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  • Page 1 Owner’s manual DUCATI 996 SPS...
  • Page 3 Ducati motorcycle for long information contained herein is valid at the time of going journeys as well as short daily trips. Ducati Motor s.p.a to print. Ducati Motor S.p.A. reserves the right to make wishes you smooth and enjoyable riding.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Main components and devices Location 20 Tank filler plug 21 Seat catch and helmet hook 22 Side stand 23 Steering damper 24 Front fork adjusters 25 Rear shock absorber adjusters 27 General Changing motorcycle track alignement 28 Warranty 6 Symbols 6 Directions for use...
  • Page 5 Main maintenance operations Technical data Removing the fairing 40 Performance data 59 Cleaning and changing air filters 42 Overall dimensions Checking the coolant level 43 Weights 59 Checking brake and clutch fluid level 44 Top-ups 60 Checking brake pads for wear 45 Engine 61 Lubricating cables and joints 46 Timing system 61...
  • Page 6: General

    Ducati Motor S.p.A. advises you to read this manual carefully so as to become familiar with your motorcycle. In case of any doubts, please call a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. The information contained herein will prove useful on your trips - and Ducati Motor S.p.A.
  • Page 7: Useful Information For Safe Riding

    Useful information for safe riding lane in good time using the suitable turn indicators. Be sure you are clearly visible and do not ride within the Warning blind spot of vehicles ahead. Read this section before riding your motorcycle. Be very careful when tackling road junctions, or when riding in the areas near exits from private grounds, car Accidents are frequently due to inexperience.
  • Page 8: Carrying The Max Load Allowed

    Important Have the racing kit installed at a Ducati Dealer or Information about carrying capacity Authorized Workshop. Installing this kit removes The total weight of the motorcycle in running order...
  • Page 9: Identification Data

    Identification data All Ducati motorcycles have two identification numbers, for frame (fig. 1.1) and engine (fig. 1.2). Frame number Engine number Note These numbers identify the motorcycle model and are required when ordering spare parts. This exclusive model has been produced in a limited fig.
  • Page 10: Controls

    CONTROLS Warning This section details the position and function of all the controls you need to drive your motorcycle. Be sure to read this information carefully before you use the controls. Position of motorcycle controls (fig. 2) 1) Instrument panel. 2) Key-operated ignition switch and steering lock.
  • Page 11: Instrument Panel

    Instrument panel (fig. 3) Important Speedometer (km/h or mph). Stop riding if the temperature reaches the max. Gives road speed. value, otherwise the engine might damage. a) Odometer (km or miles). Gives total distance covered. When parking light is on, the instrument panel is lighted. b) Trip meter (km or miles).
  • Page 12: Keys

    Keys (fig. 4) Key-operated ignition switch and steering lock Your Ducati was delivered with two universal keys for (fig. 5) ignition, steering lock and seat catch and a key It is located in front of the fuel tank and has four identification plate (1).
  • Page 13: Left Switch

    Left switch (fig. 6) 1) Switch, light switch, 3 positions: Down = light off; Centre = front and rear parking light, number plate light and panel lights on; = headlamp, front and rear parking light, number plate light and panel lights on. Note This device is not fitted on the Australia and Japan versions.
  • Page 14: Clutch Lever

    Clutch lever (fig. 7) Lever (1) disengages the clutch. The clutch lever is provided with a dial adjuster (2) for lever distance adjustment from the twistgrip on handlebar. To set lever distance, push lever fully forward and turn the dial adjuster (2) to one of its four positions. Remember that position no.
  • Page 15: Cold Start Button

    Cold start button (fig. 8) Right switch (fig. 9) This device is on the throttle twistgrip. Push the button G) Switch for ENGINE STOP, two positions: (3) to enable control. In this way, the throttle control (4) position (RUN) = run. will lightly turn, thus increasing the engine rotation position (OFF) = stop.
  • Page 16: Throttle Twistgrip

    Throttle twistgrip (fig. 9) The twistgrip (3) on the right handlebar opens the throttles. When released, it will spring back to the initial position (idling speed). fig. 9 Front brake lever (fig. 9) Pull in the lever (4) towards the twistgrip to operate the front brake.
  • Page 17: Rear Brake Pedal

    Rear brake pedal (fig. 10) Gear change pedal (fig. 11) Push down on the pedal (1) with your foot to operate the The gear change pedal is at rest when in the central rear brake. position N, is moved up and down to change gears and The system is hydraulically operated.
  • Page 18: Adjustment Of Gear Change And Rear Brake Pedals

    Adjustment of gear change and rear brake pedals Gear change and rear brake pedals can be set in a preferred position relative to footpegs to better suit the riding style of every rider. To set the gear change pedal, lock linkage (1) and loosen check nuts (2) and (3).
  • Page 19 To set the rear brake pedal: loosen check nut (4). Turn travel adjuster (5) until pedal is in the desired position. Tighten check nut (4). Work the pedal by hand to make sure it has about 1.5 ÷ 2 mm /0.059 ÷ 0.079 in. free play before brake is actuated.
  • Page 20: Main Components And Devices

    MAIN COMPONENTS AND DEVICES Location (fig. 12) 1) Tank filler plug. 2) Seat catch. 3) Side stand. 4) Hook for helmet fastening cable. 5) Steering damper. 6) Rear view mirrors. 7) Front fork adjusters. 8) Rear shock absorber adjusters. 9) Motorcycle track alignment linkage. fig.
  • Page 21: Tank Filler Plug

    Tank filler plug (fig. 13) Opening Lift the protection lid (1) and fit the ignition key into the lock. Turn the key clockwise 1/4 turn to unlock. Lift the plug. Closing Refit the plug with the key in it and push it down into its seat.
  • Page 22: Seat Catch And Helmet Hook

    Seat catch and helmet hook Opening (fig. 14.1) Fit the ignition key into the lock (1) and turn the key clockwise. Pull gently the tail guard (2) outwards and lift it until it rests onto the fuel tank. On the rear end of the compartment underneath the seat, there is the helmet fastening cable.
  • Page 23: Side Stand

    Side stand (fig. 15) Warning The motorcycle can be started only if the side stand Important is up as its safety device prevents engine start when the Before lowering the side stand, make sure that the stand is down. bearing surface is hard and flat. Do not park on soft or pebbled ground or on asphalt melt by the sun heat and similar or the motorcycle may fall over.
  • Page 24: Steering Damper

    Steering damper (fig. 16) The steering damper is before the tank and is secured to the frame and the steering head. It gives improved steering accuracy and stability, thus also improving motorcycle road behavior under any riding conditions. Turn the knob (1) clockwise for a harder setting (2), counter clockwise for a softer setting (3).
  • Page 25: Front Fork Adjusters

    Front fork adjusters The front fork has rebound and compression damping adjusters. This adjustment is done using the outer adjusters: 1) (fig. 17.1) to adjust rebound damping; 2) (fig. 17.1) to adjust inner springs preload; 3) (fig. 17.2) to adjust compression damping. Put and secure the motorcycle in vertical position.
  • Page 26 STANDARD factory setting is as follows: compression: 10 clicks; rebound: 12 clicks. Max. setting for softest damping adjustment is 24 clicks for rebound and 28 clicks for compression. To change the preload of the spring inside each fork leg, turn the hex. adjusting nut (2) with a 22-mm (0.87-in.) hexagon wrench.
  • Page 27: Rear Shock Absorber Adjusters

    Shock absorber adjusters (fig. 18) Warning The shock absorber has outer adjusters that enable you Use a specific pin wrench only to turn the preload to adjust your motorcycle to the load. adjusting nut. Be careful when turning the nut to avoid The adjuster (1) located on the left side, on the hurting your hand hitting motorcycle parts.
  • Page 28: Changing Motorcycle Track Alignement

    Changing motorcycle track alignment (fig. 19.2) Motorcycle track alignment is the result of tests carried out under different riding conditions by our technical staff. Modifying factory setting is a very delicate operation, which may lead to serious damages if carried out by unskilled people.
  • Page 29: Directions For Use

    DIRECTIONS FOR USE Up to 1000 km/621 miles During the first 1000 km/621 miles, keep an eye on the revolution meter. The indicator must not exceed: 6500-7000 rpm. During the first hours of riding, it is advisable to run the engine at varying load and rpm, though still within recommended limit.
  • Page 30: Pre-ride Checks

    Check tyre pressure and condition (page 54). warranty card should be observed carefully. Controls Failure to comply with these rules will release Ducati Work the brake, clutch, throttle and gear change controls Motor S.p.A. from any liability whatsoever for resulting (levers, pedals and twistgrips) and check for proper engine damage or shorter engine life.
  • Page 31: Starting The Engine

    Starting the engine Note Follow the “High ambient temperature” procedure to start the engine when it is warm. Warning Before starting the engine, become familiar with the controls you will need to use when riding. Regular ambient temperature (10 to 35°C / 50 to 95°F): 1) Move the ignition key to ON (fig.
  • Page 32 2) Press the button (1, fig. 21.2) on the throttle control. 3) Check that the stop switch (3, fig. 21.3) is positioned (RUN), then press the starter button (4). Let the engine start without using the throttle control. Important Never operate the electric start button more than 5 seconds at a time.
  • Page 33: Moving Off

    Moving off Braking 1) Disengage the clutch squeezing the control lever. Slow down in time, shift down to engine-brake first and 2) Push down on gear change lever sharply with the tip then brake applying both brakes. Pull the clutch lever of your foot to engage the first gear.
  • Page 34: Stopping The Motorcycle

    Parking Stopping the motorcycle Stop and park the motorcycle on the side stand (see If you let go of the throttle twistgrip, the motorcycle will page 23). slow down gradually and smoothly. Then, shift down To avoid theft, turn the handlebar fully left and block it by releasing the clutch, and finally change from first to pushing in the ignition key and turning it to the LOCK neutral.
  • Page 35: Refueling

    Refueling (fig. 22.2) Never overfill the tank when refueling. Fuel should never be touching the rim of filler recess. Warning Be sure there is no fuel trapped in the filler recess. Max level fig. 22.2...
  • Page 36: Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE Tool kit and accessories (fig. 23) Located in area (1) under the tail between CPU and heat guard are: an Owner’s manual; a helmet fastening cable; a tool bag for usual maintenance and checks. fig. 23 To reach this compartment, the tail guard must be lifted by opening the catch (page 22).
  • Page 37: Routine Maintenance

    In these cases, maintenance work should be carried out more frequently. Call a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop to obtain more detailed information according to your special needs.
  • Page 38 Operations Pre- After 1000 km/ Every Every Every delivery 620 miles 1000 km/ 10000 km/ 20000km/ or 6 months 620 miles 6200 miles 12400 miles Spark plugs Chain: tensioning and lubrication ( I) C/ L C/ L C/ L Timing belts ( I) General testing Flexible cables Clutch and brake hydraulic controls ( I)
  • Page 39 Operations Pre- After 1000 km/ Every Every Every delivery 620 miles 1000 km/ 10000 km/ 20000km/ or 6 months 620 miles 6200 miles 12400 miles Valve clearance ( I) Rear wheel rubber cush drive damper ( I) Signaling and light system Coolant Battery liquid level General lubrication ( I)
  • Page 40: Main Maintenance Operations

    MAIN MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS Side body panels (fig. 25) To remove the body panels proceed as follows: unscrew the two fasteners (1) joining the two body panels together; unscrew the four headlamp fairing fasteners (2); unscrew the four frame fasteners (3). Removing the fairing Some servicing operations need the motorcycle fairing to be removed.
  • Page 41 Headlamp fairing (fig. 26.1) Undo the middle fastening screw (1) of the wing mirrors and remove them from the headlamp fairing supports. Undo the two fastening screws (2, fig. 26.2) of the headlight support and disconnect the four connectors (3) joining the two body panels together.
  • Page 42: Cleaning And Changing Air Filters

    Cleaning and changing air filters (fig. 27.1) Replace air filters at the required intervals shown in the routine maintenance chart (see page 38). The air box is accessible after removing the body panels and the headlamp fairing (see page 40). Undo the eight fastening screws of the outer cover (1, fig.
  • Page 43: Checking The Coolant Level

    Checking the coolant level (fig. 28.1) Check the coolant level in the expansion reservoir, on the LH side of the motorcycle. The coolant level must be between the MAX and MIN marks. Top up if the level is too low. Remove the l.h.
  • Page 44: Checking Brake And Clutch Fluid Level

    If you find exceeding play on brake lever or pedal and each reservoir (fig. 29). If level drops below the limit, air brake pads are still in good condition, contact a Ducati might get into the circuit and affect the operation of the Dealer or Authorized Workshop to have the system system involved.
  • Page 45: Checking Brake Pads For Wear

    If the grooves in the friction material are still visible, the pad is still in good condition. Important Have the brake pads replaced at a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. yy yy yy yy...
  • Page 46: Lubricating Cables And Joints

    Work the controls to make sure the cable slides control. smoothly inside the sheath: if you feel any friction or hard spots, have the cable replaced by a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. To prevent these failures, smear the ends of the flexible cables with SHELL Advance Grease or Retinax LX2 at regular intervals.
  • Page 47: Charging The Battery

    Warning Charging the battery (fig. 32) Keep the battery out of the reach of children. Before charging the battery, it is best to remove it from If battery is not charged, it is subjected to early wear. the motorcycle. Charge the battery at 1.5 A. Remove the r.h.
  • Page 48: Adjusting Headstock Angle

    Adjusting headstock angle (fig. 33.1) Loosen the two screws (1) on the frame r.h. side to adjust the headstock angle. Fully unscrew the screw (2) and turn the headstock end (3) by 180° with a pin wrench. Fully screw the screw (2). Grease the screw threadings (1) with SHELL Retinax HDX2 and tighten to 22 Nm.
  • Page 49: Chain Tension Inspection

    The swingarm. seals might be irreparably damaged if the chain is If this is not the case, contact a Ducati Dealer or cleaned using any solvent other than those specific for Authorized Workshop for proper chain tensioning.
  • Page 50: Replacing Bulbs

    Replacing bulbs Before replacing a burnt-out bulb, make sure that the new one complies with voltage and wattage as specified on page 70, “Electric System”, for that lighting device. Always check for new bulb proper operation before refitting removed parts. Headlamp To gain access to headlamp bulbs proceed as follows: Disassembly:...
  • Page 51 Instrument panel (fig. 36) Reassembly: Remove the headlamp fairing (see page 41) to reach the insert the locating pegs of the bulb base into their seats instrument panel bulbs. to obtain correct alignment. One or two lamps are fitted under each instrument. Pull Hook the clip (4, fig.
  • Page 52 Number plate and stop light (fig. 38) Turn indicators (fig. 37) To expose the number plate bulb, withdraw the lamp Remove the screw (1) and detach the glass (2) from the holder from the number plate holder, then extract the body.
  • Page 53: Beam Setting

    Beam setting (fig. 39.1) When checking the beam setting, put the motorcycle upright. Tyres should be inflated at the correct pressure and one person should be sitting astride the motorcycle, keeping it at right angles to its longitudinal axis. Place the motorcycle opposite a wall or a screen, 10 meters (394 in.) apart from it, then draw a horizontal line dictated by headlamp center and a vertical one in line with the...
  • Page 54: Tubeless Tyres

    0.2 - 0.3 bar. Important Do not remove or shift the wheel balancing weights. Note If tyres need replacing, contact a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop to make sure wheels are removed and refitted correctly.
  • Page 55 Minimum tread depth Measure tread depth (S, fig. 40) at the point where tread is most worn down. It should not be less than 2 mm/ 0.078 in. and anyway not below the legal limit. Important Visually inspect the tyres at regular intervals for detecting cracks and cuts, especially on the side walls,.
  • Page 56: Checking Engine Oil Level

    Undo the filler plug (2) and top up to correct level. Refit the plug. Important Engine oil and oil filters must be changed by a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop at regular intervals fig. 41 (see page 38), as specified in the maintenance schedule. Viscosity...
  • Page 57: Cleaning And Replacing The Spark Plugs

    Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. Remove the l.h. body panel, remove the spark plug caps Check wear on the central electrode. If it looks worn out from the cylinder head using the wrench supplied with or has a vitreous appearance, change the spark plug.
  • Page 58: Cleaning The Motorcycle

    Carry out any required inspection and replace any parts using Ducati original spare parts complying with local law. Never grease or lubricate the brake discs. Loss of braking and further accidents may occur. Clean the discs with an oil-free solvent.
  • Page 59: Technical Data

    TECHNICAL DATA Weights Dry weight: 190 kg/419 lb. Performance data Carrying full load: Maximum speed in any gear should be reached only after 310 kg/683 lb. a correct running-in period with the motorcycle properly serviced at the recommended intervals. Warning Max.
  • Page 60: Top-ups

    Top-ups Type of fluid cu dm (liters) US Gallons Fuel tank, including a reserve Gasoline 95-98 RON 17/4.5 of 4 cu dm (liters) / 1.05 US Gall. Oil sump and oil filter SHELL - Advance Ultra 4 3.8/1 Front/Rear brake and clutch circuits Special fluid for hydraulic systems —...
  • Page 61: Engine

    Desmodromic timing system (fig. 44) Engine 1) Opening (or upper) rocker. Twin cylinder, four-stroke, 90° “L” type, longitudinal. 2) Opening rocker shim. Bore mm/in.: 3) Split rings. 98/3.85 4) Closing (or lower) rocker shim. Stroke mm/in.: 5) Return spring for lower rocker. 66/2.59 6) Closing (or lower) rocker.
  • Page 62: Valve Clearances

    0.08 ÷ 0.20 / 0.0031 ÷ 0.0078 Important Valve clearance is a key parameter to preserve the performance and lifetime of your engine. Contact a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop to have valve clearance checked at the recommended intervals. fig. 45...
  • Page 63: Ignition - Injection

    Ignition - injection (fig. 46) Make: MARELLI – I.A.W. – 1.8 Integrated system for ignition and inejction control of the pulsed, sequential type. System is made up of: 1) CPU 2) Power modules (one per cylinder) 3) Relays 4) Battery 5) Coils (one per cylinder) 6) Injectors (two per cylinder) 7) Air temperature sensor...
  • Page 64: Fuel System

    4) Air separator 5) Fuel level sensor 6) Pressure regulator 7) Tank cleaning plug A) Delivery B) Return C) Breather D) Drain Important In the event of any fuel system malfunction, contact a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. fig. 47...
  • Page 65: Lubrication

    Lubrication (fig. 48) Forced-feed lubrication by gear pump, mesh filter on intake end, by-pass valve on branch line for pressure regulation, filter cartridge on delivery end with safety valve for the event of cartridge clogging, low pressure indicator on instrument panel. Lubrication system is made up of: 1) Connection of oil sump breather tube to recovery chamber...
  • Page 66: Cooling System

    Cooling system (fig. 49) Liquid cooling with pressurized circuit and mixing thermostat. A centrifugal pump circulates coolant through the circuit and an expansion reservoir takes up excess coolant when it expands from heat. Cooling system is made up of: 1) Coolant pump casing 2) Thermostat (starts opening at 75°C ±...
  • Page 67: Brakes

    Brakes Rear brake With fixed drilled steel disc. Front brake Disc diameter: With double floating drilled disc. 220 mm/8.66 in. Material: Hydraulically operated by a pedal on R.H. side. cast iron Braking surface: Disc diameter: 25 sq cm/3.87 320 mm/12.6 in. Make: Hydraulically operated by a control lever on right BREMBO...
  • Page 68: Transmission

    However, if you wish to tune up your motorcycle for Gear ratio: competitive trials, you may refer to Ducati Motor S.p.A. 32/59. who will be glad to provide information about the special 6-speed gearbox with constant mesh gears, gear change ratios available.
  • Page 69: Frame

    Frame Wheels Tubular trellis frame with upper section made of high- Five-spoke light-alloy rims. strength steel. Steering angle (on each side): Front wheel 27° Dimensions: 3.50x17" For improved performance on track the headstock angle can be changed (see page 48). Rear wheel Dimensions: STANDARD steering setting for road riding is as follows:...
  • Page 70: Suspensions

    Suspensions Electric system Basic electric items are: Front front headlamp consisting of the following: Hydraulic upside-down fork provided with outer adjusters 12V-55W low beam unit, poly-ellipsoidal with capacitor; for rebound, compression, and preload (for inner springs 12V-55W high beam unit; of fork legs).
  • Page 71 Fuses The main fuse box (fig. 50.1) is located on the frame right side. To expose the fuses, take off the box protective cover. Mounting position and ampere capacity are marked on it. Two fuses on the right side of the rear sub-frame protect the relays of the injection system (1, fig.
  • Page 72 Legend of the wiring diagram of electric system/ignition 1) Right switch 2) Key-operated switch 3) Ignition relay 4) Fuse box 5) Turn indicator flasher 6) Solenoid valve relay 7) Starter motor 8) Starter contactor 9) Battery 10) Water sensor 11) Electric fan relay 12) Electric fan fig.
  • Page 73 28) Air pressure sensor Wire color coding 29) Air temperature sensor W-Y White-Yellow 30) Timing/engine rpm pickup P Pink 31) Water temperature sensor GR-Bk Grey-Black 32) Engine rpm sensor Y-G Yellow-Green 33) Timing sensor G Green 34) Coolant temperature sensor R-G Red-Green 35) Injection/ignition unit (CPU) W-R White-Red...
  • Page 74 Legend of fuse box (4) Pos. Description Rat. Main switch 30 A Cooling electric fan 7.5 A Left switch High beam 15 A Low beam 15 A Turn indicators, warning lights, 7.5 A tail lights and instrument panel lights Stop, warning horn 7.5 A Right switch Note...
  • Page 75: Routine Maintenance Record

    Routine maintenance record Ducati Mileage Date Service Name 1000 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000...
  • Page 77 913.7.044.1N DUCATIMOTOR spa Stampato 10/1999 Via Cavalieri Ducati, 3 40132 Bologna, Italy Tel 39.051.6413111 Fax 39.051.406580 Internet:
  • Page 78 G/Bk LOCK PARK 10 W 4 3 6 2 10 W GrBk 10 W 10 W 15 A 4 3 1 2 20 A VBk WY J C D A G H F E 40 A PASSING PASSING HORN HORN TURN TURN HI BEAM...

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