Evo M50320mm discs, Brembo M4.32
Wheel size120/70-17
Wheel type5-spoke Y-shape cast light alloy5-spoke Y-shape cast light alloy5-spoke Y-shape cast light alloy3-spoke W-shape forged light alloyTubeless spoked wheel light alloy
ElectronicsRbW, IMU, CruiseRbW, IMU, Cruise, Multimedia, BluetoothRbW, IMU, Cruise, Multimedia, Bluetooth, D|Air readyRbW, IMU, Cruise, Multimedia, BluetoothRbW, IMU, Cruise, Multimedia, Bluetooth
Ducati Multistrada 1260 spec differences

The Multistrada 1260 uses the same motor found in the Ducati Diavel 1260, as well as the XDiavel, which had been using it for a couple of years already.

Note that the Multistrada 1260 Enduro was released a year the other models.

The Multistrada 1260 still uses timing belts. This was replaced with a timing chain in the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4 and V4S, which was a huge upgrade.

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What you need to service the Ducati Multistrada 1260

If you’re servicing your Multistrada 1260, you need the following consumables, per the manual.

Items are largely the same across the Multistrada 1260 line. The part that’s different depends on your brakes — most of the upper-spec models have M50 calipers, but the base model has M4.32 calipers up front.

ComponentDucati Multistrada 1260 spec
Engine oilDucati recommends Shell Advance 4T Ultra 15W-50 engine oil, or another full synthetic JASO MA2 engine oil that meets API SN and JASO MA2 as well, e.g. Motul 7100 15W-50.
Oil filterThe standard part is 44440038A, same as for many Ducatis. You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF153RC.
Spark plugsThe standard spark plug is a NGK MAR9A-J.
Timing beltsDon’t forget to change the timing belt! The part number is 73740342A.
Air filterThe standard air filter is a 42610341B. You can also use a DU-1112.
CoolantUse ENI Agip Permanent Spezial antifreeze or an equivalent.
Brake fluidUse DOT 4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4 full synthetic.
Brake padsFront brake pads:
* Use FA630HH for the base and Touring model (320mm rotors/M4.32 calipers)
* Use FA447HH for all S models with 330mm rotors and M50 calipers.

Rear brake pads: FA209/2HH for them all.
Fork oilDucati recommends Shell Donax TA fork oil, a 1 L bottle will cover you.
ChainKeep the chain on the Diavel lubed and cleaned with a Motul chain care kit.
Maintenance parts for the Ducati Multistrada 1260

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 1260

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

Do this maintenance more often if you use the Multi under extreme conditions — e.g. very damp and muddy roads or a dusty and dry environment, especially considering the chain, brakes, and air filter.

Every 1 000 km / 600 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier), perform the following maintenance:

Regular maintenance — Ducati Multistrada 1260
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, replace if necessary.
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 1260

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Maintenance Schedule Table

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.

The basic maintenance intervals of the Multistrada are oil changes / general inspections every 15000 km (9000 mi), with a valve service and spark plug change every two of those (30000 km / 18000 miles).


  • In case of off-road use, it is necessary to perform the maintenance operations more frequently than scheduled.
  • Items marked [D] may need specialist equipment by a dealer.
  • Keep following the schedule in the pattern shown.
Km. x 100015304560Time
mi x 10009182736(months)
[D] Reading of the error memory with DDS 2 and check of software version update on control units12
Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns12
Change engine oil and filter (Motul 7100 15W-50, HF153RC)12
Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Change timing belts (73740342A)60
Change spark plugs (MAR9A-J)
Clean plugs with metal mesh filters on heads
Clean air filter
Change air filter (DU-1112)
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 flange screws12
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 paste)12
Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary
Change front fork fluid (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 controls12
Change coolant 48
Visually check the coolant level and sealing of the circuit 12
Check tyre pressure and wear 12
Check the battery charge level12
Check the operation of the safety electrical devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)12
Check lighting, turn indicators, horn and controls 12
[D] Activate LED front lighting (if any) through DDS 2.0 12
[D] Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.0
[D] Final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC), Cruise Control device, electric fans and idling12
Softly clean the motorcycle12
[D] Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation 12
Maintenance schedule for the Multistrada 1260

About the Ducati Multistrada 1260

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 is an update from the earlier Multistrada 1200 DVT. It brings the higher capacity 1262 DVT engine from the Diavel.

Ducati Multistrada 1260S Pikes Peak | Ducati Multistrada 1260 and 1260 S (2018-2020, including Pikes Peak, D-Air, Grand Tour, Enduro) Maintenance Schedule
Ducati Multistrada 1260 S Pikes Peak

Like every other Ducati Multistrada since 2003, the Ducati Multistrada 1260 is a sport touring motorcycle that is highly adept at both sport and touring.

Unlike the first Multistradas, however, the newest Multistradas (including the Multistrada 1260) come with a varying degree of off-road capability — particularly the Enduro models with their spoked rims.

Back to the motorcycle, the Multistrada 1260 is powered by a has a 1262cc 90-degree L twin engine with DVT, which is “Desmodromic Variable Timing”, i.e. variable valve timing to optimise for both low-end torque and high-end power.

The engine is a water-cooled, DOHC four valve per cylinder engine, as all high-end Ducatis have been since the 1200 (and superbikes before that).

The Multistrada 1260 isn’t just an engine, though. Even in base form, it comes with a comfortable riding position, fully adjustable high-spec suspension and brakes, and can be equipped with a number of packages depending on your flavour of adventure — urban to extreme.

All Ducati Multistrada 1260 models come with cruise control and an IMU, which give them lean-sensitive ABS and traction control.

The higher-spec versions (e.g. the Multistrada 1260 S) come with even more gear, including Ducati Skyhook suspension, adjustable riding modes, and bigger and better brakes.

Servicing the Ducati Multistrada 1260 means a full valve job every 18000 miles (30000 km), with other services halfway through. The valve job means removing the fairings and serving both opener and closer valve clearances for all eight valves — quite a job, and pretty time-consuming. As part of a full service, it gets a little expensive, but you can partly avoid that by going to local mechanics rather than Ducati specialists who can cost up to twice as much. Some enterprising home mechanics do a valve service at home.

Otherwise, you change the oils and other fluids regularly, and keep the chain lubricated of course, and servicing the Ducati Multistrada 1260 becomes like owning and maintaining most other bikes.

The Ducati Multistrada 1260 was largely retired and replaced by the Ducati Multistrada V4.

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Owner’s Manual

The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Multistrada 1260.

2018-2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Owner's Manual Screenshot

You can download it from the Ducati website here.

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