Ducati Multistrada 950 and 950 S (2019+) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals Ducati Multistrada 950 — sourced from the owner’s manual, parts diagrams, and other sources. It’s also for the 950 S (they share a manual and most parts).

The Multistrada 950 is a new “smaller” Multistrada, though it’s similar in engine capacity to the original 2003 Multistrada 1000DS — and still quite a bit more powerful.

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.

The Ducati Multistrada 950 was released in two variants — the base model and the S mode, the Multistrada 950 S. Mechanically, they’re the same, but the 950 S comes with a few exterior niceties like electronic suspension, power modes, optional spoked wheels, and a standard quick shifter.

The Multistrada 950 shares the same basic engine of other motorcycles in its class sharing the 937 cc Testastretta 11-degree water-cooled L-twin engine. So the maintenance schedule shares a lot with the Ducati Hypermotard 950, for example.

In the Multistrada 950 and 950 S, the engine produces 83 kW (113 hp) at 9000 rpm, and peak torque of 96 Nm (71 ft-lb) at 7750 rpm — quite a lot of get-up-and-go!

Late in 2021, Ducati announced the Ducati Multistrada V2. It shares much the same platform but with some critical improvements (like a single-sided swing-arm).

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Ducati Multistrada 950 Service Intervals

Maintaining the Ducati Multistrada 950 is like maintaining other mid-range Ducati motorcycles with the Testastretta 11-degree engine. It has wide service intervals, but still has a Desmodromic valve train, which means there are 16 valve clearances to check (an opener and closer for four valves per cylinder on two cylinders).

Overall, the Ducati Multistrada 950 has 9000 mi / 15000 km or annual service intervals. At every service, change the oil and filter, and conduct a standard inspection — checking for general condition, leaks, and proper lubrication of all moving parts (see the schedule below).

The major Desmo service for the Multi 950 is every 18000 miles / 30000 km. At this point, check / adjust the valve clearances, change the spark plugs, and change the timing belts. You also need to change the timing belts every 5 years irrespective of distance, if you haven’t done the valve service distance in that time. This is at least an improvement from early days in the 1990s and 2000s, when they were given a life of 2 years.

Apart from those items, some other maintenance tasks have irregular distance / time-based service intervals (like changing fluids, e.g. brake / clutch fluid and coolant).

What you need to service the Ducati Multistrada 950

When maintaining your Ducati Multistrada 950, you need the following consumable parts.

ItemDucati Multistrada 950 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”. One alternative is Mobil 1 15W-50.
Ducati viscosity table
Oil filterGenuine Ducati part is 44440038A for the Ducati Multistrada 950. I’d suggest removing that and using a Hiflofiltro HF153RC race spec oil filter which can be changed with a normal wrench.
Brake fluid, Clutch fluidDucati requires a DOT for brake/clutch fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4 Synthetic.
CoolantDucati recommends Shell Advance Coolant or a 35-40% mix of Glycoshell, a Nitrite, Amine, and Phosphate-free coolant. Valvoline Zerex G30 meets this requirement as an OAT coolant.
Timing beltRemember to change those timing belts every five years… if you’ve gotten there yet! Part number is 73740252A for the Multistrada 950.
Front brake padsFor the Multistrada 950, the OEM part number for the front brake pad is 61340121A. The EBC equivalent part number is FA630HH.
Rear brake padsThe part number for the rear brake pads is 61341161A. The EBC equivalent is FA181HH.
Air filterAir filter part number is 42610341B. You can also use K&N part DU-1112.
Spark plugsNGK spark plug code MAR9A-J.
Consumables for Ducati Multistrada 950 and 950 S

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Multistrada 950

This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it). This schedule is the same as in the manual, reformatted slightly.

Note from Ducati on the air filter: “Using the motorcycle under extreme conditions, such as very damp and muddy roads or dusty and dry environment, could cause above-average wear of components like the drive system, the brakes or the air filter. If the air filter is dirty, the engine could get damaged.”

(Therefore, change the air filter more often if you risk getting it dirty.)

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

Ducati Multistrada 950 — regular maintenance
Check engine oil level (Top up with Motul 7100 15W-50)
Check brake fluid level (Top up with Castrol DOT 4)
Check tyre pressure and wear
Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (clean/lube with a Motul chain care kit)
Check brake pads, and replace if necessary. (FA630HH, FA181HH)
Ducati Multistrada 950 regular maintenance

Ducati Multistrada 950 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.
  • At the end of the schedule, keep following it the pattern shown. Most items are every one or two service intervals.
  • In case of off-road use, it is necessary to perform some maintenance (like chain, air filter, and general lubrication) more often.
  • [D] These items below are for Ducati techs only and need their standard Ducati maintenance equipment.
  • Since the Multistrada 950 is no longer sold new, the break-in schedule is omitted below.
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
[D] Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns12
Change engine oil and filter (Mobil 1 15W-50, HF204RC)12
Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Change timing belts (73740252A)60
Change spark plugs (MAR9A-J)
Clean air filter 12
Change air filter (DU-1112)
Check brake and clutch fluid level 12
Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)36
Check brake disk and pad wear. Change if necessary12
Check spoke wheels in compliance with the workshop manual (only for S version with spoked wheels)
Check the proper tightening of the front and rear brake calliper bolts and the front brake disc flange screws12
Check the proper tightening of the rear brake disc and phonic wheel bolts12
Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening 12
Check frame-to-engine fasteners tightening 12
Check front and rear wheel hub bearings 12
Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft
Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket
Visually 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 lubrication12
Check steering bearings
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 lines
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 (Zerex G30)48
Visually check the coolant level and sealing of the circuit 12
Check tyre pressure and wear12
Check the battery charge level (from the instrument panel menu)12
Check the operation of all electric safety 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] Reset the Service indication through the DDS 2.012
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 12
Ducati Multistrada 950 and 950 S maintenance schedule table.

Wheel and tire sizes / pressures for the Ducati Multistrada 950

The Ducati Multistrada 950 and 950 S has a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear. Stock, the Multistrada 950 ships with Pirelli Scorpion Trail II tyres.

WheelWheel sizeTyre sizeRecommended pressure (cold)
FrontMT3.00 x 19 inch120 / 70 ZR 19 M/C 60W2.4 bar (35 psi)
Rear4.50 x 17 inch170/60 ZR 17 M/C 72W2.5-2.9 bar (36 – 42 psi) depending on load
Ducati Multistrada 950 stock wheel and tire sizes/pressures

About the Ducati Multistrada 950 and 950 S

The Multistrada 950 is a middleweight adventure touring bike by Ducati.

The Ducati Multistrada 950 is a mid-sized alternative to people who don’t want the full-size Multistrada 1200 with the DVT engine (or even an earlier non-DVT Multistrada).

You can also see it as an upright, all-day comfortable alternative to the Supersport S, which shares the same 937cc engine.

The Multistrada 950 in fact shares an engine with many middleweight street-biased Ducatis, including the Hypermotard 939, and the latest 2021+ Ducati Monster.

The engine is a 937cc liquid-cooled desmodromically actuated “Testastretta 11-degree” L-twin. In base form, it makes a sporty 83 kW (113 hp) at 9000 rpm, and a peak of 98 Nm (71 ft-lb) of torque at 7750 rpm. The motor makes more than 80% of its torque from 3500 to 9500 rpm — a huge, broad spread of torque that makes the middleweight Multi very easy to ride.

The Multi 950 is a return to the roots of the Multistrada. Earlier, the original Multistrada 1000DS had similar power and displacement to the 950. Of course, the 950 engine is much smoother and has vastly wider service intervals (30000 km vs 10000 km, or 18000 miles vs 6000 miles), thanks to advances in technology and liquid cooling. It’s also more powerful and has a much broader torque range.

Interestingly, there was no “small” Multistrada before the 950 (well… a long time ago there was the Ducati Multistrada 620 but that was deemed too small and discontinued).

The Multistrada 950 didn’t succeed anything directly, although it could be considered a replacement for the Hyperstrada, which wasn’t made after the 939 model.

The Multistrada 950 S comes with a few of the options from its bigger siblings, too, like Skyhook active suspension, that aims to keep the motorcycle stabilised under all conditions. You can set the suspension to various levels, from hard to soft, depending on whether you’re going to ride it in a sporting manner, or as a touring bike.

Both the Multistrada 950 and 950 S come with an advanced Bosch IMU and Ducati cornering ABS.

The brakes on the Multi 950 are quite serious — dual 320mm discs and a radial master cylinder. These are definitely sportbike in size!

The Multistrada 950 was replaced by the Ducati Multistrada V2 for 2022. The engine is the same, but Ducati updated the maintenance schedule.

Reference — Ducati Multistrada 950 Owners Manual

2019-2020 Ducati Multistrada 950 S Owner's Manual Screenshot

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

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