2001 Ducati 996 Biposto – Maintenance and Stock Specifications

2001 Ducati 996 Biposto
These are my own notes for my own vehicle. Use at your own risk. Always consult your vehicle’s official manual.

Oil, Canadian Climate

Ducati, as you know, are special. There are a few things you need to know before changing the oil on your 996. Be sure to see Ducati Oil Viscosity and Dry Clutch Considerations. Ducati official recommendation: Shell Advance Ultra 4 20w50

Capacity: 3.8 litres / 1 gallon

(I’m assuming that the motorcycle will not be ridden below 0 degrees Celsius)
Best: 20w50 Motul 7100 Ester 4T Synthetic Oil
Better: 15w50 Motul 5100 Ester 4T Technosynthetic Oil
Good: 20w50 Motul 3000 4T Mineral Oil

Other Alternatives
Mobil 1 15w50 (NOT motorcycle specific, synthetic)
Royal Purple Max Cycle 20w50 (Motorcycle specific, synthetic)
Lucas Synthetic Motorcycle Oil 20w50(Motorcycle specific, synthetic)
Castrol Grand Prix Motorcycle Oil 20w50 (Motorcycle specific, conventional. Last resort)

Oil drain plug: 42 Nm
Oil mesh filter: 42 Nm
Oil filter: 17 Nm

Tightening torques

XX – XX lb*ft / X – XX kg*m / XX – XX N*m

Wheels & Tires

Stock Tires Sizes
120/70-ZR17 Front
190/50-ZR17 Rear

Popular Aftermarket Tires for the 996
Michelin Pilot Powers
"If you still have the OEM 5.5″ rear wheel, mount a 180/55/17 on the rear. Why Ducati mounted a 190 on there in the first place is a mystery to everyone except probably one person in Bologna"

Tire Pressures

Front: 31.6 psi / 2.15 Bar
Rear: 34.5 psi / 2.35 Bar


Front wheel left-hand nut: 63 Nm
Front-fork pinch bolts: 8×1.25, 19Nm

Front brake disc screw: 8×1.25, 25 Nm

Rear wheel, right-hand side, is held on by a single nut, which requires a 46mm flat-face socket to remove.
Tightening torque: 157 Nm

Rear wheel, left hand nut: 137 Nm

Spark plugs

Champion RA 59 GC
Gap: 0.023 in / 0.6mm
Thread: M12 x 1.25
Tightening torque: 20 Nm