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  • Page 1 Owner’s manual DUCATI 996 S...
  • 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 19 Tank filler plug 20 Seat catch and helmet hook 21 Side stand 22 Steering damper 23 Front fork adjusters 24 Rear shock absorber adjusters 26 General Changing motorcycle track alignement 27 Warranty 6 Symbols 6 Directions for use...
  • Page 5 Vehicle identification number (V.I.N.) 73 Tubeless Tyres 54 California evaporation emission system 76 Checking engine oil level 56 Ducati limited warranty on emission control system 77 Cleaning and replacing the spark plugs 57 Cleaning the motorcycle 58 Routine maintenance record...
  • 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

    Carrying the maximum load allowed Your motorcycle is designed for long-distance riding, carrying the maximum load allowed in full safety. Even weight distribution is critical to preserving safety features and avoiding trouble when performing sudden manoeuvres or riding on bumpy roads. Information about carrying capacity The total weight of the motorcycle in running order including rider, pillion passenger, luggage and additional...
  • 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. fig. 1.1 fig. 1.2...
  • 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 1) 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: Adjust,ent 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: 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 20: 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 21: 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 22: 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 23: 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 24: 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 25 STANDARD factory setting is as follows: compression: 12 clicks; rebound: 11 clicks. @@ @@ yy Max. setting range for softest damping adjustment is 14 clicks (both for rebound and compression). To change the preload of the spring inside each fork leg, turn the hex.
  • Page 26: Rear Shock Absorber Adjusters

    Rear shock absorber adjusters (fig. 18) shock absorber spring to maximum preload to improve The rear shock absorber has outer adjusters that enable motorcycle handling and keep safe clearance from the you to adjust your motorcycle to the load. ground. You may find that rebound damping needs The adjuster (1) located on the left side, on the readjusting.
  • Page 27: 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 28: Directions For Use

    Up to 1,000 km/621 miles DIRECTIONS FOR USE During the first 1,000 km/621 miles, keep an eye on the revolution meter. The indicator must not exceed: 5,500-6,000 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 29: 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 30: 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 31 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 32: 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 33: 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 22). To avoid theft, turn the handlebar fully left and slow down gradually and smoothly. Then, shift down block it by pushing in the ignition key and turning it to the releasing the clutch, and finally change from first to LOCK position (fig.
  • Page 34: 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 35: Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE Tool kit and accessories (fig. 23) The compartment (1) under the tail guard holds: 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 21).
  • Page 36: Routine Maintenance

    In these cases, maintenance work should be carried out more frequently. Call a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop to have more information on your special needs.
  • Page 37 Operations Pre- After the first 1,000 km/ Every Every Every delivery 620 miles 1,000 km/ 10,000 km/ 20,000km/ or 6 months 620 miles 6,200 miles 12,400 miles Spark plugs Chain: tensioning and lubrication ( ) C/ L C/ L C/ L Timing belts ( ) General testing Flexible cables...
  • Page 38 Operations Pre- After the first 1,000 km/ Every Every Every delivery 620 miles 1,000 km/ 10,000 km/ 20,000km/ or 6 months 620 miles 6,200 miles 12,400 miles Valve clearance ( ) Rear wheel rubber cush drive damper ( ) Signaling and light system Coolant Battery liquid level General lubrication ( )
  • Page 39: Main Maintenance Operations

    MAIN MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS Side body panels (fig. 25) To remove the body panels proceed as follows: disconnect the two connectors (1) joining the two body panels together; disconnect the four headlamp fairing connectors (2); disconnect the four frame connectors (3). Removing the fairing Some servicing operations need the motorcycle fairing to be removed.
  • Page 40 Headlamp fairing fig. 26.2) Undo the middle fastening screw (1, fig. 26.1) of the wing mirrors and remove them from the headlamp fairing supports. Undo the two fastening screws (2) of the headlight support and disconnect the four connectors (3) joining the two body panels together.
  • Page 41: Cleaning And Changing Air Filters

    Cleaning and changing air filters (fig. 27.2) Replace air filters at the required intervals shown in the routine maintenance chart (see page 37). The air box is accessible after removing the body panels and the headlamp fairing (see page 39 and 40). Undo the eight fastening screws of the outer cover (1, fig.
  • Page 42: 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 43: 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 44: Checking Brake Pads For Wear

    Important smoothly inside the sheath: if you feel any friction or Have the brake pads replaced at a Ducati Dealer or hard spots, have the cable replaced by a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. Authorized Workshop. To prevent these failures, smear the ends of the flexible cables with SHELL Advance Grease or Retinax LX2 at regular intervals.
  • Page 45: Throttle Cable Adjustment

    Throttle cable adjustment The throttle twistgrip must have a free play of 1.5 - 2 mm/ 0.06-0.09 in. measured at the edge of the twistgrip, at all positions of the handlebars. If it needs adjusting, use the suitable adjuster (2, fig. 31) provided on the throttle control.
  • Page 46: Checking Battery Electrolyte Level

    Checking battery electrolyte level (fig. 32) Always wear adequate protective clothing and a visor Remove the r.h. body panel to check battery liquid level when handling the battery. (see page 39). Never use lighters, matches or similar to check the Battery liquid level must be maintained between the battery liquid level.
  • Page 47: Charging The Battery

    reaching the upper level. Charging the battery (fig. 32) Refit the caps (1) on the cells and reinstall the battery on Before charging the battery, it is best to remove it from its mount and secure the upper bracket with the screw the motorcycle.
  • 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 65, “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 40) 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

    Do not remove or shift the wheel balancing bumpy roads, increase tyre pressure by 0.2 - 0.3 bar/2.94 weights. - 4.41 psi. 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, bulges or large spots that are indicative of internal damage.
  • Page 56: Checking Engine Oil Level

    Refit the plug. Important Engine oil and oil filters must be changed by a fig. 41 Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop at regular intervals (see page 37), as specified in the maintenance schedule. Viscosity SAE 20W-50 The other viscosity degrees indicated in the table can be used if the local average temperature is within the limits specified for that oil viscosity.
  • Page 57: Cleaning And Replacing The Spark Plugs

    If color has altered or you find any dark deposits, change the spark plug and report this to a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. Check wear on the central electrode. If it looks worn out or has a vitreous appearance, change the spark plug.
  • Page 58: Cleaning The Motorcycle

    Switzerland and so on, have compulsory emission and and further accidents may occur. noise standards that include mandatory inspections at Clean the discs with an oil-free solvent. regular intervals. Carry out any required inspection and replace any parts using Ducati original spare parts complying with local law.
  • Page 59: Technical Data

    TECHNICAL DATA Weights Dry weight: 190 kg/419 lb. Carrying full load: 310 kg/683 lb. Warning Failure to observe weight limits could result in poor Overall dimensions (mm/in.) (fig. 43) handling and impair the performance of your motorcycle, and you may lose control of the motorcycle. fig.
  • 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 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 SHELL - Advance Brake DOT 4 Chain...
  • Page 61: Engine

    Engine Timing system Twin cylinder, four-stroke, 90° “L” type, longitudinal. Desmodromic (type) with four valves per cylinder, Bore mm/in.: operated by eight rockers (4 opening rockers and 4 98/3.85. closing rockers) and two overhead camshafts. It is Stroke mm/in.: operated by the crankshaft through spur gears, belt 66/2.59.
  • Page 62: Performance Data

    Performance data Type: Maximum speed in any gear should be reached only after 30/34-4 pistons. a correct running-in period with the motorcycle properly Friction material: serviced at the recommended intervals. TOSHIBA TT 2802. Max. speed (rider alone): Master cylinder type: 260 Km/h - 161 mph.
  • Page 63: Transmission

    Gear ratio: However, if you wish to tune up your motorcycle for 32/59. competitive trials, you may refer to Ducati Motor S.p.A. 6-speed gearbox with constant mesh gears, gear change who will be glad to provide information about the special pedal on left side of motorcycle.
  • Page 64: Frame

    Frame Wheels Tubular trestle 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 65: Suspensions

    Suspensions Electric system Basic electric items are: Front front headlamp consisting of the following: Hydraulic upside-down fork provided with outer adjuster 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 66 Fuses The main fuse box (fig. 45.1) 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 67 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 68 30) Timing/engine rpm pickup Wire color coding 31) Water temperature sensor W-Y White-Yellow 32) Injection/ignition unit P Pink 33) Injection relay fuses GR-Bk Grey-Black 34) Regulator fuse Y-G Yellow-Green 35) Regulator G Green 36) Generator R-G Red-Green 37) Safety relay W-R White-Red 38) Stand light switch O-Bk Orange-Black...
  • Page 69 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 70: Reporting Of Safety Defects

    Noise emission warranty If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could Ducati Motor S.p.A. warrants that this exhaust system, at cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should the time of sale, meets all applicable U.S. EPA Federal immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety noise standards.
  • Page 71: Tampering Warning

    Problems that may affect motorcycle emissions If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have the vehicle inspected and repaired by your local Ducati Tampering warning dealer. Tampering with Noise Control System Prohibited. Federal...
  • Page 72: Riding Safety

    Riding safety When the roadway is wet, rely more on the throttle to The points given below are applicable for every day control vehicle speed and less on the front and rear motorcycle use and shoud be carefully observed for safe brakes.
  • Page 73: Protective Apparel

    This motorcycle was not intended to be equipped with a and ride. sidecar or to be used to tow any trailer or other vehicle. Ducati does not manufacture sidecars or trailers and Vehicle identification number (V.I.N.); cannot predict the effects of such accessories on...
  • Page 74 Label location (fig. B) fig. B...
  • Page 75 No adjustment IDLE MIXTURE: No adjustment TO HORIZONTAL MANIFOLD Opening 0.05 0.12 Opening 0.05 0.12 Via A.C.Ducati,3 VALVE CLEARANCE (in & ex): See Service Manual VALVE CLEARANCE (in & ex): See Service Manual 40132 BOLOGNA TO VERTICAL ITALY MANIFOLD Closing 0.03 0.12...
  • Page 76: California Evaporation Emission System

    California evaporation emission system This system consists of (fig. C): 1) Warm air inlet; 2) Canister; 3) Dell’Orto jet; 4) Fuel tank; c) Breather pipe; d) Drain pipe. Important In the event of fuel system malfunction, contact Ducati’s authorized Service Centres. fig. C...
  • Page 77: Ducati Limited Warranty On Emission Control System

    Ducati limited warranty on emission control under this warranty shall become the property of Ducati. system In the state of California only, emissions related warranted parts are specifically defined by that state’s Emissions Ducati North America, Inc., 237 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, New Jersey 07444-1028 warrants that each new Warranty Parts List.
  • Page 78 Ducati specifications which adversely above limitation may not apply to you. affect performance and/or C. No dealer is authorized to modify this Ducati Limited (5) use in competitive racing or related events. Emission Control Systems Warranty. B. Inspections, replacement of parts and other services and adjustments required for routine maintenance.
  • Page 79: Routine Maintenance Record

    Routine maintenance record km/miles Ducati Mileage Date Service Name 1,000/621 10,000/6,214 20,000/12,427 30,000/18,641 40,000/24,855 50,000/31,068...
  • Page 80 913.7.057.1B DUCATIMOTOR spa Stampato 11/1999 Via Cavalieri Ducati, 3 40132 Bologna, Italy Tel 0039/0516413111 Fax 0039/051406580 Internet:
  • Page 81 996S G/Bk LOCK PARK 10 W – 10 W 10 W 10 W 20 A 4 3 2 1 J C D A G H F E 40 A PASSING HORN TURN HI BEAM TURN POS. NEUTRAL FUEL J C D...

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