This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP, one of Ducati’s epic superbike-based streetfighters.
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP is based on the standard 2018+ Ducati Streetfighter V4 but has a number of distinct parts that make the maintenance slightly different.
Like the V4 and V4 S, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP has the Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine at its core. The engine is a four-valve-per-cylinder 1103cc V4 engine with desmodromic valves and chain-driven cams (meaning no timing belt changes). It’s tuned for road usage, which means a still-ridiculous 155kW (208hp) at the crank at 13000 rpm, revving up to a redline of 14500 rpm.
Peak torque is 123 Nm (90 ft-lb) at a much lower 9500 rpm — but you get more than two-thirds of that torque by 4000 rpm.
Many of the upgrades to the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP are improvements over the V4 in the same way that the Ducati Panigale V4 SP is improved over the Ducati Panigale V4 S.
This post was originally published on August 26, 2022, but has since been considerably updated with more detail.
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Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP Service Intervals
Basic service intervals for the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP are every 7500 miles or 12000 km, at which point Ducati suggests you change the oil and filter, and do a full multi-point inspection.
The big service, the “Desmo” valve service, is every two service intervals — every 15000 miles or 24000 km. It’s a big one because the V4 engine has four cylinders, which means 16 valves, and thus 32 clearances to check with a Desmodromic design. Luckily it should only come up every few years (give or take, depending on how much you use your Ducati).
Since the engine in the SF V4 SP has chain-driven camshafts, there are no timing belts to change. This used to be a bugbear of old Ducatis, which needed them replaced every two or five years.
What you need to service your Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP
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 Streetfighter V4 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 common high-end alternative is Motul 300V 15W-50 — a commonly mentioned favourite for the V4 that’s race spec.|
|Oil filter||The V4 engine uses the same oil filter as many other high-end Ducatis, and you can use a HifloFiltro HF159 as an easy-to-obtain replacement.|
|Spark plugs||Standard spark plugs are NGK LMDR10A-JS (easiest to get from a dealer).|
|Air filter||Ducati part number for the air filter is 42610672A. You can also use the DNA high performance air filter P-DU11S19-01.|
|Brake fluid/Clutch fluid||Ducati specifies using DOT 4, so use something high quality like Castrol DOT 4 full synthetic.|
|Front brake||Part # for the front brake pad set is 61341341A.|
|Rear brake||Part # for the rear brake pad set is 61340951A.|
|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 Skyrich HJT7B-FPZ-SCR lithium battery.|
Regular maintenance for the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP
This is maintenance that you can do yourself on your Streetfighter.
Note that Ducati says that “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.”
You probably don’t take your high-performance Ducati down many dirt roads, but if you do, attend to the air filter, brake, and chain more often.
Every 1000 km / 600 miles OR 6 months (whichever comes earlier, perform the following maintenance:
|Regular maintenance for the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP|
|Check engine oil level (Shell Advance Ducati 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|
Ducati Streetfighter V4 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.
The maintenance schedule is in a different format to the manual — it’s modified to be a bit easier to understand what’s due when. In the origianl manual, they separate out 12,000 km “oil mileage service” and 24,000 mi “Desmo service”, but you do the oil mileage service at Desmo service intervals too.
This scheduled maintenance chart is designed for a road use of the Ducati Streetfighter V4. If it is used on the track, even if not during sport competitions, 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 about how you intend to use your Streetfighter V4 and V4S.
A few notes about maintaining a Ducati Streetfighter V4:
- The cams are chain driven, which means no belts to check or replace. Hooray!
- The maintenance schedule for the Streetfighter V4 has many different elements to that for the Panigale V4.
- The valve inspection (Desmo) service interval is 24000 km or 15000 miles. Not as generous as the most wide intervals in the twin motors, and a far cry from the Multistrada V4’s epic valve service intervals, 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 of the below items can only be done by a Ducati mechanic (marked [D]) as they need Ducati diagnostic equipment.
- T1: This was a typo in the original document that said “check the tightening fastening”. I corrected it based on the maintenance schedule for the Panigale V4.
|km x 1000||1||12||24||36||48||Time|
|mi x 1000||0.6||7.5||15||22.5||30||(months)|
|[D] Read the error memory with DDS 3.0 and check technical updates and recall campaigns on DCS||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Change engine oil and filter (Shell Advance DUCATI, HF159)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check and clean air filter||✓||✓||–|
|Change air filter||✓||✓||–|
|Check and/or adjust valve clearance||✓||✓||–|
|Check secondary air reeds||✓||✓||–|
|Change spark plugs||✓||✓||–|
|Change front fork fluid||36|
|Visually check the front fork and rear shock absorber seals||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check brake and clutch fluid level||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Change brake and clutch fluid||24|
|Check front and rear brake disc and pad wear||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check the proper tightening of front and rear brake calliper bolts and front brake disc bolts||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check rear brake disc screw tightening||✓||✓||–|
|Check front and rear wheel nuts and rear sprocket nut tightening||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check the tightening of frame fasteners to engine, swinging arm and rear shock absorber||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check the tightening of screws fastening the RH tripod to the rear bank (T1)||✓||✓||–|
|Check wheel hub bearings||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check the cush drive damper on rear sprocket and lubricate the rear wheel shaft||✓||✓||–|
|Check wear of chain, front and rear sprocket, sliding shoe and check final drive chain elongation, tension and lubrication.|
(Record elongation value in mm)
|Check play of steering tube bearings||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check the freedom of movement and tightening of the side stand||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check that all gaiters and flexible hoses in view (e.g. fuel, brake and clutch hoses, cooling system, bleeding, drainage, etc.) are not cracked, are properly sealing and positioned||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check free play of rear brake lever and lubricate the levers at the handlebar and pedal controls||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Check tyre pressure and wear||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||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] Adjust exhaust valve Bowden cable with DDS 3.0||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Perform final test and road test of the motorcycle, testing safety devices (e.g. ABS and DTC), electric fans and idling||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Visually check the coolant level and sealing of the circuit||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
|Softly clean of the vehicle, [D] record the service coupon and warning light turning off on the instrument panel using the DDS 2.0 and fill out that the service was performed in on-board documentation (Service Booklet)||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||12|
Chain maintenance for the Ducati V4 SP
Ducati recommends changing the final chain drive kit “within 20000 km / 12000 mi”. It’s unclear whether they mean just once, but presumably they mean periodically.
Ducati recommends you check the chain drive chain tension and lubrication every 1000 km or 600 miles, or 6 months.
Ducati recommends tension be adjusted by a Ducati dealer, but does provide details on how to check it yourself.
Here’s how to check tension:
- Put the rear wheel on a stand (suitable for a single-sided swingarm)
- Turn until you find the position where the chain is tightest, and rotate it until it’s between the front and rear wheel sprockets.
- Put the wheel down on the side stand again.
- Push down on the chain at the point of measurement with a finger.
- Measure the distance between the center of the chain pins and the plastic section of the chain sliding shoe.
The distance must be 22-24 mm. If it’s different, adjust the tension.
Regularly lubricate the chain using a high-quality lubricant like Shell Advance Chain lubricant, or Motul chain lubricant.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP tyres and tyre pressures
The manual for the Streetfighter V4 and V4S says it ships with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tyres front and rear.
|Wheel||Tyre size||Tyre pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70ZR17||On road: 2.4 bar (35 psi)|
On track: 2.2 bar (32 psi)
|Rear||200/60/ZR17||On road: 2.5 bar (36 psi)|
On track: 2.2 bar (32 psi)
About the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP is an epic street sport bike from Ducati.
Like other Streetfighters before it, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP is a high-spec, high-power sport bike but with fewer fairings than its Panigale counterpart.
The core of the V4 SP is the same engine that’s in the Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S: an 1103 cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V4 engine, called the Desmosedici Stradale. It has a Desmodromic timing system with chain-driven cams and four valves per cylinder.
The engine’s bore and stroke is 81 x 3.5 mm, making it quite short stroke. This helps the V4 SP’s engine rev quite high, making peak power of 153.2 kW / 208 hp at 13000 rpm, with its rev limiter even higher at 15000 rpm (in 6th gear). If you dare taking your V4 SP all the way to the redline in top gear, then you must have some very straight roads around!
Like the base-model Ducati Streetfighter V4, the Streetfighter V4 SP has high-quality ride componentry, with fully adjustable suspension and Brembo brakes.
But the V4 SP has a few special tricks up its sleeve.
Firstly, most strikingly, the Streetfighter V4 SP has a dry clutch. It’s a 9-disc STM EVO-SBK unit, a popular aftermarket modification to Ducati wet clutches. Dry clutches are a rarity on modern Ducati bikes, though the Ducati Panigale V4 SP also has one.
The benefit of the dry clutch is a more effective anti-hopping function, preventing wheel slip even when downshifting very aggressively.
On top of that, the open clutch gives the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP a classic dry clutch sound, something Ducatisti have been missing for over a decade.
Suspension in the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP is active, with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0, including an event-based system that adjusts damping according to the rider’s style.
Wheels on the Streetfighter V4 SP are super lightweight 5 split-spoke carbon rims. They’re 1.4 kg (3 lb) lighter than the V4 S’ already lightweight forged aluminium rims, giving the bike not just lower weight, but much lower unsprung mass, making the suspension much more responsive.
Brakes are enhanced over the V4 as well. While the standard V4 got Brembo Stylema calipers, the Streetfighter V4 SP gets even higher spec Brembo Stylema R calipers, designed for even better ventilation of heat and thus stability on the racetrack after intense use.
Ducati added a lot of small high-quality details to the V4 SP to distinguish it from its “Standard” V4 S sibling. An already great bike is now an epic one!
Finally, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP comes in very attractive “Winter Test” livery, which is even easier on the eye than the already gorgeous V4 SP in base trim.
Reference — Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP Owner’s Manual
The above info was sourced from the owner’s manual for the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP for 2022.
We also referenced online parts diagrams to get the right part numbers.
You can download the manuals for Ducati motorcycles from the Ducati website here.