This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati Panigale V2, first released for model year 2020.
The Ducati Panigale V2 is the little sibling of the Ducati Panigale V4, though it makes as much power as Ducati’s superbikes of ten years ago (which had no rider electronics to tame them). It also continues the legacy of Ducati making V-twin superbikes.
It also is the successor to the Ducati Panigale 959, which shared the same engine, though in a different state of tune (the V2 makes slightly more power).
The Panigale V2 is, like its predecessor, powered by the “Superquadro” engine, a 955cc 4-valve-per-cylinder desmodromic liquid-cooled 90-degree L-twin. With its compression ratio of 12:5.1, it makes a peak of 114 kW (155 hp) at 10750 rpm, with peak torque of 104 Nm (77 lb-ft) at 9000 rpm — superbike numbers, even if they’re the superbikes of yesterday.
Ducati also released a V2 Performance and a V2 Bayliss edition. These have upgraded components (e.g. exhaust, suspension, carbon fibre components, and graphics), but maintenance for them is the same.
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Ducati Panigale V2 Service Intervals
Like other liquid-cooled superbikes of its generation, the Panigale V2 has 7500 mile / 12000 km or annual service intervals.
At every service, change the oil and filter, and do a range of checks.
The major Desmo service for the Pani V2 is every 15000 miles / 24000 km, at which you change the spark plugs and inspect the valve clearances.
The Panigale V2 has a desmodromic valvetrain, which means that there’s an opener and closer for each valve. This means there are sixteen clearances to check. Coupled with the fact that there are fairings to remove to get to the engine, service for the Panigale V2’s motor can get time-consuming and/or expensive.
There’s also clutch fluid to check / change in addition to brake fluid (and of course coolant).
Luckily, the Panigale V2 (like the 959 and 899 before it) does not have a timing belt, but rather a timing chain, which needs less frequent service.
What you need to service your Ducati Panigale V2
Ducati specifies fluids that aren’t easy to get online. Even dealers often give substitutes. But here’s what they recommend, plus some alternative suggestions.
|Part||Ducati Panigale V2 spec|
|Engine oil||Ducati recommends “Shell Advance DUCATI 15W-50 Fully Synthetic Oil”, or another oil that is the 15W-50, meets API standard SN, and/or JASO standard MA2. A good option is Mobil 1 15W-50 Full Synthetic or Motul 300V 15W-50.|
|Oil filter||The Panigale V2 engine uses the same oil filter as many other high-end Ducatis, with part number 44440312B. You can use a HifloFiltro HF159 as an easy-to-obtain replacement.|
|Spark plugs||Standard spark plugs are NGK MAR9A-J.|
|Air filter||Ducati part number for the air filter is 42610491A. DNA filters are popular replacements — use part number P-DU11S12-01.|
|Brake fluid/Clutch fluid||Ducati specifies using DOT 4, so use something high quality like Castrol DOT 4 full synthetic.|
|Coolant||The manual doesn’t specify a coolant other than saying a Ducati service centre should use an ethylene glycol-based coolant. Those who put their bikes on tracks and live in warmer climates often opt for distilled water and Redline Water Wetter, which contains corrosion inhibitors.|
|Front brake||Part # for the front brake pad set is 61340121A. You can also use EBC HH brake pads with part number FA630HH.|
|Rear brake||Part # for the rear brake pad set is 61340381A. The EBC part code for HH pads is FA266HH.|
|Chain management||Ducati doesn’t specify a chain lube, so use something well-liked like Motul chain paste, or maybe clean it with a Motul chain care kit.|
|Battery||Dead battery? If it hasn’t happened, it will happen. The replacement you need is a Yuasa YT7B-BS (12V – 6.5Ah 10HR) (common to many Ducati motorcycles)|
|Fork oil||Use Shell Donax TA.|
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Panigale V2
This is maintenance that you can do yourself (though the manual says you need a dealer to do it).
Every 1 000 km/ 500 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier), perform the following maintenance:
|Ducati Panigale V2 regular maintenance|
|Check engine oil level (Mobil 1 15W-50 or Motul 300V 15W-50)|
|Check brake fluid level (Castrol DOT 4)|
|Check tyre pressure and wear|
|Check the drive chain tension and lubrication (Motul chain paste)|
|Check brake pads and replace if necessary (see above)|
Ducati Panigale V2 Maintenance Schedule Table
The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on the Panigale V2 with a distance or time interval.
This scheduled maintenance chart is designed for road use of the Ducati Panigale V2. If it is used on the track, even if not racing, all parts of the motorcycle are more stressed so the routine maintenance operations must be carried out more frequently than indicated. You can get customised advice from Ducati.
A few notes about maintaining a Ducati Panigale V2:
- Observe the earlier of the time or distance intervals (when both are present).
- The valve inspection service interval is 24,000 km or 15,000 miles.
- Some of the below items can only be done by a Ducati mechanic (marked [D]) or someone with Ducati diagnostic equipment or resources.
- The break-in maintenance is omitted — it’s usually done by a dealer during the warranty period (to maintain the warranty).
|km x 1000||12||24||36||48||Time|
|mi x 1000||7.5||15||22.5||30||(months)|
|[D] Read the error memory with DDS 2.0 and check of software version update on control units||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Check the presence of any technical updates and recall campaigns||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change engine oil and filter (Mobil 1 15W-50, HF159)||•||•||•||•||12|
|Clean the engine oil mesh filter assembly||•||•||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearance||•||•||–|
|Change spark plugs (MAR9A-J)||•||•||–|
|Check and clean air filter||•||•||–|
|Change air filter (P-DU11S12-01)||•||•||–|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||24|
|Check brake pads for wear. Change, if necessary||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of the front and rear brake calliper bolts and the front brake disc bolts||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the proper tightening of the rear brake disc and phonic wheel bolts||•||•||–|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts and rear sprocket nut tightening||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check front and rear wheel hub bearings||•||•||–|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket||•||•||–|
|Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||•||•||24|
|Check final drive (chain, front and rear sprocket) and sliding shoe wear||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive chain for stretch. Record value.||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check final drive chain tension and lubrication||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check secondary air reeds and replace if necessary||•||•||–|
|Check play of steering tube bearings||•||•||24|
|Change front fork fluid||36|
|Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check for proper tightening of the frame-to-engine fasteners and swinging arm||•||•||•||•||–|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side stand||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check that all gaiters and flexible hoses in view (e.g. flexible hoses for fuel, brake and clutch fluids, cooling system, bleeding, drainage, etc.) are not cracked, are properly sealing and positioned||•||•||•||•||12|
|Visually check coolant level||•||•||•||•||12|
|Change coolant (Water Wetter for track use, otherwise use Pro Honda HP coolant)||•||48|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check the battery charge level||•||•||•||•||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 devices, turn indicators, horn and controls operation||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Reset the service indication through the DDS 2.0||•||•||•||•||12|
|Final inspection and road test of the motorcycle, testing the safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC)||•||•||•||•||12|
|Check switching on and off of electric fans and checking for possible interference||•||•||•||•||12|
|Softly clean the motorcycle||•||•||•||•||12|
|[D] Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (Service Booklet)||•||•||•||•||12|
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Ducati Panigale V2
The manual says that the Ducati Panigale V2 arrives shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tubeless tyres.
Here are the tire sizes and recommended pressures.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70 ZR17||2.5 bar (36 psi)|
|Rear||180/60 ZR17||2.5 bar (36 psi)|
The manual recommends equal pressure of 36 psi front and rear, but for track use you might want to experiment with lower pressures.
About the Ducati Panigale V2
The Ducati Panigale V2 is a replacement for the Ducati Panigale 959, but it also got a technology and aesthetic update.
Like its predecessor, the Panigale V2 is the “little” superbike, a trend that started back with the Ducati 748 as the little sibling of the 916.
But two things have always been true of the little superbikes from Ducati: a) they’re not slow, and b) many people prefer them for both street and track use.
This has especially been true since the Ducati 899 Panigale, the first “mini Panigale”, which produces an extremely capable 110 kW (148 bhp) of peak power. This is superbike level, even if it’s superbikes of 15 years ago. The same is true of the Ducati Panigale V2.
The V2 shares a lot with the 959 that precedes it. Both have the same fundamental motor — the 955cc “Superquadro” motor, a liquid-cooled 90-degree L-twin with 8 desmodromically-actuated valves and chain-driven cams. Both bikes have full ride by wire. The Panigale V2 makes peak power of 114 kW (155 CV / 153 bhp) at 10750 rpm and peak torque of 104 Nm (77 ft-lb) at 9000 rpm.
But the Ducati Panigale V2 is not just a rebadge of the old bike with a new tune. Far from it. Here are the headline changes and improvements in the Panigale V2:
- A six-axis IMU that enables cornering ABS and inertia-aware traction control, engine brake control, and wheelie control. This was previously just the domain of the larger superbikes.
- A single-sided swing-arm. They have their pros and cons, but they definitely look very nice!
- New compact under-engine exhaust
- Up-and-down quickshifter (previous was up-only)
- New 4.3 inch colour TFT dash, which even includes a multimedia system so you can take calls at a million miles an hour
- Better comfort — a seat giving more longitudinal comfort, with better padding
The suspension and brakes are the same as on its predecessor. Up front there’s a 43mm Showa Big Piston fork with full adjustability, and a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear.
The Panigale V2 also has a Sachs steering damper.
Front brakes on the Panigale V2 are via Brembo M4.32 monobloc callipers gripping 320mm discs, standard fare for mid-range sportbikes, though not the highest end that Ducati or other manufacturers offer (M50, or these days on the Panigale V4, Stylema calipers).
The Troy Bayliss V2 25th anniversary edition gets full Öhlins front and rear suspension, with NIX30 43mm forks with TiN treatment and a TTX36 monoshock. It also has a single-seat configuration and a lighter battery, which adds up to the whole bike being ~3kg lighter.
Reference — Ducati Panigale V2 Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Panigale V2 from 2020 and 2022.
You can download the manuals from the Ducati website here.