Ducati Panigale V4 SP (2021+) Maintenance Schedule

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati Panigale V4 SP, Ducati’s latest entrant into the V4 line that started with the original Ducati Panigale V4 in 2018.

Here are all the Ducati Panigale V4 models:

The Ducati Panigale V4 SP is powered by the same V4 engine as in the base model Panigale V4, a 1103 cc “Desmosedici Stradale” 90-degree V4. The engine has four valves per cylinder and is liquid-cooled.

With its 14.0:1 compression ratio, the Panigale V4 SP makes the same power of a peak of 157.5 kW (214 CV / 211 bhp) @ 13000 rpm, and peak torque of 124 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 9500 rpm.

The Panigale V4 SP comes with a lot of the higher tech of the V4 S and V4 R even, but without the smaller race engine in the V4 R.

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Ducati Panigale V4 SP Service Intervals

General service intervals for the Panigale V4 SP are every 12000 km (7500 miles) or every year. Whenever any of those periods pass, check to see what’s due, which includes an oil / filter change and a host of other checks.

The valve inspection service interval for the V4 SP is 24000 km or 15000 miles. Not as generous as the most wide intervals in the twin motors, but not bad.

As this is a V4 Desmosedici motor, there are 16 valves, each with both an opening and closing cam… so 32 measurements and potential adjustments to make.

Some items like brake/clutch fluid, coolant, and fork fluid, need to be replaced periodically (every 2, 3, or 4 years).

Also be sure to regularly check and adjust the chain tension.

Regular maintenance for the Ducati Panigale V4 SP

Like any motorcycle, the Panigale V4 SP needs regular attention to its most used parts.

Ducati recommends that if you take your V4 SP down damp/muddy roads, or race your bike, to service it more often.

Every 1000 km/500 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier), perform the following maintenance:

Panigale V4 SP — Regular maintenance
Check engine oil level (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 (FA447HH, FA266HH)
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Panigale V4 SP

Maintenance schedule for the Ducati Panigale V4 SP

Below is the list of maintenance items for the Ducati Panigale V4 SP.

Maintaining the Panigale V4 SP is a lot like maintaining the Panigale V4 with one caveat: it has a dry clutch, like the V4 R.

Notes on the maintenance schedule

  • General maintenance intervals re every 7500 miles (12000 km). Valve service interval is every 15000 miles (24000 km)
  • You will need to service your motorcycle more if you take it to the track.
  • When there is a time or distance interval, follow the earlier of the two.
  • Items marked [D] need dealer-specific tools and resources (like DDS, or access to the recall database)
km x 1000112243648Time
mi x 10000.67.51522.530(months)
[D] Read the error memory with DDS 2.0 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 (Motul 300V 15W-50, HF159)12
Change engine oil mesh filter assembly
Check and/or adjust valve clearance
Visually check for wear of the chain timing system and of the oil pump drive chain
Change spark plugs (LMDR10A-JS)
Clean air filter
Change air filter (P08F1-85)
Replace the aluminium fastening screws of clutch cover, generator cover, and oil sump
Check thickness of dry clutch disk pack and/or replace it
Replace clutch bell
Check brake and clutch fluid level12
Change brake and clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)24
Check brake pads. Change, if necessary12
Check the proper tightening of brake calliper bolts and brake disc flange screws12
Check front and rear wheel nuts tightening12
Check wheel hub bearings
Check and lubricate the rear wheel shaft24
Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket
Check the proper tightening of final drive front and rear sprocket nuts12
Check final drive chain sliders for wear12
Check final drive chain tension and lubrication ((Motul chain care kit))12
Check steering bearings and lubricate, if necessary24
Change front fork fluid (Shell Donax TA)36
Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals12
Check for proper tightening of the frame-to-engine fasteners and swinging arm
Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side stand12
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 coolant48
Check coolant level12
Check electric fan operation12
Check tyre pressure and wear12
Check the battery charge level12
Check idling12
Check secondary air system operation
Check the operation of all electric safety devices (side stand sensor, front and rear brake switches, engine kill switch, gear/neutral sensor)12
Check the indicators and lighting12
Road test of the motorcycle, testing the safety devices (ex. ABS and DTC)12
Softly clean the motorcycle12
[D] Adjust the bowden cable of the exhaust valve opening through DDS 2.0
[D] Activate the adjustable height bellmouth system (VIM) using DDS 2.0
[D] Reset the variable-length intake manifold system (VIS) using DDS 2.012
[D] Reset the service indication through the DDS 2.0
[D] Fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (Service Booklet)12
Ducati Panigale V4 SP maintenance schedule

About the Ducati Panigale V4 SP

Controls of the Ducati Panigale V4 SP
Controls of the Panigale V4 SP

The Panigale V4 SP shares a lot in common with the higher-end Ducatis, with mostly a base of the V4 S and some higher-end components.

Essentially, Ducati position the Panigale V4 SP as being a track bike for less experienced riders who want to go fast right out of the gate — they claim that an inexperienced rider will be able to get more out of the V4 SP than out of the higher-spec Ducati Panigale V4 R.

Ducati delivers on this by giving a bike that has a lot of the lightweight and advanced tech of the V4 R, but with the engine from the V4 and V4 S, which is larger and offers a meatier midrange.

Starting with the Panigale V4 S, we get a classic Panigale superbike with all the bits we’ve come to expect. It has a 1103cc “Desmosedici Stradale” 90-degree V4 that’s liquid-cooled and has four valves per cylinder — for a total of 32 valve interval adjustments.

Luckily, the valve service intervals for the Panigale V4 S are every 15000 miles (24000 km). But they’re expensive (or time consuming) when you get there.

Here’s how the specs of the Ducati Panigale V4 models compare in a nutshell:

ModelPanigale V4Panigale V4 S, Speciale (Tricolore), CorsePanigale V4 RPanigale V4 SP
Engine capacity1103cc Desmosedici Stradale V41103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4998cc Desmosedici Stradale V41103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4
Peak power157.5 kW (214hp) @ 13000 rpm157.5 kW (214hp) @ 13000 rpm162 kW (221 hp) @ 15250rpm; 174 kW (234 hp) @ 1550 rpm with racing exhaust157.5 kW (214hp) @ 13000 rpm
Peak torque124 Nm (92 ft-lb) @ 1000 rpm124 Nm (92 ft-lb) @ 1000 rpm112 Nm (83 lb-ft) @ 11,500 rpm – 119 Nm (88lb-ft) @ 11,750 rpm with full-racing exhaust124 Nm (92 ft-lb) @ 1000 rpm
Compression ratio14.0:114.0:114.0:114.0:1
Front suspensionFully adjustable 43mm chromed steel USD Showa BPF forkFully adjustable 43mm TiN treated USD NIX30 Öhlins fork, electronic compression/rebound adjustmentFully adjustable Ø 43 mm Öhlins NPX25/30 pressurized fork with TiN treatmentFully adjustable 43mm TiN treated USD NIX30 Öhlins fork, electronic compression/rebound adjustment
Rear suspensionFully adjustable Sachs rear shockFully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 damper, electronic compression and rebound damping adjustmentFully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 unit. Aluminium single-sided swingarm.Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 unit. Aluminium single-sided swingarm.
Front braking2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, Brembo Stylema (M4.30) 4-piston calipers2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, Brembo Stylema (M4.30) 4-piston calipers2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, Brembo Stylema (M4.30) 4-piston calipers2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, Brembo Stylema R calipers, Self-bleeding Brembo MCS19.21 master cylinder with “remote adjuster”
Steering damperAdjustable SachsÖhlins, electronically controlledÖhlins, manually controlledÖhlins, electronically controlled
Wheels5-spoke light alloy3-spoke Marchesini alloy (“Tri-W”)3-spoke Marchesini alloy (“Tri-W”5-split spoke carbon fiber (ex-Superleggera)
Dry weight175 kg (385 lb)174 kg (384 lb)172 kg (379 lb)173 kg (381 lb)
Kerb weight (90% fuel)198 kg (436 lb)195 kg (430 lb)193 kg (425 lb)194 kg (427 lb)
Specs of Ducati Panigale V4 variants compared

The Panigale V4 SP gets the high-end electronic suspension from the V4 S — an Öhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable fork and an Öhlins fully adjustable TTX36 rear shock. Rebound and compression damping on the front and rear are both electronically controlled by the Öhlins Smart EC2.0 event-based module.

The steering damper on the Panigale V4 SP is also by Öhlins and is also electronically controlled by the same smart unit.

Note that the Panigale V4 R gets Öhlins suspension, but it’s not electronically controlled. Same with the steering damper.

The wheels on the V4 SP are a bit higher spec than both the wheels on the V4 S and the V4 R — they’re 5-split spoke carbon fibre wheels, a step up from the forged alloy tri-W rims on the V4 S. These are from the Superleggera.

The brakes on the V4 SP are also an improvement too, with Brembo Stylema R calipers, compared with the Stylema on all the other Panigale V4 motorcycles. The brakes also come with a Brembo MCS 19.21 master cylinder which gives remote adjustment of the lever travel to braking ratio.

The Stylema R brake calipers on the V4 SP are similar (they take the same brake pads), but are designed to give very consistent performance under high-stress conditions. In simple terms, they’re designed to always apply the same amount of brake pressure for the same amount of lever pressure even after a lot of heavy use, giving stability and predictability to braking. All callipers are designed for this, but these are Brembo’s latest revision in this quest. They’re also their lightest superbike callipers.

Finally, the Panigale V4 SP has a dry clutch, as the Panigale V4 R does (but not the other Panigale V4s with the 1103cc engine).

Dry Clutch on the Ducati Panigale V4 SP
Carbon fibre open clutch cover on the Panigale V4 SP

Oh, and you also get a billet plate giving your vehicle number of the V4 SP, just so you can show how unique it is.

The Ducati Panigale V4 SP also is the first to come with “Winter Test” livery, dark and carbon-forward.

Tyre pressures and specs for the Panigale V4 SP

The Panigale V4 SP ships with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tubeless tyres.

Here are the tyre sizes and recommended pressures (cold).

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front120/70-ZR17Road: 2.3 bar (33.36 psi)
Track: 2.3 bar (33.36 psi)
Rear200/60-ZR17Road: 2.1 bar (30.46 psi)
Track: 1.8 bar (26.10 psi)
Tyre sizes and pressures for the Panigale V4 SP

Manual for the Ducati Panigale V4 SP

The above maintenance schedule came from the manual for the Panigale V4 SP.

You can download manuals for Ducati motorcycles from the website.

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